What is the Holy Graile of Bass Guitars?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassmanbob, Dec 20, 2002.

  1. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Here's one to ponder. What would be the most saught after bass guitar ever? Not your favorite bass or the most expensive bass, but the one bass guitar that is considered to be the most coveted single instrument. Would it be the first P bass Leo Fender ever made? Jaco's main bass that is "lost"? Paul Mc Cartney's Hofner?

    I'm interested to see what every one thinks.
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses

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  3. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    either P-bass #1, jamersons funk machine, jaco's bass of doom, or pauls hofner.

    i'd guess you'd fetch over $1mil easily for any of those.
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Jamerson's Funk Machine.

    (Kinda creepy... I mentioned this bass in another thread before I saw this one).
  5. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    yeah possibly Jamerson's funk machine... jacos bass is certainly a priceless instrument as well..
  6. watspan

    watspan Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    probably the joey arkenstatt's custom 3-string

    btw--who's jamerson?
  7. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    I would also add Bootsy's first star shaped 'space bass' to this list.

    side note - I have an old tape and he has two of his space basses with him, did he play a five sometimes or are they both fours? anybody know?
  8. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002
    How about some of Gene Simmons' basses?
  9. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Jaco's missing bass, Jamersons Funk Machine, and close but not quite there, P-Bass #1.

    I dont think Paul's bass is on the list. He's still alive, and it isnt misisng, so there is no really reason for the bas to be of such high value.

  10. I wish someone could find Jamerson's Funk Machine. I hope someone didn't scrap all the parts...
  11. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Funny thing is, Larry Graham's original "Funk Machine" was stolen as well.
  12. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    Who's Jamerson,
    Jamerson is Mr.Motown himself,perhaps the Baddest
    Bass player to EVER walk GOD'S Green EARTH.

    Can i get a witness.
  13. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    AMEN, brother!
    Did you know that he played "What's Going On" drunk and on his back! :eek: He was off the clock and in a bar when Marvin was recording the song, but he refused to use another bassist, so they went and dragged James back to the studio.
  14. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000

    Watspan, you got some studyin' to do. Do yourself a favor and make a search on James Jamerson in all the Bassists forum, as all that you need to know about JJ's already been written ten times over.

    FYI, go see the movie "Standing in the shadows of motown". That'll get you up to speed in no time.

    well, a couple of hours anyway...
  15. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    I'm still trying to play it sober and sitting...real talk.LOL.

  16. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    I've got 2 werdz fer you

    K5 (prototype)

    'nuff said.

    edit for uniqueness factor
  17. nirvanaman


    Dec 8, 2002
    i would have to say JAmes Jamerson or any other bassists first bass, no thje signature bass.
  18. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    <Johnny Carson>

    I did not know that

    </Johnny Carson>

    That's good stuff, man. I love that tune... and even drunk off his rocker, he laid down a super-bad groove.

    As to the topic of this thread, I agree with either the Funk Machine or Jaco's bass.
  19. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Standing In The Shadows of Motown had all kinds of interesting anecdotes in it. I loved the movie, and I appreciated Ben Harper's comedy relief.

    Oh, I've just been informed that he was serious.
  20. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Woodchuck, you didn't tell them that he was also reading the chart being held by someone standing over him. And the chart holder was turning the pages while he was reading it on his back drunk! :eek: :eek: