I'm heading out for a seven month contract on a cruise ship where I have to play a ton of different styles of music and I am trying to decide which basses to bring with me. I only have two spaces in my case and I am trying to decide if I want to bring essentially a second version of my main bass or if I should bring a bass that covers more styles. I have a skjold 5 string active bass that I love and is my go to instrument which I am bring for sure. (if you have any unrelated questions about this bass I would be more than happy to answer them. Pete Skjold makes exceptional instruments and I will talk your ear off about them given the chance) My second bass will be a choice between an ibanez premier with upgraded electronics or my good old fender jazz. The Ibanez is kind of like a lower tier version of my skjold. It's a relatively versatile, modern active bass. I would strictly be using it in case something happens to my main bass though. So if my bass holds up and I don't have any issues I will likely never play it. However, being on a ship if something does break I will be in a tight spot without my main workhorse. The fender also has upgraded electronics and sounds great but it doesn't nail the modern musical theater stuff as well and I find it much less comfortable to play. But it would give me access to some more specific sounds if we do any motown or soul shows. My skjold can do everything well, but it doesn't quite have that same vibe as a jazz for the motown and soul type of stuff, especially with flatwounds and vintage pickups. I've done many contracts before with only my main bass but I just purchased a dual case so that I could bring a backup. Decisions, decisions, decisions... Also, if you guys have any questions about ship life or becoming a cruise ship musician I message me and I'd be more than happy to chat with you about it.