One Bass, living without multiple bass guitars.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fivestringdan, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Little Rock, AR
    Can it be done, chopping the stable to one bass? I'm thinking about it. Maybe I could use the change but which bass to keep?

    Here is the list.

    Chris Benavente 7 string
    Fodera Custom Anthony Jackson 6 fretted Contrabass Guitar
    Acacia custom 5 fretted
    Acacia Gruv 5 frettless
    Yamaha TRB 6P
    Yamaha BB450
    No name P
    Franken P

    What would you keep?
  2. I think you can get by with one (I did for years, but I recently got a fretless), but I couldn't possibly decide which one with so many choices.

    However, your thread title made me start singing "One Bass" in my head, which is of course the song "One Boy" from Bye Bye Birdie with bass lyrics:

    "One bass, one special bass ... "

    GODSBASSMAN Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    S. Carolina
    No pictures? Shame.
  4. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    the jazz and stingray are gone. i kept the explorer and got a new MIA P bass. also the cabs and head are gone and i got an SVT heritage. i had just the explorer for a month and like a crack addict i couldn't stand not having a back up. so...i can't live with just one bass. my name is Kevin and i am a bassaholic.



  5. Rosebud


    Jan 3, 2007
    No name P psych
  6. MF_Maher


    Sep 5, 2009
    Central VA
    I had only one bass for 18 years due to finances--or, lack of them. It wasn't the most versatile bass ever--a late 1982 G&L L-2000E, but it was mine.
  7. headband


    Oct 18, 2013
    I played the same jazz bass for 39 years. It sounds great and I never thought I needed anything else. I only got into multiple basses recently as I don't like to take my old bass out so much these days. So it can be done.
  8. G-MonRV5


    Apr 29, 2008
    Just the title of your thread flies in the face of everything that we on TB hold dear - Namely, the never-ending pursuit of more and more bass guitars!
  9. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Of course it can be done. I could even live without a bass. But why would I want to? :)
  10. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist

    Jul 29, 2013
    If you'd call that living...

    I've had 2 or more for most of my playing life, but there was a very very long period of time that all I really played was my p bass, and it suited my needs just fine.

    I won't comment on which of yours would be the keeper though, as I'm not familiar with most of the models you mentioned.
  11. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Westchester County NY
  12. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I have 9, and I often threaten to get rid of all but two, just in case one goes down. Of course, I never do, but yeah, it can easily be done. Jeff Berlin does it. Herbie Flowers does it.
  13. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    You've got a pretty versatile arsenal there. . . . it's not like you just have 7 Fender P's. I can't get you down to 1, but I think these 3 ought to be able to do everything you need:

    1. Fodera AJ 6 (if you really use the 7 a lot, keep it instead)
    2. Acacia Fretless 5
    3. Either your favorite of the 2 P's, or the Acacia fretted 5

    That's my take, anyway.
  14. StevieMac

    StevieMac Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Of course it can be done. That said, many here have tried and many have failed, myself included.
  15. jonnybass1


    Dec 9, 2011
    Brampton, On
    Sure it can be done...sell all the basses you have and get a MIA P bass with a tort guard and flats. Apparently that is the only bass that matters according to TB. :D
  16. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    If you're playing one bass only, you have to think about the image you're presenting to your employers (if you gig). That, sadly, makes any of your elite basses and 6-strings make less sense. You might be best off keeping your P.

    If it's just you, though, or if you just enjoy playing some tunes with your buds, keep the one that makes you feel the best when you play it.

    Let me know if you sell that TRB-6. ;)
  17. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Sure you could cut it back to one bass! But why would you want to? :D
  18. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin

    If you're the kind of guy to buy an Explorer, you can't ever sell it. Who would value it as much as you? ;)
  19. I guess you need at least 11-strings then. Double-necked! Or perhaps triplenecked. ;)
  20. huckleberry1


    Jul 1, 2013
    Mesquite, Texas
    Hi, Kevin