How many TOTAL basses have you owned?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Warpeg, Apr 21, 2021.

  1. 1

  2. 2

  3. 3

  4. 4

  5. 5

  6. 6-10

  7. 11-15

  8. 16-20

  9. 21-30

  10. 31-40

  11. 41-50

  12. 51+

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  1. Lenny JG

    Lenny JG

    Aug 3, 2019
    I find it super funny that the average is like 6-15 but then the next runner up is people w/ 51+
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  2. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    My one or in reference to what I would choose as a backup?

    My one is my mid-80's Japanese made Fender Jazz Special.
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  3. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    Since I started playing in 2005

    Ric 4003
    EBMM Bongo 5
    EBMM Big Al
    Lakland 44-60 Classic*
    Fender USA Jazz
    Sadowsky NYC Satin 21-Fret
    Nash PB-57
    Fender 83 Fullerton AVRI 57 Precision*

    *my current 2 basses
  4. Matty Koff

    Matty Koff

    Aug 21, 2014
    I have owned like 9-10 basses total and currently own 3. But I dabbled with guitar for like 18-20 years before I picked up bass, and I've gone through about 8 guitars as well, of which i currently own two.

    Two of those basses don't exactly count imo. A Dano-Blaster a friend let me have for like $75 and an Ibanez Gio 250 or something that I picked up for like $120 and had a host of issues and sold to a pawn shop. I usually don't count them..but for this thread.
  5. Dear Fellaz & Fellazettes ! Good morning !
    Impressed by the number & level of basses U have all bought & sold!

    Can't remember when i started exactly. 2009 i think. Am including also the instruments i owned before a 4-5 years hiatus away from music (sold eveything in January 2021), i've owned these:

    Cort Action Bass (first bass, sold)
    RavenWest RWG 7-Strings (sold 2011)
    Harley Benton Acoustic Fretless 5 (sold)
    Washburn Taurus T25 (sold 2012)
    Rockbass Corvette 5 (recorded "Raggedy Zirkus", sold 2012)

    Yamaha RBX 270 FL (Sold 2015)
    Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass NT (recorded "Cityzens Were Here", traded away 2017)
    Warwick Corvette Std (Sold 2016)
    ESP-LTD B205SMFL (Sold 2017)
    Fame Baphomet 6 (Sold 2018)
    Squier Vintage Modified Precision 5 (recorded Laure Lucas' "Loveletters & apologies", sold 2018)
    Ibanez BTB1206e Prestige (Sold 2018)
    Warwick Rockbass Starbass (Sold February 2019)
    Sire V7 Alder 5ST-BK (returned 2018)
    Warwick Rockbass Corvette 5 Active (Sold December 2018)
    Squier Vintage Modified PJ Lake Placid Blue (Sold May 2019)
    Cort C6 Plus ZBMH OTAB (Sold June 2019)
    Ibanez SR306EB-WK (Sold July 2019)
    Ibanez TMB30 Mint Green (Sold January 2020)
    Squier Classic Vibe Precision '50s Lake Placid Blue (Sold March 2020)
    Vintage V74MRJP Fretless (sold May 2020)
    Harley Benton BZ-6000, (sold June 2020),
    ESP-LTD B-206SM (sold September 2020)
    Harley Benton JB-75MN Black Vintage Series (sold October 2020)
    Ibanez AGBV205A (sold December 2020)
    Sire P7 5-string Swamp Ash 1st Gen (swapped for BTB846SC, December 2020)
    Ibanez SR506 (traded for the defretted Fame Baphomet IV, February 2021)

    Now own:
    RMI Quantum Dominic di Piazza Signature
    Ibanez BTB846SC-DTL
    Defretted Fame Baphomet

    So thats 30 in total, no? Can't remember when i joined TB. The one bass that i miss is that 32" Warwick Rockbass Starbass ..
  6. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    It looks like the 6-10 category is winning at the moment. :thumbsup:
  7. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
  8. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    @BK bassist uses a really cool service to keep track of his collection. I can’t recall what the URL is though. Haven’t seen him on TB for a while but maybe if he sees this he’ll chime in.
  9. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    I'm somewhere around 25 give or take a few. That includes the 4 I have now. Way too many. I m pretty sure I'm done buying basses now. It does take so me time to figure out what we like and taste change over time.
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  10. pfern

    pfern PFern Supporting Member

    aw, what the heck. Here's the list:

    NBD on the way:
    2019 Ernie Ball MusicMan USA Sterling in Starry Night (1 of 15)

    In the stable:
    2013 Normandy Custom Archtop Aged Copper Plate (1 of 2?)
    1999 Reverend Rumblefish in Blood Red Phenolic (1 of 15)
    2004 Reverend Rumblefish in Faux Red Mahogany Phenolic (1 of 3?)
    2004 Reverend Rumblefish in Jet Black Phenolic (1 of 94, FOR SALE)
    2005 Reverend Rumblefish in Dragonfly Green Brushed Aluminum (1 of 1)
    2018 Reverend Basshouser Fatfish 32 Prototype in Matte Black (1 of 2?)
    2015 Kala U-Bass, spruce top, mahogany body and neck.
    1998 Tacoma Thunderchief CB-10, pre Gibson
    1978 Takamine F-360 Martin lawsuit (Not a bass, but my 1st guitar, bought new in '79)

    Gone but not forgotten:
    1967 Baldwin 704 bass in red
    1990's Dean Rhapsody 8 string bass
    1990?'s Fender MIJ Geddy Lee Jazz Bass
    2010 G&L USA JB in Spanish Copper Metallic
    2013 G&L USA SB-2 in Margarita Green Metallic
    2014 G&L USA ASAT Bass in Clear Orange
    1975 Gibson USA Grabber, natural
    1991 Gibson USA Thunderbird, natural
    2000's Gibson USA Nikki Sixx Blackbird
    1971 Hagstrom Swede bass in red
    1995 Heartfield DR 5 string in metallic green
    1990's Ernie Ball MusicMan USA Stingray in black
    1990's Ernie Ball MusicMan USA Sterling in metallic blue
    1993 Peavey Fury, black with white pickguard
    1999 Reverend Rumblefish R5L in Blood Red Phenolic
    2005 Reverend Rumblefish R5L in Bluewood Phenolic (1 of 5)
    2012 Reverend Dub King in Rock Orange
    2017 Reverend Mercalli 5 FM in Turquoise
    1988 Rickenbacker 4003 JetGlo
    1993 Rickenbacker 4003 JetGlo
    1999 Rickenbacker 4003 FireGlo w/ horseshoe & toaster-top
    2014 Rickenbacker 4003 Walnut
    2019 Rickenbacker 4003S JPS JetGlo Pearl Stars
    2020 Rickenbacker 4003 SPC CB Montezuma Brown (1 of 27)
    1987 Steinberger USA XM-2A in red
    1990's Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5 string
    1998 Steinberger USA XQ-25A 5 string in red
    2000's Waterstone TP-12 12 string bass in black
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2021
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  11. seang15


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    Around early to mid-30s. I just counted (12) I no longer have. I don't want to type out all the departed, as it truly makes me sad :-(

    But I am very happy with the ones I do have, and kept, and will always keep (and use)!

    Cheers --sg
  12. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    47 . What was I thinking ?
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  13. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Just to be clear I’ve only ever owned 2/3 at a time. So

    A 1968 Sunburst Fender Precision

    A White Ampeg AEB-1

    A 1966 Fender Sunburst Jazz Bass

    A Non Reverse Sunburst Gibson Thunderbird

    A Ibanez Musician Bass

    A Sunburst G&L 1000

    A 1999 Amber Flame Lakland 55-94

    A 1999 Sunburst Lakland Lined Fretless 55-94
  14. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Just did a count and it looks like I'm just over 30 now.

    A fair number of those were flips just for the fun of trying a new bass for a while and then making a little cash after. Probably a little over half made it onto a stage with me at some point
  15. wazzel


    Dec 27, 2007
    Cypress, TX

    1 no name short scale 4 string p-bass copy
    2 Electra 4 string p/j copy
    3 acoustic 4 string. Forgot name
    Currently own
    4 heartfield DR5
    5 EBMM stingray 5
    6 EBMM sterling 5
    On order
    7 better mousetrap single cut 4 string
  16. I've never thought about how many basses I have owned until this thread. It was fun reliving all of the great times of my life over the last 45 years of playing bass.

    Heit short scale – My first bass. $32 used
    Peavey T40 – Christmas present as teenager
    G&L L2000 - Original model
    Steinberger - Original model
    1983 ESP P bass - Still own
    2 Fender Jazz
    Fender JP90
    2 Ibanez ATK300 basses
    2 Ibanez ATK305 basses
    2 Stingrays
    Fender American Standard P bass - Still own, now fretless
    Peavey Cirrus
    Guild B302A
    Fender Mustang – JMJ signature model
    Rickenbacker 4003
    Squier Bronco (modified) - Still own
    Warmoth P bass - My current main bass
  17. Nebula24


    Nov 23, 2017
    Norman, OK

    1st bass Washburn unknown model. Traded it to friend year or so later for a steinbergerish bass (dont recall if it was but it was its look). Traded that for a wood ibby with gold hardware. Traded ibby for epi eb0 I still have. And picked up a 2nd keeper (eastwood airlines jetson) most recently.
  18. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I currently own 2, and I've only owned 1 or 2.
    And that's the same two

    I wouldn't have minded owning others.
    At one time I was very tempted to buy a Mustang bass that matched my Mustang guitar--but based recent gear purchases and future ones I wanted more, I passed on it.
    And there have been others like that over the years.

    But I really love the two I have.
  19. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011

    In chronological order ([ red cursive text ] = don't own anymore)

    - Aria Pro II Laser Electric Classic
    - 34" scale, one of the last models made on the legendary Japanese Matsumoku factory, amazing bass, sounds and feels great, just almost exclusively play short scale basses now and it needs to have the frets leveled because of wear, served me well as my only bass for about the first 10 years or so of me playing bass, except for a quite brief intermezzo love/hate affair I had with a Rickenbacker.

    - Rickenbacker 4003
    - Hated how it felt in my hands, don't miss it one bit whatsoever

    - Jerry Jones Neptune Longhorn
    - High end, sort of "boutique", clone of the Danelectro semi hollow short scale bass of the same name, much regret selling it, together with my current Mikro the best bass I've ever owned

    - Westone Violin/Beatles Bass
    - Didn't like neither the feel or tone of it, and it was quickly passed on, this classic hollow body take on a short scale bass apparently just isn't for me

    - Dan Armstrong Plexi Bass
    - Loved the look of this 30" short scale bass, but I didn't like the tone, with neither of the 2 slide in pickups it came with, or how it felt in my hand, relatively quickly passed on

    - Warmoth
    - 4 string 28 5/8" scale bass, made from Warmoth baritone parts, sounded amazingly clear and almost piano like with a Seymour Duncan Rickenbaker Neck pickup in the neck position and a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails Strat guitar pickup in the bridge, regret selling it

    - Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Bass - absolutely love this little, just 28.6" scale, bass, the neck is the most stable I had on any bass or guitar I've owned and the fretwork close enough to perfect that I can get my string action exactly just as low as I prefer it without any fret buzz whatsoever (about 1.8mm (~0.071") low E/1.3mm (~0.051") high G @12th fret)

    - Egmond
    - really crappy, in fact absolutely horribly bad, cheap budget late 60's short scale bass, plywood body and totally banana bend neck, whatever crappy light weight wood it might be made of, complete with a stuck truss rod

    - Ibanez GSRM20B Mikro Bass - Unlike my first GSRM20 Mikro Bass this had horrible unplayable fretwork that buzzed all over, even at insanely high string action, really ought to have send it back, but as it turned out I later made good use of it's beautiful Weathered Black finish, exceptionally light weight Mahogany, body

    - Ibanez GSRM25B Mirko Bass - 5 string, and my first one at that, like the other Mikro's 28.6" scale, has absolutely dead on perfect fretwork from stock, could get the string action insanely low without any fret buzz if I wanted, but some of the nut slots are cut too low and the stock pickups sound horrible, so need a new nut and a pickup upgrade before I'll play it again

    - Ibanez SR306EB - 34" scale, and my first 6 string bass, sounded amazing, played well and looked good, but I had a hard time getting used to the full scale, after having almost exclusively played short scale basses for years, and there was no way I'd ever get used to the wide fretboard of a 6 string bass, I really tried and I loved the idea of it, but just wasn't for me, I send it back within the 30 days full return/refund policy of the shop where I bought it

    Which makes the answer to the headline's question = 11.

    My current main is made from the fabulous neck of my GSRM20 Mikro Bass transplanted to the beautiful Weathered Black finish, remarkably light weight Mahogany, body of my GSRM20B, with just an EMG Geezer Butler P pickup currently installed, wired directly to the output jack socket, and the stock side mounted barrel type jack socket replaced for a regular front mounted one, installed in one of the redundant pot holes.

    Looks like this (though the white tape stripes has been removed and the DiMarzio Model P has been replaced for an EMG GZR P pickup, since this photo was shot) :
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2021
  20. dhosek


    May 25, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    Three. I played school double basses from third grade through college so those don't count (although I still have dreams about school instruments still even though I'm in my fifties now). I still have the Gibson EB-3 that I got for Christmas my Freshman year of high school. Later I bought an Engelhardt EM-1 double bass and a Music Man Stingray 5-string fretless. I've contemplated buying a 5-string fretted Stingray, but I can't really justify it at the moment.
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