Greetings from West Michigan
Greetings everyone! Been lurking awhile here and recently posted a couple times but thought I'd pop my head up to say hello.
Long time guitarist and bass player who's always had a great love for the Stick but, for one reason or another, never got around to getting one. Until now, of course!
2 weeks ago I rang up SE and spoke with Yuta. "Any used Sticks, by chance?" Surprisingly enough she said 'yes!' and we spoke for awhile. I told her I'd give it some thought, then a half hour later called back and made the purchase. No more excuses and no more waiting, lol.
The experience of dealing with SE couldn't have been better. I called 3 or 4 times during the transaction, and Yuta answered each time and wouldn't let me get a word in until she got her notepad, haha. An email confirmation was sent right away. After a little tune-up by Emmett, the Stick arrived. A 10-string rosewood with the ACTV-2 module. #1748. Apparently I'm only the 2nd owner. The only issue is that the melody side pickup has some wear from heavy playing on the D string? Cambria called to confirm my info and let me know that it was shipped. Pros all the way. Yuta and Cambria, if you're out there, thanks a billion. Truly.
My music is along the lines of experimental/ambient/electronic. I play guitar/bass/synth via my Motu --> MacBook --> Ableton Live; doing a lot of live looping. I'm an FX junkie and tend to process my sounds to the point nausea, lol. I hope to incorporate the Stick and play the pure beautiful tone that comes naturally, as well as mangle it up. I know many of you on the forum eschew nearly all effects, so I hope you'll forgive me in advance for the sacrilege.
I never formally studied guitar or bass. With the Stick I'm hoping to change that. It's a daunting instrument, to be sure. I can get a pretty nice two handed bass groove going, but the rest is nearly a mess. Thinking of getting Ultimate Stick. Maybe Chris' Stick eLessons. The problem is that all the instructional stuff seems to jump quickly from 'These are the strings' to 'playing Bach with 2 hands and one foot while standing on your head', lol. Any advice out there? What's the best way for a complete n00b to start out?
Well, thanks all. This forum has been invaluable.