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Do I need to "dress" my bass?

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A Kindred Kilt:
Hello -

I play a modern acoustic electric bass and I was wondering if there were any guidelines on how it needs to be "dressed" for faire or am I ok with it being the way it is?

Merlin the Elder:
Hey there, and welcome!

I find it no more out of place (and I certainly don't mean that negatively) than a modern acoustic guitar, which you will find an abundance of at faires. You should be fine. 

I might hang something from the neck for giggles. I'm a bassist myself...I'd probably hang a fish stringer with a fish or two — bass, of course — but then, as folks around here will confirm, I'm pretty out there.  :D

As a matter of aesthetics, it would be preferable, however, to go wireless, if you can afford it.

Gauwyn of Bracknell:

--- Quote from: Merlin the Elder on December 15, 2015, 05:37:21 AM ---

As a matter of aesthetics, it would be preferable, however, to go wireless, if you can afford it.

--- End quote ---

that is the issue my son's band has, is not going with amplification; it's tough with all the noise around (the stage is in a metal shelter in a park with a concrete floor).  Wireless seems to work well for some of the bands I have seen (Saxon Moon, (old) Wine and Alchemy).  although I guess it is funny we are trying to stay 'period' while playing in a pole barn :)

Merlin the Elder:
Going with amplification, it's easy to go overboard, unfortunately. Next thing you know, you're drowning out people two stages over.

It would be a good idea for some of the entertainment directors to be more cognizant of where they stage the quieter acts in relation to the heavily amplified ones.

A Kindred Kilt:
Thank thee both for the kind replies..

We are exploring the wireless option ourselves.. would prefer not to have a microphone stand between me and the audience..

And I LOVE the fish idea.. Bass of course !! :-)

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