Was one reason you bought that bass because of an artist?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Surprise Panda!, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. It was for me. I saw Tim C. using Fender Jazz Basses and wanted one (yes i know he's using Lakland now, which will PROBABLY be my next bass)
  2. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Short answer.

    No. :D
  3. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    It will be, once I get my hands on an Egyptian Smoke Bongo 6 (Myung style)...
  4. icantaffordawal


    May 28, 2008
    yeah... justin chancellor. how could you not want to play bass (and mortgage your home for a sweet pedal board) after listeningt to/watching him?
  5. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    Lets see...
    Lakland because the guy from switchfoot was using a 4-94 classic
    Chris squire - I bought a Rickenbacker because of him
    Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters - I bought a '77 because of him (even though he uses lakies too)
    Warwick - because the guy from Job for a Cowboy was using one and tons more
    and now a G&L ASAT because the guy from Dillinger Escape plan uses one

    Im joking for half but not about the P- and 'Wick
  6. Thunderthumbs73

    Thunderthumbs73 Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Bought a Sting Signature P-Bass, or Telecaster bass (or whatever you people want to call it) because Sting played one AND also because I had a number of high-tech basses and wanted something really basic and minimal-looking. "Getting back to basic bass" as they say. So I bought it.

    Bought a 1981 Ibanez Musician bass (fretted) to do a Police Tribute band, because Sting played one back in those days AND after a few minutes of noodling around on it, I realized that it was a killer slap/funk 4-stringer, and I didn't have one of those.

    In both cases I'm not ashamed to admit I bought an instrument due to an artist. They both turned out to be great instruments to have, and I had no reason to think otherwise.

    On the other side of the coin, I bought my first bass, a Fender Fretless Jazz bass (no lines), long before I ever knew who Jaco Pastorious was.
  7. So you decided that over the Human Base Bass?
  8. CraigG


    Mar 14, 2006
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    No. Can't say that I have ever bought a bass because of an artist. I have a Groove Tools Bill Dickens Signature 7, but I bought that based on reviews and because it was an affordable seven string. Bill Dickens is a very interesting player, but not the reason I went with the GTBD7. I did almost consider buying a Yamaha TRB because Abe Laboriel uses one, but that 7th string was calling my name!
  9. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I just bought an SR5 because I had seen Stingrays being used in a lot of the bands I listened to. However, there was not a specific player that swayed me this way or that, but rather the classic Stingray growl seemed to be calling my name.
  10. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones

    My Ibby GWB.
    I used to study with Gary. I know his preferences in basses, or at least I knew what they were in the late '80[s.
    So I was pretty certain the ergonomics and sound would work for me.

  11. I heard what Fieldy used and tried to steer clear of that. :ninja:
  12. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    Bass # 1 - SX Jazz (sold) I liked the jazz neck over the precision

    Bass # 2 - Peavey USA Millennium (my #1) bought it from the manager's special rack at Daddys.

    Bass # 3 - Fender Mustang (sold) - thought I wanted a short scale

    Bass # 4 - Vantage P (sold) - too cheap to pass up ($90 with case)

    Bass # 5 - Peavey USA Millennium Standard PJ (my #3) - for me, a P-bass with a thin flat neck.

    Bass # 6 - Peavey T-40 (my #2) - I like Peaveys and figured I should have the original tone monster.
  13. Buskman


    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA

    My 'TBQOTD' (TalkBass Quote Of The Day)!!!
  14. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member


    I'm the artist.

    I buy what I like, or what interests me.

    So ALL my purchases are based on the artist - me.
  15. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    Bought a Fender Precision because everyone used it.:)
  16. Ha, I'm flattered.
  17. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    back in the day, I bought a gibson ripper because of Gene Simmons
  18. jomahu


    Dec 15, 2004
    Bos, MA
    not really, but me'shell made me fall in love with jazz basses.
  19. Yeah, definitely. Not one in particular, but by hearing a ton of bassists playing J's (the usual suspects - Geddy, Tim C., plus Hunter from AFI) I got my own. A couple years later I really dug Nick Harmer's tone in Death Cab for Cutie, and John Wetton's tone with King Crimson and U.K. A P bass followed soon after.
  20. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Sort of. I bought my first Ric bass because of Chris Squire, but the next four was because I loved the sound and feel of that first one. All non Ric basses were purchased for other reasons, like 'cause I wanted them.