Big name players who stick with one brand?

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  1. kokorollc

    kokorollc Gold Supporting Member

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    Just curious. As most of us here are kind of gear geeks and take great pleasure in reading/researching and even trying out as many basses as possible I was thinking about some of the pros we love who can sometimes afford or are offered almost anything but still have stuck with their "signature" tone despite all of these temptations that constantly have us buying and selling. Victor and Fodera, Marcus, Duck Dunn, Patitucci, Haslip. There are some players that you just associate with a certain brand. Not to say they never stray but they are very consistent. Then there's the other side where a player has made a pretty significant shift one or more times throughout their career. Think Entwistle, Flea, Pino, Lee Sklar and Geddy Lee for sure. I don't think either way is "better" , it is just interesting to see how some of their music evolved with different instruments. Kindof justifies some of our constant swapping and searching for that elusive "holy grail" tone. For the record I don't think it exists. The Mormons got it right. More basses=better
     
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    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out.... Gold Supporting Member

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    The first person I think of is Steve Harris of Iron Maiden...

    I can't remember ever seeing him use something other than Fenders...P-basses to be exact.
     
  3. kokorollc

    kokorollc Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah. I dig the "if it ain't broke" logic. Still, love Geddy with the Ric, the Wal and the Jazz.
     
  4. Snarf

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    Victor plays lots of different basses, though is most often photographed with Foderas. JP still also plays Sadowsky afaik, and used to play Ken Smith a lot. Haslip, before Roscoe, was into Yamaha BBs, then was a big time Tobias guy.
     
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  6. kokorollc

    kokorollc Gold Supporting Member

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    Haslip onTobias is still one of my favorite fretless tones ever. That was a big shock when he moved on but there were some pretty substantial changes at Tobias and he changed to 6 string fretted. Lotta people left the crazy neckthrough thing in the 80s for lightweight. Then again Foderas seem to be everywhere these days.
     
  7. pgolliher

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    There are a bunch of Fender guys (like Steve Harris- one of my favs) that come to mind, but there are others that pop in my mind that I have only seen play one brand(I am sure I could be wrong about these though...)
    Stanley Clark - Alembic
    Gary Willis- Ibanez
    Norwood Fisher, P-Nut, TM Stevens, Dirk Lance- Warwick
     
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    Nathan East and Yamaha.

    Steve Bailey and Aria ... no, Fender ... no, Warwick ...
     
  9. kokorollc

    kokorollc Gold Supporting Member

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    Agreed. Lot of the Warwick guys have been pretty solid through the years. That is definitely a very distinct sound that is not easily replicated. I think some guys have a pretty solid endorsement deal and good working relationship with their companies too. Why wouldn't Yamaha build exactly what Nathan East wants. The guy's had some fairly decent exposure through the years with...... well.....everyone.
     
  10. synaesthesia

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    To take it further: one long career, one electric bass and the same set of strings since. Herbie Flowers and his Fender J Prototype with a weird Jazzmaster type switch, circa '59 to present.
     
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    kokorollc Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah. Those guys are a rare breed. Think how long Duck Dunn or Jamerson had a set of strings on.
     
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    ive seen him use an ibanez roadster
     
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    Duck Dunn - Fender

    Alain Caron - F Bass

    Jack Bruce - Warwick (mostly)
     
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    Hey plays an odd P-bass/Tbird in the Aces High video.

     
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    Fieldy (Korn) - Ibanez
    Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne)- Warwick
    Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach)- Lakland
    Oliver Riedel (Rammstein) - Sandberg
    Jon Gallant (Billy Talent) - MusicMan
    Drew Roulette (Dredg) - MusicMan
    Stefan Olsdal (Placebo) - Gibson
    Duff (Velvet Revolver / G´n´R) - Fender
     
  17. inate_hex

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    duff has also used a gibson les paul bass
     
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  19. SBsoundguy

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    Can't say I blame him.:bag::D
     
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    Totally. But in his defense, he records with a '59 P.
     
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    Billy Sheehan with Yamaha (after he retired the 'wife').
     

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