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Pros that use cheap/pawn shop basses...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by raul, Jul 20, 2011.


  1. raul

    raul

    Aug 30, 2006
    Planet Earth
    tons of super cheap or rather, inexpensive basses can be found all over the good planet Earth and are ripe for the taking...who are some of your favorite pro players that have made recordings with cheap/inexpensive/pawn shop goodies as far as basses go? what recordings? did they and do they play them live? have fun...
     
  2. tkcthulu

    tkcthulu

    Nov 15, 2010
    Calgary, AB
    I guess Jaco got his bass from a pawnshop or garage sale or something, does that count?
     
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  4. Ron Plichta

    Ron Plichta

    May 19, 2007
    Fairfax, VA
    Geddy Lee's '72 Jazz Bass was bought from a pawn shop.
     
  5. Geddy Lee's '72 Fender was a pawn shop buy he bought for $35 (in interview, he said that this was about three weeks worth of wages for him at the time).



    On the guitar front, I've seen Alex Lifeson playing a $350 Epiphone live.
     
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    Johnny April from Staind uses Czech Spectors. Jeff Berlin uses a Dean signature model that doesn't cost very much. Oteil Burbridge has been spotted playing a MIM Fender Jazz before. And tons of players use Danelectros. And while not quite on their level of the showbiz ladder, your truly has been spotted onstage with Bowzer from Sha Na Na using these beauties:

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  7. rllefebv

    rllefebv

    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    No matter how many times I see this bass, it never fails to bring a big ol' grin to my face :D

    -robert
     
  8. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    Recently arrested, ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Olivieri used a few MIM Fenders.

    Duff McKagan recorded AFD on a relatively cheap Fender Jazz Bass Special.

    Les Claypool has that one-string washtub bass thing.

    Peter Hook used a Hondo Rick clone, a Gibson EB-0 clone, and a relatively cheap Yamaha.
     
  9. Matt Bissonette used an Epi Viola on the Yellow Matter Custard Beatles tribute w/ Portnoy, Gilbert, and Morse.
     
  10. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    New York, NY
  11. XtheDeadPawn

    XtheDeadPawn

    May 24, 2008
    Texas
    Tom Morrello's Arm The Homeless guitar is a pawn shop baby if I believe.

    I know for sure Fat Mike of NOFX uses all sorts of cheap basses most notably Dean Metalman flying V's, Danelectro longhorns, a couple P bass copies/clones, and I think Squiers. Fat Mike is adamant about not buying expensive basses.
     
  12. IncX

    IncX

    Jul 23, 2007
    Philippines
    pete wentz has a signature Squire?

    lol
     
  13. XtheDeadPawn

    XtheDeadPawn

    May 24, 2008
    Texas
    HAD a sig. Squier and thank goodness that abomination is off the shelves.
     
  14. I don't get it...

    There was nothing wrong with the bass, or at least the ones I played, aesthetically it may have not floated everyone's boat, but it wasn't an abomination.
     
  15. IncX

    IncX

    Jul 23, 2007
    Philippines
    i cant believe i spelled Squier wrong! lol

    im glad both pete wentz and his bass are off the shelves
     
  16. IncX

    IncX

    Jul 23, 2007
    Philippines
    the red little emo bats didn't bother you?

    ok... im a hypocrite, cause im the type of guy who wouldnt mind having little red pentagrams on my bass
     
  17. I don't care for the aesthetics, like I noted above, but the bass itself isn't an "abomination."
     
  18. XtheDeadPawn

    XtheDeadPawn

    May 24, 2008
    Texas
    Well I thought it was lookwise. Sorta like when his wife got caught lipsyching when the backtrack skipped on SNL. We all know she isn't the only one who does it but, come on if it's for SNL atleast use a new CD.

    I also hate Pete Wentz with a passion. Why? I don't know. Just cuz I guess.
     
  19. Terrible reasons to hate his bass IMO...
     
  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
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    Me too! I so love that bass. It never fails to amaze everyone who sees the logo. People say the audience doesn't care about what you play? Bring in a bass with the Realistic logo and you'd be surprised!

    :bassist:
     
  21. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    20 years from now, Fallout Boy will reunite for the money and start playing state fairs and conventions, so at least you have that to look forward to.
     



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