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Do you name your basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SunByrne, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. SunByrne


    Aug 29, 2019
    Pearland, TX
    Seems like, especially if you have more than one say, Fender P-bass, you'd consider naming them to keep them straight.

    Or is that just weird?

    And if you do name them, I'd love to hear what names you've given them.
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  2. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
  3. Eneade


    Jun 14, 2008
    Only my Musicmans have names because they have cool name colors such as Lipstick (red), Vegas (gold), Mayan (silver), Mocha.
  4. 4sight

    4sight Supporting Member

    Nope, but then I find giving a name to any object (cars, bikes etc) a bit weird. Each to their own though, if you wanna rock old Betty at your next gig, more power to you.
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  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
    Mr. Fender and Mr. Ibanez already did that for me.
  6. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Not really, but I do have regular terms for each of them, like "walnut", "6er", "mint", "p-bass", etc. I guess you could call those names, but they're not really personified... :)
  7. Brocephus


    Sep 18, 2019
    Rather than giving them names, I've always identified bases by their numbers, like "first","second", and "third".
    Wait....what? Oh, it's basses, not 'bases'?
    Nevermind :smug:
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  8. nah, it's just a step away from giving an instrument an assigned gender, like referring to a bass as "she"...
  9. Honkey tonk

    Honkey tonk Turn it up Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2019
    Lower 48
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2019
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  10. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

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  11. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    Group "W" Bench
    An old buddy of mine referred to my headless bass as "the stick" (before anyone we knew had seen or encountered Mr. Chapman's invention), so that nickname wound up as a referral point for it among our group. Otherwise, no.
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  12. No. Had some slob of a bass player bring a bright red bass he wanted help naming. He decided on 'candy'
    How original.
  13. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    My main P is Gentleman Jack. There is nothing wrong with ascribing identification to something that brings you joy.

  14. Left to right. “Grandpa” “papa Smurf” and “old school”

    Grandpa is a metalocalypse reference. There was an episode where they referred to acoustic guitars as “grandpas” guitars.

    Papa Smurf is in honor of my dad who passed away. He had a thing for everything blue. He even had blue bulbs in his porch lights.So my brothers and I would joking refer to him as papa Smurf.

    Old school is really just because a fender jazz like a fender p in sunburst with tort is a classic look imo.
  15. I call my Jack Casady Sig bass “The Jack”. I call an Epiphone an “Epi” but it bothers me when people call a Gibson a “Gibby” and an Ibanez an “Ibby”. I’m not sure why, it just does.
    Sholmer, TH63, LoveJackBruce and 3 others like this.
  16. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC

    Bass of Clubs

    The Albatross
  17. TJH3113


    Jun 15, 2015
    New Windsor, NY
    Absolutely not.
  18. ted burik

    ted burik Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    San Rafael CA
    My dear wife named my upright "The Mistress."
    The Mistress.
  19. cm3ohana

    cm3ohana Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    My son named my p-bass Ironman and it stuck to this day
  20. nbsipics

    nbsipics Very Unorthodox Behavior Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    She should - nice!

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