Getting really specific, when to use what bass? Examples?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sam Dingle, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I'm curious about people who do studio work who say "I bring 5 basses and depending on the song I pick the right one". Like what made them decide to pick a p bass with flats to record this pop tune rather than a jazz bass with rounds? Can you tell me or show me examples of where each are used? To be specific where would you chose from these:

    a fender jazz bass
    a fender p bass
    an active 5 string bass
    a fretless bass

    What makes one choose one over the other stylistically? Any idea? Song examples would be great.
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