After reading the fantastic Dr. Cheese’s thread about Stingray or Sterling over a Jazz it got my wheels spinning . . . Over my 35 years of 4 string slinging, what basses have I played that really left an impression but I never actually owned? I’ve been exclusively playing Rickenbackers and Stingrays since 1991 (with an occasional P dropped in there now and again), but there have been a few rogues — as I’ll call them — that have left an indelible impression. I’ll err on the side of brevity here but these are the three (and one honorable mention) I just can’t get out of my mind: Rogue 1 - Turn the dial back to around 1993 and I’m down at the music stores in NYC and I stumble on my first “missed opportunity,” a Ken Smith Burner. I can’t remember what store it was — it wasn’t Manny’s or Alex’s — but some other little boutique shop down there that I happened to wander into. I had heard about Ken Smith’s of course, but this was the first, and only time, I’ve ever gotten to play one. I can still recall the subtleness of the neck and the ease at which it played. Truly a masterpiece . . . but not something I could afford at the time. Rogue 2 - Fast forward to my time in LA, this must have been the late 90’s, and it was a quick drop in at the Sam Ash on Sunset. There it was a beautiful orange G&L ASAT. I had never played one before but I was immediately drawn to the Tele-type shape and the color was an eye catcher. The look of this one is forever burned into my mind, and it did play great, but like an old flame sometimes it’s just appearance that leaves a more lasting mark. Rogue 3 - Jump up to 2010 in Arizona for some studio work and I encounter the last of my three “ships in the night.” A more traditional love affair here as I got my hands on a Road Worn Fender Jazz. Just a beautiful bass . . . slick neck, great feel, wonderful tone. Love at first pluck. Honorable Mention - The late 80’s in my hometown at a store called Vincitore’s on Main St. A beautiful black Yamaha BB3000, I wasn’t a good enough player at the time to have a bass like that but it still pops up in my dreams now and then. Like a lost love or a one-time chance encounter, what bass leaves you still longing?