Show me your basses you'd never gig with!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zackattack, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. zackattack

    zackattack Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2006
    San Francisco
    So, I'm probably about to drop a decent amount of coin on a Yamaha Attitude. I've always loved Billy Sheehan's playing and have a few of his techniques and licks under my belt but I'd never bring them out at a show. I might not even gig with the bass -- I play mostly in soul/funk settings these days and I think the bass might be a bit to aggressive to really work in those contexts (and I want to do everything I can to avoid any kind of Billy Sheehan comparison :laugh:). All of this is to say, I'm probably gonna buy this thing and use it purely to nostalgically shed some tapping licks at home. Maybe it'll inspire me to put a power trio together and take it out!

    Anyone else have a similar story? Show me your basses you wouldn't gig with! Expecting some 80s pointy goodness.
  2. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    I have an Attitude Ltd 3 and I only play at home. If you like it and can afford it, buy it. Pictures required of course....
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  3. zackattack

    zackattack Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2006
    San Francisco
    Picture required of course right back at ya ;)
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  4. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    I'll try to do that for ya shortly...
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  5. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Got to it sooner than expected So what version of the attitide are you looking at?

    And with it's new pick guard. I love mint on sonic blue.

  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    I couldn't ever imagine owning any instrument I would not gig with. YMOV.
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  7. luciens


    Feb 9, 2020
    All of em.

    Unless it's a fairly low volume gig, with acoustic instruments, my hearing ended my gigging career a while back. Ironically I have low freq damage - Above a certain volume, all bass notes sound exactly the same as this loud blurry "brrrrrrrrr". If it's all acoustic guitars, wind instruments, unamplified drums, paino, etc. you know, not loud, I can do ok. But super loud, not anymore.

    I got deef'ed by my own basses and amps!

    And nowadays, all my basses are FL so I can't intonate if I cant make out the notes....

    But I could fake it with a fretted bass if things got too loud. I'd gig that attitude in a heartbeat tho lol. Those things are built like tanks, sound great and are made for gigging!

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  8. zackattack

    zackattack Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2006
    San Francisco
    Veeery nice! I was looking at the black version of the same model.
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  9. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Super cool, I don't see you regretting it. However, should that not be the case drop me a PM...
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  10. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    I was a school bus driver on a trip, had time to walk around what I'd call a small town. Happened on a little pawnshop, they had a couple guitars and 3 basses... every one of them desperately needed set ups. I offered to do it to kill time and the owner smiled and said no problem.

    When I was done they were all good, or at least a lot better. There was one bass that I never thought I'd be interested in, but to be honest, other than my wife, I'm frequently attracted to what might be considered less than good looking... I made low a offer, the owner said he'd knock another 50 bucks off my offer so I got it for a steal.

    Only issue... no case, and I don't have anything that'll hold it.

    Now it sit's within arms reach on a stand most of the time I'm at a computer.

    It'll never leave this room. Admittedly this is a stock photo of the same bass.... to take a picture... I'd have to move it to the next room.

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  11. HardNHeavy


    Apr 17, 2014
    sounds great plays great, light as a feather......but i guess the color is a bit loud for me. depends on the situation..this is more my lounge around the house practice bass

  12. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I'll never gig with my much of a hassle for me to transport.
  13. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Here you go:
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  14. I love this bass, but it neck dives like crazy. As a result it's home use only, sitting down.

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  15. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1 Inactive

    Jun 20, 2013
    Why would you want a bass you couldn't gig with? Everything I own and keep in my arsenal get's equal opportunities to play live.
  16. Altitude

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

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Isn't an Attitude pretty much a hot-rodded P with a neck pickup addition? I always figured Sheehan's tone was in the signal chain and not the bass, and you could probably play an Attitude bass on any gig where you'd take a P.
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  17. Altitude

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

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    I love my Skjold 6-string. I have gigged with it plenty, including this picture. But it has not left my house in ten years. I used to play in a very music-y original funk/R&B/reggae band, and the bass made sense for the music. That band is no more, and lately I've been doing party rock and wedding gigs where a P or J makes more sense.

    So at this moment I am not gigging this Skjold. I am recording with it a lot though - it really sounds good.


  18. So it's been said but I agree with these guys, all the basses I have get out of the basement to see the gigs.

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  19. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Bayside, New York
    All of my basses are in rotation. I will not bring certain basses to a venue I know might be risky..
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  20. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I never understood the mentality "I won't bring it to a gig." What the hell did you buy if for? When I play at a sketchy place, or a place with no stage, the guitar goes into the case when I'm not playing it and one of the band members keeps and eye on the stage.

    EDIT - I could see not bringing your $10K custom bass to an outside gig with a 90% chance of rain, of course. But a regular gig?? o_O