The best bass you've played?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by patlozrox, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. patlozrox


    Apr 10, 2012
    Munster, Indiana
    Losiniecki LED Customs (My own company)
    What is (in your opinion) the best bass you've played. The bass you never wanted to put down? Did you buy it, borrow it, work on it, or just try it at a shop?
    Mine would have to be a tie between the Ibanez PGB2 Paul Gray signature model, and my BEAUTIFUL custom Music Man HH. I got the neck custom shaped and the pickups tone adjusted for my preference. But the PGB2 had the awesome ATK triple coil with the endless tone options and beautiful inlays.
  2. George Mann

    George Mann Inactive

    May 27, 2012
    Best sounding: '59' Fender Precision. Best playing: Squier Jaguar SS.
  3. bjelkeman

    bjelkeman Bass player wannabe

    May 9, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden
    My favourite is my Ibanez Musician MC800, 1978. Sounds good and it feels like home. Had it since new.
  4. Wesley R

    Wesley R Gold Supporting Member

    My current machine 4Ibanez SR500PB. That thing is dialed in and plays like a dream. Sounds dandy. Yet, I do remember my '72 Fretless P being extra special.
  5. Easily the Rickenbacker 4003. Tried one at a music shop because it's always been a dream of mine to atleast play one once. After getting a price listing for it, I realized I can afford one with a bit of saving.

    Played great, felt great, sounded great.
  6. Best I've ever played was a mid '90s G&L L-2500. That bass was just about magical in everyway. I'm still kicking myself for not coming up with the cash to buy it.
  7. FC Bass

    FC Bass Alembic and Mesa/Boogie junkie

    Jun 9, 2006
    1983 Alembic Series I shortscale, played it in a shop.


    Bass was run over by a van in the eighties, broken body/headstock...
    Repairs are hardly visible (I think it was send back to Alembic)
    Awesome bass!
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  8. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    A Fender CS Jazz, I haven't been able to try many good instruments though.
  9. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    I have not played a lot of basses, but back in about 1979, I bought a 1961 Fender P.

    It is long gone. now, (loaned to a friend, and lost to a fire while in in his possession).

    I now have a 2012 Fender Am Dlx, (ash body, natural finish, with maple finger board), and it is not only the best bass I have ever had the pleasure of playing, it is a much better bass than the '61 was in all ways, except resale value.

    I also bought a 2013 Fender Am Dlx J early this year, and it is a fine instrument, but I like the P more.
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    The best bass you've played?


    I really can't say ... I've owned over 50 ...
  11. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    a real 1964 fender jazz bass, pure nirvana
  12. The best sounding was a Squier VM Fretless through a Strawberry Blonde... I don't know if it was the amp or the bass but it was sparkly and the harmonics were breathtaking.

    Best feeling??? Still looking.
  13. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    My Modulus Quantum 4 string.

  14. portlandguy


    Feb 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    My 2012 Fender Am Std P bass - like butter.

    2nd - my old 78 Fender P bass
  15. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1 Inactive

    Jun 20, 2013
    Mine would definitley be my 2007 Music Man Stingray 5HH. I've never played one that is effortless to play it. You breathe on the strings and the neck is the unfinished oiled neck but is so smooth.
  16. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    As many other out there, born in early '70s, I was "musically" raised in the '80s and, among other genres, hard n'heavy was up to date back then
    One of my favorite band of all time, Iron Maiden, had a hero gainin' center stage: mighty Stephen Pearcy Harris
    I loved, and still play to this day, thrash metal and certainly you know that with all possible love for Fender Precision, was not enough to tear walls down.
    A man had an impossible style and power even if playin' a melodic "Big Rock" with his band on the verge from '80s to '90s... I'm talkin' about "Buffalo" Bill(y) Sheehan!

    He played this Precision-on-steroids made for him by Yamaha, my brand of all time... But I simply couldn't afford, as a kid, his Attitude!

    A lustre ago I finally trew the dice and bought lava red and black versions of the Mr. Big Reunion World tour Yamaha Attitude in a row.

    And, to the OP, I own burgundy red Ibanez Paul Gray bass (1) as well with all its style and unmistakeable TripleCoil attack

  17. grinx


    Mar 24, 2003
    Raleighwood, NC
    any Carvin LB7x with a tung-oil finish neck

    have 2. never played anything better

    worst to play (for me): any Spector. the rounded-bodytop and chunky glossy neck will not work with my smaller hands and playing style
  18. beobass


    Nov 26, 2005
    Alembic Stanley Clark Short Scale.
  19. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    Favorite neck for playability: Munji's pink Lakland
    Favorite sound for many years: Warwick Jack Bruce fretless
    Favorite sound and overall feel that replaced the Warwick: My JohnK tele p bass.

    My next custom bass will have one knob (volume) so I'm not the person to comment on exotics or active basses.
  20. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    2014 Music Man Stingray. Absolutely phenomenal neck and build quality. Just tried it in the store... several times... for an hour or more... each time...

    Best bass I've every owned? 2011 Fender Highway One Precision bass, heavily modded. I wouldn't sell it for anything (except the above mentioned Stingray).