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Controls on the front are your line level, high, mid, low, sensitivity and a 1/4" input jack. On the back, you have a ground toggle, 3 pin DI jack, balanced out and a 1/4" line out jack. Jule offers a really nice description of all these controls on his website. http://www.juleamps.com/bass/Mon-Man.pdf
We've been going direct out of the Epifani UL902/501 of late for our videos for simplicity sake so it doesn't seem right to use this so sparingly. The Bamboo really needs to find a new home so it can go out and play.
A quick chat with Jule last week confirmed we can offer this with the full warranty. Spotless and totally pristine, it's going for just $1599Cdn + tax. That' s pretty much what a Dovecage sells for so it's a sweet deal indeed. Shipping is extra if needed and add 4% for a PayPal CC purchase."
We recently had the opportunity to meet up with Spector Artist Nick Beggs who is currently touring with Steve Hackett. Nick graciously provided us with passes to meet the band after the show at Massey Hall. Holding down the bass duties for the Genesis Revisited tour is no easy task. Mike Rutherford, IMHO, is one of those great bassists who often flew under the radar. Listen to gems such as "Get Em Out By Friday" and " The Battle Of Epping Forest." In addition to bass, Nick also plays 6 & 12 string guitar, Chapman Stick and bass pedals. That's a lot of ground to cover but he's a serious contender for Spector's most accomplished artist.
1) What precipitated you becoming a Coda artist? There are a lot of really good bassists associated with Spector but PJ definitely raised the bar with you coming on-board.
When I started working with Steven Wilson in 2010, Spector had built up a very good relationship with Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree. Subsequently, Steven Wilson also owned a Spector bass. He used it on a few of his solo works and I thought it sounded unlike any other instrument I’d heard. I even tried to copy the sound with amp modelling but had limited success. So, when PJ showed up at a show in the USA offering me an endorsement I was naturally very flattered and interested. It’s fair to say the instruments have revolutionized my bass guitar sound.
2) Tell us a little about your Vintage Coda Standard 5 that you are touring with on the Steve Hackett tour. The sound was really well mixed with all the other instruments. It was a real treat for all the bass aficionados in Massey Hall.
It's a Coda with Aguilar hum cancelling Jazz pick-ups (Alder body and pau ferro board). I notice when touring in America there is far more RF flying around. By swapping the existing pickups for a noise cancelling version, it makes for a much cleaner signal. I have quite a few Spector basses now. All are excellent and deliver an amazingly strong and powerful sound. The relationship I have with the company has been amazing and I’m deeply grateful to them for their support.
3) Genesis is well known for the use of bass pedals. It gives you a really nice bottom end to accompany your bass playing. What's your set up?
Originally I used a set of Taurus Bass pedals but they became too unstable on the road as they were vintage. So, we changed to a Roland PK-5 midi trigger floor unit and link that to Roger Kings keyboard rig. As was in the day of Genesis, three members of this band trigger Taurus live on stage.
Of most interest to our viewers would be none other than Gabriel Vivas. Gabriel is a long time Fodera artist and is currently playing an Imperial 5 with a Mahogany body, Alder tone block, Maple Burl non-solid top, 3 piece Maple neck, Ebony f/b.
A must to check out on Youtube is his solo on The Rain Must Fall, starting a 4:03. Pictured with the Chancellor is drummer Charlie Adams, violinist Mary Simpson and Gabriel.