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What benefit does owning multiple basses give you?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HunterBurgan4Me, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. HunterBurgan4Me


    Mar 6, 2010
    I'm genuinely interested here.

    I've owned an active Fender Jazz 5 string for about 4 years now and I love it to pieces, with the right amp settings I can get a ton of different sounds out of it. I've got a 4 string acoustic bass knocking around too to keep my hand in at 4 string and for idle practicing but I never use anything apart from the 5 string gigging.

    When I've really really desired a different sound whilst recording I've managed to borrow a bass from a friend or my sound engineer has borrowed one from a music shop.

    I just wondered what people's reasoning is for owning multiple basses? Is it for dramatically different sounds, a back up for gigs?

    It seems there's more worthwhile bass gear to spend my cash on.

    (I did a thread search but couldn't find anything)
  2. TinIndian

    TinIndian Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Micco Florida
    Simply enough for me, I just enjoy playing different basses. And that normally comes down to mood as each one has it's own voice and vibe. When I gig I always bring my 55-02 (my only 5er) and the 4's rotate. For instance this weekend I brought the p bass with flats I recently finished, last week it was my Spector NS2A. Other weeks it could be my Fortress Masterman or any of a number of others.

    Just depends on what I feel like.
  3. xroads


    Nov 6, 2012
    How many styles of music do you play?

    If you can get the sounds you need out of 1 bass, IMHO, there is no need to own more than 1 (except as backup in cases of loss).
    If you play diverse styles, it might become difficult. I play jazz and rock/funk, currently on a PJ bass, however I would love to have another (J-type or modern) bass so that I can string one with flats and one with rounds.
  4. I use a 5 mostly. But i bring my 4-string sometimes, the neck is thinner so i can play faster, also it plays better up high.

    And i also sometimes tune it in tenor tuning. + its lighter and is a change in REALLY long sets.
  5. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    For me, it's a source of inspiration. There are days that (!!!) I'm just not feeling my MIA Fender, or I just want a different tone that a P, so I pick up either my SCPB for a slightly different tone, or my jazz clone for something entirely different.

    Different paintbrushes for different strokes. Nothing more.
  6. there is one tone i want and i don't need anything else. currently i'm playing a squier vm jazz with flats and i get a more or less decent tone no matter where or through what i'm playing. that's important to me and until i got funds to buy myself a keeper with monster tone i'll continue playing that heavy piece of ....
  7. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    Different tone and different tuning available for me
  8. +1 @ Willbassyeah

    I hate retuning instruments
  9. This reply is to the question at the head of the thread.... Answer ) not much...lol :)
  10. Blue


    Jun 19, 2004
    Central NC
    I have three ... a fretted, a fretless, and an EUB. They handle differently enough that each makes me play differently.
  11. HunterBurgan4Me


    Mar 6, 2010
    I play in a metal band but we have elements from grunge, ska, punk, folk, classical and everything else.

    I also used to be in a Funk band similar to Stevie Wonder or Freak Power.

    I found my 5 string Jazz bass worked wonders for all of them.

    It goes low enough to play heavy stuff and honestly I don't find it a problem to play songs written in say a drop C tuning on my 5 string. Just requires less open notes.

    I was thinking about getting a Stingray at one point but I'm not sure i'd get enough use out of it for it to be worth it.
  12. msact


    Jan 8, 2013
    Somewhere in NJ
    Owning multiple basses is strictly a hobby for me. I don't play in a band and really don't care to at this stage in my life. I just have fun collecting them.
  13. A good hobby too !
  14. bolophonic

    bolophonic SUSPENDED

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I like to make parts basses, so they just keep multiplying.
  15. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I like all different basses, and I like regularly playing them.
    I like having different tones available to me. Some gigs I want to use a P, others a J, etc.
    I like different looks and color combinations

    I use just one, but why should I have to if I don't want to?
  16. depalm

    depalm Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    I own many basses from many styles and tones.
    I like to think I'm like a "bass actor" and my different instruments are like my costumes. :)

    One for each different occasion.

    Sometimes I would need a funky 70's JB tone, sometimes a 60's McCartney-ish tone, or an aggressive, active, modern Sadowisky… Whatever I need, I'm covered.
  17. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Me too!

    I can't be like Jay Leno and own hundreds of cool cars and motorcycles because I'm too poor.

    So, I own a bunch of basses!
  18. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    People just drop them off on my doorstep and I don't have the heart to get rid of them! I only three of my choosing, but I do own more than three total.

    I guess the best reason to own multiple basses would be if you're a gigging or recording musician with variable needs.
  19. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
    Because this is 'Murricuh, and I can do what I want...

    Seriously, why not? I have multiple for practical and sentimental reasons. Don't judge. People are people and they'll do and think what they want.
  20. Klonk


    Apr 28, 2011
    After owning a lot of basses over the years, I've narrowed it down to one 4 stringer and one 5er. Usually I'm only bringing one of them to a gig or rehearsal, but in some cases I bring both, if the material we're playing is diverse.

    I play in a blues band, an old school country band, and an 80s hair metal band at the moment, so I think it is nice to have at least one 4 and one 5er that I am really happy with playing.