Gary's Guitars 800 Islington St Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 427-6133
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A fine pair of 1966 Ampeg Bs wandered in a while ago and I had to preserve the sight !!. The debate continues...."the 12 is the best bass amp ever"....."NO, the 15 is better". I'd say that they both sound great. Ampegs philosophy back in the 50's and 60's was to build the most durable amps with nothing but the best components. The B series were the height of success for them until the SVT came along in the late 60's. Paying no attention to the other amps of the time Ampeg just went ahead and designed bass amps that have never been matched for tone and toughness. The B12 has a great even tone but is powered too low for gigging. The B15, with it's bigger 15" speaker, had more low end punch and just barely enough power to cut a gig. The B18 had an 18" speaker and even more wattage so it was better at gigging but a bit boomy for most players. In the studio I like the B12, on a gig I just love to turn a B15 up to 7 and bask in the growly, full tone.
These are not for sale just being shown off.
As we guitarists have learned, New England can be rough on our instruments. This map shows lowest and highest average humidity for each region of the US. Guess where the greatest variation is? Uh huh, right here. Our guitars shrink in the dry winters and expand in the humid summers. Being made of wood a bit of movement is normal but extremes can cause warping and cracking....can I see a show of hands? So, humidify your instrument in the winter and don't let it get overly moist in the summer. A good rule of thumb is in-the-case in the winter and out-of-the-case in the summer. When in doubt please bring your guitar to us and we'll check for signs of damage or possible problems. Geez, Hawaii looks inviting!
Life and Art of Bass Playing",
the beginning there was a bass. It was a Fender, probably a Precision,
it could have been a Jazz - nobody knows. Anyway, it was very old,
God looked down upon it and saw that it was good. He saw that it was,
good in fact, and couldn't be improved on at all (though men would,
try.) And so He let it be and He created a man to play the bass.
lo the man looked upon the bass, which was a beautiful 'sunburst', and
loved it. He played upon the open E string and the note rang,
the earth and reverberated throughout the firmaments (thus,
came to be.) And it was good. And God heard that it was good. And,
smiled at his handiwork.
in the course of time, the man came to slap upon the bass. And lo,
God heard this funkiness and He said, "Go man, go." And it was good.
more time passed, and, having little else to do, the man came to
upon the bass. And lo, the man came to have upon him a great,
of chops. And he did play faster and faster until the notes rippled
a breeze through the heavens.
God heard this sound which sounded something like the wind, which He
created earlier. It also sounded something like the movement of
which He hadn't even created yet, and He was not so pleased.
He spoke to the man, saying “Don't do that!”
the man heard the voice of God, but he was so excited about his new
that he slapped upon the bass a blizzard of funky notes. And the
shook with the sound, and the Angels ran about in confusion.
of the Angels started to dance, but that's another story.)
God heard this - how could He miss it - and lo He became bugged. And
spoke to the man, and He said, "Listen man, if I wanted Jimi Hendrix
would have created the guitar. Stick to the bass parts."
the man heard the voice of God, and he knew not to mess with it. But
he had upon him a passion for playing fast and high. The man took
frets off of the bass which God had created. And the man did slide
fingers upon the fretless fingerboard and play melodies high upon
neck. And, in his excitement, the man did forget the commandment of
Lord, and he played a frenzy of high melodies and blindingly fast
And the heavens rocked with the assault and the earth shook,
God's wrath was great. And His voice was thunder as He spoke to the
He said, “O.K. for you, pal. You have not heeded My word. Lo, I,
create a soprano saxophone and it shall play higher than you can
think of. And from out of the
chaos I shall bring forth the drums.
they shall play so many notes thine head shall ache, and I shall make
to always stand next to the drummer.”
think you're loud? I shall create a stack of Marshall guitar amps
make thine ears bleed. And I shall send down upon the earth other
and lo, they shall all be able to play higher and faster
for all the days of man, your curse shall be this; that all the
musicians shall look to you, the bass player, for the low notes.
if you play too high or fast all the other musicians shall say "Wow"
really they shall hate it. And they shall tell you you're ready for
solo career, and find other bass players for their bands. And for
your days if you want to play your fancy licks you shall have to
them in like a thief in the night.”
if you finally do get to play a solo, everyone shall leave the
and go to the bar for a drink.”
it was so.
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