Does the idea of buying someone’s signature bass turn you off?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kickysam49, Feb 2, 2023.

  1. I avoid buying signature models

    113 vote(s)
  2. Only if the bass is otherwise ideal

    199 vote(s)
  3. I don’t even pay attention

    208 vote(s)
  4. I gravitate toward signature models

    14 vote(s)
  5. Carrots

    64 vote(s)
  6. Other

    32 vote(s)
  1. kickysam49

    kickysam49 World Heavyweight Champion Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2022
    I played a lovely Doug Wimbish Spector the other day that I would love to own, but I’ve never really loved the idea of buying someone else’s signature instrument to play on stage. It’s probably totally irrational. I’m curious how people feel about buying signature models? How many own them?
    (les paul not included)
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2023
  2. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    i don’t mind as long as it has the features i want.
    Jugghaid, ElCrowg, 80jazz and 25 others like this.
  3. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Not at all.

    If the bass plays well, and sounds good, I'm all for it.

    Lucky for me, I'm lefty, so sig basses aren't really an option anyway.
    Roger W, Herrick, pingvuiini and 6 others like this.
  4. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I can’t recall ever even seeing one in person, much less thinking about buying it. And I’ve been to NAMM five times. ;)

    Edit: on further review, I actually have played at least two Jack Casady Epiphones, and if I ever saw a fretless one with no neck dive having his name associated with it wouldn't bother me in the least, although I probably still wouldn't buy it.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2023
  5. Seth DuSith

    Seth DuSith

    Jan 21, 2023
    I don't mind at all owning a signiture bass. But buying? I ain't got that kinda money lol. But I'll own one
  6. gr8avocado


    Mar 23, 2012
    North Carolina
    If the bass has the specs I'm looking for I don't care. I'm not really a Nikki Sixx fan but I have a Schecter J4 Sixx signature. I was looking for a Jbass that was not a Fender and this one met all the check marks. It sounds great, build quality is perfect and has one of the best necks I've ever played. All that beats someone's signature on it.
  7. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Hypocognitive

    Apr 23, 2014

    I'm a Les Paul fan. What do I know?
    rickwebb, GregC, Roger W and 17 others like this.
  8. Sean150


    Jul 18, 2018
    I’ve got two, Tony Franklin fretless and Flea active Jazz. Both unique instruments.

    I think of it like focusing on American made instruments. It moves focus from what is really important to something easily marketed.

    if it plays well and looks good to a person they should buy it.
  9. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Austin, TX
    It doesn’t bother me either way, but I am paying attention, so I voted “other.”
  10. Gorilla Monsoon

    Gorilla Monsoon Magician...Can turn a car into a driveway... Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2022
    The Swamp
    Don’t want nobody scribblin on my gee-tah, nosiree…
  11. kmon

    kmon Supporting Member

    May 11, 2009
    Chocolate Disneyland
    I’ve had no problem owning many Geddys, a Dede Ramone P bass, a Flea roadworn etc etc

    Still have a Geddy…2012 MIM with Brantley’s and rotosounds!!! Despite all the Geddyness It doesn’t really occur to me that it’s a Geddy when I’m playing it. It’s just a great jazz bass.
    Ghastly, Clark W, Sub-hoo-fer and 8 others like this.
  12. KenD

    KenD Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2020
    Vancouver Island
    There are less than a handful of bassists, living or passed, whose signature on an instrument would convey any credibility or "imprimatur" to me and they are so lacking in pubic notoriety that their name could never support the marketing effort that goes with the typical signature bass.

    So, I will never have to resolve the question for myself :)
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  13. bwildt


    Mar 21, 2017
    Wichita, Kansas
    I can pretty much guarantee you that except for another bass dweeb, no club-goer or audience member will notice it is a signature model and will probably have never even heard the name of the "artist". 1/2 of them don't even know what a bass guitar is. All they see is a guitar-shaped object. If it meets your needs and wants, go for it.
  14. Isaac_James


    May 20, 2021
    Eugene, OR
    Mostly, I feel like a signature model is just a way to add some extra dollars to the price tag. I likely don't want everything that makes that particular model unique (particularly if it's distressed/aged artificially, that's just not my jam.)

    There are a few though that I'd be happy to own. The Yamaha Peter Hook BB, the Rickenbacker Al Cisneros (the green inlays are way cool) and way back in the day, I remember trying out a Fender Duck Dunn signature P bass that was beautiful and played great, but was well out of my price range at the time.

    So if I were in the market for a new bass, I wouldn't immediately dismiss a signature model outright, but I'd want to make sure it really checked all my boxes and wasn't outrageously priced.

    Just like any other bass I'd buy, I guess.
    bpc likes this.
  15. wheresmyric


    Apr 16, 2006
    The only bass I bought immediately upon seeing it. No problem at all pulling the trigger on it.


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  16. How about Sire Marcus Miller basses (The guitars are Larry Carlton ). Do you consider them signature basses?
  17. kickysam49

    kickysam49 World Heavyweight Champion Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2022
    I would say that’s more an artist brand than a signature bass
  18. Peterson


    Mar 31, 2022
    Not going to pay extra grand for a famous name
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  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    It’s fine as long as it isn’t obvious. Neck plate is fine.
  20. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I have no problem with them in general if I like the look and the other features. The only one that kind of bothered me was the Sting signature. It would've been fine if it didn't have that "Stinglay". For some reason, having that at the 12th fret was a turn-off for me.

    I don't really feel like a Les Paul counts because it's been such a major player in music history for so long. It's almost like it's as synonymous with "fine guitar" as brand names like Fender, Rickenbacker and others. Also, the Jack Casady Epiphone never bothered me either. And the old Noel Redding Jazz was fine as well. So I guess all-in-all I'm fine with them.