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The Gollihur Music Blog

A Bassless Blog

This is the time of the year when families come together. Nephews fly in from the west coast with their new wives, stepsons roll in from New Orleans with new tats, and Grandpop Bob and Grandma Joanne take the ride to visit the grandchildren and to verbally joust with my sons and their wives/girlfriends (and add a few pounds). This year should be as joyful for the Gollihur clan as the last, though dampened by the loss of two family members in 2008. They will be missed, but both will live on in our many memories.

We also can't ignore the fact that some families are deep in worry over their job and/or home situations. It's a good time to appreciate our many blessings and, if you can, reach into your wallet to give a helping hand. Our giving has been leaning more to our region, supporting the local food bank and similar good causes. If your situation is stable and liquid, it's a good time to spend money on stuff you need, or perhaps just want, to help the economy recover in a faster pace. If not, I wish you well and hope you can put aside your worries and enjoy the season.

I hope 2009 is not a bassless year for you, there is little like the joy of making music. Enjoy!

Fall and Winter Bass Care

As we begin our march towards Fall and Winter it's time for those in colder and drier climates to start thinking about humidifying their basses... assuming you have a carved instrument. That said, while it it's rarely necessary to be concerned about moisture loss in a laminated instrument, it's not a bad idea to address it anyway, particularly if you use gut strings.

Take a look at my article, HUMIDITY: Do you need to humidify your Upright Bass? in the Upright Bass FAQs on our site, for details about humidification. You can read about ways to judge your need - and be sure that you make your bass happy this winter.

While you're at the FAQ section (accessible from the menu bar under RESOURCES), take a look at some of the other articles we've written. There are a number of topics like Impedance and Ohms, Rosin, changing strings, bridges, Mystery Basses, and more. More articles are in the works! If you have any suggestions for additional FAQs, do let us know.


Summertime! And the living is...

I don't know how it is in your neck of the woods, but in the Jersey Shore area, Summer is when the tourists show up (invade?) And as a result, more opportunities to gig open up. It's time for a string change around here. In fact, I've got to cut a new bridge to replace the unusual articulated bridge a guy sent me to try out. (No, the bridge I'm swapping out didn't pass the "Bob Test," so you won't see it for sale here.)

A good quality bridge makes a huge contribution to your instrument's sound. It is the heart of the instrument, the valuable link that conveys string vibrations to the bass body. Tight-grained maple is the wood of choice, and the fit of the feet to the top of the bass is very important. If your bridge isn't quite perfect, top or bottom, email me and I can respond with a copy of my bridge installation instructions. Perhaps a Summer tune-up is in order for you too!

Enjoy the season... May your grass grow just as green and as tall as you want -- and then stop.


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