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Basses that every player should have in their toolbox:

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by In Absentia, Sep 23, 2008.


  1. In Absentia

    In Absentia

    Jul 5, 2008
    In my opinion, A Fender P (or copy), a Fender J (or copy), and a Music Man Stingray.

    Agree? Disagree? Don't care?
     
  2. Smallmouth_Bass

    Smallmouth_Bass

    Dec 29, 2005
    Canada
    Yes, that will do.
     
  3. jaywa

    jaywa

    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Agree totally with your choices... but that's about two more basses than I have ever been able to afford.:meh:
     
  4. brianh

    brianh

    Aug 19, 2005
    NYC
    Endorsing: Epifani Amplification
    A think that pretty much sums it up...most I know also have a 5 string J syle bass and some kind of fretless.
     
  5. danomite64

    danomite64

    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    I don't think I can fit my bass into my toolbox, unless I use a saw to cut it into smaller pieces. Fortunately, I have a saw in my toolbox......
     
  6. I suppose I'm a loner here.... my Ric 4003 does it all for me.
     
  7. I think that if you have a good active jazz, you can dispense with the stingray...
     
  8. Fender P, Fender J, a custom bass(?).
     
  9. lowendgenerator

    lowendgenerator

    Mar 26, 2006
    CHI/NWI
    Agreed. I think that my Deluxe Jazz can get just about any tone that a stingray is capable of. That midrange boost REALLY helps. I have a MM/P-bass that I need to get a preamp for, it kinda sucks passive.

    A P or J gets my vote for "bass that everyone should own".
     
  10. A bass with strings.
     
  11. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    IMG_3220.

    Just Precisions.
     
  12. A jazz can do anything and if there was one bass I would need it would be a Jazz
     
  13. What ever happened to washtub basses?
     
  14. miss g

    miss g

    Mar 30, 2008
    Agree
     
  15. DaneB

    DaneB

    May 25, 2008
    Western Australia
    I'd like to own all of them, but I don't.
     
  16. Muddslide

    Muddslide

    Feb 23, 2007
    Mobile, Alabama
    Hey, don't laugh...I've built and played a few of those!

    I can get along fine with a P. It doesn't quite mimic a J or a Ric, but my single-coil P copy can get closer to those than the P.

    But a P is "The" foundation for me, and would be my Desert Island bass.

    Not that I'd mind having a nice Jazz again.

    I'd be more interested, just in the name of variety, to have a hollowbody string with flats and a fretless.

    Don't care for actives.

    I'm also increasingly interested in an ABG, but I don't see a whole lot of utility in that for me at the moment.
     
  17. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    My Yamaha seems to do it for me. I just picked up a fretless - Squire VM. I think I'm covered.
     
  18. hey

    hey

    Jul 8, 2006
    Wisconsin
    P Bass
    J Bass
    J Bass (Fretless)
    Stingray
    Ric
     
  19. lunker

    lunker

    May 27, 2008
    Houston
    Definitely agree with brianh that you should have a fretless in your stable (if you want to be a completely rounded bass player).

    But, I, personally, don't think you need any Fenders/knock-offs (unless you're dealing with prejudiced bandleader etc.) and you definitely don't need a Stingray. Don't get me wrong, if I had the extra scratch I would certainly have all these basses (especially the Ray), but necessities they are not.

    Edit:
    BTW My main bass is a Schecter Studio 5, which I am starting to think may be a rare gem because I've played plenty of others and have not been particularly impressed.
     
  20. therex

    therex

    Jun 24, 2007
    lima
    p bass for cool tones
    fretless j for mellower
    ibane BTB or SR for really smooth tones
    stingray or ibanez ATK or ibanez SRX for cutting tones
    and more p basses because they are too good

    but they are not all "needed"
     

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