How many basses is ideal for your bassists arsenal?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KayXero, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. 1

    21 vote(s)
  2. 2

    56 vote(s)
  3. 3

    59 vote(s)
  4. 4 or more

    69 vote(s)
  1. KayXero


    Apr 3, 2007
    I think around 3 is a good number (for now I only use four stringers);

    A) Your fave, main player...tuned to whichever tuning you play the most (for me thats EADG on a passive short scale PJ bass with 2 stacked Volume/tones and 1 3 way switch)

    B) A beater that you use for when you go to places you wouldnt want to lose a fave bass. Or simply a second bass you enjoy tuned to your second most used tuning (for me this is half step down on a passive PJ wired VVT)

    C) Tertiary bass used for a third tuning option (Drop D for me when I get it soon. Probably will have humbucking soap bars, possibly active pups)

    How bout you guys? 3 seems like a nice number in my book, considering they will all see playing time. But Im sure many will say the more basses the better. And I know also that many guys only have a bass or two. Backups are always nice though. And I know many of you play extended ranges too.
  2. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    What's wrong with one of each? ;)
  3. Three for me.

    P with rounds, P with flats, [other] with rounds.

    (thinking I need a J for 2014).
  4. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I own several MIA Fenders, a few Alembics and Spectors. They all get played but I primarily use a Jazz and a Precision at gigs.
  5. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    2: An old modified Ibby, tuned to BEAD and a rather new G&L L2000 in standard tuning. Both with EB flatwounds.
  6. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    For me, it's four right now: P with flats, P with rounds, Jazz with rounds, hollowbody with flats. But I could see getting it down to three (one P). I was at six earlier this year.

    Just last night, I debated with a friend, who insisted a bass player needs only one, and it has to be a P. Whatever.
  7. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    For me, it's my go to, an active ATK 300. An active Squier P with emg-pax's and a Squier affinity p/j. All with stainless steel rounds. I put flats on the P occasionally and I plan on putting different pups in the P/j as I think the stock ones are a bit boomy. IMO it's the best of all the worlds of bass. It's like having a P, a jazz if I wanted it to be and an MM of sorts.
  8. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    2 for me:
    1) Ibanez SR300 with roundwounds tuned E-A-D-G
    2) Custom P Bass with flatwounds tuned C-F-A#-D#
  9. BassikLee

    BassikLee Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
    I currently have about thirty basses, in two states. Too many? Prolly.
  10. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Jazz, Precision, stingray, fretless.
  11. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Basses are just tools. You need as many as you need. Other people many have different needs. We're all different. Why make polls?
  12. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    I have 3 but only need 1.
  13. 1 Fretted BG
    2 Fretless BG
    3 Fretless ABG
  14. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005

    - georgestrings
  15. Just one more.......
  16. Two is fine for me currently. A main player and a backup. I don't mind retuning between songs and don't have much need for more than one great base tone. In a different situation it could be more.
  17. hsech

    hsech I'm not old, I'm just seasoned. Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    Fender Precision, Gibson SG Standard, Gibson 5 String EB, Fender Mustang, Warwick Corvette Standard.
  18. KayXero


    Apr 3, 2007
    This friend couldnt have been a bassist, or was he?
    Why not make a poll?

    Clearly Im trying to get an idea of how big others bassists arsenals are.
  19. what I take with me: a 4 stringer; a 5 stringer; a fretless; an 8 stringer (octaves); an ABG.
    I have two other for special ocasions.
  20. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    "Frequent use" - for me that's three basses: fretted and fretless Overwater 5-str jazz, 4-str Eminence electric upright.

    I have a couple more basses to choose from but they don't see a live gig very often. When we include an unplugged type set and I don't want to bring the EUB I may instead play a Rob Allen or Rick Turner bass for a somewhat acoustic sound.