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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by phillipkregg, Mar 13, 2019.
Serous question. Curious what folks are thinking when shopping for new instruments.
nail the gnarliest Pappalardi with a P pickup and without Sunn amps / cabs maxed, but I'm close!
someday I'll get a Gibby with a real Sidewinder and probably be disappointed lol
Different strings... (flats/rounds)
Active / passive
All kinds of things
I have a bunch of basses and I enjoy having them in a rotation from solid body to hollow to semi to chambered to ABG to short to medium to 35” scale to 5 string to fretless to eight string
It just motivates me to play which is really the key
I’m thinking different things every time I buy another one but mostly probably looks at this point
Sometimes it’s just the price or bargain deal too
I have a dozen. Every weird scale and pickup combo, hollow, semi, fretless or whatever. I will keep about three out of different types and practice the same studies or lines or scales on all three. I then rotate them at gigs and jams and lull 3 others out for the next month.
It's just fun and inspiring. And now I can pretty much play any bass someone hands me.
Unfortunately, it's been a year since a new one.
I've got everything I want
I'd like to have a five that's either entirely passive or has a passive mode. That's it really. My G&L M-2500 is fantastic, but even with the treble nearly off, I can't get true old-school tones. It sounds so great that I almost never care, but sometimes I just wanna rock a regular J, and also have a B string!
I can't have both a thumpy old-school sounding P and a bright modern sounding P without changing strings.
Good question. I find myself gassing for an "upgrade." Basically the same bass with nicer components, craftsmanship. Is there a subtle bump in connection, inspiration, and feel that will come from that, making me a better player? Or is it just my ego, looking for a brand name on my headstock?
I'm also curious about trying a five string; now that's something I cant do with my current basses!
For me it's mostly about the new bass offering a certain tone that I don't already have P/J, P/MM, J/MM, or whatever the case may be.
Sometimes it's about a 'mo better' version of something I already have.
And sometimes it's just that I want it - what can I say, I've been on TB too long.
the "strange" factor
Dunno. I haven't bought it yet.
Seriously, I don't know why. But new gear CAN inspire me to play differently. Sometimes better. Sometimes just different.
I go in phases. For a decade now everything I have owned has been a Fender-ish bass. Now I'm itching for something DIFFERENT.
Serious answer. . . . I'm looking to sound better. That's all.
A sound that inspires me to play more often & for longer periods of time.
Also, if it's lighter weight, that will also allow me to play for longer periods of time.
A thin, narrow neck also helps.
Ironic however that over time you get tired of that new, great sound that once inspired you.
That's when it's time to change strings.
I don't need four or five different basses to do four or five different things.
I buy great-sounding basses that do everything I want them to do...this allows me to pick basses based on what they look like.
It's not rocket science.
I think I'm at a point where the only bass I want, I will never get. I have no idea if it will do more than what my current basses will. I have never seen, let alone played, a Ritter.
Fit the neck in a wall hanger.
An SR750 that I'd considered buying is back up on the market and it might be nice to have a four again (especially that one).
Gas for a bass ended for me when a very good friend gave me one. That feeling I got at that moment is the same feeling that deep down love of music does to our souls . It moves us in many ways all at once. The giving or sharing of music has no boundaries. Giving and receiving a musical instrument is in that same place. It’s very powerful. So it cleared away the dust and took me back to the moment I discovered bass. Club of circa 80’s school of Harris. It doesn’t hurt to have up to your personal spaces capacity to have as many as you can fit either. Up the Irons \m/\m/