Some Pros use cheap basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hevy T, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Here is a pic of Eric Bass of Shinedown using what appears to be a $300 Dean Hilsboro. I saw them in concert this week and he had about 5 of them. The most expensive was a Sig Hilsboro that MF has listed for $549


    [email protected] my point is that cheap basses can rock with the big boys.

    Anyone else know of anyone similar?
  2. ...don't forget: sometimes companies build instruments for the pros, that are much better than the regular instruments in the shop.
  3. ianoneightseven


    Feb 16, 2012
  4. sandwich5027

    sandwich5027 Inactive

    May 6, 2013
    Sometimes bass players use picks, sometimes they don't.

    Either way I never heard of the guy.....
  5. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    And sometimes players have endorsement contracts.

    There are very few basses made today that are non-gigable by professionals. With a quality amp and cab, 99% of new basses can sound totally fine.
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  6. This.
  7. I love my Ursa 2 Jazz, and I could afford to take an even dozen on the road!
  8. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    Beatles - Paul - cheap Hofner

    Rolling Stones - Bill - cheap Framus
  9. When he bought that, it was probably a couple hundred bucks. My '67 500/1 was $435 in in Calif., in '67.
  10. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    $3,033.86 in 2013 dollars. Inflation is a powerful thing. :cool:
  11. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    But you don't see virtuoso play cheap bass.
  12. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    Sure do. Jeff Berlin plays a Dean. And, yes, he is a virtuoso. Ask him.:D
    I am sure it isn't the $199 GC special, but still, that's what I see when I look at it.
  13. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005 the case of this particular guy and this particular bass, he clearly states in that video that he plays the ~$500 retail version on stage. "I don't change anything", he says.

    Because, for the most part, they don't have to because you have luthiers and large mfrs knocking each other over for the right to slap those players' names on their products.
  14. fenderlover77


    May 10, 2011
    What's wrong with you guys? Someone posts a nice tidbit of information and you down him?

    FYI, companies don't build instruments for endorsing artists unless its a signature model. It's not economically feasible.

    So yes, the bass player of Shinedown (a very popular band) is playing cheaper dean basses.

    And cheaper doesn't mean bad quality, not nowadays.

    To the OP, thanks for the info and pic. That's pretty damn cool! :D
  15. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    A virtuoso will sound good on anything he/she plays.
  16. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    Oh yeah I forgot about him ... well outside of him it doesn't happen I'm pretty sure of it
  17. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    My advice, play what you want - cheap or expensive - and don't worry about what other people play. If you are happy with your bass that is all that matters.
  18. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    You really need to stop listening with your eyes.
  19. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    Yeah probably but they never do it so we won't know. What I do see is a lot of very expensive basses in the hands of virtuoso and I'm 100% sure it is because those basses enhance their habillities instead of being an hindrance and they sometimes have feature that you can't find on less expensive instruments.

    In the classical world, musicians buys very very very expensive instruments and they aren,t always virtuoso but at one point you want a bass that is more playable than you are able to play it so you can grow even further.
  20. esa372


    Aug 7, 2010
    ...but most pros don't.

    So what?