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Poll: One great bass or multiple good ones?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BartmanPDX, Oct 4, 2005.

One GREAT bass or multiple good basses?

Poll closed Oct 11, 2005.
  1. One GREAT bass -- I'm a monogamist.

    91 vote(s)
  2. Three good basses -- I can't help myself.

    156 vote(s)
  1. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    I must confess that this poll is just for fun, as my wife would put me out of the house if I got any new basses (since I already got two new ones this year), and it's starting to get cold outside right now. :bag:

    In a way, this poll is somewhat similar to the poll on multiple basses/favorite one:

    Which would you rather have:

    a) One GREAT bass, for example, a NYC Sadowsky.


    b) Three good basses like:
    1) a Lakland Skyline JO or a MIA Fender P
    2) a Ric 4003 or a Musicman Stingray
    3) a decent quality fretless - $800-$1K

    In short, is it better to have ONLY ONE terrific bass, or would you rather have the variety that comes from having several basses?

    Just curious.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    One or two great ones, depending on if you need a fretted/fretless or something.
  3. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    Haha! You're cheating! :D "Two great ones" is not an option. (I wish it were . . . :) )

    Personally, I'd like THREE great basses. :ninja:
  4. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Quality over quantity, but I think that it's a good idea to at least keep a passable backup instrument.
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Given this choice, I'd pick one great bass. IRL I picked several.
  6. oooooo....it's 50-50 right now. Nice. I'd rather have a few nice basses.
  7. jja412

    jja412 Fine gear enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    Both -
    One great bass, with two semi-great basses to play with.

    (I voted for the 3 option.)
  8. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Fine one great one.
  9. The difference between good and great is much smaller than the difference between mediocre and good. I chose to have 4 very good basses.
  10. Surely 3 good basses will be able to fill the void of 1 great one... I'll go for 3
  11. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Actualy now that i read ur post and read wat you define as 'good', definitely taht.
  12. As much as I'd love to be a "one-bass-guy", I just can't do it.
    I like variety.
    Plus, you gotta have a backup.


    Sep 13, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    How can one great bass beat.

    One good active.
    One good passive.
    One good fretless.

    In this case, more is better.
  14. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    One great bass is my preference.

  15. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The times when I had really good or great multiple basses, I always found myself gravitating to one in particular. That's why I said one great bass. the reality is that I like a backup and if I had the money and space, I would get a nice fretless five and really nice four just for a change of pace. That said, I'm sure a fretted five would be my main bass. That's why I have my SR5 now. :bassist:
  16. johans

    johans G.U.I - Groovin' under influence

    Oct 28, 2004
    the Bay Area, CA
    i really think that it all depends...

    it your 3 good basses means

    1 acoustic
    1 fretted
    1 fretless

    i'll go that

    but it what you mean is

    5 string fretted
    5 string fretted
    5 string .. fretted ..

    furthermore if they are just different color .. whoa .. that's what people called .. a bass whore :)
  17. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    I think my problem is that I can't bear to sell any of my "good" basses in order to buy a "great" one. I just can't let go of something that's really good like my XL-2 or my Ric 4003. Even though I'm spending 80% of my time playing my new Lakland or Tacoma, I still love busting out the XL-2 or the Ric.

    So I guess that makes me a bass whore. :bag: :D
  18. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    if I needed to choose.... one great bass for sure

    Thankfully, I don't have too :bassist:

    3 or 4 GREAT basses and a handful of good ones, maybe a couple of clunkers.... and even a wishbass get my vote :smug:
  19. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Carcassonne, France
    According to what you stated as being good basses, I'd suggest 3 good ones over 1 great. BTW, the good basses you mention (RIC and Lakland) actually sound to my ears like being "more-than-good" basses.
  20. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Easy: three good ones. Gotta have a backup, and for me, variety is the spice.

    The one great one isn't going to make me play any better, and it won't sound any better, it'll just sound different.