if you could have 10 and ONLY 10 basses...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by john turner, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga

    seriously, if you could collect basses just for the sake of collecting, how would you go about it? all fenders? all fretlesses? an instrument from every builder?

    other than conklins, i would collect rickenbacker doubleneck 4080's. i love those things.
  2. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I'd get every model of Warwick, both Eshenbaugh models, a white Conklin 7 string with a maple board, &.....holy crap! That's about 10!
  3. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Anything made by Greg Curbow. 'Nuff said.
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    see? i knew what i was saying. :D
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    one of EVERYTHING!!!

    Hmmmmm maybe I'll start with some custom Conklins... I saw a Koa fretless that was purdy ;)

    [ooops] only 10 huh? then make it a great hand carved upright from each of the ten last 1/4 centuries... yea, that's the ticket [/ooops]
  6. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    you can have more than 10, of course, i'm just thinking that a lot of folks, if they could have anything they wanted, realisitically would end up with about 10.

    of course, with my wedding bass and this pending potential ebay score, my conklin total will be up to 11, but who's counting ;) :D
  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Well, these plus you're new hollowbody oughta do :D

    Seriously though, if the purpose for the basses is collecting rather than actually playing, I'd probably want to try completely different things from different luthiers whom I've come to really admire the appearance of their work, but haven't been able to try their basses (ie: Bebensee, Thompson, Zon, Huff, etc). There is a lot of really beautiful craftsmenship out there, plus I'm pretty sure their basses don't sound half bad, either.
  8. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    1. 1960 Fender jazz custom color
    2. 1957 Fender P
    3. 1962 Fender P
    4. Pre Ernie Ball stingray
    5. Modulus Q5
    6. Rob Allen fretless
    7. Rick Turner fretless
    8. Sadowsky vintage jazz 4 ash/maple
    9. Sadowsky Vintage jazz alder/rw
    10. Lakland 9444, SD pups
  9. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Actually I've always dreamed of the Ox's house... Basses hanging on the walls, side by side, all over the house :D
  10. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I'm afraid that I wouldn't make a very good collector. I'd play them all. Since we can have more than 10, throw a couple o' Sadowskys. Lulls, Foderas, Beneventes, Thompsons, and Curbows on the barbie!
  11. If I could have up to ten basses, I would probably collect vintage Fender Precisions (or something like that). The reason for doing this, in strict terms of collecting, would be the fact that they all look alike and very nice when lined up against the wall :)
  12. EEbass04


    Dec 28, 2001
    Lee's Summit:MO
    1. Fender Deluxe American Jazz Bass
    2. Sadowsky Vintage Jazz V
    3. Rickenbacker 4003
    4. Ernie Ball Stingray
    5. Spector American model...
    6. Warwick Thumb Bolt-on
    7. Fender American P-bass
    8. Fender American Deluxe Zone Bass
    9. ESP Viper 304
    10. Gibson Thunderbird
  13. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Enjoy! (you gotta' scroll down the "Gallery" a bit)

    10?!? lessee (all fretless)...

    - Lakland semi-acoustic
    - Yamaha BEX4 (de-fretted)
    - Azola Jazzman/men
    - Veillette MkIV
    - Fabrice Gougi with a Schertler Electrostatic transducer

    how many is that? uhhh...5 more Rob Allens? :D

    Maybe this Frudua custom (just for lookin' at - 1 too many strings :) ) ...

  14. In no particular order:

    1. '64 Fender Jazz
    2. '62 Fender Precision
    3. Carl Thompson 6 string Fretless
    4. Conklin Sidewinder 7 string
    5. Wal Mach I 4 string
    6. Ritter 5 string w/ tremolo
    7. Zon Hyperbass w/ detuners
    8. Fender Precision w/ fretless maple fingerboard
    9. Elrick NJS
    10. Elrick 6 string piccolo

    That covers a pretty wide range... I could easily hoarde just about every Fender Jazz bass I'd come in contact though. :)
  15. I would fill out my current F Bass selection so I had one of each model, including the Caron Signature.

    THEN one or two each from:

    1. Conklin (I've already emailed Bill about when the Rocco bass might be out - I know it's Korean, but I love the whole vibe of the thing)
    2. Sadowsky, maybe a 5 string quilt top
    3. Zon (fretless 5)
    4. Lull
    5. Lakland (probably Skyline series)
    6. MTD
    7. Alembic
    8. Fender P - 1960's beater

    etc, etc, etc

    Hey JT this thread is dangerous to my financial health!!
  16. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I don't really have any interest in collecting at all.

    And I certainly have no interest in having more than one bass that is remotely similar.

    Although I am certain that given the time and resources, I would eventually be able to fill the ten slots. Although whether the number was two, ten or 31, I am sure I would be regularly selling a bass or two to make room for the something else I am interested in.

    Right now, if my lotto ticket hit, the first priority would be a a neckthrough Ken Smith 5 or 6.

    I'd also like a fretless five string. I'd probably buy a Zon.

    I'd also really like to get Bill Conklin to build me a bass.

    It would also be really easy for me to spend stupid money on a nicer upright.

    Past that, I'd have to work on it.

  17. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    probably this

    1. conklin GT-7 fretted bolt on
    2. conklin fretless ultimelt 7 through neck
    3. conklin doubleneck 7 bolt on
    4. conklin fretless 7 bolt on
    5. conklin fretted 7 neck through
    6. conklin 8 fretted
    7. conklin 8 fretless
    8. ritter seal fretted 7
    9. ritter seal fretless 7
    10. a custom built, guitar shaped double bass, 6 string.

    1-4, 8, 9 would be tuned B-E-A-D-G-C-F

    5 would be tuned F#-B-E-A-D-G-C

    6, 7- F#-B-E-A-D-G-C-F

    and 10 would be tuned B-E-A-D-G-C.

    1-9 would all have magnetic, synth and piezo pickups.

    10 would have a mic, piezo, and synth pickups.

  18. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    let me try.. in no particular order
    F Bass
    Ken Bebensee Seraph
    R Bass
    that was easy!!!
  19. Fender P-bass. Serial Numbers 1-10.
  20. Great topic

    1. Alembic series 1 - long scale
    2. Some sort of Sadowsky 4
    3. Curbow 4 - the new larger body style
    4. 1962 Fender Jazz
    5. 1976 Fender P - special reasons
    6. Rob Allen fretless 4
    7. 1980 Ibanez Musician 940
    8. Dude Custom 4
    9. Godin A4
    10. - ? A bunch of Hambone Customs since I'd obviously have some more money laying around somewhere. :)