Is your most expensive bass your best 'player'?

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Is your most expensive bass your best 'player'?

  1. Yes

    496 vote(s)
    58.6%
  2. No

    350 vote(s)
    41.4%
  1. BrandonBass

    BrandonBass

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    No for me.

    My rickenbacker 4003 pales in comparison in terms of sound and playability compared to my stingray std and classic. It does look really cool though
  2. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

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    None - but willing to discuss!
    The bass that is my "least expensive" is my 2008 Fender American Standard - it is my numero uno. My "most expensive" is my Ric 4003 and it spends most of its life in the case.
  3. Immigrant

    Immigrant

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    West of Stumptown, USA
    I'm currently the only "yes" vote because of the difference in quality between my most expensive bass and everything else I have.

    If I was twelve, I'd also state that my most expensive bass plays better than yours. I'm not, and I won't. :p
  4. ThunderV

    ThunderV Supporting Member

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    Brunswick, OH
    My Stingray 5, I wanted that bass since I was 16. I have it and am trying to justify selling it on a monthly basis. Man, I hate it when I'm wrong.
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  6. dbd1963

    dbd1963

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    Northern Virginia
    In my case, I just got a Warwick Thumb, which plays like butter. My other basses are all much cheaper. I'd have said my Geddy necked Fender was equal to it if it didn't have an uneven neck. :/

    But Warwick's are always pretty dang impressive to play.
  7. msact

    msact Gold Supporting Member

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    Bucks Co, PA
    My MIM P bass is my best player and also the cheapest in my lineup.
  8. mcn1979

    mcn1979 Supporting Member

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    Newport News, VA
    I love my 4003, playability and tone. I grab it over my MIA Pbass Deluxe. So, I guess my answer is yes.
  9. old mark

    old mark

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    My most expensive bass cost $213, including shipping...Epiphone EB3 Pearl Limited Edition long scale. GREAT player.

    My other basses were far less money...all are good players, but this Epi is my baby.


    mark
  10. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

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    I'm a Fuzzrocious-aholic. It's been one week since I bought my last Fuzzrocious pedal.
    I guess this is nit-picking, but for me it depends on wether most expensive means the most I paid or the most the bass originally sold for. I have a few custom basses that were originally over $2,000 but I bought them used and paid less than that.
  11. Winfred

    Winfred

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    Best feel is my MIJ Mustang. "Spongy" and easy to play. Paid $500 bucks for it.

    2nd best is a 90's Warwick Fortress One.
  12. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction Supporting Member

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    my best player(S) are a 2007 Highway one P and a 2011 70s classic P MIJ with the necks swapped. I truly can't decide which one is better, but they were the two cheapest basses i have. My geddy lee and my two Rays are great as well though so the franken Ps only win by the slimmest of margins. But every week in my church gig- it's one of the Ps. the rest end up being for noodling and recording.

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  13. Diesel Kilgore

    Diesel Kilgore

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    Modesto, CA
    Yes. And I paid $125 for it. :D Buttery, full of mojo, sexy, tone monster, better then a Fender, best bass for metal... ;)
  14. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

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    Yup, my Tobias Classic 5.
    Great neck and balance with a strap.
  15. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp Supporting Member

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    All my basses are MIM Jazz basses and the most expensive of the lot, a Reggie Hamilton Standard Jazz, is in fact the best player. The differences aren't huge but the versatility that Reggie designed into the bass is as useful to a duffer like me as it is to a consummate professional musician like Reggie. I've played a lot more expensive basses in stores and while they all have little touches that are to die for, well to lust after anyway, I've never found one that played significantly better. Likewise much cheaper basses do not play significantly worse. Really the only poor players I have found are those with quite obviously poor setups and if you go to a different store or pull another example of the same bass off the wall to get one with a good setup the difference will be night and day.

    When you pay a lot of money for a bass you will get a lot of bass in many respects. Excellent playability can be had at quite reasonable prices though.

    Ken
  16. Itzayana

    Itzayana

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    No.
    I much prefer my Lakland 44-02 over my ModulusQ4.
  17. SteveC

    SteveC

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    Grand Forks, North Dakota
    Yes, without a doubt. My Roscoe(s) are my best players. My Geddy Lee is nice but can't keep up with the playability of Roscoe.
  18. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

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    Funny, I also have a 4003 that lives in its case. It's a collector's item/art piece and not a player, tho, so it still has its purpose.

    My best player is a near dead heat between my L2K (paid about $1200 for it in 1999) and my Bunny 4 string (about $1100 or thereabouts). The L2K is slightly more ergonomic but the Bunny sounds better. So I'm a 2-bass operation at the moment.

    So in my case, the most expensive ones are the best players. The 4003 is the only one with any current value, but it's also a NOS "blem" that was sold as such for $900 at the place I bought it. The Bunny and L2K are now worthless, but actually cost me more when I bought them.

    LS
  19. Nashrakh

    Nashrakh

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    Hamburg, Germany
    Answered yes. And my mim p is even my most expensive one :bag:

    I think some people around here spend more on a bass than my entire equipment in $$. Not a bad thing just saying I don't really have that much to spend, but I'm not particularly gassing so that works for me...
  20. NelsonNelson

    NelsonNelson

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    Finally I'm not the only one!!! I was a "Fender only guy" before getting my German Warwick Corvette 5 in Ash. It was a completely different experience...and so much easier to play.
  21. Wallace320

    Wallace320

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    Milan, Italy
    My most expensive basses are both 2009/2010 Yamaha Attitude Limited II (both because it's the very same model, but I got both finishes, lava red - gorgeous -and full black)
    and I love playin'em
    yet they're very hard to prepare (dual wireless system and different head and cab to play each output thru)
    So they're up there for my very best shows
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    Cort A4 Custom Spalted Maple Top.jpg
    I got 19 more basses, but the best player it's the one I call Lt. Dan bass, after CSI-NY star Gary Sinise bona fide band, a Cort Artisan 4 with spalted maple top and Custom Bartolini pickup and electronics.

    Cheers,
    Wallace

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