Tool for the Job
There's probably not one tool for the job of "bass".
In my alta ego World of guitar playing, I have 7 guitars that do different jobs. In basses I have the MIM jazz, an RD600, and the one that students use - but everyone raves about it because is sounds good (It's a no name Precision copy that cost £90).
The fact is, you have to start out with a definition of what you need for which music - then fit the best playing bass to that definition. Sure you'll get overlaps - but you'll end up with several basses and I'd be surprised if they were all from the same brand.
My basses are function over form- they do specific jobs and just happen to be what they are. I never set out to buy any - I would be looking for a particular sound and way of playing and the bass was chosen for that and then slightly modified later to match better. And none of my basses are stock, they have all had slight changes later on. My MIM has SD stacks, a heavier bridge, different string tree, the no-name has a pair of Dimarzios, the RD600 has a badass bridge and new string tree and as it was a launch model it came with Real brandedd SD - Ibanez didn't do thoes the next year.
You CAN convince yourself you need a specific brand or model - but without having a focus on the job, you'll be out seaching again after buying.
Most pros I know have a Precision type bass, a Jazz style bass with single coils, and something with humbuckers and modern style. Meets the expectations of studio professionals, audiences, and covers 95% of the requirements. The last 5%? - they borrow. If someone pays them to play a brand and gives them a bass - great - it contributes to the mortgage.
As a pro, I get paid for playing and sounding good - not for spending a wad on high end equipment.
Last edited by Tactician : 12-26-2012 at 12:03 AM.