Lock Up the Funk - opinions on tone please

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  1. journo

    journo Member

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    Hi,

    I borrowed a guitar that I'm thinking of buying and it inspired me to write this tune so I could try the guitar "for real".

    I would appreciate comments on tone. I'm not saying what guitar it is as I want unbiased opinions.:)

    If you have any opinions on the bass sound please tell. That's a JV series Jazz Bass using the SVT sim in Guitar Rig 2.

    Here's the tune:
    Lock Up the Funk

    Thanks in advance.

    Have a good weekend!

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
  2. johnfindlay

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    tasty playin/track- i only know tele/strat sounds-so no use to you there-

    i dont understand -what is a JV series Jazz Bass?

    jf
     
  3. scottl

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    I'm with John! I have no clue as to the guitar, but it sounded GREAT!

    Killer track and really tasty playing!
     
  4. Priestunes

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    An Anderson, a Schecter, a PRS, (or a ring in the pocket). Cool melody.:RoCkIn
     
  5. fig

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    Hi Mats -

    Loved it!!
     
  6. journo

    journo Member

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    Hi John,

    The moniker "JV series" comes from the fact that in the early 80 when Fender started making instruments in Japan they used seriel numbers starting with the letters JV. These were only made for a few years and a re reputedly the best insturment Fender ever made in Japan and to some the best instruments Fender has made after the CBS take-over.

    I certainly enjoy my bass and think it sounds really good. I may take it to my guitar technician soon though. I haven't had it looked over since I bought it new in the early 80's. :D

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
  7. journo

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the comments.
    What I'm really interested in is if you think it sounds nice, warm and dynamic.
    I'm really considering giving this guitar a permanent home.

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
  8. fig

    fig Member

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    For me, it's mainly based on how the guitar feels and plays. If you like this one (and it sounds really good to me), go for it. :D

    Greg
     
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    Hi Greg,

    I think you just sold me a guitar!
    Ever thought of a career in sales? :D

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
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    fig Member

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    LOL . . :AOK

    Greg
     
  11. Normster

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    I liked the tune, Mats, but have no idea about the guitar. Basically, it sounded like a bridge humbucker through a sweet amount of gain to me. lol
     
  12. ChazMania

    ChazMania Silver Supporting Member

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    A sign of a good tune? The melody sticks in your head....I got the melody ringing nicely in my mind!! Good one there journo!
     
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    I'll have what he's having! :p
     
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    I like it Mats! Warm, clear, dynamic, not peaky. Nice! It seems to have inspired you as well....

    Mike
     
  15. rh

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    Hi Mats,

    This sounds great, as usual--although it isn't what I think of as 'funk tone'.

    If it were my tune, I'd use a completely different timbres for the 'head' part and solo sections. I'd go clean and clear on the 'head' and try to incorporate it into a semi-muted chordal figure or in lieu of that maybe some mix of octave and single note lines. Maybe a touch of compression on that part. I'd also might try to get a simple rhythm figure going behind the solo to continually reinforce the 'funk' genre. Without it, the tune sounds like any arbitrary fusion-esque piece once the solo kicks in.

    I in no way am trying to be negatively critical. I always love your backing tracks and playing. But you asked about funk per se.
     
  16. journo

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    Hi Norm,

    The guitar sound was inspired by your very own clone.
    I got the sound using my trusty Boss GS-10 going straight into the sound card. I just added a Zendrive (gain at 11 o'clock) between the guitar and the GS-10.

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
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    Hi Chaz,

    Thanks for listening!

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
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    Hi Mike,

    Yes, good gear regardless of price is always inspiring.
    Regarding the dynamics. The GS-10 really has the best dynamics of all the direct devices I have tried (and I believe I've tried so many it's not even funny). Unfortunately the Zendrive feels a little stiff in front of it. I'm fairly new to the Zendrive so I'm sure it's an owner's mistake. Next tune will probably feel better.

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
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    Hi Slack,

    Zendrive into Boss GS-10 direct to cheap sound card.
    I'll get back to you on the guitar.

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
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    Hi rh,

    Thanks for taking your time to listen and coming up with constructive advice.
    I see what you mean (and hear it too). Sometimes (like this time) I'm pleasantly surpried by a new guitar and just want to play it and get peoples' response and therfore not paying enough attention to the song writing process.
    I would probably have kept the melody/theme and solo but added the rhythm guitar behind the solo. But then again there's so much rhythmic stuff happening behind the guitar that I'd be afraid to mess up the tight groove I managed to get.

    If you like I can do a mix without the guitar as a BT and you can hear what I mean.

    Thanks again!

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     

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