Has this happened to you? What would you choose?
So, I was playing tonight and picked up three of my favorite basses I own. I found that each bass is suited right for a certain kind of music. Yet, what I found shocking is that my ridiculous looking modulus vertex 4 had the best all around tone than my other two passive basses. However, it's kinda ugly and somewhat uncomfortable because its not contoured. Look up modulus vertex bass and you'll see what I mean. The bass cuts through yet holds it down.
Has this happened to you where you happen to love one bass buts it just ain't looking right? (The bass isn't a versatile looking bass)
Which bass would you choose if you had the choice to play?
73 fender jazz classic j tortoise shell guard rosewood next block inlays dr brights. Cuts through any music or people I play with
76 p bass with half wound flats classic all original thumps, fills the bottom the bet with additional thump
2012 bartoloni passive bass with fiber next not countoured body, best slap tone, smooth neck and finger tone, any mistake can be heard on fiberglass neck. Black and I have a custom pickguard on the way.
FYI: I play through great gear but my favorite is my 1969 yba2 through a NYC 1x12 epifani speaker in a ul2 can. All sound great.
I like the Vertex!
Yep. Certain folks are going to say how it looks doesn't matter, the tone matters. And that's true... the look is not MORE important than tone. But you have to consider that in a live situation, you are playing a role and well as music. If that weren't true, we'd all be in shorts, wearing comfortable shoes, and sitting in chairs on stage.
You're question was what do you do - I got a custom build that met my specifications and was as a more classic look. Most builder's I've worked with can make you the bass you need in live situations for less than the famous mass produced American basses. What you have to let go of in this situation is name brand resale.
Builder I know told me he had his holy grail Fender 65 Precision but feared taking it out of the house. He built a custom that was a repro and every bit as good as the original and uses it all the time. I used that bass in a show and the sound engineer stopped line check just to listen to the bass for a minute. So - my two cents is find what you love, and if it doesn't look right, get one built by a shop - and try to forget about resale value.
What axe would u choose? Mostly classic rock but I want to cut through while carrying the bottom end. We have keys organs two guitar players etc..
I'd play the one I was in the mood to play that day. From my experience, I always sound like me, no matter what bass I play. Bet it's the same for you.
And make sure you're considering your situation. For example, tomorrow night I'm playing a club with house sound and I know how the engineers always mix. I'm going to be fairly buried in the FOH mix and they will have me filling up the bottom with not a lot of highs or mids.
Who's going to really hear my tone?
And frankly, I think that's the case in most live situations when playing typical bars and clubs. We care way more about our tone than most people in attendance do.
Meh. I did a couple worship gigs with my Squier Mikey Way. It's not what you would expect someone to bring to church, but it's my only bass at the moment. If anyone is wondering, it actually sounded really good in that context (strung with Chromes). I got compliments from the BL.
It's about sound more than looks. Although, it did look pretty with the candles and lights reflecting off it. :)
Here's the way I look at it: If I pay up for a piece of gear that costs a pretty penny, you can bet your ass I'll get my money's worth out of it, MANY TIMES over. And, I'll sound good doin' it, too. I don't give a rat's ass about looking proper, I'd much, much rather sound proper.
When it all boils down, you're gettin' paid to sound as best as you can. If you wanna get paid to look good, go be a model. A lot of people put way, way too much of the wrong thoughts, when it comes to playing music.
We go through phases with basses, those of us with more than one, because we've got nothing else to do apparently. Got this great playing booteek 4 with a whammy bar and neck-thru-body that I'd love to use more often, but despite using it in my band for the first 4 years (been 14 at this point), I can't wrap my head around the sound for us anymore. A couple times I took it to gigs, and it's true it sounded much like I always do, but I wasn't enjoying it tonally as much as I do my Fenders. Didn't like the extra sustain anymore, didn't like the ringy tone as much. But who knows? I might find myself in an 80's band sometime where it'll be just the thing ;)
I agree with Schizoid 75. That being said, I'd make sweet bass love to that P all night. Wow...that sounded way dirtier than I intended it to.
The others are sexy though, miss p is just fitting the bill the best right now.
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