Using “She” and “Her” when referring to basses (poll)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by tb-player, Nov 27, 2021.

  1. “She” is a sexy bass, bro!

  2. “He” is my bada** axe, man!

  3. “It” is not a living thing. Stop the madness!

  4. Carrots have no pronouns, bro!

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  1. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Am I the only one who cringes every time someone refers to their bass as “she” or “her”?

    ie- “I got a new precision bass and she sounds amazing. I put flats on her and now she plays even better!”

    For some reason, this just creeps me out.

    *disclaimer: this has nothing to do with gender-choices or pronoun-assignment, so please don’t go there. :thumbsup:
    Mk90, Geri O, geesharp and 60 others like this.
  2. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe What will you be remembered for? Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    J'ville Florida
  3. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    "The Royal Low End Society has always gloried in its traditions, none more so than the tradition of naming basses. ... Although it may sound strange referring to an inanimate object as 'she', this tradition relates to the idea of a female figure such as a mother or goddess guiding and protecting a riff and pocket presence."
  4. All my basses are he/him
    Bozzy, BazzaBass, Mili and 2 others like this.
  5. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    It's the worst.
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    For the longest time, referring to inanimate objects using female pronouns was simply grammatically correct.

    These days people are too sensitive for that. Too much weight is given to things like this. Just use "it" if it makes you feel better. I never thought about using female pronouns to describe my bass. But it certainly doesn't offend me.
    kodiakblair, tonym, Wasnex and 27 others like this.
  7. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
  8. Well, if it's a choice between referring to your bass as "She" / "Her" or "Holiest God of the Universe" I'd stick with the female moniker. Try not to burn incense too close to a bass with a celluloid pickguard. (FWHOOOOFFFFF!!!!!!!) ;)
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  9. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    It’s funny. I have named many of my basses and I always use a female name. But I never use female pronouns. Inanimate objects are always “it.” Same with cars or boats. I always chuckle and cringe a little when people call their car “she” or “her” too. I don’t know why I find it so awkward, but I always have.

    At the end of the day, it’s nbd… to each his (or her) own.
    Iristone, two fingers and Matty Koff like this.
  10. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Well, it works in French...
    mikewalker, Dr Zee, murphy and 10 others like this.
  11. Matty Koff

    Matty Koff Inactive

    Aug 21, 2014
    I named my transparent purple 55-02 after my grandmother, may she RIP. Her favorite color was purple. She'd have loved it. I could really care less what you think about me calling it she. And that's the nice way of saying it.


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  12. Slade N

    Slade N Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    this…and remember that some languages assign to gender objects as part of the language not just a tradition or personal preference.
  13. And German.
    murphy, gln1955, ricardol and 2 others like this.
  14. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    No offense. And you “couldn’t” care less what I think :D;)
  15. Matty Koff

    Matty Koff Inactive

    Aug 21, 2014
    I could care less about the Queen's English too. But I'm glad you get what I was saying.
    mb94952 and dkelley like this.
  16. Lukasonbass


    Dec 12, 2019
    New Hampshire
    I think it’s dumb and weird but that’s just me. A dude I perform with has named all my basses and it makes me not want to bring any of them lol.

    I can tell you one thing, I’ve never heard a woman call an instrument by a he/she. I think it’s very specifically an adult male that’s 35+ that does this.
  17. WillyW

    WillyW l’art pour l’art, fonction de baise

    Dec 10, 2019
    Me and Glenda don’t care what you think.


  18. I’ve known women who have named cars, but no guys who have done it.

    Not something I would do, but if it makes someone happy, then whatever.
  19. Lukasonbass


    Dec 12, 2019
    New Hampshire
    I can’t say I know anyone who’s named a car haha. Agreed though, I don’t have a problem with it, but I’m always rolling my eyes mentally when I witness it.
  20. Gluvhand

    Gluvhand Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Rockland County, NY
    It gives me douche chills but I don't really care what others do.
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