How do you guys with bunches of similar basses do it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kesslari, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    I saw a beautiful pic here with 18 Dingwalls. Wow.
    Or I think of the infamous "nation of Conklins" pic.

    How do you guys do it? I think it must be a temperment thing.

    I have one fretted 5 string, and currently 2 fretless 5 strings.
    That's it. Granted, they're all nice basses, but that's it. And I *still* feel like I'd like to have one fewer.
    With the 2 fretless 5 strings, I feel a conflict - I'd like to focus on one or the other, and get down to just one (but they each have some unique characteristics that still keeps me going back and forth between them).

    I'm the same way in Archery (another big hobby). I know guys with a huge bow collection. Cool, but not my thing. I have one really nice primary bow. I have a few others (one lighter weight for when I had to rehab my shoulder, which doubles as a good bow for teaching folks, and a couple that have sentimental value but which I shoot very little.) Everytime I try another bow I think "nice, but I like mine better..." So I stick with that one.

    As I said, I think it must be a temperment thing.

    How do you guys with bunches o' basses manage it?
  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    In my case, I think I have a collector mentality. I have 12 basses and 6 guitars. I also have all of my baseball cards and comic books from when I was a kid and I have a large vintage wine collection.

    I buy/sell/trade basses all the time and almost always buy used, so I rarely lose money on a purchase. Also, I just started playing again a couple of years ago after a 10 year hiatus so I am just figuring out what basses I want to keep long term (after trying almost everything out there).

    Bottom line... some people buy drugs, motorcycles, cottages, boats with their disposable income.... I buy basses.:bassist: It is my hobby!

    Why not have similar basses? I love Stingrays and Roscoes... why not have similar (not the exact same) for gigs? My Roscoes are 5 and 6 strings and my Stingrays are 4 and 5 string. Similar but different.
  3. Matt R.

    Matt R. Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    Every man has his vice. I like basses so I consider my vice a virtue. I have 10 right now and I play them all. I don't consider myself a collector however. Can't let a great instrument just hang there:bassist:
  4. broadblik

    broadblik Guest

    Aug 10, 2008
    Sheffield, UK
    I like to have a variety of tones, even though my bass collection is small.

    I do archery as well, I love my Laminate Bow, but for a quick mess around in a field I keep going back to my recurve
  5. Brian D

    Brian D

    Dec 2, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    They probably have different specs on each. For example, I have three Aria Pro II SB's but each one has different specs. :)
  6. vision

    vision It's all about the groove!

    Feb 25, 2005
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Endorsing Artist: MTD Basses, La Bella Strings, and 64 Audio IEMs
    You answered your own question:

    Yes, there are some guys that do this for collection reasons, but the majority of guys with multiple similar basses appreciate all of the unique characteristics that each bass has. If I had unlimited $$$ I'd have 10 MTDs with different wood combos and 10 boutique jazz basses with different flavors.
  7. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I have a fretted 5 and a fretless 4 and I sometimes think I have too many. I got the Squire fretless for my jazz gigs but I don't really like it. To get the fretless I'd like is more than I can spend right now.

    I am tempted to sell/trade the fretless for something I could use (not sure what that is) and just play my fretted 5. I did jazz gigs for a long time on my fretted bass and no one really cared.

    Yes, it's nice to have something more "uprightish" but I can certainly get by.
  8. CatfishStudios

    CatfishStudios Guest

    Jul 6, 2008
    Portland Oregon
    I have 11 instruments right now..and need at least 100 more.... I can explain it simply...I surround myself with the things I love..Bass is not the only part of music, and I enjoy acoustic guitars, banjos, les pauls, keys... .My studio has instruments hanging on every wall, and it makes me grin whenever I walk in there. I would not hesitate to own an instrument which I never a collector piece. It is also a form of banking for me..I have spare cash I buy an Instrument with high resale value, usually used...if I'm ever short a few bucks...I can sell them quick like....Some wealthy people do the same with art...think 100000 dollars in the bank...or 100000 dollars hanging on the wall insured... money in bank gets on wall gets the benefit of increased value of the collectible...I paid 1000 bucks for a guitar amp, used it for a year and sold it for 1300 bucks....
  9. notforrobots

    notforrobots Guest

    Aug 20, 2008
    fall river mass
    if money never a issue id have more basses then guitar center.
  10. Bygde

    Bygde Guest

    Jan 6, 2009
    Sweden, Skelleftea
    I'm stuck between your opinion and a collector's opinion. I love instruments, and I'd like to get as many as possible, but I believe that they deserve to be played. Sometime somewhere, someone have made that instrument to bring joy to others, so I feel that an instrument should be played. Therefore I don't think I ever could buy an instrument just to own it, but I could buy 10 instruments if I knew that I would use them (exaggerated, but you get the idea)
  11. bad_andy


    Sep 21, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    I have 3 electric basses (4,5,6) an electric upright bass and an acoustic double bass. Each fills a niche and does something different. Same with the guitars: a classical, a small bodied steel string acoustic, and full bodied steel string with cutaway and an electric with two humbuckers.

    I don't really get buying 5 of the exact same type of instrument when owning 5 different axes with different features (passive or active, fretted or fretless, different # of strings, maple, rosewood, ebony or composite neck, etc.) seems like it would give you so many more useful options.

    Then again, some cats I know just get to know one nice bass really well. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. :smug:
  12. I have 2 Jazzes but each seems to have its own personality ( different strings , bridges)
    one is more suited for slap and the other is awesome for fingerstyle
  13. puff father

    puff father

    Jan 20, 2006
    Endicott, NY
    30+ years and most of the time I just have a bass. Works for me 'cept lately I have been GASing for a fretless bass. Then I'd have two..., well..., three counting my beater.

  14. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    I wondered the same thing, but recently I stopped wondering. I figure, if you can tell the difference between your 13 jazz basses or 12 Conklins, or 8 CT's, or 17 P-basses, and you have the disposable income to do so, then it's your decision to make. I can neither appreciate the differences or afford the collection, but that's why it's not my collection. I own 10 very different basses, but to the guy who only wants 1 or 2, I'm overkill. It's all relative.
  15. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    Honestly, I have several basses for collection purposes only. Don't really need more than 1 or 2...
  16. I just love P-basses. I think it`s fantastic If they are old and rare, and got a long life on the road. They all got a unic sound.
  17. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Well put.

    I have a good friend that is an accomplished jazz bassist and he thinks I am ******** with my 12 basses gigging 2-3 times a month.:rolleyes::D

    He gigs 4-6 times a week and records in studios 2-3 times a week and he owns an old upright, a '70's Jazz and a '70's P. 3 Basses and won't even look at the basses in a music store when he buys strings/cables, etc. He is fairly wealthy too but just can't see the need to add more. He has had these 3 basses for 15-20 years and that is that.

    The difference between my friend and I is that Rob looks at his basses as tools in the same way a carpenter looks at a saw or a drill. I look at them as a hobby that I am passionate about.

    To each their own.