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If you could have a chance to play a famous/well-known bass, what would it be?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slick Kroter, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Slick Kroter

    Slick Kroter

    Jul 15, 2019
    First Time Posting

    In keeping with the recent posts on TB about favorite expensive basses, what bass you’d like to have back, what bass you’d buy if you could, which bass you’d have conjugal relations with in a dark basement if the chance arose (you know who you are, Rickenbacker guys….) I’ll ask this:

    Which particular celebrity/professional musician’s bass would you most like to have a crack at??

    Me – I’d love an afternoon with Entwistle’s Alembic Explorer Spider Bass.
    wboyd68, ellipsis, Wisebass and 2 others like this.
  2. foal30


    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    Marcus Miller Jazz Bass
    Pino Palladino Fretless Stingray
    Jerry Jemmott Jazz Bass
    Peter Hook Yamaha

    And most importantly a sit down conversation with Anthony Jackson
    Mr_O'B, Alex Bass, Maxime1980 and 5 others like this.
  3. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics

    Easy, Glen Moore's Klotz upright, built around 1715 or so. For bass guitar, Phil Lesh's Godfather or his first Alembic, I guess.
  4. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Anthony Jackson's Presentation Contrabass.

    Jaco's "Bass Of Doom"

    Michael Manring's Hyberbass.

    Stanley Clarke's 1st Alembic bass.

    Don Schiff's N/S Stick.

    Henrick Linder's Mattisson True-Temperment bass.

    One of Adam Nitti's Warrior six stringers.

    Marleaux-Pagelli fretless bass.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
  5. Bassist Jay

    Bassist Jay

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sterling, CO.
    Endorsed by K.B. Guitars, Nordstrand Audio Pickups, Von York Strings and Gallien-Krueger Amps.
    Honestly, I really can’t think of one famous bass or bass from a famous bass player that really sticks out. Maybe one of Geddy Lee’s basses? In the late 80’s, I met Billy Sheehan at a bass clinic that he did in El Cajon, Ca., where I lived. Billy was a super cool dude and he let me noodle around on his bass for a few minutes. I think that’s when he started having Yamaha scoop out part of the fret board in certain locations. He was telling me his reasons why and I asked how it made the fret board feel and play differently. Billy picked up his bass, put it on me and told me to try it out. I was in awe! I couldn’t believe he would be that gracious to do something like that to a 13 or 14 year old nobody that was self taught. His bass played amazing too!
  6. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Michael Manring Hyperbass
    Mr_O'B and gebass6 like this.
  7. CTBassGuy

    CTBassGuy Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    Geddy’s Jazz. I’d love to understand what all the hype is about as I just don’t get it, but I love Rush and his lines.
    rmayer, BrentSimons, osv and 2 others like this.
  8. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    Anthony Jackson's Foderas

    Stanley Clarke's first Alembic

    Tony Levin's or Louis Johnson's MusicMan
    Omega Monkey, Mr_O'B, gebass6 and 4 others like this.
  9. Honkey tonk

    Honkey tonk Turn it up Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2019
    Lower 48
    Lemmy's. Ric.
  10. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I wouldn't mind giving this one a go.
    Or this.
  11. Mastodon2


    Feb 27, 2008
    John Patitucci's Ken Smith, though I guess maybe he doesn't even own it any more.
  12. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Any of Keith Ferguson's slabs.
  13. 1st act!!
    Stumbo likes this.
  14. Raoul_Duke

    Raoul_Duke Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2010
    Bobby Vega’s Shark Bass.
    diegom, roogbass, teh-slb and 2 others like this.
  15. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    i'll let any of you borrow mine anytime, just say'n
  16. 2manynotes


    Jun 22, 2012
    Joe Osborn's First Jazz Bass.
    DonBorelli, Thibby, ak56 and 6 others like this.
  17. lizardking837


    Jan 28, 2009
    Jack Bruce's EB-3
    John Entwistle's 'Frankenstein'
    Any of Chris Wolstenholme's basses
    Lemmy's Rickenbacker
    zubrycky and The Owl like this.
  18. BigDrew


    Jun 1, 2016
    Geddy's Jazz
    James Jamerson's Precision
    Bobby Vega's Jazz
  19. Jamerson’s funk machine, wherever it is.

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