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Hating Signature Basses.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smcfarland1337, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. A friend and I were in Sam Ash today checking out basses when he picks up this nice Mustang.

    We take turns playing it and we are really digging it. About 10 minutes later we discover it's a Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) Signature Bass.

    My friend immediately says 'oh wow, no way would I get this.'
    And I say 'I still really like it even though I hate myself for it. I would buy it an sand off his signature on the back and someday get a paint job on it.'

    My friend replies that he wouldn't even do that.

    So my question is, is it okay to dislike and not wish to support a bass based on who's Signature Bass it is?
    I know a lot of people hate on the Mark Hoppus bass, whereas I think he is underrated and it's a great bass. However, I hate the Flea bass because a) I just don't like playing it and b) I hate Flea.

    So I'm sorta conflicted on the situation.

    Wat do TB, Wat do?
  2. rickenbaker


    Jul 20, 2007
    Honestly I don't care whose name is on a bass. If I like it, I like it and will use it regardless if it has the features that I personally want. i wouldn't eve buy a bass specifically because it was somebody's signature but I wouldn't not buy it because it was their signature either as long as I liked it

    Personally i like the modulus flea basses (even better than stingrays) because I like those basses. They could have called them anything else(and now do so) and I would still like them. i don't really care about whose name is on the headstock.
  3. If it plays good and looks good, who cares what model it is?
  4. You can do as u please, but, imo, a good bass is a good bass. I had a Reggie Hamilton sig jazz which was super. I'd not heard of RH prior to trying that bass.
    Isn't hating Flea up there with not liking Geddy or Jaco ?? ;D
  5. Mehve


    Jun 2, 2012
    Kitchener, ON
    Once the musician is seen on stage in only a sock, he's no longer sancrosanct :p
  6. bigmuff113


    Jul 4, 2012
    San Antonio
    If you like it, who cares?
  7. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Bingo. I wouldn't buy a bass because it was someone's signature model. And I wouldn't "not buy" a bass because it was someone's signature model. If I like the bass, I like it.
  8. Definitely

    Definitely Banned

    Not even close...Geddy and Jaco are a whole separate level...
  9. As others have said: If it plays and sounds like you want, get it! 99% of non-bassists out there can't tell a P from a J from a T-Bird. You think they're gonna know (or care) it's a Mikey Way Signature Jag?

    Some folks will buy a box with kite string if it's got their favorite bass players name on it. Others won't even consider a great bass if it's the same as someone they dislike. IMHO, both positions are very limiting.
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    All Gibson Les Pauls are sig models and guitarists don't seem to mind them. People are weird. But they're entitled to buy or not to buy for whatever dumb reason they can think of.
  11. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    If you make your decision by the name on the headstock instead of the quality of the bass, you are just as much of a sheep whether you do buy it because it has a famous name on it or you don't buy it because it has a famous name on it.

    Think for yourself, you'll like it.
  12. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
    Commercial FREE!
    I recently bought a used Peavey Zodiac because it was passive and had Quarter Pounders. Also came with a molded case for a great price. I later found it to be a Dave Eliphant or something like that sig model from some metal band. As long as the sig isn't Jerry Sandusky or similar I'm okay with it!


  13. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    I don't think it's sheepish to not want the signature of a musician-that-you-don't-like's on the headstock of your instrument.

    But if I really, really felt the bass, I'd probably buy it anyway and sand off the sig unless there was another reasonable way to get the same features on a non-sig model.
  14. vegas532

    vegas532 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    Myself and a fairly well known bassist friend of mine seem to agree that the Fender Geddy Lee is the best "bang for your buck" on the market, signature or not.
  15. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    You're friends with Geddy Lee? That's pretty cool. :p:D
  16. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    signature basses are a total turnoff for me. doesn't really matter much if it plays good or looks good - i just don't want some other guy's name and legacy attached to my instrument. when you buy a bass you're also buying the story behind it, and i prefer my basses to have as little story as possible when i buy them. it helps me feel more connected to the instrument. it's the same reason i'm not real interested in used stuff. just new, regular stock basses for me. some people on here think that's ridiculous but oh well.
  17. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I wouldn't be sanding off the name on sig models. Sig models without the sig are always worth less when you go to sell them.
  18. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    It's easy to say that it shouldn't matter and a good bass is a good bass. However, I think that there is a lot of emotion involved in making music, and even in choosing your musical equipment. Deciding to be a musician isn't exactly a rational decision and we shouldn't expect that all our gear purchases will be rational either.

    When I was starting out and in high school the grunge seen was super trendy. It seemed like all the kids were into Nirvana and Pearl Jam except me. I hated those bands with a passion, and if I had walked into a music store looking to buy a bass, only to find that the one I liked was a signature model for one of those grunge rockers I would have said "F**k that!"

    (I remember when Kurt Cobain died and all the girls were crying, I said "F**k that guy. Who cares?" That's how much I hated Nirvana.)
  19. Yeah that's why I'm conflicted.

    I personally love the bass and would be just happy buying it and sanding the signature off.

    But I do feel like it's crafted to his legacy, which isn't even a GOOD legacy to begin with. Also, do percentages of sales go to the musicians behind the signature models? I don't feel the need to support him either.

    Either way, I'm with you guys, I'd probably just get the bass and be fine with it because I really enjoyed the instrument itself.

    Also, I would never consider Flea on the same level as Jaco or Geddy. And that's not just because I don't like the guy (or his playing), I just wouldn't put him on the same level.

    And I know how you feel, 'Nirvana / Pearl Jam hater'. My ex girlfriend loved grunge an I was always like 'most of that all sucks' and in fact, when I was picking up the Mustang I thought of Kurt Cobain and sighed a bit out loud haha!
  20. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    I wonder how many Gibson players really are fans of Les Paul.

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