If you could only have 6 basses...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CochinoBass, Jan 26, 2023.

  1. CochinoBass


    Feb 19, 2022
    Atlanta, GA
    So, lets say your wife said you can have 6 basses, obviously in a perfect world we all want one of everything, but hypothetically lets say you could have 6 and you wanted the widest spectrum of basses. Lets say you already have an Epiphone Rivoli so you have the Gibson Mudbucker sound, you have a 4003 so you have that, you have a P bass so you have that. Obviously you would need a J bass as #4, and I'm guessing some kind of Stingray for #5, but what would 6 be? Thunderbird? Hofner? Dingwall? Some kind of acoustic with a piezo? Some kind of 5 string?
  2. DrBnz


    Apr 4, 2021
    I have trouble putting them in an order, but these would be it.

    1. Fender Ultra P-bass
    2. Ric 4003 (w Hipshot Bridge)
    3. Stingray 4HH Special
    4. Fender American Perf Mustang (Short Scale)
    5. G&L M2500 (5 string)
    6. Squier 32" P-bass (Med. scale - 1985)
  3. LadyLoveStingRay5


    Jul 17, 2004
    I would add a StingRay5 Classic and maybe a custom Old Smoothie 5 to my current line up.

    As to the OP, the answer is always StingRay5 Special.
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  4. 1. G&L L2K Clf Research, Alpine white, soft aged, with my own preamp mods
    2. Sandberg Classic TM, fretless, cherry sunburst
    3. Stingray classic, seafoam green or some pastel color
    4. Rickenbacker 4003 in midnight blue
    5. Fender Precision
    6. Fender Jazz fretless

    4-string basses exclusively!
  5. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    If I could only have 6 basses, I'd choose the Sadowsky RV5 Jazz and a Mike Lull PJ5 I already own, and. . . . err. . . . that's it!
  6. There will never be a "six basses only" thing in my life. But just thinking about this horrid perspective, I would say:

    1) an American standard passive Fender jazz four strings
    2) a Warwick fiver (a Streamer, I think)
    3) a Jonas Hellborg signature Warwick
    4) a Pedulla pentabuzz (fretless)
    5) a EB Stingray four strings
    6) an American standard Precision (it would be my first P ever!)

    but... at least other 6 comes to my mind: an Ibanez headless fanned, a Dingwall, a Manne, a Markbass, a Skjold, a Gibson EB2D...
  7. TheArchitect


    Aug 4, 2009
    Jazz - Hot pickups
    Jazz - Vintage pickups
    Precision - Rounds
    Precision - Flats
    5/6 string something
  8. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    1. Precision (preferably g&l)
    2. Jazz (I would probably get a 5 string one, G&L again)
    3. Gibson SG bass
    4. G&L Kiloton or Stingray
    5. Rickenbacker
    6. Probably an active preamp modern 5 string. Something like a dingwall, Warwick, or Spector
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  9. Michael Stanley 2112

    Michael Stanley 2112 Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2020
    First off, my better half doesn't mess with my musical life. When I call her (S)he (W)ho (M)ust (B)e (O)beyed, it's completely tongue-in-cheek; just like when I refer to her as "the trouble 'n' strife" or " 'er indoors". So, she would never deliver such an edict.

    That said, I only have six basses so, this one is easy for me. They would be (in order of importance):

    1) My '93 Epiphone AccuBass (P-Bass clone)
    2) My '93 Epiphone RockBass (Jazz Bass clone)
    3) My 2023 Ibanez RGB350 (essentially an active P/J configuration)
    4) My 2017 SR300E (Black Pearl Fade)
    5) My 2021 SR2600 (Cerulean Blue)
    6) My '79 Fender P-Bass

    There is one more bass I would like to acquire, but I don't want to grew the herd much more so I am thinking one of these will be going "Buh-Bye", soon.
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  10. Stewie


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Decent upright and a fretless P bass. I’ll leave the other four for the rest of yous. :)
  11. 6 basses is too easy!

    1) Grabber (currently owned)
    2) Sting Ray. Only bass I still lust for after all these years
    3) G3 - owned one before, would like it back!
    4) Dingwall. Combustion or NG 4 stringer. Either fine.
    5) SEREK LINCOLN - this would likely be my one and only if I had the funds and could get the sound I hope that it can make
    6) Rickenbacker 4003

    I'd maybe consider a Fender P over the G3, but only because I know I'd play the Grabber more and would feel bad about keeping a great bass away from someone who'd play it to death.
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  12. Nunovsky


    Sep 4, 2004
    I'd get a nice fretless bass. The Gary Willis Signature Ibanez bass would be perfect for that.
  13. sanray


    Nov 8, 2005
    1. Classic passive jazz bass
    2. Spector 5 string
    3. A P/MM pickup bass where I can split the humbucker to get a pj sound.
    4. 30” short scale
    5. Upright
    6. Active jazz bass 5 string.
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  14. I'd have two or three too many. WTH would I do with SIX axes?
  15. 1. Spector NS-2
    2. MIJ Fender Jazz Bass Special
    3. Charvel Model 3B
    4. Spector EuroX Thunderbird
    5. B.C. Rich Gunslinger Bass
    6. Jackson Concert Bass
  16. Fernando Costa

    Fernando Costa

    Aug 4, 2013
    Fender Jazz 4
    Boutique Jazz 4
    Fender P-Bass 4
    MTD (USA handmade) Super 5-24
    Marleaux Consat 4
    Marleaux Diva 5.
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  17. bigthemat

    bigthemat Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Salt Lake City
    Well I have two that I really like so, to add onto what I already have…

    1. My old squier vm jazz V as seen in my profile pic. Had this thing forever and love it
    2. Ibanez talman p/j V. Love the look and feel, so much fun to play
    3. Some kind of fretless. I’d love one of those slick, almost abstract art ones like a Marleaux or similar
    4. Been gassing for a 5 string hollow body. Since this is a pipe dream, a 5 string framus star or similar would be so cool
    5. Gotta go MM. Stingray 5 string HH maybe in the dargie delight green
    6. Upright
  18. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    I'd get another high end boutique 6 string to rival my Le Fay.
    Possibly Marleaux, Ritter, Fbass or Dingwall - or of course another Le Fay.
    Then I'd get another 6 string that sits below the $2000 mark as the snob version of a beater.

    I'd keep my P with flats and my Le Fay, of course.

    That's only four basses.

    So just add a Fodera and a Carl Thompson to the list, tell the builders to go nuts and make something that will be the cover shot of their next catalog.
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  19. In the scenario you listed, I’d add an upright
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  20. dbsfgyd1


    Jun 11, 2012
    Mascoutah, IL
    One PJ, and 5 top of the line Alembics. The Alembics would be stored in a climate controlled vault for resale at a later date, like when I need a car, new house, or retire….LOL.

    I have a PJ since 2004, and found I can get all my itches scratched with it.
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