not really a poll: What big name basses can you just not stand to play?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jammadave, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    alrighty, here's something interesting to think about: All of us love somethin' so all of us presumably hate somethin' too =0) and we've all done the "ugly basses" thing before.

    So what big-time "good" basses are just plain overrated crap, IYHO? Not an x-is-better-than-y debate, but you as a player don't like to play...?

    I'll have to admit that I didn't like the first few Ric's I ever played, but it's been a few years and I'd like to give them another try.

    I can't stand playing Precisions, myself. MIM, MIJ, MIA, whatever.

    anyone else?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Fender and Alembic

    [EDIT]forgot Gibson (thanks for reminding me figjam)
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Some fenders, most Ibanez's, all Gibson.
  4. Gibson basses. Most Ibanez's. Alembics. Anything with string spacing tighter at the bridge than at the nut. I HATE THAT!
  5. Ibanez, Lakland (idk I'm crazy) ummmm idk, and I don't really care for Spectors either...
  6. 4003 Rickenbacker, Alembic and I'm not sure/:meh:

  7. Jazz basses. HAR! Bring fourth your lynch mob!
  8. On the same page with you.............

    Played a friends P Bass in the 80's, hated it.

    Also tried a couple Rics back then, and hated them too.

    Not for the sound, they just did not feel right.
  9. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Any brand with less than 7 strings.

    :p ;)
  10. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Dont like Rics or Alembic......seems to be common choices.
  11. Anything with more than 4 strings. :spit:
  12. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    I'd rather vomit then play any type of Alembic or Gibson.
  13. kutz


    Mar 19, 2003
    Orange County CA
    Warwick & Spector. I don't like the concave in the back of the bodies.
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Narrow-width fivers. I guess that would include Peavey, many Ibanez, some Warwicks, Spector, Music Man, G&L.
  15. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I think all musical instruments are important and special in their own ways. That being said, I'd be happier playing an Essex thann I would be on a Carl Thompson or a Rickenbacker.
  16. Warwick....and I don't care for the looks of a Ric - so I've never touched one!
  17. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I haven't cared for any of the Warwick necks I've sampled...

  18. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well these are two very different questions!!!

    So I don't think any high-end basses are "overrated crap"!!! :rolleyes:

    But there are many that I don't like to play - but that's a personal thing mostly!

    I would say - most 'disappointing' basses!!

    So - biggest disapointments for me have been :

    Warwick Streamer and Thumb - horrible necks!

    Wals - every one I have played has been too heavy, chunky necks and no way to get the sort of sound I want under my hands. Looked so good, but were extremely disappointing in real life!

    Peavey Cirrus - I saw ads for these for ages and the photos and specs looked great - but when I actually saw one in the flesh - it looked cheap and nasty - too insubstantial and small for me - very disappointing!

    Every Gibson bass I've ever seen - horrible!!
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Another category might be "Over Priced" basses - which comes up a lot in the UK.

    So - I can remember trying a US-made Lakland Joe Osborne - which seemed hugely over-priced!! It was basically a Fender Jazz, but at more than three times the price. :meh: