Is the Music Man the bass for country?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fire-Starter, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Everytime I see a country music Video or show, it seems like I always see the bass player playing a Music Man, until yesturday, I saw a Bongo, but still Music Man. Do these basses have a certain sound that country Music calls for?
  2. T. Alan Smith

    T. Alan Smith Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    They have a certain sound that lots of music calls for, regardless of record industry labels.
    Record industry labels shouldn't dictate what instrument gets played. Inspiration does not lie in record industry labels.
  3. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    I can tell you for sure that the double humbucker Bongo with piezo bridge can hardly be beaten in terms of versatility. And, in terms of "musical genres", I can't think of a single one in which the Bongo wouldn't work.
  4. FenderHotRod


    Sep 1, 2004
    EDIT:I've tried to post a pic here but it keeps getting booted.

    IN Brad Paisly's guitar rack he has two MM 5 strings. :eek:
  5. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    Ira Dean plays everything.

    I swear I saw him take an MTD and THROW IT ON THE GROUND at the end of a Trick Pony video...

    Lot's of MM's in Nashville. Lot's of Laklands as well. Tobias used to have a big presence there...then Sadowsky..

    Nashville is all about the B string these days. Whatever has a great B that you can actually get your hands on works.
  6. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Inactive

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds
    Exactly. I am seeing more Sadowsky's these days. Music Man's have that nice mid thang that cuts through and they are pretty affordable. I dig the tone but not the playability of them. That's why I was thinking of having Roger make me an MM/J Sadowsky (or do it myself).

    Play what you like and play what works for you.

    Guys like Michael Rhodes and Mike Brignardello use PJ's A LOT. I actually found MY sound with the Sadowsky PJ5's (got towo of them). FOR ME it is the perfect bass for country and rock. I am getting ready to go into the studio in January to track a country CD and the PJ5's are going to get put to the test/tape.
  7. jamesblue


    Mar 27, 2005
    I've seen alot of current pro country guys with them in videos. Live I'm sure they'll work, in the studio depends on what you're after. It's a modern tone, that works in many situations.
    I play a Hamer USA Cruise bass (jazz copy). I've always liked the MM, but to me it's a one tone bass that does it very well.
  8. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I wouldn't say it's the bass for country...but if your tonal needs warrant a nice, fat sounding bass, I don't see why not ;)
  9. Headroom


    Apr 5, 2002
    I think it entirely depends on which country. For a Lutonian polka band, the MM can't be beat.
  10. I played an Ibanez in a country band for a good year...and WISH I had my original Music Man back...I wish Leo had made them with the 5th string. Tried a Sadowsky five-string once at one of the gigs thanks to a bass buddy, and didn't see what all the fuss was about (as I cringe from people throwing rotten fruit and beer bottles at this point). I still keep trying to find that elusive "tone" I lost from the Music Man.
  11. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    The answer is "yes", of course.

    Man, throw me a hard one!

  12. Seems like MM, Lakland, and Sadowsky own the country thing. It's funny, I'm a jazz guy, and a funk guy, but my radio is set to the country stations. While I don't dig a lot of the tunes, it's refreshing to hear real bass players (Worf, Rhodes, etc.) playing with real drummers and groovin' like crazy. The only reason I don't have a MM currently is that darn tight string spacing :crying: