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OMG! 45 years playing live and I didn't bring a Fender yesterday ...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jim C, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Played my first paying gig when I was 17 and am now 62 with maybe a few years off when the kids were babies. Played my fair share of of benefit shows but still gigs to me.
    Always had a Fender P or J and usually only brought one bass (spare for bigger gigs was usually a Fender too).
    Played outside yesterday (birthday party for our singer and an unpaid gig) in front of about 50 people and only brought a G&L (J copy) and Sandberg (P copy).
    SVT-IIP tube pre into GK MBF power amp (effects return) through a 2x15 loaded with ancient Altec 421's. Loved the tone and was so comfortable with the entire rig. Camera man for local ABC affiliate stopped and shot some video which was aired last night too.
    I'm thinking that since this is a Leo design and a Leo company, maybe I won't be haunted by ghosts....
  2. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    A good bass is a good bass. I’m glad you enjoyed the gig.
  3. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    You brought two Fenders, it doesn't matter what name's on the headstock.
  4. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    East Bay, CA
    G&Ls are some of the finest instruments Leo Fender ever made, I think you'll get a pass for this one.
  5. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    I'm thinking that you've been blessed. I'm a certified Fender fanboy, but I also own several "inspired by" instruments, and don't harbor any particular sense of guilt. Who's to blame for improving upon an established design?
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  6. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I don't remember that last time I touched a Fender instrument, but it was in comparison to Ibanez in the same price-range & I haven't touched a Fender since.
  7. No soup for you.
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  8. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    No sin committed in my book.
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  9. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I've had at least one Fender since 2003, but haven't brought one to a gig since 2014, when my Jazz V (since sold) was a backup to my G&L M-2500 for a musical theater show. I haven't played a Fender on stage since about 2011. My four-string 2003 Fender Jazz was, however, my primary original band rehearsal bass for several years between 2010 and 2018, and I used it some for recording as well.

    I've also gone to G&L, and I usually bring two, in whatever combination seems most appropriate or strikes my fancy that day. My M-2500 and JB have seen the most action, but I've used the SB-2 occasionally. I still love my 2003 J, but slightly prefer my JB for the stage. I like the G&L's flatter fretboard, and really notice the lighter tuners during shows. (My Fender has those big, heavy pre-2008 American Series tuners.)
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  10. Charlzm

    Charlzm Guest

    Mar 25, 2011
    I could almost reverse your headline; in 37 years of gigging, I brought a Fender to 5 or 6 gigs out of the couple of hundred I have played. I used it at one gig because it was the only bass I had when I got back into playing after a break of a few years. The other times were when I wanted a drop D tuned bass for one song at a few gigs.

  11. I don't know if I'm allowed to say this out loud here, but there are plenty of us who never bring Fenders to gigs. Some of us don't like flats or tort even.
  12. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Dude . . . Just . . . I can't even.
  13. NO TORT ?!?!?!?
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  14. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    So you still brought a J and a P tho.
    Holler at me when you bring a Jerzy Drozd or something ;--)

    Srsly tho, nearly all of my non-Fender basses are Fender basses.
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  15. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    Well at your age, (not being sarcastic) being a seasoned musician, as a rule no one will care as long as you have the chops.
    I am not too far away from you age wise. BTW
  16. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I never really thought about it, but I guess I've never played a bass guitar gig without a fender. (Disclosure: all bass guitars are "fenders" in my mind; most of mine happen to be Fenders, too.)
  17. sedan_dad

    sedan_dad Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    I have 5 I haven't touched for a while.
  18. It's about time you forgot the Fender! Now we'll know times are tough when you play a whole gig on an Ibanez you don't even own and didn't notice until it was over...
  19. And on a scale of even... I just can't...
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