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Brittany Frompovich
Musician, Performer, Music Educator, Clinician
Musician, Performer, Music Educator, Clinician
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So, by request, I put together some footage of the new bass in action this past weekend. I'm still getting used to the neck, so forgive the moments where I'm still getting my footing with this bass. The first 1:22 is all pics from the build, including some new ones. Jump to 1:24 to see it in action.

https://youtu.be/ws6mUsa-GIU

There's a link to a third video clip of the bridge pickup being used solo on "Dock Of The Bay". Look in the video description for that info.

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This bass had a hard life, so here's hoping it's going on to better things. Since I'm waiting a few more days for the pickups to arrive to finish the walnut Jazz bass build, I figured I would start the next project bass in the queue. This poor thing has been through A LOT before it met me, including a previous owner who took a saw to some of the edges. :(

Big shout out to my dad, who made some replacement bridge saddles and a missing tuner in his machine shop. Thanks so much...that was huge help in saving this bass from the fireplace and keeping expenses down! Truth be told, he made enough replacement parts that I took all the original tuners and saddles off and used the parts he made. Looks more...steampunk.

I sanded numerous layers of 100 % craptastic paint glop off this poor thing. The verdict is in; original factory color was white, with a nice mahogany wood piece underneath all that glop. I applied a mix of copper and bronze paint to this bass in streaks, blending them where the colors would meet. The bronze made the copper tone down in brightness, and the bass looked "relic-ed". I applied a few coats of those two colors. I then sanded the whole thing down with 2000 grit sandpaper to dull the gloss of the paint. In some patches, the copper paint shows through under a patch of bronze, and vice versa.

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Just found this pic from yesterday's event with RFS/DKRE at the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon. A T-Rex showed up with a bass and wanted to jam on Crazy Train! What a life, right? I think this is my favorite so far of the jam with the T-Rex. Thanks to Chris Cruz for capturing this moment!

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I just added a bunch of May and late summer shows to my 2017 schedule. Head to www.ladybassmusic.com to see where my bass and I are heading to next! :)
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NoVa, Richmond, Fredericksburg folks...this is a great weeklong day camp for music that I teach at every summer for young people. It's immersive and intense...which promotes a lot of growth for the campers in a short time. The enrollment deadline is coming up fast. Check out the details at their website. www.rsmusiccamp.com

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I've got some new blog articles and an updated show schedule up at www.ladybassmusic.com. Swing by and check things out if you get a moment. I'm building a bass, there's a new fretless in the family, and much, much more to talk about!
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