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Do-it-all bass or one for every occasion?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassteban, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Kinda like the age-old *single effects vs multis* question- which way do you lean? I have a Stambaugh 6 that was meant as a Swiss Army bass: active/passive, wide-spaced for slapability, chambered for guitar-esque upper register... I love the bass but also have a few *1 1/2 trick ponies*(fretless, ABG, etc)- so I don't swear by one plan or the other. If I get time I'll add a poll
  2. throughthefire


    Oct 1, 2010
    On the basis that I only own one, I have a do-it-all/one for every occasion bass... :smug:
  3. One's enough for me.
  4. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Why not both?
  5. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    I kinda do both. I have a custom with active/passive switching that can handle a lot of variety, but I have others that I keep around because they do one or two things really well. For example, none of my basses have the same warm booming lows that my fretless does.
  6. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I have a truck load and love them all , sometimes I think , hey lets take the Jazz out or maybe a P today . I like your basic tones too , nothing to extreme or "extended" but if I were to pick a one bass can do it all out of the basses I have it would be the Dingwall AB-1 .
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I could get by with a good J5, and a good P5, but, there's no law says I'm limited to two good basses :D
  8. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    For the kind of music I play, my P/J Fender could handle just about anything. Obviously, if there were a tune that required fretless, I'd have to break out the Carvin, but that's about it.
  9. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    I'm limited to one Alembic, and I can get the sounds I want from that. Its a better bass than I am a player. And I'd rather have a happy wife than an extra bass!
  10. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    If I can only take one bass,it's a Sterling 5 HH.
  11. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    The Precision V has been getting it done. Strung with DR Low Rider Nickels.
  12. Both is fine- I'm guessing most do this to some extent. This not another *desert island/you're only allowed one bass* thread, but feel free to ppst your thoughts and experiences, relative to the OP.
  13. deste


    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    Different genres: seven basses, different sounds.
    None of them is particularly pricey, but I'm happy this way. And could always spend some little money on some new little toy...
  14. eyvindwa


    Aug 1, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    I have several, but since I like my Warwick thumb so much, I end up using it for most everything. Still, I gas for more basses :/
  15. My current line-up: Stammie 6 for regular church gig, Fender J-5 for pretty much anything I'd use the 6 for- also as backup in case I decide I'm rusty on 6, MIM P(4) for jams w/old friends, 3/4 German DB for *that vibe*
    I also have a defretted Washburn AB-20 ABG, but rarely play it out live- just haven't needed it's particular sound
  16. Since I only have one for the foreseeable future, I have the do-it-all bass approach.

    Jazz basses are pretty versatile anyway, but I am planning some mods that will bring a couple more options to it, without costing near what another bass would.
  17. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I can get by happily with any one of my Roscoes. I end up sounding like "me" on most any bass I play, anyway. I do plan to add a fretless in the very near future (also a Roscoe), since that's a sound I can't cop on my fretted basses. But other than that, I mainly rely on changes in right hand attack, and the bass's eq, to get pretty much whatever sound I need.
  18. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I play 5-string fretted exclusively, so I only need one. My choice is a Sadowsky P5, which I'd use for any genre, from Motown/country/blues to modern rock/funk/punk/whatever.

    However I want more than one, simply for variety's sake, so I own more than one. And while I prefer rounds, it's nice to have a second Sadowsky P5 strung with flats.
  19. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Line 6 Variax 700 24 basses in one.
  20. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    I have a fender PJ. It covers 95% of the stuff my group does. I have a fretless Jazz for the other 5%. I'm considering having a doubleneck built.