I started out on bass in the mid-80s with a BC Rich Warlock bass. I got tired of how it looked and sounded so I ripped the frets off and made it a fretless.
When I was in college, I walked into an old favorite music store and walked out with a new Rickenbacker. I was told it was a 4001 but didn't know until 20 years later that it was actually a 4003.
A few years later, I decided to sell my bass equipment and buy a Harley. Today, I have neither. What a great idea that was.
Anyway, the kidlet got interested in guitar about 5 years ago and a friend got her a cheap (read CHEAP) guitar that basically fell apart if you strummed it for more than 3 minutes at a time.
Obviously we replaced it. I found a good deal on that Les Paul for the Hard Rock I mentioned in another thread. It was an Epiphone LP that I put real tuners on so it'd stay in tune and picked up some real Gibson LP pickups.
Now it sounds like a real guitar.
This got me wanting another bass so I picked up an Ibanez acoustic electric. It's not a bad guitar but it wasn't an electric.
Anyway, I ended up with a cheapo Rogue fretless and found a diamond because I was actively searching for another Rickenbacker. It was that 1986 Rickenbacker 4003S/5. It had been sitting in a case for about 20 years only to be brought out occasionally to jam with people.
Right now, I just thump around playing basslines and playing with different tempos and such when I get free time (which isn't much the last 8 or 9 months).
I typically have tuxguitar open so I can transcribe basslines or download tabs so I can hear and see how other tunes do. But, with tabs I've found that what someone else hears is often complete garbage to what is actually played by a band on a song and when they transcribe it, it's even worse.
Anyway, that's what I know currently.
Which isn't much.
When I record, I record into a Fostex 8-track because I don't have a good mic. Bass isn't always easy to catch and I often find I'm shaking the whole house with it and not even realizing.
My cats are my best fans but I think they beleive they're The Who groupies since they have ripped up 3 cabinets which I'm in the process of re-tolexing so they can't rip them up again.