most versitile bass(tonaly)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by davefarrell, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. davefarrell


    Aug 30, 2006
    im going to spend a few years looking for a bass that has a lot of tone ability in it self without the help of an amp. feel free to make suggestions with reasons why. i play jazz mainly but will probably be playing many other genre's over the years
  2. Fender Am. Dlx Jazz Bass or a G&L L-2000.
  3. willsellout

    willsellout I apologize in advance. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Fort Wayne, IN
    G&L L2000.

  4. CentralCoastBass

    CentralCoastBass Guest

    Feb 4, 2004
  5. arai

    arai Inactive

    Jul 16, 2007


    Feb 8, 2007
    Peavey T-40
  7. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Just play one of these:

  8. davefarrell


    Aug 30, 2006
    thanks for all the response. what's the price range on the gnl?
  9. JDjbass


    Aug 24, 2007
    956 TX
    now i have some major GAS for a BONGO :(
  10. My bass! Well at least of all the basses I've ever tried...

    Passive, three single-coil pickups, wired in series, with an individual on/off switch and phase reversal switch for each pickup.

    It's a Dillion VBMB04. Not a high-end bass but the only one of its kind I've ever seen.
  11. I have two G&L L2000's and a Bongo 5HH, they are by far the most versatile out there.
  12. Jim Roseberry

    Jim Roseberry

    May 24, 2007
    FWIW, Sometimes versatility comes at the expense of great sound. I owned one particular bass that was extremely versatile... (very well made) but it really didn't nail any particular tone that I loved. IOW, "Jack of all tones... master of none..."

    I think a good Jazz Bass would be a nice starting point.
    But... I'd recommending going out and playing as many different basses as you can. Opinions vary radically...

    Jim Roseberry
    [email protected]
  13. L-2000 out of all the basses I've played.
  14. routasydän


    Apr 25, 2006
    Oulu, Finland
    What about Fender Stu Hamm Urge II. Always if someone asks about them the first answer is the vast variety of tones you can get out of it. Might be worth checking out
  15. SUNNyday r.

    SUNNyday r.

    Oct 17, 2006
    Bay Area
    Cool. Another Dillion owner. Great under the radar basses. And +1 on a T-40. Uber versatile.
  16. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    Tonally versatile basses are

    Dingwall (Prima, Z or AB). Great and diverse sounds to start with . The 4 position rotary switch allows for four distinct sounds. Easy to use controls (the sound is the best out there IMHO)

    US Masters EP55 (w/ studio active electronics). Very versatile switching and filtering scheme

    Manne Trea. 3 single coils (neck, mid, brigde) with individual vol controls and a master tone. A vast array of sounds ranging from from dboule bass thud to J-brigde vibe and many many sounds in between
  17. 88persuader


    Aug 5, 2007
    Alembic Series II ... so what if it lists for $16,000.00 to start!:eyebrow: :D
  18. ahkiatt


    Sep 30, 2006
    bongo5. That four band eq... enough to blow your mind.
  19. sandmann


    Dec 27, 2005
    am i the first to mention a

    lakland 55-94 // 4-94??

    other very versatile basses are sandbergs and clovers with the hybrid-pickup system.

  20. Nikoubis


    May 3, 2007
    Athens, Greece
    Bongo HH or L-2000.