Let's see those Work Horse Basses!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Helix, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    The US J Plus was my only bass for more than ten years. I’ve still got it but it mostly lives at my brothers little studio.
    The other one is a parts bass and is the one getting everything these days.
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  2. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    I can cover all the basses with this duo .
    Rounds on the Caprice .
    TI Flats on the P.
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  3. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Chicago Illinois

    We are a Foo tribute band here in Chicago.
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  4. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    Here's me at the Cat's Eye Pub in Fells Point (Baltimore, MD) playing with the Pete Kanaras Band using my numero uno workhorse P ...


    It's a bone stock * (rare for me) 2013 Fender American Standard Precision. It was a floor model from some store that was closing it out very cheaply on eBay. Alder body in that super cool Jade Pearl Metallic finish with a mint green pickguard, Fender Custom Shop '62 pickup and maple/rosewood neck. I have it strung with a killer set of 105 - 45 Sadowsky flats. 8.5 lbs, plays like a dream and has that quintessential P-Bass thud that works so well with the Blues, Soul and R&B that I find myself playing most of the time.

    Here's me at the Columbia Pike Blues Festival (Arlington, VA) with the Chris Polk Band with my Franken50thAnniversary P which has also seen a whole lotta action over the years ...


    This one's a Fender 50th Anniversary Precision that I purchased offa eBay for $500 in its all original form back in 2001 with a special "petite" contour vintage tint maple/maple P width neck, ash body with see through butterscotch finish and black anodized aluminum pickguard. The original neck is probably the best playing neck I own, but didn't fit very well in the neck pocket of the 50th Anniversary body it came with and was also too bright sounding for most of the gigs I play. I eventually paired it up with a very bassy sounding Warmoth mahogany P-Bass body that ended up being a match made in heaven from both a playing and sound perspective (and would probably be my #1 if it wasn't such a lunker @ 10 lbs). Anyway, I found a "to die for" American Standard maple/rosewood P width neck from a 1999 Hot Rod Precision that is a great player, fit in the 50th Anniversary P's neck pocket like a glove and has been stable as a rock for me. I also replaced the original pickup with a Fender Custom Shop '59 Precision pickup, strung it with a nice set of 105 - 45 Sadowsky flats and routed the black anodized aluminum pickguard for easy truss rod access. * A little on the heavy side @ 9.5 lbs, but just a killer bass that has served me well. NOTE for all you Ampeg fans ... pictured behind me is a brand spankin' new all tube monster SVT head w/matching 8x10 refrigerator cab. The backline company for the festival had just pulled it out of its shipping crate that day. We were the second band up so I got to be the second bassist to play through it. Glorious ... just glorious.

    * Except the OCD demons I have to grapple with on a daily basis compelled me to install a "tug bar" on both basses even though I've never used one in my life. ;^)
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  5. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    This is my giggin-est old upright. Nothing fancy, just an old Czech plywood but I put in many hours and many shows on it. This was at a local festival a couple of years ago, backing up a local singer-songwriter.


    That was a busy day. This is later that same evening with my jazz quartet


    And this is my 71 PBass that has never let me down. Bout time I gave it a name I suppose....

  6. bass4u

    bass4u Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2007
    DSC_0119~2.JPG This is my go to bass.
  7. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    My 2014 American Special gets almost all the dates now...


    But I had to bust out my '59 for this blues gig last weekend with Doc Williams Neon Dogz Band...


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  8. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
    Parts Precision: 2012 Japanese body, 2009 USA neck, 2016 electronics and hardware. D'Addario Chromes. All Fender on this one:
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  9. Rocking gear
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  10. TrevorR


    Oct 3, 2015
    Near London, UK
    I read lots of threads saying... “I’d never take a Wal/Fodera/Boutique/Whatever out to a gig just in case...”. Never understood that!

    Since 1992 when I got it my Mk 1 Wal has gigged everywhere with me. From church to theatres to stately homes to hotels to clubs to marquees to prisons to seedy dive bars... And my Wal Pro Series bass has usually kept it company since I got it back in 2001.


    And in action rocking a local club...


    And the Pro in action...

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  11. Tectonic


    Oct 14, 2010
    A106CC3F-70D3-4F88-8D4F-C20522E901F5.jpeg My Pedulla Thunderbass has been by my side travelling across Canada since 96’. It has never let me down.
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  12. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    This was my number one workhorse for the last couple years:
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    Obligatory "work" picture:
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    The switched P pickups / Super 55 Hum Cancelling "J" cover everything I need...except a low B string :bawl:

    I'm currently playing an L2500, but it's not "home" to me. I never thought about my sound with the precision; used the "J" pickup usually twice per gig (two Flea songs), but I just keep messing with the knobs and switches on the L2500, and I've previously owned an L2000 and an ASAT. Just can't find the "aaaah!"
    I've recently purchased a P5 and am working it into my life...wish it had a Maple fretboard!!! :ninja:
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  13. Modified early-Eighties Peavey Foundation with a T-40 'bucker in the neck, Duncan Basslines 1/4 Pounder in the mid, and the original Super Ferrite in the bridge. Don't know how my son wired it, but it's three volumes and a master tone. The original finish got all dinged up. I sanded her down and put on about 20 coats of Formby's hi-gloss tung oil on her about 15 years ago. I'm the original owner, having purchased it from the now-defunct American Music Store here in Jacksoville, FL in the summer of 1984. The salesman? Banner Thomas of original Molly Hatchett fame. He and I became friends over the ensuing years, and he always asked if I still had the bass when we would see each other. RIP, Banner! 20180217_192221[1].jpg
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  14. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    This is "Buddy", my '12 Fender Pawn Shop Reverse Jaguar. She get's the call on 99% of gigs for a while now. She takes a beating.

  15. 7CB4E5B2-F728-43DE-AA9C-83A3C2664D17.jpeg My 3 busy bodies..

    Yamaha BB2024x with V/V/T installed.

    Yamaha early 80’s BB3000s with Dimarzio Model P pups.

    Warmoth Jazz neck, MJT body relic p/j bass.
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  16. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Hey! Who's playing yer bass Mr Legba?!!
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  17. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
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    One of my Cort B4FLs, official moneymaking instruments.

    ETA: no, that's not the original color.

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  18. djasterix


    Jan 1, 2012
    Lima, Peru
    My new moneymaker, Ibanez GSR256...

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  19. bassstation

    bassstation terms of enRAMPAGEment

    My 85 stingray, if I am not playing upright, this the bass. I have rehersed/gigged/recorded a lot with this beater. It has a really light natural finish that usually photographs as yellow. Sorry I don't have better pics at the moment. 20171124_093213.jpg u 20171124_093213.jpg 20180107_122147.jpg
  20. What an amazing thread. This *was* my pride and joy.... 1998 American Fender Jazz. sigh... I've sold it...to a friend actually. I bought another new Fender Jazz instead. We made a deal that I get first right of refusal if he ever decides to sell it. Anyway. Here's a picture and of this bad boy in action.

    Action shots.... 17308976_10158240773295447_5274610827995141993_n.jpg

    And another... 12792127_10156496888290447_4109141662374208003_o.jpg
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