Jim Wark of Longreef says hi


I’m not a super busy player. I like to keep it simple and solid: our style of music doesn’t call for crazy technical bass-lines, which is good because I’m not that player. I really enjoy the simplicity of a fat solid bass-line that complements the song as best it can. I played four-string for years when I was younger and made the switch to five when I bought a Warwick Thumb. Straight away I loved it: having that extra string for the big boomy low stuff is great, and the wider fretboard and strings being a little closer together just feels right for me now. Its been so long now it would feel weird going back to four, although I do want to get a Vintage P-Bass so I will have to go back one day. I find that being relaxed is really important: I remember when I was a kid, I would be so tense and squeezing the life out of the neck, so I really had to tell myself to relax and just play it, and everything came so much easier. In relation to performance, I’m a big fan of less is more: knowing when not to play is just as important as when to play. The main focus for me is what works for the song. Sure, you can probably fit in a crazy technical lick before the chorus, but does it really make the song any better? Probably not. But don’t get me wrong: some songs do call for that, so go for it! I have owned a few Warwicks in the past, which I really loved and I will probably end up with one again, but my favourite is my faithful Musicman Stingray 5. It just can’t go wrong: it always sounds and feels great. I also have a Tomkins custom-made Australian bass which I leave in the studio so it doesn’t get beat up on the road.
Basses Musicman Stingray, Tomkins Australia Custom
Amp Eden WT800

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