Show your beater/noodle bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fenderhutz, Jan 28, 2012.


  1. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

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    I know everyone should have one. The bass you just hang out and grab when you want to noodle.

    This bass was left here by a guy that joined the Navy and just said I could have it. It was a mess. Dried out fretboard and you could shoot arrows off the neck. After a couple rounds of tightening the truss rod and oiling up the bridge and fretboard it's a player and sounds great with the passive electronics or unplugged.

    Rogue AB304:

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    What cha got?
     
  2. jweber76

    jweber76

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    Soon to be subjected to some customization.
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  3. meatwad

    meatwad

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    Here's mine -

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    Not 100% complete yet, but it's sole purpose for being built is to take the proverbial "beatings" as mentioned. :hyper:
     
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

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    here's my current 'just pick it up and play it everyday' bass:

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  6. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

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    I can't leave something like that sitting out with a 4 and 6 year old that always want to play it lol.
     
  7. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member

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  8. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

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    Is that a defretted 78?
     
  9. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman

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    "Beater" bass would be the famous "Bender P", which I know I oculd take anywhere and I know I'd never have to worry about it either getting beat up or fitting in:

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    "Noodle" bass is the Martin BC-40, which I can pull out and play for hours without plugging in:

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  10. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member

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    I bought it used in 1977, after being recruited to play bass in the middle school jazz band. The serial number is 388555. It was red with a racing stripe.

    I modded it sometime around 1981. At the time, nobody knew that a post-CBS Fender bass, especially a Mustang, would ever have any value. It was just the cheap end of a cheap product line. And it isn't a good bass. It's top heavy, and has a thin, rubbery tone.

    But it's fun for sitting at the couch and playing bebop solos.
     
  11. mcblahflooper94

    mcblahflooper94

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    ... D;
     
  12. afzoomie67

    afzoomie67

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    That's a million times better than the rest of us.
     
  13. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

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    Though 1 or 2 come always come out and lay around from time to time, the one that's always around for a quick diddle is this late 80's Kawai KRB105 with a graphite neck. Just a lot of fun.
     

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  14. audiomitch

    audiomitch

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    My "beater" bass. It was a wreck when I first bought it, and now it has EMGs and a BadAss II bridge. This is an older pic.

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  15. pocketgroove

    pocketgroove

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    Man, all of your beater basses are nicer than my "good" basses. What kind of person has a Fender sitting around for the sole purpose of taking beatings? :rollno:
     
  16. audiomitch

    audiomitch

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    I don't think anyone here beats their bass. But If I was playing a gig at a questionable place, I'd rather take my '92 Fender Prodigy Frankenbass than my original '72 Fender Precision or Ric 4003.
     
  17. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

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    My "beater" bass is a MIM 60'sRI Jazz. I bought it used from the classifieds here already with some big dings and scratches, and needed a 'cheapie' that I could leave anywhere (especially in my truck) and not care too much about if something happened to it. But turns out it's a killer sounding Jazz! :)

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  18. etechstan

    etechstan

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  19. jweber76

    jweber76

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    'de kick, I love that J!! Is that Inca Silver?
     
  20. bassguitarthund

    bassguitarthund

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    WOW!! I really like the looks of that!!:bassist:
     
  21. bassguitarthund

    bassguitarthund

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    Yup more of a figure of speach. My "beater" is my main bass. My Geddy!!
     

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