So what's the stereotypical "Dad" bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rockdoc11, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. Vintage Fender Precision

    125 vote(s)
  2. Vintage Fender Jazz

    51 vote(s)
  3. Newer Fender (American)

    62 vote(s)
  4. Newer Fender (Mexican)

    135 vote(s)
  1. rockdoc11


    Sep 2, 2000
    I'm guessing it has to be the Fender Precision.
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  2. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    MattZilla, armybass, bass4u and 32 others like this.
  3. EchoEcho


    Oct 14, 2007
    Fender something or Stringray.
    armybass, 4dog, Nobis17 and 1 other person like this.
  4. The overweight one with a bad combover, coupled with poor taste in clothing.
  5. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    4 minutes sooner, and I would have had you.
  6. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    New England
    Air Monarch main with New Balance for alternate tunings.
  7. Lee Kirkham

    Lee Kirkham

    Jan 14, 2013
    Mesa, AZ
  8. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Yeah & J for mom , Alembic for the cool Uncle .
  9. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    LOL...exactly, I was just posting this when your post appeared...

    Someone once called my minty Silvertone 1444 by Danelectro a "dad" bass when I played it at an art gallery. I'm OK with that. Also, the gallery owner/curator wanted to borrow it for an exhibit he was working on of locally produced instruments. Weird night.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2020
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  10. beatdatthang


    Aug 29, 2011
    I’d say it’s the Fender Jazz.

    P Basses are always the youth bass, IMO. They’re the punk rock icon. They’re the bass that that loud, raucous garage band has. They’re the 12-30 year old’s bass. The “rebel without a cause” bass worn low and beat to hell like it gets played with a cheese grater by someone who didn’t have to pay for it. Always played angrily with a pick! The Clash and Sex Pistols bass.

    The Jazz is that bass I always imagine as that bass worn really high tucked up under the man boobs or armpit to match the jorts and athletic socks with stripes worn pulled up just below the knees. You know, worn by the guy with the dad ‘stache, who’s rockin’ the dad gut (that the bass rests on of course), and trying his best to hide his receding hairline - normally with a hat, sweet combover, or just an awesome skullett.

    The dad Jazz Basses are normally in pristine shape (except maybe a little honest play wear) because hey, that guy paid good money for it and he babies it and what is he, a child? Grown men take care of their stuff! Dads have graduated to the Jazz Bass because their more “mature” musical tastes require that extra pickup. Always played finger style. They all swear they’re gonna start a Rush cover band or Jazz fusion group someday so they need that Jazz!

    Yep, the Jazz is the ultimate Dad Bass.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2020
  11. I never doubted your superpowers even once.
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  12. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    I’ve seen many, Many ,MANY dad bands rocking an ibenez sound gear.
    Probably even more than the ubiquitous Precision
  13. beatdatthang


    Aug 29, 2011
    It’s the light weight and thin neck to compensate for the sciatica and arthritis respectively...

  14. This for the win. I can see that sweaty manboob in that pink polo or Hawaiian shirt plopped on that cutout as we speak.

  15. bass12

    bass12 Turn up the Eagles - the neighbours are listening Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Fender Precision or Ric.
  16. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
  17. HearNoStevil

    HearNoStevil Inactive

    Jul 17, 2020

    Whoops sorry!!!!!! I meant a fake-relic'd sunburst tort P bass with flats and a foam mute.
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  18. Wanker_Joe


    Sep 26, 2017
    Wow, this hurts. It's way too close to home...
  19. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Idk, but I do know that almost every picture of a hot female bass player I see is with a Rickenbacker.
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  20. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

    May 3, 2020
    Something very expensive and overly flashy that must only be played at low paying gigs in bars that have more beer company signage, flags, posters, etc than customers on the busiest night.

    And he keeps it mint and puts it in the case during breaks. No speck of dust or fingerprint will survive.

    Takes belt off for gigs.
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