What is the most versatile bass that's not a straight Jazz, P-Bass or MM and hasn't been moded?

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  1. Cmobe

    Cmobe

    Jun 16, 2015
    PA & MD USA
    My vote goes to the Lakland 44/55-02/94. The Sims system seems to be pretty versatile, but I don't know enough about it and the track record isn't there yet. IMO.
     
  2. Mark76

    Mark76

    Dec 1, 2015
    Leicester
    A Wal or a T-40?
     
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Master volume and tone, 3 way switch for neck/both/bridge, 3 way switch for series/single/parallel bridge pickup. Nordy neck and Duncan bridge.

    I have yet to think to myself "I wish it would do....."
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  4. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    My Roscoe Century 5 is pretty versatile. It's my only bass right now so it needs to be. It certainly has it's own sound, but with some slight blend/eq changes and right hand placement, i can get a very usable P bass sound, "Don't Stop Believing" thing, etc. Bart soaps and pre.

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  5. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1

    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Any bass with 2 PU's, Vol, Bal,Treble,Mid,Bass.
     
  6. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Alembic Series I or II
     
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  7. Whil57

    Whil57

    Aug 7, 2013
    Long Island
    I think the question should be which basses arent very versatile. I can do close to the same with many of mine, except the Hoffner copy.
     
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  8. pjbassist

    pjbassist

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
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  9. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    I'll second the Peavey T-40 and nominate the Sire M7.
     
  10. electracoyote

    electracoyote Supporting Member

    Good choices.

    At the same price point, I'll throw in the oft overlooked Fender MIM Deluxe P Bass Special (Active).
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  11. Edmang

    Edmang Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2013
    MA
    They are Musicman, but not a Stingray which is what I think you may have in mind when posting...

    Big Al SSS or Reflex HSS
     
  12. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    MusicMan Caprice
    G&L L2000
    Peavey T-40
     
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  13. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    +1 Ernie Ball Musicman Big Al

     
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  14. PV T 40 and Cirrus.
     
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  15. Peavey T40 or Millennium Plus with the J/MM pickups.
     
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  16. tleeitsme

    tleeitsme

    Sep 8, 2017
    fender roscoe beck?
     
  17. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Ibanez PJ. Active/passive, 3 band eq, 24 frets, slim neck width, nice build.
     
  18. BassFishingInAmerica

    BassFishingInAmerica

    Jul 24, 2014
    Absolutely. I tried one of these at a local pawn shop. I was amazed at the wide palette of sounds available. I know there is a model that has passive/active switching for even more versatility. The noiseless pickups sounded pretty good, too.
     
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  19. It's an Alembic with Series II electronics. Any sound that you need is in there. In fact, I'm not sure a P or J could be considered all that versatile , really. I'll add this... for versatility, you need at least a 5 string.
     
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  20. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

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