Strictly Fender

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stickk, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Stickk

    Stickk Guest

    Sep 2, 2008
    Anyone else out there Strictly Fender? I simply love the sound of the Fender Jazz and Precision Basses, and they're all I buy. Nothing's better in my book (except maybe a Wal, or a custom Carl Thompson, but those don't seem likely).
    NOTE: G&L basses and MusicMan Stingrays count as Fender. Copies of Fenders (assuming you have Fenders already) also count.

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  2. max22

    max22 Guest

    Jan 6, 2009
    Me too, but I would also buy Musicman Sterling or Stingray (Look, I said, WOULD buy, I can't afford those basses) :3

  3. No, most of my basses are Fenders and I play them a lot but sometimes I prefer my Rickenbackers, my Epiphone Jack Casady, or even one of my SX basses. Lately I've taken interest in G&L.
  4. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    I own 10 basses, all Fenders :)
  5. WayneS

    WayneS Guest

    Apr 9, 2007
    Nothing but Fender here.
  6. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    I just sold my Hamer Cruise, and I had two different Stingrays, both gone. All that remains is my MIA P/J, MIM 60's Jazz and MIK "big Fender, little Squier" P. I have no intentions of getting anything else, except maybe a 15" cab...
  7. tmw

    tmw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Delmar, NY
    6 Fenders
    All Fenders, all the time...

  8. Better get that firehose ready :smug:

    Personally, I love my fenders. I think the necks feel great, the look and feel is both classic and timeless and the sounds they invoke are what I envision in my mind. I also love the tones I get through my fender amps. I know most will say Ampeg, Aguilar or GK etc. but I chose to go a different route. Honestly, I couldn't be happier.

    Now as for "nothing better", might I agree to disagree. Sound wise I think that a Rickenbacker has a beefier tone and a real wonderful neck. A Sadowsky I had the opportunity to play felt a bit more refined an played fairly smoother than my '08 sandard Jazz (to be addressed in another post). My bass teacher's Roscoe is an all around amazing ( for 4K it had better be ;) ).

    What does this all mean. Basically, fender is not a bad place to start. After all, they are legendary. If all you had in your possession was either a fender Jazz or Precision, you would have a great bass. As with all things in life though, there is always room for improvement.

  9. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    My first real bass was a 1971 Telecaster. Still have it.
    All my basses and guitars are Fender, except the ones that are derivatives or copies of Fenders.
    Oh, and a Gibson or Rickenbacker or two.
  10. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    I have four basses and only two are Fenders. However, one of the others is a Stingray, which is a Leo Fender creation, and my last one is an SX Jazz copy. The only other bass that's got me intrigued right now is an L-2500, which is another Leo Fender creation.

    It's not a conscious, I'll-only-buy-Fender thing but it just happens to be what works for me right now.
  11. bassflyer19


    Nov 18, 2008
    my beginner bass was a Squier. then i got a Michael Kelly acoustic, but imma sell it. my main axes are my MIM Standard Jazz and my MIA HWY 1 P-Bass. nothing feels or sounds like a Fender in my opinion. the bass that i have the biggest case of G.A.S. for is a Squier VM P-Bass, plays better than some Fenders.
  12. Yep, count me in ;)!

    I've had just about every bass that I've ever been interested in (including a Wal Custom), but they've all been sold and I'm left with just a couple of Fenders - it's all I really want :meh:!
  13. mwiles30


    Dec 31, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    Not only do I play Fender Basses, but I use a pre-2005 Fender Bassman 100 as well.

    It has a 15" speaker instead of the 10" of the new ones, and is actually more powerful and gig-worthy (XLR out with independent level, ground lift, and pre/post EQ - badass!)

    I'd probably only stray away from Fender to get a 6-string or a larger amp.
  14. In the nearly 20 years I've been playing, I've only owned one bass that wasn't a Fender P-bass. It was a Guild Pilot w/ EMGs obtained from a friend when my bass got stolen from a club my band was playing at way back when I was 19. It was a decent bass...really solid and sounded great...but I remember totally hating it.

    I've always really wanted an early 80s G&L L-1000 (black/maple) and will most likely own one someday (fingers crossed). It's still Leo, so in my head that still counts.

    I've also been thinking of doing a Warmoth build ('51 P-bass slab body routed for a single MM pickup w/ rear-mount controls and tele-style neck. All maple body & neck. Yes...I know it will be heavy as hell.) and will most likely get that underway sometime in the next few months. I pics!

  15. Ditto, owned everything from Alembic, MTD, Ken Smith, Curbows,Rickenbackers, and a Wal, just to name a few. I always go back to the Jazz, and the Precision period..:bag:
  16. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    My current rig is an 08 MIA P bass into a Bassman amp.

    Great set up. Fender does make some good stuff. They get bashed a lot on the forums, but I've had nothing but good luck with their American stuff.
  17. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Started with a P decades ago and strayed afield when I bought a Carvin 5 a few years back, then the MM Sterling which absolutely has the easier neck I've ever strangled.

    Looking to get into a vintage P but that is some serious change in an economically stressed time.

  18. 5 Fenders, 3 Spectors, 1 Epiphone - Fender Wins overall - but My Spector is getting all the love right now.

    I just want to sample all of the Boutique Basses and then buy just one (OK, maybe two).
  19. purfektstranger


    Apr 10, 2003
    I like my Fenders but also show some love for an old Ibanez that thinks it is a Fender. Tried other basses but I go with what I know. They aint for everyone but I think it is more feel and sound than brand loyalty in my case. Simple does it.
  20. Yep, Fender Jazz but, I would like to noodle a Fedora P/J and see what all the hype is about.