Andy Long Bass Player

Four/Five/Six Strings & The Truth


February 2012

Squier Mike Dirnt bass for sale (with hard case & Roland Cube) UPDATED!

A quick update to this blog post – the bass is now sold but the Roland MicroCube is still for sale, he’s looking for about £100.  Contact details below


Hi all

A friend is selling his bass gear, it’s in excellent condition and is only a few months old.  It’s never been gigged as the guy is a guitarist who tried bass and didn’t really get into it.

I have not played the bass myself so can’t comment on it apart from his assurance that it’s all in excellent condition.  there are plenty of reviews of the Mike Dirnt model online so check them out and see if you might have a home for this.

The seller’s name is Steve Thomas and you scan e-mail him at or call his mobile on 07557 349 271

He would prefer a local collection sale so you need to be fairly local or willing to travel up to collect it.


Here’s the spec, lots of pics at the bottom of the post

Squier by Fender Mike Dirnt P Bass, White w Black Star

The Squier Mike Dirnt Precision Bass guitar represents the Green Day bassist’s take on an early ’50s Precision Bass with a unique look and a sound that can cut through the thickest wall of guitar sound. Features separate volume and tone controls, chrome hardware and a solid agathis body. Unique features include a star graphic on body, the ’51 headstock shape, ’51 slab-style body with ’55-style front arm contour and pickguard, and a side-mounted jack plate. The Perfect P Bass for the Green Day fan and for players looking for a versatile electric bass guitar with a killer vibe.

Squier by Fender Mike Dirnt P Bass Features:

Solid-body electric bass
Agathis body with star graphic
Maple neck
Rosewood fingerboard
20 medium jumbo frets
34″ scale
1.6″ width at nut
Chrome hardware
Standard open-gear tuners
Standard four-saddle bridge
Single-ply ’55 style pickguard, (few light scratches on guard)
Split, single-coil pickup
One volume, one tone control

CUBE-20XL BASS: Bass Amplifier

XL Power for Bassists!

XL Power for Bassists!
Just as the CUBE guitar-amp family received an XL upgrade, now it’s time for the CUBE BASS line to reach XL status. The new CUBE XL BASS amplifiers remain portable and travel friendly, a CUBE tradition, but they benefit from new-generation XL performance enhancements. These new amps deliver a knock-out punch with custom FFP and COSM technology. FFP is one of Roland’s core technologies in which each component — amp, cabinet, and speaker — achieves maximum efficiency and performance for incredible power from a compact body.
The most portable of the family, the CUBE-20XL BASS, features 20 watts of power, an 8-inch custom speaker, six COSM amp models, pro-quality effects (Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Solo, Poly Octave, Compression, and Overdrive), Power Squeezer for big sound at low volume, and 3-band EQ.

  • Ultra-compact 20-watt bass amp with custom-designed 8-inch speaker
  • Six COSM amp models on-board
  • Seven effects, including the new DRIVE and POLY OCTAVE
  • POWER SQUEEZER for big, rich sound at low volumes; great for home practise and other volume sensitive environments
  • Three-band EQ for fine-tuning your sound
  • Built-in bass tuner

The hard case is an official Fender case and can be seen in the pics below.


New album review

I was really pleased to read this review of ‘Patches Of Coloured Light‘ by Oliver Arditi. It’s great to get some online reviews, especially one where the reviewer seems to have taken the time to really listen to and understand the album, I think Oli nailed it here.

Andy Long – Patches Of Coloured Light (solo bass)

self released, 2011, DD or CD album, 35m 27s

£name your price (DD)/ £5 (CD)

Most recordings featuring a single instrument, and particularly solo bass recordings, feature a certain amount of showing off. It’s not necessarily the main feature, it’s not necessarily in any way a drawback, but an element of conspicuous virtuosity is often present. It’s as though bass players need to justify putting themselves forward, as though they are saying ‘look, bass is a proper instrument, you can play hard stuff on it’. Andy Long seems content to let others do the proof of concept; he’s released a gentle and unassuming album of simple melody, open texture and limpid atmospheres, under a title that describes his sound as well as anything I could hope to write. Most of the material consists of simple chordal patterns, and delicate traceries of delay effects, although there’s a nice two part piece by Couperin and a lovely arrangement of ‘Morning Has Broken’. Everything is realised with precision and restraint, and the simplicity of the few elements in each arrangement allowsLong’s musical thoughts to come through distinctly; the sound of his bass guitar is a consistent one, full range and bright, enhanced sometimes with modulation effects, but never disguised. It’s hard (impossible) to say whether he uses studio multitracking or live looping techniques, but it honestly hardly matters. His own material is rarely discursive, or even narrative in a conventional sense, but seems to be more focussed on atmosphere. This is not music that grabs you by the throat and demands your attention, but it’s a very relaxing and involving listen, and betrays a great deal of thought and care.


You can read this and other reviews in Oli’s online blog




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