Basses that you hate as primary basses but love as secondary basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Christian Joseph Allbee, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. This thread is somewhat related to the "What bass do you regret ever buying or selling?" thread, but distinct enough to warrant its own thread.

    Here is my example:
    At the beginning of 2013, I bought a Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass (and subsequently sold my Squier Standard Jazz Bass) hoping that the short-scale neck would solve my problems (straining my hands on a long-scale neck). To keep a long story short-scale, it helped at first, but I began to despise the bass in the long run. It's a well-made bass and has a good tubby sound, but it wasn't cutting it for a majority of the music I was playing and the neck was even more uncomfortable than the Squier Jazz Bass.
    Last week, I ordered an SX medium-scale Jazz Bass and upon receiving it in the mail a few days ago, I felt like a born-again bass player. Not only was the neck just right for my hands, but I regained the tonal versatility that the Squier Jazz Bass had.
    However, my Mustang Bass won't be neglected and I now like and use it as a secondary bass for certain music.

    It made me wonder if anybody here has a bass that they wouldn't want as a primary bass but love having as a secondary bass. If anybody has a bass of this nature, share your story on this thread.
  2. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    My Jazz Bass. I always use the P, sometimes want more bite, so I use the J for a month or so and I'm really liking it. And then, I pick up my P again and wonder why I haven't played it in the last month.
  3. Mossmatic

    Mossmatic Compulsive Modder

    Jul 19, 2012
    My MIM Jazz... I put a set of Barts in it a few years ago, and being that they're split-coil pickups, it sounds more like a P-bass than a Jazz (which isn't a bad thing).

    I love the way it sounds, but it just doesn't have the bite and growl that my SX Jaguar (with Fender J pups), or my SX Ursa 2 HUM have. I still play and enjoy the MIM, but only for certain applications.
  4. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    I'll play nearly any bass, but I couldn't play exclusively fretless basses.
    Everyone has their favorite, sometimes even down to what screws they use to hold a pick guard on, but as far as type of bass I'd have to say that fretless basses are my secondary choice.
  5. Biggbass

    Biggbass Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Hofner 500/1
  6. edpal

    edpal Inactive

    Oct 3, 2007
    Steinberger Spirit- I love the portability of it, fine for an informal jam night. Very indecisive sound, can't get used to the small body.
  7. Freez


    Nov 8, 2008
    epi vintage vibe, love it for 60's brit rock (other than the who) and sounds great on motown and old r&b stuff, but it could never be my main, it's too delicate. aggresive playing and floating bridges do not mix! i would never say i hate it though, it's a one trick pony, but works brilliantly within it's limitations.
  8. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
  9. IslandBoy


    Apr 20, 2008
    South Florida
    Ric 4003 & Spector NS2. Love them for small windows of playing , but could not use either as my main player.
  10. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    My 8-string
  11. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger.

    Jul 4, 2007
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Agreed. They're fun and interesting but they could never replace my fretted basses. I also don't ever see myself spending very much for one. If I'm spending $500+ on a bass, it's going to have frets. Even though I can appreciate fretless, I'm realistic about how much use it will get. The most I could imagine investing in one would be a Mexican Standard Jazz or Precision, possibly a used American Standard if the price was unbeatable. And I'd need to have enough cash available to not make me second guess myself. Pretty rare conditions, unfortunately.
  12. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I got mine in trade for an EXH Micro Q-tron that I paid $30 for. It's an Aria Pro II with Basslines pups. It really sings! Unfortunately, when I play it, it mainly sings out of tune. :crying::D
  13. Seems to me this is the definition of a secondary bass.
    If you wanted it as your would be.

    Maybe you're asking if we've loved a bass and used it as the primary for any length of time, then demoted it to 2nd?
    Probably happens a lot as people refine their tastes and acquire more gear.

    Personally, I have two main basses: the Iceman usually never gets put down on all-original shows since they are shorter. If we have to add covers and the length of the show goes well over 90 minutes, the SR500 becomes the main bass and the Iceman gets used for different tunings and the show-stopper songs.

    The Iceman isn't anywhere near comfortable enough for longer shows, but to me they are both my favorites and in the studio it comes down to nuances of tone when choosing.
  14. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I've had a few that fall into this category: DiPinto Belvedere semi-hollow; fretless; and a five. Only one I've kept is the five. I don't think I'd ever use a five as my main bass unless I played in a band that required it, but I sure like having it around. Comes in handy sometimes.
  15. That's more or less what I'm getting at. I had my Mustang Bass for 6 months before I realized it was a mistake to get it to replace my Jazz Bass. I shouldn't have gotten it for a primary bass, but I like having it as a secondary bass because of it's tubby P-Bass-esque sound.
  16. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    i don't use fx live with the g&l, but at home i love to run the highly modded mim jazz through a bunch of pedals
  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I've used every bass I've ever owned as my primary bass at some point and time, even the Realistic. So no, not really.
  18. fusionbassed


    Jul 11, 2013
    This is why I bought my Squier Vintage Mod 5 string - just so I'd have a practice bass for travel and the time I might actually need the Low B of Doom.
  19. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    I gig with my Fenders, rarely with my Gibson and I haven't gigged with my Ric yet.