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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rip Topaz, Jul 19, 2013.


  1. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    I got the idea for this thread from a Facebook post from Seymour Duncan. In their forum, they are discussing beater six-strings, so I figure why not post all our beat up basses!

    What's your backup bass for those not so nice bars, or what you take out when your main player seems to nice for the gig?

    Here's mine (I have two beaters):

    First, my SX jazz clone.
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    Not really beat-up, but was cheap enough that if something happened to it I would buy another and move on. My favorite of my cheapies.

    Here's my third in line. Started life as a SCPB, but the tone was lacking. This bass needed a TON of work to even be playable. Routed for humbuckers, repainted, and leveled the frets.
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    Next step for this one is a defret.
     
  2. Mktrat

    Mktrat Wait. What?

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    I gotta see how this plays out....
     
  3. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable

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    My main basses are beaters!
     
  4. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    So lets see em!
     
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  6. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

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    Got this one used, and pre-dropped. Nice crack on the bottom near the jack. 2008 Lakland Skyline Decade. My worry-free bass. Sounds great, too.

    Shown last weekend, after a 3 hour rain delay.
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  7. alembicguy

    alembicguy Lone Wolf Miner

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  8. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

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    Just came in the mail yesterday.........Don't care for the Jazz neck, but yep, my beater.

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  9. bassthumpersf

    bassthumpersf

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    I present to you Beast. Played hard & put up wet since '93.
     
  10. rtslinger

    rtslinger

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    If the Fender or Gibson are left at home I play SX and Epiphone mostly
    SX Jazz
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    Epiphone Embassy
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    If I really am worried about an area I am gigging at I bring my sons
    Silvertone Revolver
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  11. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Gold Supporting Member

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    My beater, a repainted heavily setup Squier that is now the Orange Jazz Bass. Plays and sounds really awesome and is Orange which I read is the new black?

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  12. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    Sweet!!
     
  13. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

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  14. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Gold Supporting Member

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  15. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    My current beater.
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    When I'm done with my current project, it gets re-done with some Surf Green love on the body, and amber tint on the neck and headstock.

    I will also add a bridge cover. I've grown to appreciate the added comfort it provides.
     
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    MIM's are made in Mexico by Mexicans, the MIA's are made in America by Mexicans.


    That is funny!
     
  17. RSNG

    RSNG

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    My Fender Aerodyne. It's not a beater in the sense that it's beat up or in bad condition. But, I bought it brand new for $539. At the time I got it, I figured it was kind of expendable and replaceable, compared to my "good basses".

    I've been playing my Aerodyne for 10 years now, and I couldn't imagine life without it. The "good basses" haven't been to a gig in a long time.
     
  18. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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  19. dirtbeard

    dirtbeard

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    My beater. One pickup, strung with old flatwounds.
     
  20. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    Damn, if these are your "beaters" I'd love to see what your crown jewels are!
     
  21. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    That would be my Rickenbackers ...
     

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