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Total Guitars top 20 basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pj,Rj,Hj, Jun 7, 2007.


  1. I was going thourgh some old mags at home when I found an 03 Total Guitar Bass Special. They had a feature where they ranked what they felt were the best, classic and most influencial bass to have been built. It seems a little UK oriented but I wounldn't stray to far from what they've got.
    What do you guys feel?

    20 Fender Bass VI
    19 Steinberger XL-2
    18 Yamaha BB1000
    17 Status Series II
    16 JayDee Supernatural Classic
    15 Burns Bison
    14 Ibanez Musician
    13 Danelectro Longhorn
    12 Warwick Thumb
    11 Fender Mustang
    10 Ampeg AUB-1
    9 WAL MK1
    8 Hofner 500/1
    7 Gibson Thunderbird
    6 Gibson EB-2/Epiphone Rivoli
    5 Gibson EB-3
    4 Musicman Stingray
    3 Rickenbacker 4001
    2 Fender Jazz
    1 Fender Precision

    I'd have found room for Alembic, maybe Spector NS and Aria pro 2 SB.
     
  2. The Hammer

    The Hammer

    Jul 13, 2004
    The Gibson T-bird for sure but the EB-3?:meh:
     
  3. Knives

    Knives

    Mar 18, 2005
    Athens, Ga
    Too much Fender and why the EB3. If some of those basses were so great I am sure they would still be in production...
     
  4. it looks like a new thread and poll may be starting soon !!!!:hyper:
     
  5. BassManPatsFan

    BassManPatsFan Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    San Francisco
    JayDee and Burns???
    The Eb-3 should be further down the list if it's on there at all.
     
  6. morf

    morf Inactive

    Feb 17, 2006
    That list is all wrong IMHO
     
  7. Curtybob

    Curtybob

    Jun 2, 2007
    Jackson, MO
    A longhorn? Maybe just that I have never played one, but those things look repulsive. If I wanted to see that caliber of ugly, I'd look in a mirror.:bag: Really, all kidding aside, are they that great a bass that you can overcome the fuglyness?

    And a Mustang over a Thumb? sheesh. At least a mustang isn't ugly as homemade soap.:p
     
  8. M5Yates

    M5Yates

    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    They are missing the original boutique bass - Alembic.
     
  9. mobax

    mobax

    Dec 31, 2002
    New Baltimore, MI
    I think the most influential bass ever built is the Fender Jazz. Other than that, I have no opinion.
     
  10. danomite64

    danomite64

    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    #6 should say "Gibson EB-2/Epiphone Rivoli/Guild Starfire". And there should be some model by Alembic, Ken Smith and Fodera.
     
  11. afinalfantasy

    afinalfantasy Inactive

    Jan 11, 2006
    The list is pretty bad

    I wouldn't put Gibson's basses in the top basses, at all
     
  12. Trash the longhorn and add a Alembic.
     
  13. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man

    The good choices here I have highlighted. Influential basses, well, the list it well done there. How on earth is the Jaydee in that list...? Oh well, they are still amazing.

    If influence was out of the window, I'd be saying "What of Alembic, Kubicki and Fodera?"
     
  14. I think it's a decent list overall, but I have never heard of #16 (the JayDee Supernatural Classic) or #15 (the Burns Bison).
     
  15. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
    No custom by some dude nobody has ever heard of?!?! Blasphemy! :mad:
     
  16. SurrenderMonkey

    SurrenderMonkey

    Aug 18, 2006
    Liverpool
    it's all a marketing ploy
     
  17. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    On the right...

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    They were very popular in the 80's, when Level 42 were at their most popular in Europe. Mark did wonders for Jaydee, Status and Alembic!
     
  18. mvw356

    mvw356

    Mar 2, 2006
    Brussels
    I think it's a good and balanced list, i've herad of most of them. the first 4 are spot on and i think they are all equal.
     
  19. hauntedoak

    hauntedoak

    Apr 29, 2007
    yes, the first 4 is feeling right!
    but the rest of the list is weird...
     
  20. MammaryVest

    MammaryVest

    Oct 18, 2006
    Stoneham, MA
    I don't know how I feel about the thumb being on there, sure it's probably a great bass, but top 20?
     
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