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All around, most comfortable bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Warpeg, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. Fender Jazz (Vintage)

    59 vote(s)
  2. Fender Jazz (Modern)

    74 vote(s)
  3. Fender Precision (Vintage)

    39 vote(s)
  4. Fender Precision (Modern)

    30 vote(s)
  5. MM Stingray

    35 vote(s)
  6. MM Sterling

    28 vote(s)
  7. G&L (Various Necks)

    15 vote(s)
  8. Ric

    14 vote(s)
  9. Warwick (bolt on)

    23 vote(s)
  10. Warwick (neck thru)

    15 vote(s)
  11. Ibanez (Various Necks)

    38 vote(s)
  12. Gibson (Various Necks)

    7 vote(s)
  13. Pedulla

    24 vote(s)
  14. Sadowski

    26 vote(s)
  15. Lakland

    36 vote(s)
  16. Roscoe

    18 vote(s)
  17. Ritter

    3 vote(s)
  18. Spector

    26 vote(s)
  19. Other Boutique Bass (explain in your thread)

    27 vote(s)
  20. Other (explain in your thread)

    28 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    I have found that every bass has its pros and cons. Some have great tone (which can be disected in millions of ways), some have great looks, some have great resale value, and others have great feel. But focusing on the last attribute, which basses are the most comfortable and why? Think about neck feel, curvature, radius, finish; body shape, weight, balance, position of hardware (pickups, bridge, knobs/switches, rests, etc.); and how well your fingers and hands hold up with the bass over a 4 hour gig.

    For me, I've got to go Stingrays, Sterlings, and Spectors. Though MM's and Specs have little in common, they seem to have some kind of a similar feel in my hands and end up giving me no problems after I long gig. I do know that a well-broken-in maple fingerboard on a Stingray is amazing to play on--it just feels natural.
  2. Alexander


    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I'm a sucker for jazz bass necks (though I realize some don't like them) - especially when they have the rolled fingerboard edges. I personally don't care for the Geddy Lee necks, though.

    So I guess it is a Fender Jazz or EBMM Sterling
  3. Zebra


    Jun 26, 2005
    As far as body/contouring goes, I played a Warwick Dolphin that was by far the most comfortable body design I had ever seen. Despite how odd it looks, it's perfectly designed for playing sitting down. I don't quite remember how the neck felt. :/
  4. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    Dingwall Afterburners.

    My second choice would be a modern P-Bass (C shaped neck).
  5. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004
    I voted Lakland

    cos i like em'
    sound and feel right

  6. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    I had to vote "Other" and name my Lull M5V.. This bass is such a joy to play!! Lightweight, balances perfectly, silky smooth satin finish neck!!

    Very comfortable!!

  7. Stambaugh SC 6. Wide, flat, lighter than my Fender 5.
  8. X Wolf

    X Wolf Guest

    Contoured P-Bass bodies with 7.25" radius & rolled edge Jazz necks.

  9. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Same here for the exact reasons stated above by Mr. Beem. I'm a sucker for Fender and Fender-style instruments. IMO a Lull is in a class by itself.

    But I'd have to say every bass I own is comfortable for me to play; or else I wouldn't have bought them. Great tone is the first thing I look for in an instrument, closely followed by ease of playing.
  10. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Make that a maple fingerboard and I'm a true believer! :bassist:
  11. Wally Malone

    Wally Malone

    Mar 9, 2001
    Boulder Creek, CA
    AFM International Representative Endorsing Artist: Accugroove Cabinets & MJC Ironworks Strings
    I feel great about the way my F Bass lays, it leaves my arms in a more natural position than my other basses. I don't have to stretch my left arm out to play in the lower positions.

  12. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    I wish I would've put F Bass in the poll selections. If only more than 20 poll selections could be posted, I think I would've also put MTD, Nord, and Stambaugh.
  13. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    New fender J's (thinner the better), old fender p's (thicker the better), the EBMM sterling (greatest finish on a neck ever), Ibanez SR series, and Lakland necks totally rule.
  14. For me, the 4401 and SB-1 (2nd gen) are dead-on perfect.
  15. 1kinal


    Jan 18, 2006
    Montreal, Qc. Canada
    Endorsing Artist: SIT strings
    MTD's are the most comfortable bass I've played.
  16. Gegatso


    Jan 16, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    Birdsong wins for me hands down.

  17. Thunder_Fingers


    Jun 24, 2004
    Warwick bolt on, im realy, realy satisfied with the neck and feel of my Streamer LX4
  18. Mr_Dave


    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    I like jazz basses, i've recently just got a sadowsky with a slightly smaller jazz body which is cool and i love the thin finish on the back of the neck. and well balanced
  19. -Sam-


    Oct 5, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Its so subjective because what is comfy for one is agony for another.

    IMO i like the soungear thin necks
  20. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    Dingwall. The most playable, ergonomic and enjoyable bass to hold, play and perform with.

    Look at my profile to see what I'm comparing the Dingwall with. No bad bass in my herd!!!

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