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Just 1 brand, or more brands?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thomas Kievit, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Who of you TB-ers only 1 have brand for your bass guitars and who of you have more than 1 brand?

    For those who use only 1 brand : how many basses did you had to try before you got the gear you have right now?
  2. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    More than one. As many as I can afford :D

    Variety is the spice of life.
  3. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    What do you own at the moment?

  4. dls119


    Jun 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    For now, I only use Fender and Squier basses, however I've owned others in the past, and would be happy to own others should a practical application for them arise. :D

    I have three currently and use them all:
    Squier VM Jazz
    Squier Deluxe Active Jazz V (great bass, but not my favorite)
    Fender Std. Precision
  5. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    More than one brand: MIA Fender, Spector and Alembic.
  6. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I presently stick with EBMMs. Love what they do, how they play and the price is just right.
    What have I tried in the past? Just about everything under $2k new/used, as that's my self-imposed limit on how much I can justify on any bass. I've had some serious high end stuff down to SXes and Squires. EBMMs are for me though!
  7. One brand.

    Back in 1982, I tried a vintage P and a Gibson Grabber at a rehearsal space before deciding that bass was my kinda instrument & of the two, much preferred the P.

    When I hit the shop, I was disappointed by the neck profile on the then current production Precisions & found that they were totally out of my price range. Shop assistant asked what I *could* afford & pulled an Aria TSB-400 off the rack.

    Love at first feel :D

    Still got the TSB, but these days my two main squeezes are a 1980 SB-900 & a heavily modded fretless SB-1000.
  8. Currently only the one bass, and it's a Fender which serves the current purpose I have for it.

    But should the need arise for a different bass by a different manufacturer and I can find one that I like, then that's that.
  9. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Fodera, Fender and Squier for me. Don't see that changing any time soon.
  10. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    3 Music Man basses
    2 Alembic basses
    1 Marchlewski bass

    There are a number of other bass brands that I like and could see myself owning, but I don't need any more. As long as I have at least 1 Alembic in my portfolio it's all good. Everything else is just pleasant distraction. In my opinion, there are a lot of brands that deliver great tone, great workmanship, great looks. Alembic is at or near the top of the heap in all those categories.
  11. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    I keep thinking 100% Alembic and then remembering how nice an American Standard neck feels in your hand.
  12. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    I have a Yamaha and 3 Carvins. The Yamaha is at my parent house because it as sentimental value so I don't use it anymore.

    Since then I bought 4 Carvin and sold one. That brand pretty much cover what I'm looking for.
  13. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    2 Fenders, Standard P and Jaco sig jazz
    1 Dingwall ABZ
    1 Carvin LB 76
    1 EBMM StingRay

    I am a Fender guy for sure but that doesn't mean I am only a Fender guy.
  14. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    Currently I have a single-coil P, two split-coil Ps, a StingRay 5 and a Godin A5 fretless.

    I have owned a Carvin LB20 and a G&L Tribute L2000 as well as a Fender Standard fretless J.

    I'll likely sell the Godin, but the others are pretty much in constant rotation.
  15. Three Fenders, two Kalas, and three Carvins. I need one more Kala to keep everything inbalance, lol.
  16. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Back in the day... I had several Fenders... two Jazz, two Precision, a Jaguar, a EBMM Stingray (I'd consider it a cousin)... and always had one or two others but I've always gravitated towards Fenders.
  17. Currently 1 Warwick, 1 Guild, 1 Dean, 1 Jay Turser, 1 Squier, and 3 Fenders
  18. Huge

    Huge Hell is full of musical amateurs. Like me.

    Dec 2, 2005
    I currently only have Fenders, but I've owned a Yamaha, a EBMM Bongo, and a G&L L-2500. I don't really buy based on what's on the headstock, I just found I liked the feel of my P more than my G&L. I bought my 2nd Fender because I wanted to do a neck swap to a fretless, and it's easier to get a neck to fit a Fender than other brands.

    Not that I feel I need another bass, but if I were to go shopping again, I'd be looking hard at Carvin.
  19. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Multiple brands.

    Until some company steps forward with a nice endorsement deal for me, I’m proud to be a complete and unrepentant brand whore. :D
  20. Mudcat35


    Feb 21, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Definitely multiple brands for me. I currently have a Conklin, a warwick, and a Fender. In the past, I've had G&L, Yamaha, Gibson, Ibanez, more Fenders, a Dean, etc. To me, they're individuals. I buy the tool I need for the job at hand.