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Most "extreme" bass you've used for a gig?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by twinjet, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. twinjet

    twinjet WASH YOUR HANDS Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Inspired by the bass-hating drummer thread.

    It is agreed upon that a Fender, be it a Jazz or a Precision, can automatically score you the gig, whereas an outlier may get you turned down, regardless of skill.

    What is the most "out there" bass you've gotten away with using for a gig?
  2. CORBS


    Dec 28, 2010
    Never had a bass influence my being offered a gig, and I have never used Fenders or anything that look like them.
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  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    An extremely cheap Steinberger copy made by a company named Bradley where I replaced the hideous stock pickups with DiMarzio Model J's. Almost wish I still had it because it sounded great, but I hated how the neck stuck way too far out for me to be comfy.

    Nowadays the most out there bass I use is a Realistic violin bass from the late 60's (yes, THAT Realistic).
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  4. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    In 1983, I used a late 60s Vox Cougar hollowbody, played fingerstyle (the only way I knew how to play at the time) in a hardcore punk band. I got a couple snarky comments at the first practice about not using a pick, but it was never really an issue.
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  5. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Never had anyone fire me over what bass I used, or get turned down from a group I auditioned for with any comments on what bass I showed up with. I've had bandmates express preference for one bass over another, and they're usually conservative (i.e. they like how the P sounds). The most "extreme" or "out there" bass I've gigged with was my John Toon 5.

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  6. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    What's the opposite of "extreme"? Whatever that word is, my Steinberger L-2 has never been that.

    I did once do a high profile gig for an MCA Records release party where they insisted the band mime/lip-sync to the album tracks. I made a fake bass out of cardboard and foamcore, strung with pink yarn, and played that in front of 2,000 coked-out record execs.
  7. A Stingray. Yeah, I know! It's crazy! :p ;)
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  8. I did country gigs with a 6 string bongo so...
  9. I played a five string Jackson Dave elefison sig model for a country gig and actually survived! I left the spandex at home though
  10. DigthemLows


    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
    I played my upright for a alt/Metal gig once...........just to see if I could pull it off.........it was a blast, ran a distortion pedal and everything...
  11. Ophiothrix


    Aug 4, 2016
    Back in the dark and distant days of only owning one bass, I had the active electronics on my jazz bass completely bug out on me on the night of a blues gig in an 'old man pub' (UK residents will know what I'm talking about). I was only 19, but the rest of the band each had a couple of decades on me... Man, I miss that gig - it was just touring the local circuit of quiet live music bars on odd weekday nights and Sunday afternoons, but I love playing blues bass and those guys were an absolute riot...

    Anyway, this was about an hour before I was due to leave, so the only option available was to borrow my guitarist flatmate's cheap practice bass.

    Thus the story of how I set up in the corner of a Glasgow pub full of auld boys in flat caps with a BC Rich Warlock. It was surprisingly well-received, all things considered, although I had to sit through a good fifteen minutes of being laughed at by the rest of the band after I unzipped the gig bag. I suggested we cover Slayer's Angel of Death in honor of the instrument, but we ultimately decided against it.
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  12. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Bass I made in high school wood shop. :D
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  13. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    my band plays mostly country/roots-rock and I can't wait to surprise them at the next gig with my newly acquired Mockingbird in quilted red maple. :jawdrop:
  14. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    I was at a rehearsal of another band once and the bassist was off sick. As the guy only played root notes during the whole songs (seriously, he only ever played root notes!), I grabbed a lefty guitar that was missing a string and played with them for a while on an upside down strat. I even managed to get some fifths in :D
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  15. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Pop/Synth band in the 80s. Man, there were a lot of slap parts (I'm not great at slapping, but I managed to pull it off).
    Strangely, the Washburn B-20 Stage kept up.
    Not a bass I'd associate with that music.
  16. Mosstone


    Jun 20, 2009
    Once, I had to borrow a bass for a big outdoor gig. For the life of me, I can't recall why, (this was the early '90s) but I remember it was an emergency.

    It was a pointy Jackson bass with active electronics that belonged to the band's previous bassist, who was let go for not fitting in with their style of music. He was a metal-head (surprise!), but he was a nice guy. I don't think I would even show up at the gig of a band I got kicked out of, but he was actually super supportive.
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  17. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    I've done things like that on purpose, just to mess with people.
    My favorite was a Dean Flying V bass. The secret is to pull it out of the bag with just enough time to tune before the first song. That way when the guitar player says "what the hell is that" you can just smile and say "I know, right?" and count off into a fast SRV tune. It shuts them right up.
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  18. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    Most "extreme" bass you've used for a gig?

    J bass. Normally only use P basses.
    :smug: :roflmao:
  19. Slightly off topic, but not really: Played rhythm guitar in a really odd group about 25 years back, covering everything from 50's rock to new (at the time...) country. I generally used an Ibanez 335-type or my Gibson Victory MVX (set neck strat-type). Just for giggles occasionally I'd pull out my Kramer Striker 3000, which was a really pointy X-thingee with triple humbbuckers and a Floyd Rose. "Don't tell my WHOOMP by Achy Breaky WHOOMP!" Didn't have a B-Bender but the divebombs were hilarious.

    Oh, and for bass? Did hundreds of country gigs, and some sessions, with a BC Rich Eagle. Not very radical, though.
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  20. lakefx


    Sep 14, 2012
    Mine was a Hohner Steinberger copy that I gigged for about a year while trying everything I could find in local shops before settling on a G&L L-2000. Only one pickup worked, the knobs were broken, but it sounded good and I played the poopie out of that bass!
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