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If you have only one bass : why?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by topo morto, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. No money to buy another bass, or space to keep it

    73 vote(s)
  2. I have to move house a lot / I am a hobo

    3 vote(s)
  3. I can't play two basses at a time; why have more than one?

    22 vote(s)
  4. Bass is not my only/main instrument

    16 vote(s)
  5. I don't gig at all / much, so can't justify having more than one

    26 vote(s)
  6. My bass is (technically) the best one in the world for me

    46 vote(s)
  7. I am emotionally attached to my bass for some reason

    24 vote(s)
  8. My other ones got lost/ stolen

    2 vote(s)
  9. I don't want to waste my time thinking about different basses ATM - I just want to play

    28 vote(s)
  10. My wife/husband/partner won't let me have too many toys

    9 vote(s)
  11. It has been made specially in the shape of my band logo... or something

    3 vote(s)
  12. I'm sure there's another one somewhere in this bag of carrots

    13 vote(s)
  13. other (please comment)

    20 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    I'm now in the 'only one bass' club...

    For now I'm in the 'I don't want to waste my time thinking about different basses ATM - I just want to play' category.

  2. SouthpawYeti


    Nov 25, 2012
    My Fender Jazz does exactly what I want! That's why!
  3. Worshipbass12


    Feb 23, 2013
    Nw georgia
    I agree my pbass does everything I need to do
  4. I too am in the one bass only club - yeah I've had other basses but nothing sounded or played as good as my current bass - Lado Solo.

    I'm in the process of building a custom bass - but this custom bass will have a lot of the same features that are on my current bass - same wood - custom wound pickups etc. So I will have two basses - but two of the same

    Does that still count? :)
  5. "One is the loneliest number ...."
  6. I don't have the money to buy new equipment all the time, hell I'm lucky to buy strings when I need them. There's also the fact that my band doesn't really do much anymore and as much as I love the bass and playing, just playing around my house for myself has been a real drain on my motivation/creativity

    I guess I could also fall into the "I can't play two at a time, why have more than one?" thing as well, I've only owned more than one bass one time and it wasn't very long until I decided to sell the second one. I do my best to find a bass that I can use for any situation that I'd find myself in with as little change on my part as possible. I.E. simply changing what pickup(s) I'm using to go from, say, punk to jazz or whatever
  7. I got a mia pbass. Stopped playing everthing else. So i sold everything minus the pbass. Warwick, courvette, thumb bo, streamer lx, spector rebop, ibanez ric copy, fernandes pbass copy.
  8. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I've owned/tried a bunch of basses over the years and have discovered that an active, 4-string, light weight, J-pup bass with nice hardware suits me best.

    I now own a Peavey Millennium Plus J/J:

    Active J-pups
    Active 18v 3-band preamp with sweepable mids
    Alder body with 1/4" flamed maple top
    Quartersawn maple neck with figured Pau Ferro fretboard
    Hipshot light bridge and tuners
    Tusq nut
    Graphite rods in neck
    8.3 lbs

    I think I'm pretty set as far as J type basses goes.

    At this point I'm not sure I could justify buying another bass because I can cop a lot of tones on this with the sweepable mids. I only play at church at this point, so I don't need the different specific tones that a studio player would need.
  9. BryanM


    Dec 15, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I'm probably going to be getting a second at some point soon. I technically have two, but one doesn't work and is being rebuilt to give to my brother. I've had many basses over the years, but I tend to give instruments to friends a lot. I have a lot of friends like that as well, so instruments just sort of float around the circles that we're in. I've given away an Ibanez Sr405, Ibanez Sr400, SX P-Bass with a VM fretless neck, Squire VM jazz bass with a fretted P-bass neck, Lotus guitar, BC-Rich NJ Assassin, Jasmine by Takamine D35 acoustic, Oscar Schmidt acoustic, Fender DG-7 acoustic, Fender MIM strat, Fender MIM tele, Buescher/Malerne alto saxophone, King Trumpet, several amps and a variety of other instruments. I've been given an SX Jazz bass, Fender MIM strat, Gibson Les Paul Studio Lite, all but one or two of the instruments listed above, several amplifiers, speakers and mixers, a 24 channel, 100 ft audio snake, two alto saxophones and one trumpet and a variety of other things. I'll probably keep the SX Jazz bass and the Gibson Les Paul because the SX was the first bass that really felt and sounded like the right bass for me and the Gibson was given to me by my parents and means a lot to me.

    I might buy a telecaster sometime soon, or a P-bass to put jazz pickups in.
  10. Let's just say that when I win the lottery, I'll own more than one bass.
  11. Am broke. Onle one bass for me.

    For now. :ninja:
  12. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    I have been through so many different basses, but my CallowHill covers every single tone I might need. It has Nordstrand Big Splits, with one of the first Nordstrand pre-amps........that pre-amp is flat out THE BEST on the market. The only other basses I might need in the future would be a fretless and an upright.
    I have also found "MY TONE" in a Baer ML112 and Mesa Walkabout.........been through a ton of those, but I am TOTALLY satisfied and that's a rarety.
  13. because leo got it right the first time.
  14. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    Actually, George Fullerton and Bill Johnson got them right the first time. Leo was the one that screwed them up!
  15. hailet


    Sep 16, 2012
    Mount Prospect,IL
    I quit playing for 20 years or so. Currently I only own one 2008 MIA P bass but will be buying a fretless of some kind this year.
  16. I'm a total Fender guy, I'm in love with my Precision Bass. I will probably, however, add a Jazz Bass to my arsenal at some point in my career, and perhaps a fretless Jazz Bass as well. But as far as I'm concerned, you can't beat the Fender tone.
  17. BenBL


    Jun 25, 2012
    Other because I haven't bought the SR400 at my local music shop yet and my squier jazz is unplayable

    Thank the lord for my Silvertone revolver this thing takes a beating and I don't even gig
  18. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    I've owned my bass since 1971.
  19. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    When I had only one bass, it was because it was all I could afford, and it got the job done well enough.

    Have since acquired 4 basses, and each does what the original did not.

    I am content.

  20. Marko 1

    Marko 1

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    I'm not in this club, but my choice would be a Fender Standard Precision V.

    I think it’s wise (if gigging) to have at least a cheap backup, though.

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