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What is your favorite bass for playing rock?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassman74, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Precision bass

    228 vote(s)
  2. Jazz bass

    90 vote(s)
  3. Rickenbacker

    56 vote(s)
  4. Warwick corvette

    15 vote(s)
  5. Stingray

    52 vote(s)
  6. Others

    164 vote(s)
  1. bassman74

    bassman74 Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    I already have a precision bass that I love. I’d like to have something different. What is your favorite bass for playing rock music?
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  2. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    P-Bass here. I spent a huge amount of effort as a teenager in the late ‘70s trying to make my Jazz sound like all the records on the radio, most of which were P-Basses. Frustrating yet edumacational. Now I have that sound. Why didn’t I get smart sooner?

    For heavy rock, I have a 5-string. The first time (years ago now) a guitarist suggested I tune my Fender down a half step, I almost attacked him. That’s NOT how that works. Makes the bass sound weak and play like garbage.
  3. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    Depends what kind of rock, and from when. Out of 22 basses, I only have one that I don't use for some kind of Rock; my Alembic Epic. The others? I'm not a big fan of "versatile", and with that many basses, I don't have to be...I have little interest in anything recorded much after 1980. But, anything I like to play that was recorded before then, I've probably got the same kind of bass they used, around somewhere...:cool:
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2018
  4. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    Rick or T-Bird.
  5. tripp2k


    Oct 31, 2010
    Horses for courses but I'm grabbing a P for this gig.
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  6. Rob Martinez

    Rob Martinez

    Sep 14, 2005
    For ROCK? Thunderbird.
  7. MrNylon

    MrNylon "ROAD REX" Supporting Member

    A Fender USA Geddy Lee Jazz works for Rock, and any other music.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2018
  8. Hofner; but then again I'd play one for anything. It really gets a great "rock" tone. Bassy neck humbucker with nice definition.
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  9. jaybones

    jaybones Banned

    Mar 4, 2015
    Kelleys Island, Ohio
    I usually use my jazz, but have been known to play my precision ever once in a while.

    I like the jazz neck better than the precision.
  10. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    I tend to play my 97 US Jazz Dlx V for most stuff as it rocks hard.
    My 99 US Dlx Precision has more meat to the tone, but is a 4, so it rocks hard in a different way. The round neck profile lends its self to rock.
    Finally, the RB630 I put T45 electronics in rocks really hard, but it's also a 4. Super thick tone, great feeling neck and it's got a nice, worn look to it.
  11. bass71


    Nov 18, 2007
    P+ nickel rounds oh and if possible SVT +8x10.
  12. Rickenbacker.
    Yonni, byoung93888, RickyWoo and 4 others like this.
  13. ScottTunes

    ScottTunes Gear-A-Holic

    Feb 7, 2011
    So Cal
    One Rick with flats, one with rounds covers everything for me. Ricks seem more versatile than Fenders, yet still manage to get that "sweet spot" tone the P gets.

    I do like Hofners too! And my favorite neck is the SG Std, followed closely by a vintage Carvin (Hofner made neck).
  14. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    five rickenbackers 011.JPG Classic Rock?

    Ric 4003 or Fender P.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
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  15. I think it depends on what rock you’re playing and how you play thebass.
    I prefer and active instrument, with two pickups, panned almost to or dead to the middle for a little scoop and so the neck pickup warms up my attack a little. The active electronics give me some note separation in fast passages. I play with a heavy right hands close to the bridge though, which isn’t the norm from what I’ve seen. A p-bass is not great in my hands because of my hand position and a single humbucker close to the bridge is too nasally, but that’s how I play. I also don’t use a pick at all.
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  16. :thumbsup:I picked a P Bass but I'd pull out a Ricky,SG,TBird,Warwick too.
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  17. My G &L L2000 Trib

    MattNY, christle, GMBass13 and 13 others like this.
  18. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Best of both worlds. PJ with a Jazz neck. The perfect Fender

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    ELG60, The Regulator, mikew31 and 4 others like this.
  19. Gotta have passive humbuckers. Haven't tried a Thunderbird yet.
    My choice:
  20. Seriously? No Thunderbird option for rock? Cmon!

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