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Mike Lull, the boss of bass guitars for bands
like Heart, Cheap Trick and Pearl Jam, dies
at 66

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Posted By: Ron_lfp, 2/25/2020 10:29:36 AM

It is never just the sound of a guitar. It is the feel of it. The weight of it. The way it sits against the player’s body, and how well it responds to every touch, be it a pick across its strings or the flat of a finger against its frets. Mike Lull knew all that, and on a molecular level that drew some of the world’s most talented musicians to the Bellevue guitar shop that bears his name, including members of Pearl Jam, Heart, Soundgarden and Cheap Trick.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 2/25/2020 11:32:38 AM (No. 329256)
As someone who has built a couple of electric guitars, it ain't easy! There is no such thing as basic assembly-yeah the parts are supposed to fit but often require some additional, ah, persuasion, to do so. Fretwork is time consuming, wiring and soldering is an acquired skill (and wiring is almost always different from build to build), and final adjustments/tweaking of string action, truss-rod adjustments, intonation, nut measurements and adjustments, and God help you if it's a floating bridge like a Stratocaster-you have to balance string tension vs spring tension while keeping the level of the bridge where you want it. Sounds like Mr. Lull was a master at all of this. I respect craftsmen who make things with their own hands, eyes, and sweat. And having to deal with customers who sometimes aren't in full possession of their faculties, the patience of a Saint is needed. Sounds like Mike was all of this, and more. Lots of people are missing him already. RIP.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 2/25/2020 12:44:27 PM (No. 329323)
Can't do ST with my adblocker....I'll live.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rather Read 2/25/2020 12:56:21 PM (No. 329339)
Cheap Trick is one of my favorite bands ever. Mike Lull made a signature bass for Tom Petersson. I love the sound of the bass.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: bassman 2/25/2020 1:10:54 PM (No. 329353)
I've owned a few of Mike's basses and he has worked on some others I owned. His death has been talked about on the TalkBass forum for several days. He was was in the top tier of luthiers and he will be greatly missed.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 2/25/2020 1:59:10 PM (No. 329405)
Seattle is loathesome
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 2/25/2020 2:52:52 PM (No. 329466)
Like bass guitarists are real guitarists.
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