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Are there any songs that inspired you to get a particular bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Maxdusty, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    I was playing along with this song, more out of curiosity to see how my current crop of basses would handle this particular bassline, something that I would listen to in my youth. Now, inspire me to buy a particular bass is a bit of a stretch in this case but the bassline was something I thought really sounded cool, my bass at the time couldn't quite get that sound.

    The bass here is obviously a Stingray as I was able to achieve the exact same tone on my Sterling Ray34, even in the intro with very little effort in trying to get that sound. It sounded pretty good on a Jazz bass, dual humbucker Tune bass, surprisingly couldn't quite capture it on a G&L SB-2 and a MIM-P Bass - not that it sounded bad on either, just different. If there was a song to showcase the Stingray, this is definitely one of them. It's got that Stingray "sizzle" quality to it, in fact kind of relies on it.

    Is there any particular song that swayed or influenced you to buy a specific model bass that's difficult to duplicate with another make or model?

    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019
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  2. Inara

    Inara Fretless Femme Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    I got my first fretless Stingray because of Pino's bass line on Chris De Burgh's "The Lady in Red," which I heard long before I heard his Paul Young stuff.
  3. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    this is one of several songs that I listened to several years ago that made me come full circle back to Jazz basses from G&L ( I started on a Jazz bass professionally more than 30 years ago)

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  4. Alexander


    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    No, but I just got a bass that has me inspired to learn some Motown stuff!
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  5. 1. Thomas Dolbys’ Dissidents on ‘The Flat Earth’.
    2. Bowies’ China Girl & Lets Dance.
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  6. Players, yes.

    Individual songs, no. I need a consistent pattern of great tone on at least a few songs to spend that kind of coin.
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  7. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Seeing Rick Danko play his Ampeg Devil bass live and so seamlessly in '68 inspired me to find a fretless. I gigged one exclusively for quite a few years back then, and I've had one or another fretless ever since.
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  8. JeffJ2112

    JeffJ2112 Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2016
    Nowhere Indiana
    Yours is no Disgrace made me want and buy a Ric.
  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    upright players in general and then some of jaco's stuff. no one "song." jazz/fusion/funk in general.
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  10. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    virtually anything from Felix in a live setting has me still GASsing for whatever nails his gnarliness, and while I can get a great Jack Bruce grind from my coffee table rig I've found 0 that goes to 11 like Felix could with his various Gibsons maxing out those Sunns. obviously an EB of sorts is high on my inspiration list. start the vid @ 8:40 (I can't stand Silver Paper) and TURN IT UP LOUD so the whole neighborhood knows you have great taste in music lol
  11. mmon77

    mmon77 Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Southern MN
    Every Mudvayne song on L.D. 50 inspired me to want a Warwick Thumb bass. None of their songs sound right played on anything else.
  12. BobKos


    Apr 13, 2007
    Extreme's Get The Funk Out inspired me to put together an obnoxious Jazz Bass with dual MM type humbuckers. The bass is great for other stuff, one of my best, but I doubt I would have pursued it before interest in that song sparked it.
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  13. Taustin Powers

    Taustin Powers Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2002
    Berlin, Germany
    I was going to post exactly that!
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  14. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
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  15. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Such a great song. That entire album is Nuno’s pyrotechnic show.
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  16. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Not a song per se but, A few early Bela Fleck albums made me fall in love with Vic’s tone. Now 25 years latter and I picked up a Yin Yang Standard. Nothing else (that I’ve played) compares.
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  17. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    This song (and the next few albums)

    Inspired the purchase of this bass (eventually)

    (I remain uninspired by the hairstyle)

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  18. megarat

    megarat (Not My Real Name) Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Squirt Island, USA
    I have a Ric 4003 basically because of Chris Squire. I can't name a single song, there are way too many that were influential.

    I fell in love with the Aria SB-1000 because my musical coming of age was in the early '80s, and back then they were everywhere. I was especially influenced by Duran Duran's first two albums. I've since turned into a bit of an Aria freak and own more of their bases than I care to admit.

    The early '80s also caused me to fall in love with the fretless bass, which I finally got into about five years ago, and now it's my preferred way to play.

    I somehow haven't yet picked up a P-bass, in spite of the fact that I absolutely love how it sounds on pretty much everything.
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  19. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Redding CA
    No specific tunes, but the Rippingtons (Kim Stone) and Chick Corea's Elektric Band (John Patitucci) got me hooked an 6 string.
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  20. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    I can totally relate to that. I eventually did get one and still didn't gel with it... until I put flats on! Crazy thing is, it's true. The Force, the Jedi... All of it. It's all true.
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