Just 1 brand, or more brands?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thomas Kievit, Feb 9, 2014.


  1. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Who of you TB-ers only 1 have brand for your bass guitars and who of you have more than 1 brand?

    For those who use only 1 brand : how many basses did you had to try before you got the gear you have right now?
     
  2. Doctor J

    Doctor J

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    More than one. As many as I can afford :D

    Variety is the spice of life.
     
  3. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    What do you own at the moment?

     
  4. dls119

    dls119

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    For now, I only use Fender and Squier basses, however I've owned others in the past, and would be happy to own others should a practical application for them arise. :D

    I have three currently and use them all:
    Squier VM Jazz
    Squier Deluxe Active Jazz V (great bass, but not my favorite)
    Fender Std. Precision
     
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  6. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    South Shore, Massachusetts
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    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    More than one brand: MIA Fender, Spector and Alembic.
     
  7. Selta

    Selta

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    Uncompensated endorsing user: EBMM
    I presently stick with EBMMs. Love what they do, how they play and the price is just right.
    What have I tried in the past? Just about everything under $2k new/used, as that's my self-imposed limit on how much I can justify on any bass. I've had some serious high end stuff down to SXes and Squires. EBMMs are for me though!
     
  8. Deathblade Eric

    Deathblade Eric

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    One brand.

    Back in 1982, I tried a vintage P and a Gibson Grabber at a rehearsal space before deciding that bass was my kinda instrument & of the two, much preferred the P.

    When I hit the shop, I was disappointed by the neck profile on the then current production Precisions & found that they were totally out of my price range. Shop assistant asked what I *could* afford & pulled an Aria TSB-400 off the rack.

    Love at first feel :D

    Still got the TSB, but these days my two main squeezes are a 1980 SB-900 & a heavily modded fretless SB-1000.
     
  9. SeanNeedham

    SeanNeedham

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    Currently only the one bass, and it's a Fender which serves the current purpose I have for it.

    But should the need arise for a different bass by a different manufacturer and I can find one that I like, then that's that.
     
  10. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Nobody is stupid enough to actually pay me to play their gear.
    Fodera, Fender and Squier for me. Don't see that changing any time soon.
     
  11. malthumb

    malthumb Supporting Member

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    3 Music Man basses
    2 Alembic basses
    1 Marchlewski bass

    There are a number of other bass brands that I like and could see myself owning, but I don't need any more. As long as I have at least 1 Alembic in my portfolio it's all good. Everything else is just pleasant distraction. In my opinion, there are a lot of brands that deliver great tone, great workmanship, great looks. Alembic is at or near the top of the heap in all those categories.
     
  12. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

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    I keep thinking 100% Alembic and then remembering how nice an American Standard neck feels in your hand.
     
  13. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa

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    I have a Yamaha and 3 Carvins. The Yamaha is at my parent house because it as sentimental value so I don't use it anymore.

    Since then I bought 4 Carvin and sold one. That brand pretty much cover what I'm looking for.
     
  14. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    2 Fenders, Standard P and Jaco sig jazz
    1 Dingwall ABZ
    1 Carvin LB 76
    1 EBMM StingRay

    I am a Fender guy for sure but that doesn't mean I am only a Fender guy.
     
  15. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

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    Currently I have a single-coil P, two split-coil Ps, a StingRay 5 and a Godin A5 fretless.

    I have owned a Carvin LB20 and a G&L Tribute L2000 as well as a Fender Standard fretless J.

    I'll likely sell the Godin, but the others are pretty much in constant rotation.
     
  16. fretlessguy

    fretlessguy

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    Three Fenders, two Kalas, and three Carvins. I need one more Kala to keep everything inbalance, lol.
     
  17. tplyons

    tplyons

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    Back in the day... I had several Fenders... two Jazz, two Precision, a Jaguar, a EBMM Stingray (I'd consider it a cousin)... and always had one or two others but I've always gravitated towards Fenders.
     
  18. Wookieonbass

    Wookieonbass

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    Enchanted Mitten, USA
    Currently 1 Warwick, 1 Guild, 1 Dean, 1 Jay Turser, 1 Squier, and 3 Fenders
     
  19. Huge

    Huge Hell is full of musical amateurs. Like me. Supporting Member

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    I currently only have Fenders, but I've owned a Yamaha, a EBMM Bongo, and a G&L L-2500. I don't really buy based on what's on the headstock, I just found I liked the feel of my P more than my G&L. I bought my 2nd Fender because I wanted to do a neck swap to a fretless, and it's easier to get a neck to fit a Fender than other brands.

    Not that I feel I need another bass, but if I were to go shopping again, I'd be looking hard at Carvin.
     
  20. garp

    garp

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    Multiple brands.

    Until some company steps forward with a nice endorsement deal for me, I’m proud to be a complete and unrepentant brand whore. :D
     
  21. Mudcat35

    Mudcat35

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    Definitely multiple brands for me. I currently have a Conklin, a warwick, and a Fender. In the past, I've had G&L, Yamaha, Gibson, Ibanez, more Fenders, a Dean, etc. To me, they're individuals. I buy the tool I need for the job at hand.
     

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