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New Song! Christmas In The Air

Written and recorded by me, sung by my wife Jen. You can hear it on my Music Page Hope you like it.

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  1. Cary Carcuro says:

    Great song Mark. Glad you still got the snap for it. Just think it all started with you playing bass on my beat up ole amp. Wow you have come a long way.

    • isherwoodme says:

      Thanks ol’ friend. Yeah, the 70s were almost a lifetime away. I actually picked up a bass a year or so before moving to Schenectady, but those were certainly my formative beginnings that have served as a foundation all these years.

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Studio Time

I know the whole studio room isn’t set up yet, but this part is exciting because I can record, mix, and edit now: Install Pro Tools 11.3.1 and all associated drivers, plugins, etc. into Windows 10.  Install 16-channel audio interface drivers and settings … Continue reading

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Labor Day Project

For the past several weeks, I’ve been cleaning, painting, and remaking parts of the house and moving all the furniture and belongings back in bit by bit. Today, I decided that I needed to do something for myself. As things … Continue reading

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Custom Pickguards

I have decided to make my 3 basses match by making custom similar pickguards. I am still working on my Fretless Jazz Bass, but I have already shaped the pickguard for it also. Here is a pic with my 2 … Continue reading

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Jazz Bass Makeover 2013 (-2021)

Ok, here I go again. This time to update my 1978 Fender Jazz Bass. It’s not the first time I have done so. Around 1988 (I don’t remember exactly when) I decided to replace the neck with a fretless neck. … Continue reading

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Final Result Video – P-Bass Makeover Project 2013

This video is to show off the completed bass, I am finally happy with the pickguard. Looks a little like an F-Clef (Bass Clef) in an artsy way? That was my intention. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOCaIU8WDe0&feature=youtu.be] Soon-to-come: another video with the unique, … Continue reading

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P-Bass Makeover 2013

I have decided to refinish my P-Bass, and after that, I will touch up and refine the look of my Jazz Fretless. I created a new logo so the 2 basses will compliment each other, incorporating the original serial numbers … Continue reading

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  1. Mauro Longordo says:

    Hi Mark, I came across your post as was trying to find out how come the Squier I just bought have 21 frets. I’ve got the same bass as you did this past weekend for $70 bucks, except the color is kind of dark red and the neck plate says made in China. I was looking for a project bass and wanted a P bass to do that. It came to me super beaten up all greasy and scratched, it took me over 3 hours to clean it up. Surprisingly even with the old strings that came with after I adjusted the rod and the bridge it sounded very good. I compared with my fender jazz and sounded really good when side by side.
    I decided to redo the headstock and I’m about to install the Fender 62 pickups and change the pots. Can’t wait to see how will sound. Do you happen to know what kind of wood this bass is made of? I did some reasearch and someone said it is alder. Have no idea but it seems as solid as the fender I have, which is alder.
    Congrats with your bass make over it looks really great. I’ll leave mine as a natural relic with dents and scratches at least for now. If you have a chance to reply I’d appreciate. Thanks for your time.

    • isherwoodme says:

      Hey Mauro!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Normally, these basses are made from either Ash or Alder wood. Alder has a tighter grain and is used more for painted finishes where the wood is covered completely, but there are always exceptions. Ash has a wider grain and is used more for translucent finishes where the grain shows through and has a more visibly distinct grain.
      Congrats on your find and good luck with your project! It can be a lot of fun and rewarding to play the result of all your efforts.

WANTED: SPECIFIC Maple Fender Jazz Bass Neck – LONG STORY

I posted this ad on the Norfolk/VA Beach Craigslist, but perhaps someone browsing this website may have some clues… 😀 In the late 80s I lost a storage unit while in the Navy at sea. In that storage unit was … Continue reading

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Real World Recording Equipment

Today I found out that I have all the exact same equipment that was used by “RedOne” to create and produce Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and other songs. (2 Grammys!) Also others like Rihanna and Katy Perry have recorded on … Continue reading

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Jen’s Song – Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

My wife posted a song for me on Facebook, so I wrote her one in response. I kept it short so that it would be done tonight 😀 Hope you like it! Keep In Tune! Jen’s Song [audio:http://jmjsites.info/isherwoodme/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/JensSong01.mp3|titles=JensSong01|initialvolume=100]

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highway to heven by rednek ravens

(also known as Brian and Zach) [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGaFCFvD7TA]

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Twitter For Smarties

Well, I didn’t want to call you a Dummy! For those who may not have been exposed to the phenomenon of Twitter, or who don’t understand it enough to see its usefulness, I have decided to write some of what … Continue reading

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My 8th Anniversary

Also near the 8th Anniversary of my walk into the studio with my bass in my hand and this song in my head.

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