So youre eclectic and love lots of different music. You want to access most major bass sounds for your work as a studio and live player, writer, composer, producer, etc. What are the sounds you would / should have? and what gear gets those sounds? How many basses would you need? Many of these sounds crossover a lot. JMJ would be most useful here! Ill start as per my taste and work life, with a list and you add your own lists or additions. Motown P bass w/ dead flats or muted Beatles: small bodied hollow w flats Hofner or similar Later Beatles; Solid (Rick) w plastic coated strings Thuddy 60s: Stones, Spencer Davis: larger Hollow w flats Muted 60s ala Gainsbourg. flats and foam Fat Jacks (ie Bruce and Cassidy) HB and flats Gibson, Guild Classic Rock: P bass type flat, half rnd or older rw Prog: Fender or Rick with rounds Wetton, Squire Aggressive Rock, Punk. Not far off prog Burnel, Buckler (imho its the solo to My Generation that started it all). DUb ya: deep Dub, Trip hop, Hiphop, art-rock. PIL OG Funk; Larry Graham (flats?), Funk; Bootsie , P Funk cats , JB modern alt Funk; Flea, RATM Musicman etc Hi Fi Aggressive ala Entwistle Humbuckers also Industrial Fretless 8 string as in 4 pairs. Sub E: I prefer BEAD 4 string to a 5 strng Upright That's off the top of my head.