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How many bass variations do you own?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tobo, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. tobo


    Nov 22, 2005
    And by that, I mean if you have a massive collection, but they are all 4 string fretted with flatwounds, it only counts as one :p

    I mean: String number, Fret/Fretless, String type

    I currently have a Fretted 5 with Rounds, and a Fretless 4 with Flats...

    Iv been looking into the Epiphone Zenith.. Reckon Id either go fretted 4 flat or fretless 4 flat, then change my current fretless to rounds...

    P.S (reckon you need them all? :p:bag:)
  2. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    i really don't keep similar basses on hand, just personal preference.

    4-string Samick Remington semi-hollow fretless with labella deep talkin flats
    5-string DP custom single cut active/barts/aguilar
    4-string DP custom scroll active/nordstrand (on delivery truck heading my way as i type)
    4-string LTD Vintage-204 PJ passive, dimarzios.

    I can tackle any style/genre I play with those. the DP's being similar, however I prefer a 4 and will only use a 5 when I play with a constant capo-key changer or on gospel/ballad worship music.
  3. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Supporting Member

    One variation: fretted passive 5-string solid-body, with nickel rounds.

    I have three primary instruments, plus a couple of project basses that are for sale.

    One is my main gigging instrument, and one is a backup for shady venues and casual noodling in my living room. The third was my first build, and my main axe for nearly 20 years. It's no longer in active rotation, but I haven't found the right person to sell or give it to yet...

    Interesting side note: for the first decade of my pro career, I never had a backup, and in nearly 45 years of playing out, I've never had a bass fail on the gig.

    Based on that experience, I realistically ought to be able to get by just fine without one.
  4. Six instruments, two variations.
  5. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Epiphone thunderbird 4 string fretted rosewood board with d'addario exl170 roundwound 45-105
    Eastwood precision bass 4 string fretted maple neck with d'addario exl170 roundwound 45-105
    ibanez GaxB short scale 4 string rosewood board fretted with d'addario exl170 roundwound 45-105
    Logical Rickenbacker 4003 copy 4 string, fretted rosewood board enr71 halfwound 45-100
  6. CPplaysBASS


    Mar 17, 2007
    My collection goes across four categories I guess - I have three basses with flats, two with rounds. Then there are the sub-categories of hollowbody and fretless.

    4 string, fretted, rounds = 2 (Fender PJ, Squier PJ)
    4 string, fretted, flats = 2 (Fender P, Gretsch hollowbody)
    4 string, fretless, flats= 1 (Fender PJ)

    I have a practical use for all of them - play in bands that span rock (PJ bass, rounds), country (Pbass, flats), blues/jazz/lounge (Gretsch, flats). Actually, I have no need for a fretless, but enjoy it on my own time when no one else is listening :)
  7. A lot of redundancy but variation here:

    2 Pbasses (one rounds one flat)
    2 Passive Jazz with rounds
    1 PJ Jazz with rounds (BEAD)
    1 active Jazz with rounds
    1 Thunderbird
    1 semi hollowbody with flats
    1 Jack Cassidy with rounds
    1 Musicmaster with flats
    1 Double neck bass/guitar pbass with rounds and strat with humbucker
  8. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore? Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    4 string fretless w/Flats
    4 string fretless w/Rounds
    4 string fretted w/ Half Rounds
    4 string fretted w/Rounds
    4 string fretted w/Rounds (Piccolo tuning)
    6 string fretless w/Rounds
    6 string fretless w/Flats

    I never really thought about it until now, but I have all my basses setup different. :eyebrow:
  9. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Isn't it amazing how many people on here can't read?

    4, fretted, rounds
    4, fretted, flats
    4, fretless, flats
    5, fretted, rounds
    5, fretted, flats
    6, fretted rounds

    6 types, out of 7 basses. I only have a repeat in the 5, fretted, rounds department.

    So, yeah, I need them all! :D
  10. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    1) Fretless Five with tapes (Carvin AC-50F)
    1) Fretted Five with stainless rounds (Nordstrand VJ5)
    1) Fretted Four with nickle plated rounds (Ric 4003)
    1) Fretted Four with Ground Rounds (FrankenHoppus P bass)
    1) Fretless Two String cardboard box bass with weed whacker string (Bogdon)

    Total of 5, and each one is different.
  11. lakefx

    lakefx Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    4,fretted, rounds
    4, fretless, flats
    4, EUB, flat something
  12. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    4 fretted round
    4 fretted flat
    4 fretless pressurewound
    4 fretless flat (acoustic)
    4 fretted polyurethane (Ubass)
    5 fretted round
    6 fretted round (bass VI)
    6 fretless nylon (guitarron)
    8 fretted round (octaves)

    I like a lot of different things.
  13. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    1 5str. Rounds b to g
    1 5str rounds e to c
    1 4 string rounds e to get

    So 3 various types
  14. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    ^I meant g
  15. Tampabass

    Tampabass Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    I know you are, but what am I?
    3 basses, 3 variations, all four string, all passive

    fretted p/j with flatwounds
    fretless p/j with flatwounds
    upright bass
  16. All I have is a 4-string fretted and a 4-string fretless.
  17. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    2 Fretless W/Flats 4 String
    2 Fretted w/tape wound 4 String
    1 Fretted with Rounds 4 String
  18. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    By your guidelines all six of my basses are the same.

    Four string/Fretted/Flats

    Having different pickups, being passive or active, standard scale or super short scale doesn't figure in this time...

    Yup, mine are all exactly the same for the purpose of this exercise.
  19. I own around 20 basses:

    Four strings
    Five Strings
    Solid bodies
    Hollow bodies
    Scales ranging from 35" to 30"
    Neck widths from narrow Jazz to wide five-string
    Round wounds
    Ground wounds
    Flat wounds
    Single coils
    Split P
    Set neck
    Bolt neck
    Neck through
    Wide variety of neck profiles

    I love them all. I play them all routinely on stage or in studio. I do not discriminate. I do not whine about the variations. I adapt to each one quickly and become similarly proficient and adept with each one quickly. I love bass guitars and being a bass player.
  20. -SX 32" Jazz Bass with stainless steel rounds
    -Ibanez AEB5E acoustic-electric with nylons