What bass to complete collection?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by soundsupport1, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. Lakland US 44-51

  2. Lakland US 44-64 Classic

  3. Rickenbacker 4003

  4. Tort adds tonal versatility

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  1. soundsupport1


    Aug 17, 2017
    Heyho peeps,

    I currently own a Lakland Darryl Jones 4 - which is a copy of a 1970s Jazz bass (strung with roundwounds)
    I also own a Lakland 55-02 - which is a 5-string fretless fitted with an MM/J pickup configuration. So I have jazz bass and Stingray bass, fretted and fretless, 4 and 5 string already covered.
    My question - what bass should I start saving for next? To complete the set tonally? A split-coil P bass with flats? (the 44-64) A single-coil P bass with flats? (the 44-51) Or go in totally the opposite direction, get away from the Fender sound, and get a famously bright Rickenbacker 4003?

    What do you guys reckon? Genuinely interested...
    BTW, can only save up for one at a time, and saving takes a few years!
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2018
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Spit P soup
    Hofner Beatle bass
    and a Ric.

    Those will square up any collection!:)
  3. soundsupport1


    Aug 17, 2017
    Interesting idea with the beatle bass - hadn't thought of going in that direction!
    Also, I'm well aware that on TalkBass, 'You need all of the above' is the standard response to every question, but I can only afford one at a time with a significant gap between each. Ergo, the question is 'What bass should I buy NEXT'?
  4. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I beg to differ. You own a bass with a dual coil pickup somewhere near the sweet spot. You don't have a Ray.

    To me, the majority of the Ray sound is the preamp.

    So either a Ray or a P bass would round you out nicely.
  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Yeah, a P would be good.
  6. JSandbloom

    JSandbloom Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Redding, Ca
    Grace Guitars USA
    Sell all your skylines and get a used US Lakland. The differences seem small on paper, but huge in your hand. You’ll only want to play the US one after getting it. That’s what happened to me.
  7. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    Play as many as you can.
  8. soundsupport1


    Aug 17, 2017
    interesting ideas, enjoying the discussion!
    part of the trouble is that only the rickenbacker is really widely distributed here, so it's hard to do ab comparisons.
    Also interesting that the 44-51 has only got one vote, while the ricky has 5 - does that mean the trend is actually more for brighter basses than the 'P with flats' that I've been reading about all over the forums?
  9. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Suspended

    A collection is never complete, it is always evolving.
    jackn1202 and drummer5359 like this.
  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

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  11. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
  12. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member




    good luck, my friend...it's a slippery slope: asking those kinds of questions here. ;)

  13. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    White Falcon Bass.jpg No carrot option, so.. no vote. Sorry... However, to answer your question; the only spot still unfilled in my herd is for a left-handed 34" scale hollow body - not a semi -hollow; a true hollow body - bass. If I can ever find a lefty version of this Gretsch White Falcon, it'll fill the spot very nicely, and my bass buying days will be over...:hyper:
  14. jackn1202


    Feb 14, 2018
    Austin, TX
    A hollowbody would be great. The Gretsch above is gorgeous, or the Jack Casady gets high marks around here. Also the Gibson Ripper is fantastic, and you can get 'em with a little use a good bit less than Rick money. Sonically that would be a big jump, open up a wide range.
  15. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Suspended

    My vote for a 34"-ish scale length hollowbody bass would be for a 4005.
  16. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Yeah, I'd certainly take one of those... but the only lefty 4005 I've seen for sale is the red, one-of-a-kind 6-string 4005 in Paul's book. Too many strings; I don't like red; and I'm not into one-of-a-kind basses that cost as much as a car...:rolleyes: Besides, I already have a lefty Gretsch Broadkaster. It's the only one I've ever seen, but somebody in the Gretsch Club here is also supposd to have a lefty - so Gretsch did make them, at one time. I just need to find one...:whistle:
  17. soundsupport1


    Aug 17, 2017
    4005 would be nice...but wow, I'm not giving out that much dough!
    I'd say the choice is kinda narrowing down between a 4003 and some kind of hollowbody, which I wasn't expecting!
  18. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Suspended

    Good thing my old '67 4005WB cost me only $175.00 back in 1973. :)
  19. I voted Ric - an altogether different sounding bass.
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