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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LadyLoveStingRay5, Jun 22, 2022.
For those of you with multiple basses , how many are in constant use?
Roscoe century 5
MIJ Geddy Lee
Not counting my fretless, which I only use for jazz, I have 2. - a Fender parts bass I've had since about 1983, and a Lull P4 I've had about 21 years.
Right now I have 2 identical basses that I take to every gig... a backup for these that I take to rehearsal, and usually around 10-12 in rotation in the shed. The rotating basses change from time to time with my mood.
Sandberg superlight TT 5 string
Sandberg superlight TM 5 string
Marusczsyk Jake 5P
Fender AV '64 Jazz with Rounds, another Fender AV '64 with Flats and switch between a 1976 Precision with flats and an AV '63 P with flats.
I rotate several in and out of practice/ rehearsal, but the one usually getting the gig (for now) is my '06 Highway One Jazz.
I'm starting to hear grumblings from the others, though.
Most practicing is on the fives, but some days I'll use the fours:
Big Al 5H
Stingray Special 5HH
Parts precision or 60's Classic Jazz
At present, three, and if I were gigging, they would ALL be main players depending which one I had the itch to take with me today. They all get played for any and everything: If they don't, I don't need them.
I like to use them all. I could never be one of these guys with several or more that are just part of a 'collection', don't want no Closet Queens. I'm like Jay Leno and his cars: They all got to be ready to go right now, every day.
I was using a EBMM Stingray and a Fender Ultra P until recently... Now I'm primarily using a Sire P7 with occasional use of a Sire Jazz (the one in my avatar)
I have only 2 that are always out on stands, next to the amp; the other 23 (24, hopefully, next month), along with 5 guitars and a banjo (yeah, yeah; spare me the grief. At least it's a rare, old long scale one - and my only 5-er...) come out in rotation 2 at a time for a month in the sunshine of daily play. The 2 that live in constant grabbing range, are the '73 Rick 4001, and the MIK Rogue VB-100 violin bass. Although... the Hofner 500/2 Sunburst Club Bass is definitely a contender for the VB-100's spot...
Fretless (avatar) and a pretty current Fender P. There are other basses that I'll play weekly at least.
3 if you count my main Tele. 4 if you add my main keyboard. But tomorrow like today I'll play my 2021 P and my fretless.
Just one. I find every new bass I buy is an improvement (for me) in some way over the last, so I just tend to use it exclusively for gigs and recordings.
The previous #1 drops down to my backup, and then one I haven't played in years gets sold.
This is my #1 these days:
Out of 4, 2 get played regularly.
All of them.
I have 2, I take one or the other to work depending on the gig so they're both main players. They're RB and GPS Wick LX5s. RB is passive, GPS has 3x Bart pre(for now), both Bart J pups.
Of my 11 (oh god, 11?) basses, I have three main players- a 78 P that gets most of my standard tuning 4 string work, a Fender Player Jazz that goes to Eb gigs, and a homemade 5-string that gets all the low B stuff. I do plan on selling some of the "extras," mainly the 5-strings I keep trying to replace my homely old parts bass with. Hoping to be down to 7 or less by the end of the year.
StingRay (with rounds)
Jazz Bass (with rounds)
Precision Bass (with flats)
I always bring one of the Basses with rounds, and the P Bass. That way, I’ll always have everything covered.
Aside from my main squeeze I have several basses that are the prime bass on various gigs due to the other players or my preference for the style or bands tone. That is the curse of multiple bands.
For my original band a Lull PT4 and a Lull JT4
For my cover band a fretless Lull P4