do you have a bass you play the least?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pcake, Sep 22, 2022.

  1. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i have two. one i only got to play in case my shoulder got worse (smallguitars bass MB2), but the other is my squier mini precision.

    the mini P neck slows me down and is less fun to play, and i don't even know why that should be. my mikros have the same scale length, but they're fun to play. on the other hand, we upgraded the mini P pickup, so it sounds great, but i've never really enjoyed the neck.

    what are your least played basses?
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  2. ebo


    Jul 15, 2012
    Bay Area, Ca
    My least played is my Avatar and namesake, a 65’ Gibson EB-O. I used to gig it but she’s retired now and a closet keeper. Someday I’ll put it in the hands of someone who will show it some action. I got compliments about it at just about every gig.
  3. Sean150


    Jul 18, 2018
    All of them since I have been playing 6 string electric for the last 6 months :). But to be more accurate I have a nice Yamaha TRBX and Fender AM Jazz Bass That I both love that get little play time in my bass rotation. I also still love my VM Squier Jazz but it is pretty much living in a case event though I love it every time i play.

    I have to say my Les Paul Tribute has broken my relationship with all my other guitars and basses though so I understand what you say about the Mikro’s.
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  4. 31HZ

    31HZ Glad to be here Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2006
    Central VA, USA
    An older ('90s) 34" Fbass BNF5, it is so ridiculously easy and fun to play but it's just too polite for a dense band mix.

    An early '00s 55-94, it's also a bit polite and "vanilla" despite having the most gigantic B-string I've ever played. I keep meaning to put Nordstrand pickups in it to see if that gives it a bit more bark.

    A '98 Warwick FNA, tons of neck dive.
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  5. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    I have a whole bunch, maybe 20 that I hardly touch. Most I'd love to sell but the market sucks and I'm not desperate for the money, so I'll wait for the economy to improve and dust them regularly.

    There are a couple of basses and guitars I like and use exclusively. The rest are just a cupboard filler. Long involved story about how I ended up with them.
  6. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Probably the one I put together. It's not bad... it just doesn't see the light of day, very often.

    Why do I feel guilty about not playing it more often?
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  7. LadyLoveStingRay5


    Jul 17, 2004
    My Squier CV 60’s P s and StingRay Short Scale.

    My Big 3 ( 5 strings ) get majority playtime.

  8. superheavyfunk


    Mar 11, 2013
    No way. I got three basses and tons of bills to pay. I gotta use these things as much as possible.

    Whatever fits the gig gets the work. I definitely use each of these basses at least once a week
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  9. Yes, my fretless, lol!
  10. TDR1138


    Apr 11, 2007
    My Fender Jazz 24V.
    I simply prefer 4s, but I like to have one 5 around just in case…
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  11. red_rhino

    red_rhino Currently on Double Secret Probation Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2001
    Over Macho Grandé
    I hate to admit it, but my ‘65 P-bass gets the least playing time. It’s a great bass, a real player, but my MTDs get most of my love. I’m really more of a jazz bass guy anyway.
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  12. WG Plum

    WG Plum Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2021
    My upright. Living in an apartment has made me shy about thumping too much.

    Otherwise, my P and fretless Jazz get pretty much equal play.
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  13. My Fender MIJ Precision. Black on black with gold hardware.

    Looks beautiful, but I’m just not a precision person.
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  14. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    Yep..... my least played is a short scale too.
    My Squier Jag Shorty was my first electric bass (I got the bug while playing around with an ABG) and they are stupidly good for what they cost. I swore I'd never get rid of it because I don't need the money and I might want or need a shorty some day. The reality is that I only play it occasionally because I think I shouldn't neglect it so much. I'm seriously thinking of selling it. I'm in a position these days where if I need a shorty I'd probably get something more high-end that doesn't have any neck dive.
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  15. coy garcia

    coy garcia

    Jan 18, 2020
    many....but most were my #1 at some point in the past.
  16. BOOG


    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Believe it or not, the bass I play the least, (rarely, in fact) is the best/easiest bass to play in my collection. It’s so easy it spoils my hands and when I pick up my others I can tell my hands got lazy and technique suffers. Also, it is so pretty that I would be really bummed out if it got dinged up.
  17. No regular rotation here, just current ones i love to play but the others get some action too. If I have one that gets played the least its a double bass i picked up a little while ago. Its more of an art piece or decor at the moment since it is mostly unplayable due to some structural issues and a bad bridge but it looks really good next to the piano that rarely gets played:)
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  18. SkylineFiver

    SkylineFiver Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Placer County CA
    80’s MIJ Jazz bass. Can’t go back(5 string back to 4)
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  19. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    I sadly never play my fretless basses anymore.
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  20. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    My P bass gets a lot of neglect these days. It's done nothing wrong, but I don't see this changing any time soon.