Magnus and the Amazing Thunderguts

Magnus Sjoquist recording a new song demo and giving the Aquila Thundergut strings a run for their money.

Sounds like a children’s story doesn’t it?

Well, it’s not, but it is safe for kids.

Our friend, fellow blogger and uBass enthusiast Magnus Sjoquist of Play UBass fame has posted a nice test of the Aquila Thundergut strings on his fretless Spruce uBass. He tested them against the stock Pahoehoe strings.

As Magnus says:

I decided to do some tests, to compare the ‘stock’ Pahoehoe black polyurethene strings with the Aquila Thundergut strings I’ve just put on my UBass. I started jammin’ [with the Pahoehoe stings on] to a loop featuring African percussion. After recording a couple of tracks I transcribed my jammin’ so I could record the same parts with the Thunderguts.

Not only does he have a soundclip, but he has some great photos too.

His conclusion: He likes both strings. They each have their own quirks and points to recommend them. They also have their negatives (the Thunderguts are “sticky”). But all in all, Magnus seems to like the Thunderguts enough to keep them on his uBass a little longer and giver them a bigger tryout.

His comparison is broken up into three posts:

Part 1 is Here.

Part 2 is Here.

Part 3 is Here.

He also has a nice video of a demo of his new song “Jam Afrique” which he used to test the Thundergut strings.

Nicely done Magnus!

How to Make a uBass Sound Phat

I came across this nice video by freelance bassist Jon Moody playing a uBass through a

Jon Moody’s DA Phat Beam Pedal, which he uses to shape the tone of his Kala uBass.

Daring Audio Phat Beam dynamic processor.

For those of you not familiar with the Phat Beam, the company has this to say about the pedal:

It gives your tone a feel, depth and sustain that is clean yet powerful…This pedal covers the transparent and easy–to-use compressor needs and then moves beyond that by allowing dual slope dynamics with an independent limiter and compressor, an adaptive RMS detector and an optional state variable filter. Unique clean, phat, funky tones.

Moody says in a recent blog post that he has used the pedal with his Hutch Hutchinson uBass to shape and control its input.

[The uBass is] a pretty cool option to getting a faux string bass sound (personally, I think they sound more like the Fenders of old, but others say it’s a string bass). The hollow-body versions have no onboard controls, so I am using the Phat Beam as a preamp again. Setting the SHAPE control is very easy; adjust everything off of that and you are good to go.

Check out Moody’s video Here.