One Bass, living without multiple bass guitars.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fivestringdan, Dec 19, 2013.


  1. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

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    Can it be done, chopping the stable to one bass? I'm thinking about it. Maybe I could use the change but which bass to keep?

    Here is the list.

    Chris Benavente 7 string
    Fodera Custom Anthony Jackson 6 fretted Contrabass Guitar
    Acacia custom 5 fretted
    Acacia Gruv 5 frettless
    Yamaha TRB 6P
    Yamaha BB450
    No name P
    Franken P

    What would you keep?
  2. quiltkitty

    quiltkitty Supporting Member

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    I think you can get by with one (I did for years, but I recently got a fretless), but I couldn't possibly decide which one with so many choices.

    However, your thread title made me start singing "One Bass" in my head, which is of course the song "One Boy" from Bye Bye Birdie with bass lyrics:

    "One bass, one special bass ... "
  3. GODSBASSMAN

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    No pictures? Shame.
  4. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    the jazz and stingray are gone. i kept the explorer and got a new MIA P bass. also the cabs and head are gone and i got an SVT heritage. i had just the explorer for a month and like a crack addict i couldn't stand not having a back up. so...i can't live with just one bass. my name is Kevin and i am a bassaholic.

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  6. sbassface

    sbassface Supporting Member

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    No name P psych
  7. MF_Maher

    MF_Maher Supporting Member

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    I had only one bass for 18 years due to finances--or, lack of them. It wasn't the most versatile bass ever--a late 1982 G&L L-2000E, but it was mine.
  8. headband

    headband Supporting Member

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    I played the same jazz bass for 39 years. It sounds great and I never thought I needed anything else. I only got into multiple basses recently as I don't like to take my old bass out so much these days. So it can be done.
  9. G-MonRV5

    G-MonRV5 Supporting Member

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    Just the title of your thread flies in the face of everything that we on TB hold dear - Namely, the never-ending pursuit of more and more bass guitars!
  10. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    Of course it can be done. I could even live without a bass. But why would I want to? :)
  11. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist Supporting Member

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    If you'd call that living...

    I've had 2 or more for most of my playing life, but there was a very very long period of time that all I really played was my p bass, and it suited my needs just fine.

    I won't comment on which of yours would be the keeper though, as I'm not familiar with most of the models you mentioned.
  12. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

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    +1
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I have 9, and I often threaten to get rid of all but two, just in case one goes down. Of course, I never do, but yeah, it can easily be done. Jeff Berlin does it. Herbie Flowers does it.
  14. Lee Moses

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    You've got a pretty versatile arsenal there. . . . it's not like you just have 7 Fender P's. I can't get you down to 1, but I think these 3 ought to be able to do everything you need:

    1. Fodera AJ 6 (if you really use the 7 a lot, keep it instead)
    2. Acacia Fretless 5
    3. Either your favorite of the 2 P's, or the Acacia fretted 5

    That's my take, anyway.
  15. StevieMac

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    Of course it can be done. That said, many here have tried and many have failed, myself included.
  16. jonnybass1

    jonnybass1

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    Sure it can be done...sell all the basses you have and get a MIA P bass with a tort guard and flats. Apparently that is the only bass that matters according to TB. :D
  17. WillInDenver

    WillInDenver An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

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    If you're playing one bass only, you have to think about the image you're presenting to your employers (if you gig). That, sadly, makes any of your elite basses and 6-strings make less sense. You might be best off keeping your P.

    If it's just you, though, or if you just enjoy playing some tunes with your buds, keep the one that makes you feel the best when you play it.

    Let me know if you sell that TRB-6. ;)
  18. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

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    Sure you could cut it back to one bass! But why would you want to? :D
  19. WillInDenver

    WillInDenver An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

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    If you're the kind of guy to buy an Explorer, you can't ever sell it. Who would value it as much as you? ;)
  20. Margus Alviste

    Margus Alviste

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    I guess you need at least 11-strings then. Double-necked! Or perhaps triplenecked. ;)
  21. huckleberry1

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