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Big name players who stick with one brand?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kokorollc, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. kokorollc


    May 22, 2008
    Just curious. As most of us here are kind of gear geeks and take great pleasure in reading/researching and even trying out as many basses as possible I was thinking about some of the pros we love who can sometimes afford or are offered almost anything but still have stuck with their "signature" tone despite all of these temptations that constantly have us buying and selling. Victor and Fodera, Marcus, Duck Dunn, Patitucci, Haslip. There are some players that you just associate with a certain brand. Not to say they never stray but they are very consistent. Then there's the other side where a player has made a pretty significant shift one or more times throughout their career. Think Entwistle, Flea, Pino, Lee Sklar and Geddy Lee for sure. I don't think either way is "better" , it is just interesting to see how some of their music evolved with different instruments. Kindof justifies some of our constant swapping and searching for that elusive "holy grail" tone. For the record I don't think it exists. The Mormons got it right. More basses=better
  2. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    The first person I think of is Steve Harris of Iron Maiden...

    I can't remember ever seeing him use something other than Fenders...P-basses to be exact.
  3. kokorollc


    May 22, 2008
    Yeah. I dig the "if it ain't broke" logic. Still, love Geddy with the Ric, the Wal and the Jazz.
  4. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    Victor plays lots of different basses, though is most often photographed with Foderas. JP still also plays Sadowsky afaik, and used to play Ken Smith a lot. Haslip, before Roscoe, was into Yamaha BBs, then was a big time Tobias guy.
  5. kokorollc


    May 22, 2008
    Haslip onTobias is still one of my favorite fretless tones ever. That was a big shock when he moved on but there were some pretty substantial changes at Tobias and he changed to 6 string fretted. Lotta people left the crazy neckthrough thing in the 80s for lightweight. Then again Foderas seem to be everywhere these days.
  6. pgolliher


    Apr 27, 2010
    Santa Cruz, CA
    There are a bunch of Fender guys (like Steve Harris- one of my favs) that come to mind, but there are others that pop in my mind that I have only seen play one brand(I am sure I could be wrong about these though...)
    Stanley Clark - Alembic
    Gary Willis- Ibanez
    Norwood Fisher, P-Nut, TM Stevens, Dirk Lance- Warwick
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Nathan East and Yamaha.

    Steve Bailey and Aria ... no, Fender ... no, Warwick ...
  8. kokorollc


    May 22, 2008
    Agreed. Lot of the Warwick guys have been pretty solid through the years. That is definitely a very distinct sound that is not easily replicated. I think some guys have a pretty solid endorsement deal and good working relationship with their companies too. Why wouldn't Yamaha build exactly what Nathan East wants. The guy's had some fairly decent exposure through the years with...... well.....everyone.
  9. synaesthesia


    Apr 13, 2004
    To take it further: one long career, one electric bass and the same set of strings since. Herbie Flowers and his Fender J Prototype with a weird Jazzmaster type switch, circa '59 to present.
  10. kokorollc


    May 22, 2008
    Yeah. Those guys are a rare breed. Think how long Duck Dunn or Jamerson had a set of strings on.
  11. inate_hex


    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    I occasionally wet the bed.
    ive seen him use an ibanez roadster
  12. awesomesawyer


    Aug 27, 2012
    jaco and fender!
  13. lposavad

    lposavad Supporting Member

    Duck Dunn - Fender

    Alain Caron - F Bass

    Jack Bruce - Warwick (mostly)
  14. SBsoundguy


    Sep 2, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Hey plays an odd P-bass/Tbird in the Aces High video.

  15. Chrishi87


    Aug 17, 2010
    Fieldy (Korn) - Ibanez
    Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne)- Warwick
    Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach)- Lakland
    Oliver Riedel (Rammstein) - Sandberg
    Jon Gallant (Billy Talent) - MusicMan
    Drew Roulette (Dredg) - MusicMan
    Stefan Olsdal (Placebo) - Gibson
    Duff (Velvet Revolver / G´n´R) - Fender
  16. inate_hex


    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    I occasionally wet the bed.
    duff has also used a gibson les paul bass
  17. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Nikki Sixx- Gibson Thunderbirds (except in studio)
  18. SBsoundguy


    Sep 2, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Can't say I blame him.:bag::D
  19. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Totally. But in his defense, he records with a '59 P.
  20. totallywink

    totallywink Supporting Member

    Billy Sheehan with Yamaha (after he retired the 'wife').