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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


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


    Aug 19, 2005
    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


    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


    Mar 26, 2006
    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


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY

    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
  15. DaneB


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


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


    May 27, 2008
    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.

    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


    Jun 24, 2007
    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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