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"Most signature" signature Fender bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by StrangerDanger, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Steve Harris

    13 vote(s)
  2. Roger Waters

    3 vote(s)
  3. Tony Franklin

    11 vote(s)
  4. Pino Palladino

    2 vote(s)
  5. Duff McKagan

    7 vote(s)
  6. Marcus Miller

    52 vote(s)
  7. Jaco Pastorius

    33 vote(s)
  8. Reggie Hamilton

    1 vote(s)
  9. Mark Hoppus

    10 vote(s)
  10. Mike Dirnt

    1 vote(s)
  11. Sting

    6 vote(s)
  12. Nate Mendel

    1 vote(s)
  13. Geddy Lee

    28 vote(s)
  14. Dusty Hill

    6 vote(s)
  1. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    I'm curious to know what y'all think. (I also like to stir the pot a bit too.)

    Which Fender signature bass best represents the artist? I'm talking about the uniqueness of the bass and how it relates to the look and sound of the artist's main bass or the bass that artist is mainly known for.

    I just picked up a Marcus and although I dont normally go for sig basses I think this one is a keeper. It got me to thinking about this subject.

    Well have at it!
  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    The Marcus Miller bass. Immediately identifiable.
  3. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    The Tony Franklin, I don't know of any other mass produced fretless PJ bass, or anyone else who has made that tone their signature.
  4. Miller or Lee. I find the Lee does a good job replicating the instrument it was based off.

    Of course the Franklin is a real nice bass too.

  5. BassSurfer

    BassSurfer Supporting Member

    Jun 30, 2006
    Brooklyn & Queens, NYC
  6. Timmah


    May 19, 2011
    There was that one that isn't even a p or j, it's a fiver, and I never even heard of the guy whose sig it is. I don't know the name.

    EDIT: roscoe beck. Stu hamm's urge bass was wacky too.
  7. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    Roscoe Beck? That was a really nice bass.
  8. goldenglory18


    Nov 30, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Your Mom.
    Interesting question.....

    Are you looking for one that is the closest representation to the actual bass the artist uses, or the bass that most represents the Artist, himself.

    IMO, that would make me give two different answers.
  9. Timmah


    May 19, 2011
    That's the one! Really cool, unique bass (for a fender)
  10. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Pretty much every bass listed in the OP is nothing more than a run of the mill Fender bass with slight aesthetic mod's. The RBeck and StuHamm basses are the best representation of a true sig model.
  11. PazzoBasso


    Jan 21, 2011
    the Marcus Miller, Geddy Lee or Steve Harris are most "identifiable" (IMO).... as far as sound or faithful repro's of the originals - hard to tell without an in hand comparison...

    MM - the silly pickguard

    GL - Black n Maple (with blocks/binding) - I've heard folks refer to almost any bass with that combo as a "Geddy"

    SH - Royal blue metallic & the mirror guard

    People often refer to sunburst, 60's ish Jazzes as "Jaco-esq" but it's way too common a finish - but they do reming me of Jaco...

    Dusty should have a Furry Sig...
  12. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Roswell, GA
    Either Geddy or Marcus
  13. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Your list makes Roscoe Beck sad.:(
  14. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    I think the one that is most "signature" would have to take both into account but I think it would lean more toward representing the artists sound and look.
  15. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I'd say the Stu Hamm sig is the most sig of them all.

    I know I'm partial because I play one, but the next siggiest sig would be the Hoppus. The P PUP in a J body thing is fairly unique.
  16. pdusen


    Aug 18, 2004
    I've heard that as well. Ironically, Geddy's original "Geddy" doesn't even look like that anymore:

  17. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    As far as the Stu and Roscoe stuff goes, I'm sorry but I wanted to limit it to current production models.
  18. goldenglory18


    Nov 30, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Your Mom.
    Then I vote Hoppus.

    If you changed the neck (MIA vs MIM) and colors on the originals it WOULD be his custom bass. The look is pretty special/specific, the tone is spot on, and the vibe is apparent. His new models are stupid close to his most recent Fender CS order.....

    Based on the above, I think the Jaco comes in a close second. Although I'm not too versed on the tone of the production models.....
  19. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    I think its cool to see guys playing other guy's sig models in genres that are different from the signature artist's own genre. I'm not a jazz or slapper guy but I will play the MM for rock music with my fingers.
  20. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Those are nice. Really nice. Unfortunately too heavy for me.