Loyalty to Any Specific Brand?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MarcTheRogue, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. MarcTheRogue


    Mar 27, 2013
    Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you guys out there who are dedicated to one specific brand over all others.

    Out of the five basses I own, none of them are the same brand. I own a Peavey, a Rogue, a Samick, an Ibanez, and a Washburn. They each work great in their own rights, but I don't really have any loyalty to a certain brand because 1) there's a whole wide world of millions of basses to choose from, and 2) it gets extremely expensive to be a brand-dedicated player.

    So what basses are you guys most partial to? I am simply trying to understand what makes you guys want to spend thousands of dollars on several basses of the same brand.

    Looking at you, Spector and Warwick owners. ;)
  2. KwinS


    Oct 30, 2006
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    I've basically been a Fender guy most of my life, BUT I just received one of the new Warwick Alien acoustics. It's a 6 string fretless. Granted, it's not a handmade German model, but it's still going to retail just south of about $2000. That's pretty expensive. Even though I love my Tony Franklin Fenders, I've also been bitten by the Music Man Bongo bug. I'll probably end up with a 6HH in either one of the silver-ish colors, or a stealth. It's also in the $2000 ballpark...I never should have played a MM JPXII 7 string guitar. That's what set off the Bongo lust.

    Edit: I will probably end up with one of the German Warwick electric 6 string models, too in a year or so. Just haven't decided which one.
  3. I play 2 brands (pretty much) exclusively - Fender and Rickenbacker. And, for no other reason than after years of playing, these two work for me.
  4. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    "If you can't be with the one you love...love the one you're with."

    Pretty much sums up my loyalty. To basses I mean.
  5. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I'm a Carvin fanatic, although I own other basses too. The reason I prefer Carvins is that the value, measured as a ratio of quality to cost, is second to none.

    Carvin, unfortunately, are about a year too late to sell me one of their new P-basses. I just put a Fender P in my stable last year, and I really dig it. Had the Carvin PB series been out then, I almost certainly would have bought one instead. So of course, now I'm thinking I should get a five-string version from Carvin. But I'm gassing for one of their SB5000s much, much harder.

    Another bass I own is the Schecter Stiletto Studio 8, an 8-stringer strung in pairs of octaves. This one gets a lot of stage time, but I can definitely imagine something better. The day Carvin releases an 8-stringer, I will be relegating the Schecter to backup status.

    At this point, I'd like to remind my fellow TBers of the "no pics, no bass" rule. Here are my Carvins:

  6. Even when I am a big Fender jazz bass fan, I found that are many $300 basses that are a piece of junk and are $300 basses that are great instruments,,,but there are $2,000 basses that are great instruments and there are $2,000 basses that are a piece of junk. All is about what bass fits my style and my kind of performance. I love Peaveys basses, Ibanez basses, Squier Vintage Modified 70's Jazz basses and I don't see why I have to spend $1,200 in a American Jazz Bass to sounds great, when the 85% of the people of the place that I play, doesn't know the diference between a cheap bass and a $2,000 bass. I respect the guys that have expencive basses and have the money to buy those basses but the only way that I can spend a lot of money buying a expencive bass is that I play for and artist or on the TV,,,,or my money on the bank is a lot, lot, lot and I don't have bills to pay. So I am not loyal to any brand and I am one of those guys that like to have something good but practical. Basses is all about stiles and situations. Some basses works for some guys and some doesn't.
  7. I've never played basses from any manufacturer that felt as 'right' to me as Fender/Squier, so those tend to be what I buy.

    A big part of that is almost certainly due to the limited range of models available in shops local to me, though
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    Over the years I have tried Washburn, Fender, Ibanez, Music Man, Spector Alembic, Carvin, Schecter, and G & L basses, Ampeg, GK, Hartke, Fender and Eden amps.

    I always end up going back to Fender, Spector and Ampeg. That's all I use now.
  9. MarcTheRogue


    Mar 27, 2013
    Warwicks truly are amazing basses. My problem is of course money. At being only 16 years old, I highly doubt I'll be getting a high end bass anytime soon. Unless, of course, some stoner undersells his gear again.

    For example, the Peavey that I got easily could have sold for $500. I got it for $100. The Samick was free, the Washburn was $40, the Rogue was $100 (but sort of crap for the quality it came in), and the Ibanez was from the starter pack. Oh, the days of being a 13 year old bassist..

    I do remember that someone was selling their Traben Array bass for $175. Easily could have been sold for $700 in its condition since it was hardly played. Too bad I don't have any money lying around. Another time, there actually was a Warwick rockbass for sale at a local music shop. They originally had it at $400, but I discovered some broken electronics. The head of bass there slashed $75 off the price because of that. He was such a nice guy, but they had to let him go because he was willing to bend over backwards to direct you to places to get you what you want, even if it wasn't at the store he worked at.

    Hopefully my string of luck with my gear lands me a Warwick one of these days. :D

    *Edit: The price of that Warwick was slashed even after he put brand new electronics in.
  10. MarcTheRogue


    Mar 27, 2013
    Here are my basses, in case you guys wanted to see.

    Rogue LX205B

    Peavey Grind 5

    Ibanez GSR190 (with sexy blue strings ;))

    Samick HFB590

    Washburn Lyon.
  11. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I own more Carvin stuff than I do any other brand. I like their amps, and I think they have some of the nicest bass necks in the business.

    There might be a 5 string Carvin P-bass in my future.
  12. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O))))

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, I guess just through use, I would be most loyal to Fender. My Precision will probably always be my #1, and my Jazz a #2, but I also have a Gibson Thunderbird and I'm looking at getting a Hagstrom 8 string or a Guild Starfire. So basses, I'm not too loyal about, I just currently favor Fender, but I'll gladly play whatever gets me the sound I want. Ampwise, I'm far more fanatical, and pretty much only own Sunn at this point (selling everything else).
  13. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    Fender. Never did me wrong.
  14. Nobody

    Nobody Inactive

    Jul 14, 2004
    I've been pretty satisfied with Ibanez but I'm open-minded to pretty much any brand.
  15. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I always want to see. :) I love bass pics. My fave is the Peavey, but I really like the Samick and Washburn too.

    Mr. Phalex, please sir, if it's not too much trouble, could we get a pic of that AC50F listed in your profile? Pretty please? :D
  16. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Nope, I've had a whole bunch of different stuff.
  17. MarcTheRogue


    Mar 27, 2013
    That Peavey is my baby. I am really looking for these basses that Peavey made. TL-6's. I want one soooooo bad.


    Oh crap, I'm becoming a Peavey whore..

    No shame. :smug:
  18. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Must be nice to have all those basses at just 16 years old. :cool:

    When I was your age all I had was a single late '60s Jazz Bass. :bawl:
  19. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger.

    Jul 4, 2007
    Cedar Falls, IA
    I don't have an allegiance to any brand but I do enjoy what Fender does. Realistically, though, I would only need two or three. My AVRI '62 Jazz is awesome and a sister AVRI '62 Precision would be a winning combination. Add in a fretless of some sort and that would probably be all the Fender I could handle. Aside from that, I would probably venture back to Lakland's catalog (American this time), perhaps a custom Carvin or MTD 635-24. That is in the way distant future, though.

    I get the appeal of being brand loyal as there are plenty of brands that deserve loyalty. I'd just rather ignore that and enjoy the great instruments out there, regardless of what name is on the headstock.


    @MarkTheRogue - That may be the highest concentration of Peavey basses I have ever seen in one picture. They're beautiful, though. I have never seen those before. I'm used to the T-40s and Grinds.
  20. MarcTheRogue


    Mar 27, 2013
    I love all of these basses. I just need to get the Rogue customized, and I need to get the Washburn's action down lower.

    My head and cab combo also puts out 1000 watts, too. So my gear setup right now is very satisfactory. :D