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What is the best bass you have ever played?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cfsporn, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Apologies in advance if this topic had been done before.

    I'm sure everyone here has played a bass that is, for all intents and purposes, perfect. What was it for you? Did you later come to own this piece of perfection?

    For me, it would have to be the Fodera Monarch I played at Guitar Center of all places. Each note leapt from the fretboard almost before I plucked the string. After ten minutes with it, I got why these cost so much. If ever there was a "perfect" bass, this was it. If I'm honest, it was almost too perfect.
  2. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I remember playing a 60's Fender Jazz at Guitar Center a long time ago that played and sounded amazing...but I was a novice back then.

    When I pick up and Ibanez Prestige series SR bass, those things just scream comfort and tightness to me. I'm not too crazy about the tone on the high-up ones, but you can't beat em for the feel. If I had a blank check and such, I would totally snag one of those though lol.
  3. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    my friends 90s sonic blue squier p
  4. Sadowsky. I have 2. They're awesome.
  5. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    USA Lakland JO4
  6. PlatypusBassist


    Jun 15, 2011
    A fretless 4 string made by Letts Basses. I loved it so much I'm ordering a 7 string from him :)
  7. Alembic Series II 7x', German Warwick Streamer (Wenge-Bubinga) '9x, both sounded monster-fantastic and played like butter.

    doh, not mine :(
  8. dcarwin


    Feb 11, 2013
    A Wal.
  9. Digital Man

    Digital Man

    Feb 20, 2013
    GMR bassforce 5 is the far best bass i ever played. 1800€ and its better than 9000€ Fodera or F-Bass.
  10. Fodera Monarch Deluxe at London Bass Guitar Show a month ago. I ordered one within 2 weeks even though I have another great US custom bass on order. Amazing instrument. 12 months more to wait...
  11. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    I played a MM Sterling bass in Blue at my local Guitar Center. It plays so well, and sounds great. It's there, used, for $800. I really want it, 'cause I know that's a hell of a deal, but I know I won't make full use of it.
  12. 2string1


    Apr 1, 2013
    My Gibson Les Paul recording bass "fretless"...
    My Fender Telecaster bass...
    and the one I use now a 1964 P Bass
  13. ivanthetrble


    Sep 9, 2002
    US made Lakland 55-94. I own a Dingwall and a Sadowsky but the Lakland is home for me.
  14. jbiscuti


    Dec 22, 2007
    NYC / LA
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
    My Classic Stingray has the lowest action (with no buzzing) and most comfy neck of all my basses. I can play so fast and clean on it.

    I also played a Yamaha BB3000s neck-through bass with a ridiculously fast neck.
  15. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    1980 Washburn SB-40 (Matsumoko factory).

    I liked it so much I bought the company.

    Not really, but I do luxuriously own 2 primo SB-40's.
  16. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I've had 35 or 40 basses, from Fodera to Stambaugh to Modulus, to Warwick to RIC, and numerous EBMM and Fenders. My US G&L SB-2 that I scored for $320 has outlasted them all.
  17. BassAgent

    BassAgent Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    Number 1:
    LeFay Remington Steele. That is actually a pic of me playing it, about 4 years ago. Everything's great about that bass. The playability is the best ever, the sound was great and I even quite like the looks. But it was the playability that got me. Whát a bass.

    Number 2:
    Benavente SCB (I think). Belonged to a friend of mine. Best single cut bass I've ever played.

    Number 3:
    I don't think I should nominate my own bass for this thread, but still: my 1966 Fender Jazz Bass is simply the best Jazz I've ever played. It's just perfect.
  18. seescottrock


    Apr 13, 2011
    Utica, NY
    I played an acquaintances Smith briefly, and the local guitar shop had a thumb NT that I tried out. both were incredible.
  19. steveb119

    steveb119 Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2012
    orlando fl.
    my latest bass, dingwall combustion black and maple. it's so good to play the others past and present do not compare. who would have thought

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  20. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    55-94 Lakland (fretted)
    Sukop Fretless 5

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