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If you could have one famous bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bruiser Stone, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    For me, anyway, it wouldn’t be about sounding like anybody. That ship has sailed. It would be about having a genuine artifact that was present at historic events among historic artists.

    That having been said, I would not put it behind glass. I would play the everloving shiggity out of it, just for the sheer joy of it.
  2. slapshot


    Dec 22, 2018
    Robert owns the BoD, but gave it back to the family, who is in possession of it.
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  3. Dexterzol


    Apr 11, 2019
    Manring's Hyperbass and Entwistle's Buzzard. Jack Bruce's EB-3 or his Warwick Sig.
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  4. bassbones2

    bassbones2 Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Nicholasville Kentucky
    That’s the one.....

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  5. mojomike001


    Mar 28, 2013
    South Florida
    1. An actual Jamerson P.
    2. An early ‘50’s Keith Ferguson P.
    3. An actual McCartney Beatle bass.
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  6. CGremlin

    CGremlin Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    Easy. Derek Smalls's 4/8 double-neck Bich.

  7. BergerHead

    BergerHead plastic phantastic

    Aug 22, 2018
    Basel, Switzerland
    Come on, the strap destroys the whole appearance, what a lack of style! :eek::bored::rollno:
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  8. ursusaltered

    ursusaltered Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    Madison WI
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  9. Huw Phillips

    Huw Phillips Life is like TV if the channel sucks change it Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2019
    The white p that Simone Marie plays with Primal scream
  10. danesdad


    Feb 24, 2018
    Western PA
    I read through this thread and was stunned at the fact that this bass wasn't mentioned until page ten!
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  11. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    I think the funk machine has a really twisted neck and high action. I heard it was tough for anyone but JJ to play.
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  12. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
  13. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Most of the basses discussed here, I'm pretty sure if I played them, I'd be disappointed in how awful they truly were.

    Brian May's Red Special is reportedly virtually unplayable (though he manages somehow).

    McCartney's Hofner is know for having stratospherically high action, etc...
  14. AudioTaper


    Sep 23, 2018
    Not a famous bass story, but years ago I went to see a friends band play and got to talking to the bass player (how strange, right?) He let me check out his bass - mid 90s Mex P-bass, nothing fancy. The action was so high I could barely play it, but it worked for him (he played really hard with a pick) It was just a big difference.
  15. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    Mel Schacter's Jazz bass with the mudbucker at the neck is a bass I like because I like Grand Funk Railroad and it's a configuration also used by Doug Rauch who is one of my favorite bassists.
    Next in line for me would be the BC Rich Wave that Jerry Preston played.
    Next would be Stanley Clarke's Alembic series I
  16. BT Gill

    BT Gill

    Sep 7, 2019
    I have hovered over Talkbass for a while, finally had to join because I had to chime in...this is in the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Apparently the P Elvis was playing when the Beatles met him at Graceland. 20190907_103101.
  17. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Gary Karr's 1611 Amati - for resale and retirement purposes only.
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  18. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi Manti :)

    Yep! Very sad story! (not new for you how stupid and/ or desperate folks can be when they need money ;))

    When the bass was stolen it was just a dirty, (JJ never cleaned it!) old, (vintage wasn 't a thing)

    piece of… that certainly wasn' t worth the risk going to prison for it.

    Impossible to sell as a playable instrument, that legendary bass ended probably on a landfill!

    Or it was cleaned :D and modded with a new neck and a not rusty bridge. :smug:

    We will never find out!


  19. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    This, not because it has the bling effect but because it’s likely the most heard bass of all time.
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  20. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    Yeah it might be out there somewhere but I kinda doubt it... at least not in one piece.
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