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Here's why you haven't seen a "new bass" post from me lately....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by funkycarnivore, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. Well, the simple reason is--no new basses! It's hard to believe, but lately I've been paring down my collection and I now have what I believe to be a good combination of instruments that I really enjoy, and that each have a chance of being played on a somewhat regular basis.

    Anyway, right now I've got a Fodera Emperor Elite 5 (had it since April!), MTD 535, Lakland 55-63 (blue one), Lakland Hollowbody (blueburst one), and a yellow Stingray 5 that I got from TB'er Eric Moesle.

    I've really gotten to know both the Fodera and the MTD, and feel that they are both keepers. I tend to reach for the MTD more often--for some reason, it just clicks with me. The Fodera has a better tone overall, and heaven knows it cost quite a bit more, but somehow the MTD just seems more like "my" bass. This is my third MTD *35 and my fave of the three (although that orange one that Jerry J has now is also pretty happenin'!).

    The blue Lakland 55-63 has a pair of Duncan/Basslines single coils. I actually put it up for sale a few days ago but I just couldn't let it go. I've been told that this one was owned by Willie Weeks for some time; I dunno if that's part of the reason this Lakie has so much "vibe", but I like it a lot.

    The Hollowbody is my most recent bass, but I ordered it long ago and they finally made it in the finish that I wanted (thanks to Steve Dude Barr!). This thing is amazing. The neck pickup is right at the end of the fretboard and it gives a nice huge thump while still retaining clarity. I've only ever heard this much low end from a Gibson T-Bird, but it didn't have the versatility that this Hollowbody has. In the bridge pickup, it's more like a regular ole bass. I have mixed feelings about the Skyline version of this one, but I think it'll be good overall because more people will see what a cool bass this is. Co-designed with MTD too. It figures.

    Lastly, we have the good old Stingray 5. This one is finished in a bright yellow with a black pickguard and it looks like a bumblebee! This is a workhorse bass with a good low B string and great cut. Always nice to have one of these around.

    Anyhow, that's just a short summary of my basses. I ain't in the same league as the other heavies anymore, but I'm really happy with what I've got. Of course, I'm always looking; I know too much to say that I'm done.
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga

    our little funky is growing up, martha.

  3. "crying out loud"

    That has to be one of the most beautiful stories i've heard lately...

  4. Benbass


    Jan 28, 2002
    I've seen some basses that I wanted to buy but didn't lately... does that count? Sounds like a good thread title - Basses I wanted to buy but didn't.... or a title for a coffee table book hmmm....

    You've got some great stuff Funky!
  5. kridrazil


    Nov 10, 2002
    funkycarnivore : do you have some pics of your basses (especially the Fodera and the MTD) ?
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Uh-oh. Jerome quit buying new basses. The world economy is gonna collapse any moment.
  7. Of course I have pics of all of em!

    Here's the Lakland:


  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.funkycarnivore.com/Desktop-Images/0.jpg">
    I want this bass. :(
  9. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I'll take the Bumble-Bee (thou I liked it better with the other pickguard)

    Sweet collection Jerome!!! Definately looks like a couple of keepers
  10. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Oh, baby, baby...
  11. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000

    so many guys are getting the NO GAS status (check the TB lounge)

    times are a-changing!