help me choose a bass for 1st gig!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gene Machine, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. Gene Machine

    Gene Machine

    Mar 19, 2003
    OK Folks.

    I have my first gig with the new band this Saturday 19th. It's Alt-Country type stuff. :bassist:

    My choices:
    MIM standard jazz (Sunburst with tortoise guard and covers), MIM Preceision special with PJ (black with gold ano guard)
    51 RI Precision sunburst with covers.

    they all sound great. I prefer the 51RI for tone. THe style of music doesn't require a lot of different sounds, so a one trick pony like the 51RI should be fine. (plus I think it looks cool)

    Right now I'm thinking 51RI main bass, PJ prec. as backup.

    anyone want to convince me otherwise?
  2. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I have a Precision MIM Special. I love it. I have had it since 2000. It now is my back up bass, but I would never part with it. It is versitile, well rounded and sounds great. I love the 1-1/2" nut width and the feel of the neck. I get so many compliments about that specific bass. It is a treat to play. I have since gone to playing 5 string though. That is the only reason I have put this one down. When it comes down to it, They are not that pricey, very easy to upgrade to EMG's and a BadAssII bridge and you will have a bass that is a treat to play.
  3. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
  4. dcr

    dcr Supporting Member

    What he said!

    That would be my choice.

  5. FireAarro


    Aug 8, 2004
    What he said!

    That would be my choice.
  6. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Nope. Any of those basses would do the job. I would play the one you are most comfortable with.

    Good luck and have fun!

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    The 51 with covers is a classic, go for it ! :bassist:
  8. Bring 2 (one as a spare). Just grab the one you feel like when you get on stage.
  9. the_home


    Jul 14, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    Best advice on the page. I played one gig where I broke my A string on the first number and played the rest of the evening with 3 strings - a real challenge. Always take backup (or at the very least a set of strings).

    (BTW - I'm a guitar player who switched to bass about three years ago and would never have gone to a gig on guitar without extra strings. This was the first time I had ever broken a string on a bass - it happens. :bawl: )
  10. Play what ever you got the job playing with. The band must have liked it.
  11. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    SCPB has always been my weapon of choice for country.
  12. babuska


    Nov 14, 2005
    This is really easy, of course your choice should be the coolest looking bass ;). I have always choosed the coolest looking gear, even if it sounds bad, sound is not so important factor than everybody seems to think, IMHO.