Rudy Sarzo, Peavey AND Spector?

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  1. synterx

    synterx Supporting Member

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    Just noticed Rudy is playing at NAMM with a Peavey Sarzo (the new import), but I could have sworn I also saw him at the same NAMM show with his new Sarzo Spector bass? Can someone have 2 sponsors for an instrument? Interesting.
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    He's only using the Spector for Geoff Tates band
  3. synterx

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    Really? That's weird. I'd think some type of contract would keep someone from doing that.
  4. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    From what I have read Rudy had the Spector built for him. That doesn't mean that he has a deal with them.
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  6. synterx

    synterx Supporting Member

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    Maybe not, but if I had a 20-year relationship with company A, with my name on a bass, not sure I'd be having company B build me anything? Those tours are all sponsored now any way. I saw Stryper 2 times a few years ago, one tour every single member (minus drummer of course) had Peavey gear. Amps, a few guitars, everything. The next tour they had all Line 6 gear. The next tour 2 years later, they just had rental Marshalls and Ampegs.
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    I guess he is allowed to BUY another bass.
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    I often wondered this about "endorsements" as well. Duff McKagan has been using GK amps since the 1980s. I've seen ads, seen them onstage, seen his mug on the website just today. In his new band Walking Papers he's only playing those Fender all tube things with a matching cab. I would figure his endorsement wouldn't allow this?
  10. synterx

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    Buy anything you want, but you're at NAMM, not a local gig. That's all I'm saying, at NAMM, if you have a Rudy Sarzo bass hanging on the wall at Peavey, would you be getting your photo and videos made with Spector touting your new bass?

    Maybe Rudy doesn't want a made in Thailand version of his basses! Okay, that can open a whole can of worms that we don't need to open...
  11. GK Growl

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    Don't some endorsements still say that when playing in public, you will play XYZ bass/amp/whatever?
  12. synterx

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    I always assumed that was kind of the whole point of an endorsement. That's why I find it odd that Sarzo was at both booths playing basses. I get the bass from one company, amp from another.
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    I guess some contracts are more restrictive than others, or that as soon as one contract expires another manufacturer is already waiting in the wings. The mfr may have the option to keep making the bass, though, so even though Peavey may make a Sarzo signature bass, he may no longer have an actual contract requiring him to play one.

    Kind of like when your lease runs out and you start paying rent month-to-month. Sarzo would still get paid for his name, just not the same amount or under the same framework.

    Trujillo has a signature Warwick bass, but will often use Fernandez or Fender on stage. Frank Bello has signature basses from both Fender/Squier and ESP/Ltd at the same time. So does Nikki Sixx, with Gibson/Epiphone and ESP/Ltd. Flea's deal with GK ran out and he toured with Acoustic gear for a while. It's possible he was still playing through a GK rack backstage and the Acoustic was just for show, but that's how these deals go.
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    Not all endorsement deals are exclusive...its really as simple as that.
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    +1

    And if you want to join GeoffTatesRyche, you basically have to do what he says. If he wanted the Spector sound, guess what?
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    Not like these guys are locked in for their entire life. Maybe he was finally done with GK.

    Peavey had a Sarzo sig bass going way back to the late 80's. Even then, every time you saw Sarzo he was always playing something different.
  17. synterx

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    Really? Since he had a peavey dig model, I've only seen him with a peavey.
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    This......Or maybe a Lull......:bag:
  19. bassgod0dmw

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    I feel like Eddie Jackson had a little more say than Geoff's hired guns

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