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What was the best bass you ever played? Did you buy it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JoratioMumbles, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. JoratioMumbles

    JoratioMumbles It's all jazz...it's ALL jazz... Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2015
    The best bass I've ever played was a MIM fretless Fender Jazz. Must've been made on a good day because it's a real gem. And yes, I bought it.
  2. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I played a brand new Fireglo Ric 4003, back in 1990, and it played like butter. I couldn't afford it then, and I haven't played a Ric since that feels like that one did!
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  3. luciens


    Feb 9, 2020
    Defining “best” as the best compromise (most good things and the least bad things), that would be my Carvin Brian Bromberg 5 string fretless (R.I.P. 1yr ago this summer). It only had one drawback, which was it didn’t sound that great. Mine had older humbuckers in it and was a little on the thin side tone-wise. Everything else about it was overall better than anything else I’ve played, before or since.

    don’t know if I’ll get another but if I do it’ll be a 4 string this time.

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  4. Yes, I bought these AMAZING instruments: My EBMM Sterling; EBMM Stingray; Steinberger XL2A; and my G&L LB100.

    My big regret was not taking my buddy’s early ’60’s P Bass off his hands for a meagre $200-$250... I could have bought his early’60’s Tele off him too—and probably would’ve got a two for one special too! But alas, I was young,poor and not in possession of a crystal ball...
  5. laklandplayer

    laklandplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2001
    USA - Memphis, TN
    An Acacia 5 String by Matt Friedman that had Lane Poor pickups and a Demeter preamp at the NAMM show.
    It was already sold and Matt got out of the business sometime afterwards.
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  6. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Yes, but I didn't know it was the best until it showed up via FedEx.
  7. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Many years ago I played a Modulus at Mars Music (now defunct). I did not buy it. Way out of my price range. Best sounding and playing bass I ever picked up.
  8. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    S. Texas Hill Country
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    This '59/60 I first played about 42 years ago. Been playing it ever since, though it does tend to stay home more now than it used to. Oh yeah, paid $450 for it. Had to put it on 90 day lay-away so I could earn the cash! Jim at Jim's House of Guitars in San Diego sold it to me.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2020
  9. JIO

    JIO shaken - not stirred Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I played a '63 J at Chicago Music Exchange and it played... very nicely. No, I didn't purchase it.
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  10. My ‘96 L2500 is the “best” bass I have. It is also the best sounding, but not exactly the best feeling. My Jazz “feels” better, but it’s a Squier...
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  11. 2milehighspike

    2milehighspike Supporting Member

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  12. '61 P bass a friend let me play at a jam. I'd probably tried to buy it at the time had he wanted to sell it.
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  13. JIO

    JIO shaken - not stirred Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    The best P-bass anyway, and yes - I bought it. :bassist: ('66)

  14. jkazam


    May 25, 2007
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  15. 2milehighspike

    2milehighspike Supporting Member

    . That’s what you see there, if you can get one do it!
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  16. My Kiesel PB4. I've played lots of Fenders, but this one feels and more importantly, sounds amazing.
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  17. Dr. Keebs

    Dr. Keebs Bassmaster General

    Jan 9, 2016
    Played some F Bass, MTD, and a Marleaux Contra 5 at Bass San Diego last summer. I wish, on all counts.
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  18. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Traded for it. A little heavy and from a maligned era, but it’s got the best neck I’ve ever touched. It’s hard to put down.
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  19. 2112


    Apr 30, 2005
    My Wals. Yes.
  20. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    2001 Thunderbird. I bought it online and didn't know it was a gem until it showed up. Sometimes you just get lucky.
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