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3 Basses to cover all.. bases?!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nick303, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. Nick303

    Nick303

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    If you could have 3 basses which broadly covered the spectrum of bass concepts, what would you have and why?
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Why 3? Why not 4? Why not 2?
  3. BobaFret

    BobaFret Supporting Member

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    Jazz
    Precision
    Musicman
  4. jetbike

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    Should this thread be re-titled, 'So, you've got a P with flats and a J with rounds, so what's the third one to cover all bases?'

    For me? I have a 2010 USA P with flats and a Jack Casady with flats. I'd like a '64 reissue J or a US Standard J.
  5. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

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    Have 'em.

    Fodera YYD 4-string. 24 fret, PJ, can cover pretty much anything with that bass.
    Rob Allen Deep 4 fretless. "Upright substitute", totally different vibe than the YYD
    Fodera Monarch 5-string (swappable between E-C and B-G). Upper register comping/solo stuff (though the YYD can actually cover a lot of it).

    The third could also be either 4-string or 5-string Fodera fretless. Very different sound/feel than the Rob Allen. Truth be told, I could play 97% of all the gigs (5 different bands) with the YYD.
  6. SteveC

    SteveC Supporting Member

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    For what I need/want to do/try these days, I'd say…

    Precision 4
    Roscoe Fretless 5
    Roscoe 6
  7. Nick303

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    Cos I said 3, like it or lump it.
    ;)
  8. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    I only need one to cover 24 my Line 6 Variax 700.
  9. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

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    Why get 3 basses when all you need is a keyboard and your left hand?

    :bag:
  10. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    EBMM Sterling 5 H - for the best finger style tone (Series mode) and the best pop and slap tone (Parallel mode)
    G&L SB-2 (with Tone) - to cover all P and J requirements. For use only when one of those iconic sounds is really required and the Sterling just isn't acceptable.
    Fretless J (I built mine from Warmoth, Allparts, Seymour Duncan, and Fender parts) - for when a fretless is needed.

    I have those 3 and 4 other basses. But, the other 4 basses are just luxury items, to me. And, to some extents, 3 of them are backups to the main 3. The Cirrus 6 is, well, a 6-er, for "just in case".
  11. slickbass3

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    +1
  12. peledog

    peledog Supporting Member

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  13. JACink

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    Passive J
    Passive P or P/J
    Active 5 string P/J or Soapbars
  14. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    I like that.
  15. Nick303

    Nick303

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    I'm feeling that, deeply.
  16. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    I accept the lump option. The question reeks of "I'm going to start a subjective thread and see how many people I can get to reply." I don't see in your question any need for you to have 3 basses or what you need them for, so anything goes.
  17. rootsnfifths

    rootsnfifths Supporting Member

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    Guess it depends on what you are doing musically. But.......

    Give me a Precision with flats, a Jazz with rounds AND a fretless Jazz w/ rounds.
    Covers my current needs.
  18. Doctor J

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    Double bass
    Electric fretted with midi
    Semi-acoustic fretless with piezo
  19. RxFunk

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    Am I the only one who puts flats on a Jazz? :bag:
    Jazz with flats
    P with flats
    Fretless PJ with tapes or flats..or rounds.
  20. AaronVonRock

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    Word up. Those three can cover pretty much anything.

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