Aria Diamond bass guitar   Leave a comment

Aria Diamond bassThe Aria Diamond series bass guitar I bought together with my brother somewhere in 1988 for around 800 guilders (325 Euros, with inflation taken into consideration that would nowadays mean a 500 euro bass, so a decent mid-priced bass), because we wanted to make our own completely arranged recordings.

I had also bought a Yamaha MT-100 4-track cassette recorder and a second hand Roland TR-707 drumcomputer. My brother had got a Roland D-10 synthesizer and Cakewalk sequencing software on his IBM XT (or AT?) clone computer. It has been one of the episodes in my musical life when my playing improved dramatically, just by recording myself over and over.

Years later I bought the other half of this bass from my brother as well.

It’s quite a basic design when it comes to looks, but it does have quite an extensive electronic scheme making several kinds of sounds possible. It has volume knobs for the pair of neck pickups and then one for the bridge pickup. Also, it has a balance knob for mixing the pickups, and a tone knob (which I typically never use).

This enables you to get your own preferred balance of deep, heavy lows from the neck pickups and sounds that pack a bit more of an attack from the bridge pickup.

It’s not a high end bass, but typically for Japanese-built Arias of the 1980’s of very decent quality nevertheless.

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Posted 29/11/2015 by L in My guitars

Caribbean Holiday




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Light and upbeat Latin tune, featuring Spanish guitars with percussion and electric bass. Makes you think of a nice, relaxed evening at a Caribbean beach.

Quick Bossa Nova – royalty free




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Posted 26/03/2013 by L in Latin

Still Standing My Ground




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This is a complete song, not specifically recorded for purposes of background music, but you may still find it – or parts of it – useful for your purposes, so I uploaded it here anyway. It’s a powerful, intense piece of bluesrock with electric lead guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar and Hammond organ accompaniment, and of course also with bass and drums. It starts out in a kind of funky theme, culminating in a climax of an all-out Hammond organ solo in the bridge and then returning to the original theme.

Posted 26/03/2013 by L in Private Licence, Rock

Departures

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A peaceful, melancholic tune with acoustic guitar, mandoline, strings and a mellow electric lead guitar melody.

Spanish Summer Dance – royalty free

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An uptempo, light guitar tune, with Spanish melodies and harmonies, played by Spanish guitars, acoustic bass, trumpets and Latin percussion.

Gypsy Guitar Swing – royalty free

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Cheerful, uptempo gypsy guitar swing tune, with two acoustic guitars, acoustic bass and subtle drums. Includes main theme and some fast solos.