Bass with 2 strings!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Ray Matthews, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Chris Bellew of Presidents of the USA was asked why he had only two strings on his bass?
    "It's in case I break one!" He replied.
    Sounds like my kind of guy!
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  2. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I love my E and A strings for sure! I'm a true low-end junkie, I do use the D string but as for the G string :spit:
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  3. SilGarzaJr

    SilGarzaJr SilGarzaJr

    Mar 28, 2012
    North Texas
    Aden Bubeck who tours with Miranda Lambert has played a three string bass for a few years.
  4. There's a video on Shmootube of a man in Jamaica playing a one string bass, and he rocks.
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  5. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Cool! looked him up neat bass, I could live with that. FWIW I do use the G string some but it never really has the tone I like so I stay away except to add a passing quick passing note, octave or quick riff.
  6. p-lo


    Jun 18, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    And then there is this guy and his one string bass.

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  7. How about some Morphine. The late Mark Sandman played two strings and uses a slide too.

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  8. JoePasko


    Aug 10, 2008
    Albany, NY
    I love my fretless two-string basses. There they are, in my profile pic.
  9. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    SW VT
    This thread has a few.

    In particular, Stig Pedersen of D-A-D has many weird-looking 2 strings. Katzenjammer's Contra-Bass Balilika got lots of interest, but I think that may have been for the players as much as the 3-string instrument ;-) somehow the other contra-bass balilika's didn't seem to resonate with the talkbass crowd as much. I'm just guessing it wasn't the cat-face...
  10. Cristofre


    Jul 8, 2004
    Georgia, USA
    I built a one string bass out of an old guitar and a long piece of square steel tubing. The neck is so long I had to use an upright bass E string, and I have three octaves of notes!

    I built it mainly as a joke, but it does work on a lot of songs.
  11. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    SW VT
    Pics, we need pics!
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  12. A friend saw the Sex Pistols in St. Louis and he said that at the end of the show Sid had just one string left.
  13. Cristofre


    Jul 8, 2004
    Georgia, USA
    pic? lol... I'll try to remember when I get home this eve.
    Note: bass was recently upgraded to TWO strings, that's 100% more strings than before!
  14. Cristofre


    Jul 8, 2004
    Georgia, USA
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  15. Dojix

    Dojix Guest

    May 24, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    I bet he didn't even play that one.
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  16. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    LOL - I made my signature line as a retort to the often-used bit about Jaco with 4...
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  17. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I have a two string. Custom from Krappy. Love it
  18. RaggaDruida


    Jul 6, 2013
    Brushy One String... Yes, he rocks, and only using one string tuned in C...
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  19. Jigsawjaybus

    Jigsawjaybus Guest

    Feb 17, 2015
    Muskegon Michigan
    I'm just here to drool over other peoples stuff.
    I've been thinking of converting an old bass I have laying around two a two string just for funsies.
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  20. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    image.jpg I've posted this 2-string before.
    Worth a second post.
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