12 Bass Player Archetypes

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by jd56hawk, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
  2. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    I’m #10 and 11. Minus the crappy gear and “patriotic” hoopla.
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  3. wmhill

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    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    He is actually on point with a lot of the accusations & generalizations. Fortunately, I'm a hybrid of these and don't fit any single pigeon hole.

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  4. andawun


    Jul 13, 2009
    #13: Grumpy Old Fart. I can relate to this category.
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  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
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  6. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    #1 and proud of it, dammit.
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  7. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    Im not any of those guys. I just plug in and play good bass, don't have a fashion statement , don't care, just there to serve the music whatever it might be. Hell I might even wear shorts, you just never know.
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  8. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    None... it was a funny read, though.
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  9. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Part white guy, part honky tonk, part crunchy! :roflmao:
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  10. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    I've evolved into a melange of several myself:
    9, 2, 6, 12... and 5 even though I'm a dude. Funny story... my old punk band's EP got into the hands of the MRR (Maximum Rocknroll) punk 'zine and they wrote a positive review of it, particularly praising the occasional "female" vocals... which were my screams. So, from that point on, I became the chick in the band.
  11. aekisz


    Jul 4, 2006
    Yeah, number 13 for me too though I’m not that grumpy. I also sing lead and am pretty boring — bad combo.
  12. dBChad


    Aug 17, 2018
    Daytona Beach, FL
    As a middle age prog-rock driven musician with an affinity for 90's songwriting, I wasn't fully represented by any of these archetypes (but i'll admit to a hint of funk master).
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  13. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
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    I know it is satire...However

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  14. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    There's 12?
  15. Thorny1


    Jun 16, 2019
    I definitely fall into the goth category. No black strings, but a black bass, and a flaming red cabinet. Own it!
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  16. I don't fit into any of those, though I know a few guitarists who fit several of these. I guess there is no archetype for players who dress appropriately, play well with others, know the material and just try not to embarrass themselves...
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  17. Tekkers


    Dec 16, 2018
    That whole thing read as being surprisingly bitter and judgemental.
    If the author could get off his high horse and stopped throwing snide comments around the place then it might have been vaguely amusing.
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  18. I was in a Band that said they wanted a 10, when actually they wanted an 11. I got fired for being too much of a 6.
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  19. pisces_bass


    Jun 8, 2019
    Central WA
    Thanks for the Sunday morning coffee read. Gotta be able to poke fun at yourself! Shades of #1 here :roflmao:
  20. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    Taking #1 ALL the way to the bank!
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