One thing JB said.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Sam Evans, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Nov 29, 2008
    I really liked when Jeff Berlin pointed out that his main (only!) bass didn't cost more than $700, and that there was no need to spend outrageous amounts on an instrument.

    I think a lot of us forget that many of our heroes played off-the-assembly-line, factory made instruments. It makes my occasional lust for one of those outrageously expensive instruments seem a bit silly to me . . .
  2. bassist15

    bassist15 Guest

    Mar 6, 2006
  3. JmJ


    Jan 1, 2008
    Jeff Berlin always has something to say.......
  4. barebones


    Jan 3, 2005
    Denver, CO

    Whereas I have absolutely nothing to say.
  5. mwiles30


    Dec 31, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    I couldn't justify buying an outrageously priced instrument.

    I mean, come on, you could have a Ritter, and Alembic, etc.

    ...or you could get a car or make payments on a house or apartment...
  6. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    You don't need a superlative instrument to make great music, especially if you're an extraordinary player.

    You don't need a Porsche or a Ferrari to drive to work. Even if your commute is on the Autobahn.

    But for those who can afford it, can enjoy it, and appreciate the difference, it's nice to own and drive a Porsche or Ferrari.
    Same is true with basses.
  7. True dat.
    Another thing he said is he only uses the bridge pickup. Ever. So why does his signature bass have a neck pickup? Just wondering.
  8. LaughingGroove

    LaughingGroove Guest

    Jun 19, 2008
    Washington State
    and he is right. Spending alot of money on a bass or on gear doesn't make someone a good bassist. I agree with what you are saying though, it is nice to see pros using average gear.

    I have posted this story once before, but I will do it again as its one of my favorites.

    I was at a blues club that I go to regularly. On Sunday nights they have the main band play, but it is also an open jam, however you kinda have to know someone that knows somone to actually play if you know what I mean.

    Anyway one night a guy walked in, he looked homeless, wore out clothes, dirty ect. his guitar looked the same way I think there was even duct tape holding it together. He asked if he could do a song or two but the band blew him off and said maybe later. He waited awhile then asked again, well maybe later they said, he asked again a third time, same thing, maybe later. Well the band went on a break, so the guy plugged into his little 10 maybe 15 watt amp and started playing and singing. He blew everyone away, inculding me. He sounded alot like BB King, he and his guitar sounded amazing. So the band quickly came up to him and were like wow that is great we would love to have you do a few songs with us. His response was "you wouldn't give me the time of day before you knew I could play" then he unplugged his guitar and left, never saw him agian after that.

    Just wanted to share on of my favorite stories.
  9. What happened to the original thread? I was really looking forward to reading it over again and now it's gone. Anyone know?
  10. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Nov 29, 2008
    Ha, I was thinking the same thing!
  11. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Here's a bit I liked that somewhat echoed statements I've read in interviews of other greats on various instruments:

    "My most sincere suggestion is that you forget tempo, forget technique, forget speed, even don't worry about accuracy. All this will come if you learn music first because music requires different tempos, accuracy, technique. If you learn how to read, how to solo, how to function in a musical manner, then you will have a need for all the things that you listed here today."

    That links to the thread, which is at the top of the page ; }
  12. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Because he and the manufacturer realize that others might like also to have a neck pickup?
  13. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Nov 29, 2008
    Right, but it's true of the one he himself plays, isn't it?
  14. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Nov 29, 2008
    I thought it got stickied? Maybe it's being cleaned up.
  15. Nope.
  16. It's stickied in 'Bassists.'
  17. Formula7

    Formula7 Guest

    Jan 1, 2009
    Sacramento, CA
    One word: PWNED!!! :bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist:
  18. Hamrhed


    Dec 26, 2007
    I completely agree- Ive never spent more than that on a Bass and never will :bag:

    yep... and he is usually spot-on when he does. I think its refreshing to see a world class player who will lower himself to help others on an internet forum, trolls be damned :)
  19. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Nov 29, 2008
    Sure looks like it on his own website, recent CD cover, etc.
  20. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Nov 29, 2008
    Except, apparently, for Jeff Berlin. :D