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OK, I get it!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kesslari, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    This will be a "d'oh!" thread for many of you, especially the GAS-sy types, but I just *got* it.

    I've always believed that I should be able to get everything I want out of a single bass. For a long time it was a fretted Tobias, and it did, in fact, do everything I needed.

    Then I started playing fretless, and got a Willis (Ibby GWB-1). Great sound, but not quite what I heard in my head. Put an ACG preamp in it - even better. But I played a Zon and wow! I had to have one.

    So I've mostly been playing the Zon, in a context where I'm playing melodic support behind a singer-songwriter. That bass works great, and it's THE sound for me in that context. I kept playing the Ibby because it's fun and also sounds good, but the Zon's been winning and getting to go to the gigs.

    Until - I've started getting some R&B gigs, and have an audition with a funk band tonight. The Zon is, well, polite and pretty. The Ibby/ACG just SNARLS with what is, for me, a perfect funky fretless tone. Wow.

    Each bass shines in its own context. Both can handle each context, but I can honestly say I prefer each of them in different ways.

    So I hereby renounce my "one bass can do it all, and I should find one and be happy with it". Bass polygamy is OK.

    :bassist: :bassist:
  2. Bass polygamy is PREFERRED!
  3. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    I love bass polygamy.

    I believe in the three bass rule.

    Two basses of the same type (flats, or bright rounds, or two exact models [different] colors, etc.), and one to be totally different.

    My Ps are my flats, two of a kind, and my Brubaker is the wild one.
  4. +1
    I've got the standard two, p bass and j bass, I've got my aggressive bass(SRX) and then a 5 string(ESP). But I am making a parts p bass for flats only.
  5. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009
    Until you like another bass then you just have to change it to the forth bass rule and so on:)

    Everyone needs at least two basses, things always come better in twos always unless its 10's or 20's.
  6. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    I believe in the 5 bass rule:
    main bass
    backup to main bass
    something completely different

    That said, I have 8 basses.

    Anyone with a 6 bass rule? :)
  7. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.
    what about the 7 bass rule?

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  8. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    I like this rule.
  9. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009
    I could live with that;)

    I dont think 1st basses should count as a bass because to me its more of a memorable thing, mine is not to playable and a rather cheap dean.
  10. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    I would love to have a second Lakland 55-94 or a 5502. I have my 55-94 strung with Lakland JO flats, but put rounds on itand it's a completely different bass. I have an OLP Tony Levin Sig Sting Ray copy with rounds, but it just doesn't give me the purity and even response of the Lakland. And I have my Hofner Icon, which doesn't sound like either of the others. If I'd been smart, I'd have kept my Ripper, Steinberger L2 and Rick 4001. Those might cover almost all the basses.
  11. I prefer a bass HAREM
  12. MooseLumps

    MooseLumps Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2007
    If you are a guy, it's probably Polygny.
  13. Dan B

    Dan B

    Oct 19, 2008
    Pittsfield, MA
    +1 except I am dirt poor.

    Stupid job market...
  14. Stampy


    Jun 30, 2008
    My MIA Jazz its all I need. I would love a Lakeland 4-94 though!
  15. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    A Lakland would be nice too! :D
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Welcome to my world.
  17. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    I want to be Tesla (tinkerer at Dayton Amp Co)
    Haha, been there!

    I think I fit the 5 bass rule...

    main bass - HW1 P
    backup to main bass - SX SPJ-62
    fretless - Squier VM Fretless Jazz (want, want, want a Carvin though!)
    collectible - 1975 Ric 4001
    something completely different - Schecter CV-5 prototype + Kent Armstrongs + OBP-3
  18. I'll have three bass soon.

    Guild Burnside : With bright stainless strings

    Epiphone Viola: With Flats when I'll have extra cash

    Ministar Basstar: Drop C# tuning bass
  19. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    I've got the 6 bass rule -

    Fender Jazz - workhorse 1

    Fender P - workhorse 2

    Fender Geddy Jazz - jamming around the house, also workhorse 1/2 backup

    Squier II precision - childhood/first bass - can't sell for sentimental reasons

    Ibby Rick copy w/ flats - something totally weird and unique sounding

    Dean Playmate AEC - campfire jams, acoustic sessions, etc.

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