Is there really a point of having 8 basses?

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  1. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    I never thought that I would be the one asking this question as I love buying basses, but lately I've been looking at the 8 basses I own and I've been asking myself why? I know diversity in gear is a must for gigging bass players, but my band plays pretty much punk rock and my P-bass just does the job best. Now my dilema is that I have acquired some really nice basses and some that are pretty rare and I'd really hate to get rid of them. So what do you think, is there any point of me hanging on to these other basses that really dont get much play anymore? or should I sell them off and just use my #1 player?
  2. I wouldnt reccomend selling them all. Maybe sell like 3-4 if your short on cash or something. Just try to get basses that sound different from eachother, and ofcourse some for sentimental purposes. :cool:
  3. loendmaestro


    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    I sure as hell hope so....because I have 7 right now.
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    i still hqave more coming!!!!!!!READ MY SIGNATURE!!!:bassist: :bassist: :bassist: :bassist:
  5. Shelly


    Jul 12, 2006
    Brighton, Michigan

    Do you see yourself playing in the same band forever? You may need a different sound in the future. Of course you could always buy another instrument for that "different sound", but chances are, you already own it :)

    Even if you decide you really only want the p-bass, keeping an additional instrument would be a good idea in case something happens to your p-bass right before a gig.

    I feel your pain, though. I have a p-bass and a fretless that hardly get touched and think about selling them occasionally. Once you get so many basses, you can only play so many of them very often. I own 9 instruments and only play 5 of them regularly, but I'd miss the other 4 if they were gone.

    What other instruments do you own besides the p-bass?
  6. RandallFlagg

    RandallFlagg Guest

    Aug 18, 2003
    Kansas City
    Funny...there was a time when I bought every bass I was OK until I realized that I had amassed about 12. I began selling the ones that I "rarely" played and then sold the ones that I "seldom" played.

    When I was done I was left with 4. I somehow feel that I could probably get by with one or two but just can't bring myself to part with any more.

    Interesting thing, however. I noticed that after the "sell-down" I was left with the work horse basses.....3 Fenders and 1 Ric......
    At this point, I figure that if I can't get the sound I like with these 4, then I don't need it....:D :D :D


    I might add, though, that if CTBass ever decides to part with that Acoustic amp....I could be persuaded to jump right back into the fray!!!
  7. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Since I currently have six basses, it is clear to me that you have two more than you need. ;)

    Hey, life is short. If you like your basses and you want to keep them around, who cares if it "makes sense" or not? :cool:
  8. Yell03SpecV


    Mar 22, 2006
    Hell, with 4 I found myself leaving one for dead all the time. Now that I'm at 3, I need another 5-string. And a 6. And a couple more 5ers.
  9. I have 3 basses, an acoustic and electric guitar, and a ukelele:cool: . Not much of a collection, and I pretty much only use 1 of the basses, but I'm not selling them. =)
  10. 69nites


    Jul 11, 2006
    I don't beleave in selling instriments <SP?>

    I only have 3 basses but really I could get by with one

    they have sentamental value I've writen songs with those basses

    same with my guitars, violins, and drums

    now my keyboards I can sell and have sold they have absolutly no personality
  11. I have acoustic 360/361,122,136,and 220...allwork great!!! ive seen a few on ebay !!! what model are you looking for and ill keep an eye out for you!!!:bassist: :bassist:
  12. RandallFlagg

    RandallFlagg Guest

    Aug 18, 2003
    Kansas City
    Acoustic made great equipment back in the day. I used a 360 for a long time in the early 70s and always loved it! It's a shame that they went under...

    I'm currently using a SVT5Pro with an 8X10 cab...seems to work real well. Thanks a lot, though!
  13. all my acoustics are from the 70s and still operate great!!! :hyper: I also have a electric acoustic black widow(only model that acoustic ventured into for a couple of years in the mid 70s!!!:bassist:
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Do you like 'em? If so, that's the point!
  15. scott917


    Mar 13, 2005
    Houston, Tx.
    you can always look at it this way, if they aren't eating anything then keep them. What I mean is if they are paid for and you like them and they are bothering anything keep them till you have to sell one or two.

    No sense in getting rid of them just to do so, or b/c the girlfriend/wife says to. See how much you can get for her and consider that. (ok, i am kinda kidding) Also as soon as you get rid of one you will most likely justify a way to get another one, and there is nothing wrong with that either. Sell one buy two more, enjoy them while you have them, life is too short.

  16. I have six right now, but they are all very different, so I think there's nothing wrong with having several.

    I wouldn't see the point in having several basses that were similar, though.
  17. deaf pea

    deaf pea

    Mar 24, 2005
    Cuernavaca 1 hr S Mexico City
    Seymour Duncan/Basslines SMB-5A Endorsing Artist

    I have 4 fretted and 2 fretless bolt-on basses that are identical (except for the frets).

    with the band equipment - fretted, back-up fretted and fretless

    at the studio that I work at (where I practice the most) - fretted and fretless

    at home - fretted

    The '58 Pbass and neck-thru fretless live at the studio, too.

    That way I don't have to lug a bass around . . . I'm a old guy, ya know
  18. phatduckk


    May 24, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    ive thought the same thing...

    i have 8 basses to, and i also play in a punk band... so ya, one of them would work. but eh, whatever. i work hard for my $ and my basses make me happy - i earned em.

    so its all good... i figure "just 'cause" and "because i can" and both valid reasons to have "too many" basses
  19. Gegatso


    Jan 16, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    I think it is just different with everyone. Some people think I have a lot of basses, but they are each unique in their own way - so it makes sense to me. Do I ever see myself owning a ton of them? No. I just don't think I need *that* many choices, but it is nice to be able to be diverse. They don't get in the way; they all get played...I guess that's most important. If I ever have something that looks more like it is around for show only, I don't see any reason to own it.
    My .02 cents.

  20. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Owning 8 basses is pretty much pointless. You're not really even getting started until you have at least a dozen. I had 16, but sold off four. Now I'm moving toward the pink bass.
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