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Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1365
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 6:15 pm:   Edit Post

Just wandered across this while stumbling around YouTube. Perhaps you've already heard it... if not, pretty amazing playing.
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1582
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 6:21 am:   Edit Post

Sorry but that just doesn't sound like a using a bass/guitar hybrid string set??
Sounds far too guitarry if you see what I mean.
great playing though
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Username: pauldo

Post Number: 616
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 7:12 am:   Edit Post

Sounds like HB3's sound to me.
Maybe he can chime in on his strings/ setup.
Senior Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 703
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 8:20 am:   Edit Post

i've watched a couple of that guy's videos and he's very talented, he's definitely using piccolo strings and his specific tuning depends on what piece he's playing as i read in a reply to one of his videos

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Username: pace

Post Number: 724
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 1:51 pm:   Edit Post

It's a cool tuning ~ C#-G#-B-E ~ C#-7 or if you listen to things upside down its an E6 chord.
Senior Member
Username: hb3

Post Number: 593
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 6:05 pm:   Edit Post

I watched's pretty good, though it made me wonder why this guy's got, like, a quarter million hits on his videos, and I've got, like, seventy...maybe I need to buy a cheap video cam and film that really what makes the difference?

I still think the best guy doing the solo piccolo stuff is Jeff Schmidt...I watched one of his videos recently and it was more comprehensible to me...I concluded one of the reasons he has an interesting sound is because he's playing a left-handed bass -- with the strings "upside-down" he's able to let chords ring in a while playing melodies that would be hard to duplicate on a right-handed instrument. Curiously enough, I'm left-handed, but play right-handed -- left-handed guitars always seemed impossibly weird to me.

It definitely raises the question of what a "bass" and "guitar" is at a certain point, especially when you get into multi-stringed instruments. I just finished recorded an album where I use the piccolo bass to sub for what would usually be regular six-string guitar, and I was asking myself this question repeatedly...piccolo bass is sort of a mid-ranged instrument, so it's both and neither instruments, which introduces a whole new set of problems to the recording process...but it's also its strength in solo performance -- it resonates like a bass, but it's got some guitar-ish high end...

Ultimately I don't think it matters much as long as it sounds good.
Senior Member
Username: hb3

Post Number: 595
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 7:24 pm:   Edit Post

Terry: sounds like a typical piccolo set to me, with some reverb -- and a nice sounding bass to begin with.
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 691
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 10:38 pm:   Edit Post

A good way to be found on youtube is the keywords you choose to associate to your video HB3, check out how extended is his list and how many videos he uploaded. I didn't checked how you did on yours, but this details probably contributed to make him more visible

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