What's your favorite bar gig bass?

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  1. Tony B. Filthy

    Tony B. Filthy Previously guitfiddle0409 Supporting Member

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    As we all know bar gigs can often be rough on a bass. This one has emerged as my favorite lately due the resilience of it's finish -- a Rickenbacker 4004L with a Blueboy finish:

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    What do all of you prefer to bring along to gigs where you are uncertain of ideal conditions?
  2. Bassbubble11

    Bassbubble11 Supporting Member

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    My favorite bar gig bass is my Squier Classic Vibe.

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  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    My 1972 Jazz was refinished decades ago and is pretty mangled. I usually bring it to rougher bar gigs or outdoor gigs that involve booze on stage (crowd tends to bring us shooters), bug spray and potential rain. It has replacement pickups, tuners, electronics and pickguard, so it isn't super valuable anyways. I also bring my Squier VM Jazz as a backup.
  4. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

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    I generally go with a 2004 Lakland Joe Osborn, but will use just about anything.

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    Like this one - 2005 Sterling H/S in Limited Edition buttercream. Supposedly only one of two made in that color

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  6. pudgychef

    pudgychef

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    MIA EBMM SUB4 - sounds and plays great, not much $$ into it and that textured finish dares you to ding it...(the painted headstock does make up for the lack of dingability down low...) :)
    great bar gig bass
  7. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    The same stuff I play at any type of gig. My basses are for playing, I don't discriminate.
  8. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    +1.

    My backup changes depending on my mood but 9 out of 10 I never even play the backup.
  9. jj4001

    jj4001 Supporting Member

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    Been playing my '86 4003 for pretty much all my gigs for the last few years. Rocked my '80 4001 exclusively for about 13 years prior.

    Brought a Squier VM P-bass on tour recently and really started liking it. Sold it and picked up a CV P-bass. Probably will be gigging it regularly once I get the hi-mass bridge swapped out for a vintage style one.
  10. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Here is one of my bar basses. :bassist:

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  11. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

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    :cool:

    Same here. I play them all.
  12. bassbenj

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    Doesn't anybody SX anymore?

    I bought mine for bar basses and I love 'em.
    I usually take a pair. One fretted and one fretless for variety and backup.

    Only problem is that I've had them for quite a while and now they are "old headstock" and are turning into valuable vintage basses! :meh:

    I also consider my G&L Tribby a bar bass compared to my USA pair.
  13. rhopper

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    I rotate the girls regardless of where we play.
  14. NYCbassist

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    That's hot. Here's it's cousin from the future.
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  15. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Cool! :cool: And, it has some hair on it, too. :D
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    ^this
  17. Tony B. Filthy

    Tony B. Filthy Previously guitfiddle0409 Supporting Member

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    So are mine, but some "stages" I have to deal with are just too close to too many people who don't give a rat's rear end about my gear. Maybe you just have the luxury of more distance from drunken patrons and careless venue employees than I do. Last month this higher end Rick of mine was almost destroyed by an inattentive kitchen worker; it was saved by a decent guitar stand protecting the front of it when he knocked it over:

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  18. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Here are a couple more bar gig basses from over the years.

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  19. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

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    Same here, except I rarely play fivers at basic bar gigs, even though I've had one for years and it's perfectly appropriate in my current band. It's almost always a four, which means a J-bass or G&L SB-2.
  20. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    This was one of my 5 string basses I'd played at bars.

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  21. PortlandBass77

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    LOL I would never take a bass that expensive to a bar gig. Come to think of it none of my basses are worth close to that much so :bassist:

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