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Show your beater/noodle bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fenderhutz, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. I know everyone should have one. The bass you just hang out and grab when you want to noodle.

    This bass was left here by a guy that joined the Navy and just said I could have it. It was a mess. Dried out fretboard and you could shoot arrows off the neck. After a couple rounds of tightening the truss rod and oiling up the bridge and fretboard it's a player and sounds great with the passive electronics or unplugged.

    Rogue AB304:


    What cha got?
  2. jweber76


    Aug 10, 2011
    Attleboro, Ma
    Soon to be subjected to some customization.
  3. meatwad


    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    Here's mine -


    Not 100% complete yet, but it's sole purpose for being built is to take the proverbial "beatings" as mentioned. :hyper:
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    here's my current 'just pick it up and play it everyday' bass:

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  5. I can't leave something like that sitting out with a 4 and 6 year old that always want to play it lol.
  6. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
  7. Is that a defretted 78?
  8. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    "Beater" bass would be the famous "Bender P", which I know I oculd take anywhere and I know I'd never have to worry about it either getting beat up or fitting in:


    "Noodle" bass is the Martin BC-40, which I can pull out and play for hours without plugging in:

  9. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    I bought it used in 1977, after being recruited to play bass in the middle school jazz band. The serial number is 388555. It was red with a racing stripe.

    I modded it sometime around 1981. At the time, nobody knew that a post-CBS Fender bass, especially a Mustang, would ever have any value. It was just the cheap end of a cheap product line. And it isn't a good bass. It's top heavy, and has a thin, rubbery tone.

    But it's fun for sitting at the couch and playing bebop solos.
  10. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    ... D;
  11. That's a million times better than the rest of us.
  12. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    Though 1 or 2 come always come out and lay around from time to time, the one that's always around for a quick diddle is this late 80's Kawai KRB105 with a graphite neck. Just a lot of fun.

    Attached Files:

  13. My "beater" bass. It was a wreck when I first bought it, and now it has EMGs and a BadAss II bridge. This is an older pic.

  14. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    Man, all of your beater basses are nicer than my "good" basses. What kind of person has a Fender sitting around for the sole purpose of taking beatings? :rollno:
  15. I don't think anyone here beats their bass. But If I was playing a gig at a questionable place, I'd rather take my '92 Fender Prodigy Frankenbass than my original '72 Fender Precision or Ric 4003.
  16. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    My "beater" bass is a MIM 60'sRI Jazz. I bought it used from the classifieds here already with some big dings and scratches, and needed a 'cheapie' that I could leave anywhere (especially in my truck) and not care too much about if something happened to it. But turns out it's a killer sounding Jazz! :)

  17. 2012-01-04190108.
  18. jweber76


    Aug 10, 2011
    Attleboro, Ma
    'de kick, I love that J!! Is that Inca Silver?
  19. WOW!! I really like the looks of that!!:bassist:
  20. Yup more of a figure of speach. My "beater" is my main bass. My Geddy!!