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Some Pros use cheap basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Strat Hater, Jul 13, 2013.


  1. Strat Hater

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    Here is a pic of Eric Bass of Shinedown using what appears to be a $300 Dean Hilsboro. I saw them in concert this week and he had about 5 of them. The most expensive was a Sig Hilsboro that MF has listed for $549

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    Sooo@ my point is that cheap basses can rock with the big boys.

    Anyone else know of anyone similar?
     
  2. 2meterbassman

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    ...don't forget: sometimes companies build instruments for the pros, that are much better than the regular instruments in the shop.
     
  3. ianoneightseven

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  4. sandwich5027

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    Sometimes bass players use picks, sometimes they don't.

    Either way I never heard of the guy.....
     
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  6. smcd

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    And sometimes players have endorsement contracts.




    There are very few basses made today that are non-gigable by professionals. With a quality amp and cab, 99% of new basses can sound totally fine.
     
  7. BassManKev

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    This.
     
  8. rfslick

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    I love my Ursa 2 Jazz, and I could afford to take an even dozen on the road!
     
  9. GlennW

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    Beatles - Paul - cheap Hofner

    Rolling Stones - Bill - cheap Framus
     
  10. rfslick

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    When he bought that, it was probably a couple hundred bucks. My '67 500/1 was $435 in in Calif., in '67.
     
  11. Jim Carr

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    $3,033.86 in 2013 dollars. Inflation is a powerful thing. :cool:

    http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl?
     
  12. Clef_de_fa

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    But you don't see virtuoso play cheap bass.
     
  13. jchrisk1

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    Sure do. Jeff Berlin plays a Dean. And, yes, he is a virtuoso. Ask him.:D
    I am sure it isn't the $199 GC special, but still, that's what I see when I look at it.
     
  14. HaMMerHeD

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    Except....in the case of this particular guy and this particular bass, he clearly states in that video that he plays the ~$500 retail version on stage. "I don't change anything", he says.

    Because, for the most part, they don't have to because you have luthiers and large mfrs knocking each other over for the right to slap those players' names on their products.
     
  15. fenderlover77

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    What's wrong with you guys? Someone posts a nice tidbit of information and you down him?

    FYI, companies don't build instruments for endorsing artists unless its a signature model. It's not economically feasible.

    So yes, the bass player of Shinedown (a very popular band) is playing cheaper dean basses.

    And cheaper doesn't mean bad quality, not nowadays.

    To the OP, thanks for the info and pic. That's pretty damn cool! :D
     
  16. Showdown

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    A virtuoso will sound good on anything he/she plays.
     
  17. Clef_de_fa

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    Oh yeah I forgot about him ... well outside of him it doesn't happen I'm pretty sure of it
     
  18. Showdown

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    My advice, play what you want - cheap or expensive - and don't worry about what other people play. If you are happy with your bass that is all that matters.
     
  19. hover

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    You really need to stop listening with your eyes.
     
  20. Clef_de_fa

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    Yeah probably but they never do it so we won't know. What I do see is a lot of very expensive basses in the hands of virtuoso and I'm 100% sure it is because those basses enhance their habillities instead of being an hindrance and they sometimes have feature that you can't find on less expensive instruments.

    In the classical world, musicians buys very very very expensive instruments and they aren,t always virtuoso but at one point you want a bass that is more playable than you are able to play it so you can grow even further.
     
  21. esa372

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    ...but most pros don't.

    So what?
     

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