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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. Tried many brands and models. Ends up with Fender Jazz or 4001 Rick. Through Ashdown ABM 500 amps for me. I'm happy.
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  2. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
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  3. taylor16


    Dec 25, 2012
    PJ- best of seemingly two incredible tonal options. I rock my Music Man Caprice with pride and it f^*king slays and takes no prisoners.

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    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA

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  5. Mike Romanowski

    Mike Romanowski

    Apr 20, 2015
    I agree that Gibson EBO is a great rock bass with that mudbucker pickup. Super high output. I had one in late 60's and played it regularly. The Fender Jazz is what made me sell and replace it, but now I just could not get used to that short scale again after playing so many long scales.
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  6. A friend of mine plays with an Epi Thunderbird and sounds amazing.

    In my case, I started with Precision. Then, I "moved" to a Fender Blacktop Jazz bass (jazz bass with two p-bass pickups). I use either that Blacktop bass or my Fender Dimension Modern Player (more mid scooped than the Blacktop). I love both
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  7. Been playing this since I got it a week ago.
    Gotta have humbuckers!!!
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  8. No Treble

    No Treble

    Oct 26, 2016
    That, sir can be seen as porn to some. I shall see to it that this message is flagged as "adult in nature".

    Quite gorgeous. Old Stuart is quite pleased with thee, surely.
  9. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Yep, I'll be back shortly
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  10. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Yep... some killer basses. All are 18 volt Haz preamps.

    BTW their names are Blondie, Brownie, and Star. Star is frettless, with a 9.5 inch radius on the neck, something they have never done in the shop before. But she turned out to be great. They couldn't do the traditional marker inlays due to the radius, but had to go with dot inlays. But she plays like greased lightening and has the new EMG x series pups.

    Other two babies are strung with Optima 24 K gold Unique Strings (killer sound and long life) I always say, "Take no prisoners".

    And yeah Stu is the man. This was taken in the shop back in 2010.
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  11. theBassTender


    Aug 23, 2012
    Dallas, TX
  12. Conrad romeo

    Conrad romeo

    Jun 17, 2018
    Hands down my Duff McKagan signature Deluxe Precision bass. Pure honest quintessential rock bass guitar
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  13. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph Provider Supporting Member

    I voted "Others". I play Jazz basses and even though I love them dearly, the meatier P is definitely better. So I got my basses' pick-ups series/paralell modded. I get a P-ish sound at the pull of a knob. Not the real thing of course, but way meatier than what I get on the traditionnal Jazz set-up, to which I revert to when playing other styles.
  14. No Treble

    No Treble

    Oct 26, 2016
    See profile pic. Bam, baby!
  15. L-1329


    Aug 8, 2004
    This is correct. No bass I’ve ever heard has anywhere near the massive, huge ballzy tone of a 5L Rev. It’s like the sonic equivalent of a massive bulldozer. Mine drove fear into the hearts of my guitar players. You cannot out rawk a real Rev. :thumbsup:
  16. Nunovsky


    Sep 4, 2004
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  17. MattNY


    Sep 23, 2016
    Finger Lakes , NY
    Yesss! I voted P bass, but really I love my tribute.
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  18. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Any bass can be used to play "rock" - but the bass that most rocks for me is a Thunderbird. (can't believe it wasn't included on the list)

    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
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  19. My vote.....


    But not really. The real answer for me is "it depends". I look at everything I have ever played as "rock", just in different flavors. My choice here leans towards what I was playing in the 90s (that's when the pic was taken as well). That band was what I called at the time "garage pop". Since that made no sense to anybody, we marketed ourselves as "alternative", but not like we know it today. We were heavily influenced by college radio in the 80s, with a dash of pop music from the 70s. One local album review called it "a pre-grunge, post-punk, alternative sound", which is about as accurate a description as any.

    So yeah, my Rick was the choice then, and would be if playing similar "rock" music.

    But when I started playing, I was playing 70s era AOR stuff.....you know.....what they call "classic rock" now. It eventually drifted towards more 70s & 80s metal. My axe of choice through all of that was a P Bass.

    And now I play in a "blues" band. But we are heavy......and loud....and most would say a lot of what we do is "classic rock", but we position ourselves as a blues band. But's in the power trio vein - Jeff Beck Group, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Led Zep, Cream, etc. I also sub for some blues bands that are less heavy and more Chicago style. My axe of choice for all of this is a Jazz.
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  20. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    and my latest Spector NS4 USA....
    with amp.
    She cooks........
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