instrument shape & genre

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Killed_by_Death, May 26, 2019.

  1. A little

  2. half & half

  3. A lot

  4. carrots - not at all

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  1. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Had an interesting conversation today about an instrument shape & how it's only good for one genre, which gives my head a wobble.

    I've also seen folks on here state that they needed another instrument for a certain genre.
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    A spikey BC Rich Warlock might not go over well at a praise service...
  3. James Collins

    James Collins Guest

    Mar 25, 2017
    The better way to think about it might be that certain types of basses will not be used in certain types of music because of how they look.

    Most of the common basses could be used in any genre: Rickenbacker, NS, Thumb, Precision, Stingray, Jazz, etc.

    Some shapes are styled to suit certain genres worse: 500/1, Star, Longhorn, Warlock, Spirit, etc more because of the look than the sound.

    Like guitar, you can play metal on a Telecaster, but you will look better playing metal on a Bich.
  4. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    pointy = metal, especially a few generations ago.

    but we all know jazz bass and P bass can be seen anywhere. from k-pop, thrash metal, jazz, disco, you name it kids.
  5. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    I go out of my way to bring basses that look "inappropriate". And to sound good enough that nobody ever questions my choices after we start.

    People who "would never play X on a Y" are either insecure, mediocre or both.
  6. James Collins

    James Collins Guest

    Mar 25, 2017
    You just need a pink u-bass then.
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  7. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I voted a lot, but not because I think it should be, but because I think that's the common perception. Play what you like, as long as it doesn't get you fired or not hired.

    A B.C. Rich in a spectacular old-school funk band? Of course! That song never gets old.
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  8. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Take a look at the classic Motown studio guitar guys. Messina played a Tele, White played a hollow bodied Gibson (ES 137 I think), and Willis played a Tbird.
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  9. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Or...maybe we accept and conform so that we get hired for the next show. I'm always seeking the next opportunity, and the fewer asterisks by my name, the better.
  10. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    Agreed on common conceptions.

    I never really think about this though. Most of my basses are so "ordinary" that they'd fit with any genre. My guitar playing days, however, are a completely different story. I think it would be weird to see a Vai Gem played in anything other than a heavy metal band, unless done ironically.
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  11. Mastodon2


    Feb 27, 2008
    I assume you mean an Ibanez Jem. I don't recall ever seeing one used for heavy metal, it would be a waste of a such a dynamically capable guitar.
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  12. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Beatle's Tribute = Hofner and Rick 4001. Extra points for being left handed.

    Sometimes it's that specific, but most of the time, it's much more flexible.
  13. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

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    favorite ax for bebop/jazz:

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  14. BurtMacklinFBI

    BurtMacklinFBI Degen from Up-Country

    Apr 3, 2018
    No one sounds better playing anything on a Bich. No one.
  15. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist In Memoriam

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Lmao! What? This?
  16. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    That's a SoB, son of beast.

    If I was bringing my own instrument in for a worship service I do think they should have no problem with how it's shaped, unless it's something offensive.
  17. Do you wear Jorts on stage?
    Image matters on stage to some extent.

    That said in the studio behind closed doors it is a totally different story. I recorded the softest rock album I was on with a bass that looked like it was designed for Batman lol a jazz band I was in had a guitar player that would gig with a fender strat but played a bc rich on a recording we did lol.

    Basically I can see both sides of it.
  18. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
  19. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    If anyone here finds a gig that actually notices the bass player, please let me know and I'll humbly submit my .02...;)

    Good Luck!
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  20. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
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