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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Illbay, Mar 12, 2008.
One at a time!
Haven't yet figured out how to play multiple basses at the same time.
I play my G&L tribute 5-string with my cover band but if i get sick of the ballsy tone or huge neck, or if i just want to be different i use my squier fretless.
The rest of the time i'm on my MIM jazz, that's with stagebands or modern jazz ensembles or blues groups, unless it calls for the fretless.
Then there's the upright, i use the fretless if i can't be bothered lugging it about.
I'm looking to sell the G&L and the squier and get a P/J with a fretless neck though.
At any given time I usually own 3 or 4 but I pretty consistently pick an instrument and stick with it.
I own 3, I use 2 of them (Ray and P) for gigs. The one I don't use is a really good looking ash-winged neck-thru. It plays great but it doesn't sound "right" for either of my bands.
Two, the two that I own.
1, that's all I own, although it'll be 2 hopefully later this year
I use three.
Percision with flats.
Jazz with rounds. (5-string)
I also have a Jerry Jones that I use mainly for recording.
Gotta a bunch, but there's really four in the gig rotation because each fits different applications. (2) Peavey T-40's fretted and FL; 5-string and 6-string Carvins.
I have a completely unjustifiable seven: four and five string Fender Jazzes; fretted and fretless Fender Precisions; G&L SB-2; G&L L-1500; and DiPinto Belvedere. I use the two J's, fretted Precision, and both G&L's fairly regularly. I would gig with any of those five, and have played gigs with the four string J, P, and L-1500.
These days, I use the DiPinto only for recording, which in my case is extremely rare. However, I played several gigs with it in 2003-2005 and it certainly may see the stage again. I never play the fretless anymore, and would happily sell it in favor of another five string.
So let's call it 5.5 out of seven.
When I was in a band, I had two. A main bass, and a back up for the occasional busted string.
I have four at the moment, which I play at home regularly.
Fender Jazz RI Custom
Blue Dawn Bongo
and a Frankenbass 5
I use three out of my four basses on a regular basis. My Michael Kelly acoustic is relegated to its case and I haven't used it in over a year. My Yammie 5-string is my primary player, followed closely by a project Jazz which is good for classic-style rock, and my Yammie BB-404 is general-purpose backup and a good choice for gigs like praise band stuff where I don't need a five (and don't wanna hassle with muting that string all the time) but do need a laid-back comtemporary look that my Jazz doesn't quite have.
Own four - play 2 regularly, but only one has seen a public (non-practice) appearance since in over a year.
I have two, my spector never comes out of the case, I use my modulus 99.99999% of the time.
my jazz is my main bass for gigging/recording.
occasionally, ill bring my jazz special fl as a back up, but ive good comfortable with not bringing it. probably too comfortable. of my other basses, the acoustic i barely use unless there is a specific need for it, my warwick sits in its case and my pedulla i pretty much only use at home when my jazz is still in the case from practice/gigs.
My list of basses:
Fender Marcus Miller IV
FrankenBass Single Coil P
SX Jazz Fretless
Warwick Corvette Standard Fretless
Handmade upright my friend made me
Johnson Longhorn 5
As of right now I use three, though whenever I actually get my 'Wick and when I'm done finishing the upright that number's going to jump to five. I use my Fender MM in one band (will use the fretless 'wick in that band too), I use the frankenbass and SX fretless in another, and I will be using my upright in a psychobilly thing I just joined with. I have to have two different fretlesses going because the two bands are in different tunings, one in standard and one a half step down.
Out of 5 basses, I mostly use my SX P with flats right now.
It just fits what I'm doing.
I use my J with rounds for certain songs, plus it is tuned BEAD... I really like it better.
My Michael Kelly AEB gets used for practice and acoustic jams, and sometimes an "unplugged" sit-down set with the band.
My fretless P gets used only when I have to have a fretless. I love the bass, but hate the SD 1/4 lb pickups... soon to be changed, plus I'm not that good with it.
My short scale Allen Woody usually gets played at home for practice, because I like it. Might start taking it to rehearsals.
So one gets used far and away more often, but really I use them all.
Based on our set list:
1 in drop D and 1 in standard
However theres a couple songs we cycle in which we play only one of a day if any, in which case one bass in in drop D and tuned to E quickly for any of those songs that require it, whilst the other one is string like 5 string missing the high G, or missing the A.
I currently have 3: Fender P, Geddy, and a Lakland 55-02. The 2 fenders get the most stage time these days. The Lakland sounds sweet but I'm gassing for vintage these days.
P with flats
J with rounds
Both passive 4 string
It is a little ironic that the P has flatwounds and the J has roundwounds.