What basses do you bring on tour.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RRWesner, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. Fender Jazz- extra stylistic possibilities

  2. Ibanez- trusty all round bass

  1. RRWesner


    Jan 10, 2010
    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.
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I would take the Jazz and the Ibby and leave the Skjold at home because of what salt air can do to instruments.
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  3. Bring a soldering iron kit and some spare pots and wiring, spare batteries. You never know if you will have issues with both. At least get everything checked out before going. Stuff happens. 7 monthes is a long time.
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  4. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    I just put together my "set-up bag" so I didn't have to break out my tool box whenever I want to tweak or set up my instruments. You may want to put together something like this, and like mentioned above, add a soldering iron. I have my soldering iron station in a separate little tool box, but could put it in this case in a pinch and ditch the stand.


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  5. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    If it were me, Id leave the Skjold at home in care of someone you implicitly trust and take the Ibanez and perhaps buy another Ibanez to take with you....a lot can go wrong on the road (even if the road is water)...I would never take anything I truly valued...just my $.02
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  6. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Based on my experience doing cruise ship gigs, you absolutely want an instrument that does “generic/anonymous/boring/cliched bass guitar” in your arsenal. The whole “modern musical theater” thing is fine *if* the only thing you’re doing are the production shows. But as soon as you need to back up the guest singer — or the magician, or the comedian, or the Cruise Director who wishes he/she was an entertainer — you’ll need a “normal” [sic] bass...like a Fender.
  7. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    more important is getting used to the tiny berth (that sleeps two) at the bottom of the boat in which farts and armpits like to linger .........and getting used to the "bong bong bong bong" of the engine (which will eventually put you to sleep) :D
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  8. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Good point. If you (OP) would be crushed if the Fender didnt make it back, get an MIM or squier CV, and take the Ibanez as well, cause I agree....
  9. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    exactly my first thought.

    RR, if you've already salted that poor Skjold up, I dunno. At the end of the day it is a worktool anyways.

    I'd like to think that I'd just take a pair of used MIM Jazzes and the above mentioned repair kit, but, without listing examples of the many silly things I do, I know for a fact that I'd be very likely to use this situation to justify obtaining a second Skjold and just bring both Skjolds.
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  10. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I got the impression the OP is already a seasoned cruise ship player.
    The Skjold and the Jazz.
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  11. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    A stunning example of a bassists toolkit! What's the stopwatch for, timing your setup speed? ;)
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  12. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    It's a nut slotting gauge. See here: Nut Slotting Gauge | stewmac.com

  13. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
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  14. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    I can do it by feel now, but when I started doing my own setups I measured everything. Also allows for consistency.
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  15. I’d take the jazz. And I’m saying that as someone who has a jazz bass as my backup. 3DBF6C37-36D1-4F9F-9516-D6D2579C2873.jpeg
  16. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Bring the fender jazz ( pretty much sets the tone for bass in general )
    Ibby in case it breaks
  17. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    When I go on tour I bring my Lakland skyline and my music man sterling HS
    For those who may be interested
  18. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    1. I wouldn't bring your expensive bass. You want something bulletproof.
    2. Assuming you disregard #1, all the more reason to bring something bulletproof. The jazz - simple, passive, easy to find strings and parts if necessary.
  19. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Bayou City
    I'd take the jazz. Like you said, it's a nice change up.
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  20. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Typical TalkBass. The OP asks for opinions on a specific question, and instead he winds up getting a good Skjolding.

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