Vintage and Nature

Progressive Music  Vintage Instruments

Instruments used:

Ibanez SG 1975

Shaftesbury shortscale bass, rough copy of a Fender

    "Ahhhh... now this one brings back some memories. It's a shortscale Shaftesbury bass, roughly modelled on the original slab-bodied Fender Precision/Fender Telecaster bass, and I guess it's from the mid 1970s.

    I remember back in the early 1980s when I was first getting into starting bands with my mates and doing a spot of home recording on the then-new Fostex X15 multitrack cassette recorder; one day a couple of my friends came round wanting to record a demo.

    They brought a couple of cheap guitars with them. I don't remember what the six string was, but the bass was one of these. It was bad. I remember thinking it how dreadful it was. It was boomy, as you'd expect from a short-scale bass but I've played many that were streets ahead of this.

    I don't think the flat wound strings helped (I've never liked them and never will). I can't explain exactly what was wrong with it, just that it felt bad and it played bad. It was a cheap and nasty bass and performed accordingly."

    Now I have done some new songs  and found many enjoying moments with it. It is a semi acoustic instrument so it has an empty body. This means it has a slow attack more like a cello. If you treat it right it gives you a new world.

 Album III

1. Acoustic guitar and strings 03:17
2. Progressive acoustics 02:12
3. Night in Cadiz 03:26
4. Heavy funk 03:44
5. Guitar riff with solo 03:42
6. Vintage guitar 02:14
7. Anne Boleyn 03:13
Album I

1. Piano solo and cello 03:04
2. Funk symphony 03:41
3. Funk blues 03:25
4. Steppenwolf like 03:58
5. Progressive rock orchestral 03:55
6. Sibelius in me 03:42
7. Indian funk 03:18
8. Synth bass and electric piano 02:20
9. Acoustic guitars live 02:49
10. Synthesizer symphony 04:36
11. Acoustic guitars and fretless bass live 03:01
12. Classic vibes 05:51
13. Mother nature 02:19
Album II

1. Bass solo 02:49    
2. Rhythm split guitars 03:14

3. Atmospheric jazz 02:44
4. Smooth jazz 03:18

5. Sensitive brass and guitar 03:44

6. Melodic southern rock 02:51

7. Tensione in evoluzione 02:48

8. Lazy guitar jazz 02:59

9. Wah guitar and drums 03:01

10. Smooth piano and flute jazz 02:21

11. Bass riff and melody 02:15

12. Jan Hammer like jazz 02:04

13. The Live Sessions from 1980s 08:03