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Best bass for modern country?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jov1321, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Yeah, I've wondered about that myself, as much use as the B gets in our 5 set list, they've got to be using a drop tuner or tune bead. I fined it easier to use a 5er than to relearn the E string or go way up the neck for g string notes.
  2. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    A starbass by warwick?!
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  3. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    If you want to go retro all the way you will have to complement one of these with a rhinestone encrusted suit, real cowboy boots and a pompadour, just to complete the look. Think Conway Twitty etc. Conservatively Austentaious , that's the look
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  4. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    In country music the money is all below the 12th fret, some would argue the 5th fret. For those not comfortable with more than 4 strings the BEAD is a widely used option
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  5. Bassmann79

    Bassmann79 Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2015

    Correct, Shania's bassist played Warwicks but she is NOT country. She however is my woman so watch yourself.
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  6. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    For the modern "new country" just about any modern bass will do, at least 5 strings. I happen to use a Carvin LB76 because I like Carvin. For the classic country I put flat strings on my old Fender Jazz Special to give it more vintage "thump". I've been eyeing the Carvin PB5. It seems very versatile and has " the look". ;)

    I also use a Fender Kingman for acoustic stuff.


    Thank you for your indulgence,

  7. Dominic DeCosa

    Dominic DeCosa Habitual Line-Stepper Commercial User

    Mar 9, 2008
    Vero Beach, Florida
    DiCosimo Audio
    In my country band I played a G&L L2500 Tribute for a few years. For past year I played a Gibson EB 5 string. I regularly got complements for both. Another bass I would consider is the 5 string Fender P-Bass with flats.
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  8. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    I agree completely and think it would be awesome!
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  9. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    G&L L2500 or Peavey Cirrus 5 String or some type of 5-String Jazz bass

    You dont have to play 5-string, but it is highly recommended to have the ability to go below "E"

    Use Roundwounds for that bright punchy modern clarity (very important to make modern country sound "modern") but also have the ability to dial it back - even choosing specific pickups - for the few classic country songs you'll be covering (chances are you will be doing some Merle Haggard - just about every modern country cover band does)

    Country music, from classic to modern, is a great way to learn Swiss Army bass playing
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  10. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    5 String Thump. These are Nashville freelance bassist Victor Brodén's basses. The linked article talks about how he's lost work in Nashville due to the look of his Sandberg Patchwork bass but it's after playing it for several years, it has become part of his signature look and it's now (Edit: "not") getting him work.


    These are
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  11. It's not just awards shows, but it seems like a lot of the live concert footage I see of country acts features a bass player taking the safe route with a somewhat traditional P- or J-shaped fiver.

    It's sad, but true: People listen with their eyes as much as their ears sometimes, and looks make an impression and matter. Maybe not so much to us bass players, but to a lot of the people around us.
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  12. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    Doghouse, strung with guts.
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  13. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    Man I miss my guild pilot....
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  14. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    Morgan F bass, Craigslist, Wyoming. (no affiliation with seller)

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  15. swarfrat


    Sep 23, 2014
    The bad thing about a PBEAD is that the next fret is probably closer than the next string. I despise 19mm spacing as much as I crave picked-P sound.
  16. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    I had a typo in my statement. It's "now" getting him work. I had it state that it's "NOT" getting him work.

    I agree, though, and he even states it, that people listen with their eyes.
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  17. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Modern Country is the new version of the 90's hair bands. Twenty years from now we will all be saying "remember when we were all dressing up like cowboys for no particular reason?"
  18. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    When I played country, joining a band that had already been popular for more than a decade, they didn't care what model I played. They cared how I played. At the time I had a Planet Green Pedulla Rapture J2-5 and nothing else. Trust me. It didn't matter.
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  19. aprod


    Mar 11, 2008
    Like Tom Petty said "modern country is just bad rock with a fiddle". P Bass is the answer to your question. No fiver necessary.
  20. Jov1321


    Feb 26, 2014
    Thanks for all the replies everyone! I may have found something by Kiesel that will work, a P/J bass that's still got that fender look.
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