Roots music sub gigs this weekend...what bass to bring?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JimmyM, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Got a call last week to sub for a band this weekend playing rootsy music like light rock, country, blues, and the like. Their usual bassist uses a Precision with old flats, and they've told me that they love his sound.

    So these are the two basses I've narrowed it down to using (plus Buffy, may she RIP). Both sound very similar, both are neck-thru-body with EMG actives, both have new rounds on them, and both have plenty of sustain for days. But do I want a 5-string to play those big low notes that would kill with their songs, or do you all think I'd better served by sacrificing the low notes and delivering some cool twangy string bending courtesy the 4 with the Kahler whammy?

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    (Spoiler: see post 49)
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019
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  2. Elusive1


    Jun 21, 2018
    Go with the fiver, you never know when they might need to transpose songs at the last minute
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  3. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    central coast
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Kahler. And a fuzz pedal. Full win.

    Extra points for a headband and fringe vest.
  4. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    See if you can find a place to rent/loan you a B.C. Rich War Beast Iron Bich type bass. :D
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  5. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Guest

    Nov 22, 2017
    If they're playing any New Country, you want the fiver for sure.
  6. pht2356


    Apr 28, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Wouldn't place a lot of emphasis on the fact that the other bassist sound is well liked. They haven't heard you yet. I liked my second wife just fine until I met the third wife.
  7. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    This!!! :hyper::hyper::hyper:

    And wear a long hair wig! :laugh:


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  8. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe What will you be remembered for?

    Dec 31, 2018
    Play the one on the right. They both look cool though!
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  9. MtManiac

    MtManiac Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    You have to slap in every song though. Promise me.

    And bring that sofa instead of a stool.
  10. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    For the country stuff you'll want the Kahler, but for the rest, bring the cat.
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  11. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Want to borrow a slab?
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  12. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    You don’t have anything a little more pointy?
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  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    JimmyM, I thought you were mainly a four string P-bass guy. I know you had a Valley Arts Five, if my memory is clear. Are going five more these days?
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  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Nope, never owned a valley Arts five. Only this one . Did use a 5 on a couple of gigs in March though. Anyway, yeah I have a couple Ps, but they suggested I use them and it makes me angry. How dare they try and tell me what to do!
  15. neddyrow

    neddyrow Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Cortland, NY
    choice C: upright
  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Oh well, I thought it was a Valley Arts Five.
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  17. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    This ^ .. and smash it on stage in the middle of the gig.

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  18. Stewie


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Oughtta use a sunburst, tortoise rosewood P with dead flats,............................................ or either of the ones you have posted
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  19. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    This would be a perfect opportunity to dust off the BC Rich Mockingbird with fake blood splatter finish and upside down pentagram stickers. It'll create cross-genre appeal, trust me.
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  20. dogbrained


    Jun 16, 2007
    Don't you have an off brand violin bass?
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