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Offline milkman

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« on: May 30, 2005, 12:01:44 PM »
Has anyone tried one of these?
They look attractive on price, although rather ugly in aesthetics (in my opinion).

I really want a touch-style instrument, but I am on a limited budget, and I really don't want to sell my Eden gear to get it.

Even if you haven't tried one of these, what is your opinion on them?

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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2005, 05:44:58 PM »
I actually purchased a megatar about a month ago.  I too was extremely hesitant because of the ultra expensive nature of the insturment.  I recieved it and was pretty impressed however I ended up sending it back.  Here is the big reason:  the string spacing was similar to that of a guitar not a bass.  So my fingers were always skipping strings and the like.  I am sure that if I invested some time into actually learning how to play it profficiently then I think this would have not been a problem but unfortunately I was not too patient.  The main reason I went with the megatar was to make tapping 'easier' then the tapping on my P-bass.  I came to the conclusion that it was just easier puting in more effort to just tap the p-bass.  Before purchasing a megatar I looked at all of the tapping insturment brands (ie chapman, Warr).  Megatar was cheapest with the most 'customizable' options for the money.  The customer service guy was also EXTREMELY helpful, more so then any of the other companies.  I could not believe how helpful he was.  Anyways like I said I recieved it, played it, and then sent it back.  Here was my reasoning:  Was it worth dishing out 2 grand for a 'part time' insturment?  AND, was it just too much.  12 strings????  Isn't that what a guitar player is for?  So ask yourself, why do you want get a tapping insturment?  Luckily for me, megatar has a seven day no questions asked return policy which I made great use of.

Let me know what you end up doing?

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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2005, 11:52:11 AM »
Well, we pretty much have the same thought process...
I want a touch-style instrument to make tapping easier. My fingerstyle is rather agressive, (my fingerstyle is actually louder than my slap and pop) so I normally have my action on my Stingray a bit higher than what tappers normally use.  I have setup my other bass (Lakland 55-01) with a lower action, but it is my backup, and if anything would go wrong with my Stingray, I'll be fretbuzzin like crazy.

I guess my main drive to buy a tapping instrument, is the last song my band wrote, I use tapping throughout the song, no other technique used.  And I'm trying to incorporate it more into my playing.

I still haven't really mastered the dynamic control of each hand, my right hand is much stronger than my left, so in turn the higher parts are louder.  So I wanted to have at least some control over that using a volume control on a touch style instrument.

Why do these things have to be so danged expensive?!...
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2005, 06:40:01 AM »
Practice tip - 1234 4321 fingering on one string repeated until all notes are even and smooth with BOTH hands engaged... have a little fun with it too - ascend or descend the "melody" or "bass" side fret position randomly to engage various moving intervals - switch strings on the high side while locking in on the bass side. It's easy to "get lost" on the Stick or Warr or any other tap/touch instrument. Get used to the relative positioning of your hands while doing this simple excercise. Close your eyes and mentally image your hands and where they are on the fretboard. Open your eyes to check your mental image - correct - repeat.

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