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What's your "Beater" bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wraub, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    In another thread, I saw this- "And oh yeah, no more beaters: Nothing says 'I'm not serious' than a crappy instrument. And it doesn't have to be expensive, but if it's noisy, won't stay in tune, and you're constantly nursing it along, it's REAL easy for a band to say 'what's that other guy's number?'."

    Is this your beater? Mine was not expensive to me (but sure would be to replace), is well maintained, not noisy, stays in tune, has a lot of aftermarket under the pickguard and doesn't need nursing, but it's my beater because it's already been refinned and it's got scars and dents all over it. It looks a mess, but it's clean, plays great and sounds great too. I just don't mind too much if it gets another scratch.
    Obviously, beaters vary.

    What's your "beater" bass? :)
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2021
  2. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
  3. Well, it’s not a cheap beater, but it’s the one I would take anywhere and have. It doesn’t owe me a thing.
    71 Fender neck, 82(heavy modded) Schecter p/j
    Wired stereo. Joe Bardens presently, the original tapped p/u’s going back in soon. The P p/u is being repaired.
    It’s my beater...
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  4. Short scale Squier Jag. It happens to be one of my best players also.

  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I guess it would have to be this since I've been told it's nothing but a $1,000 parts bass, and questionable parts at that.
    Okay, I only paid $550 for it, but...
  6. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    For a long time it was the same as my favorite: the parts J. Mostly by virtue of having the least amount of money tied up in it. It was even the "loaner" for the band where I play drums and the bass player didn't have an axe of his own. (He'd always put his stool too close to the drum kit then bump in to my cymbals with the body and I'm like: Dude ***!! It's a bit of a screwy arrangement but on the up side, they let me play drums...)
    If that loaner scenario ever comes up again, I have a beat up old Musicmaster the bass player can use.
    My new "leave in the car" axe is an old Yamaha BBG5. It's worth very little but it can cover a casual gig, no problem. (...except I have it strung up in 5ths at the moment - so I guess it's currently tied up on experimental duty.)
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  7. JIO

    JIO shaken - not stirred Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    '68 Sivertone 1443 Hornet - not a crappy instrument

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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    yeah i didn't agree with what i thought he meant either, but unless "beater" is defined = we're all going to respond differently, right? e.g., my beater is a great-playing ax --- but it's the one i'd feel the least (not zero!) remorse/sadness/frustration if lost/stolen/damaged. whereas J Wilson seemed to be describing a piece-of-:poop: as a "beater." i doubt if he would consider any of the posted axes as a "beater." we'll see....
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  9. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    Yammy BBN-5. Natural with the J-style p/u's.:woot:
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  10. The Petro

    The Petro

    Dec 29, 2020
    My CT1B. Paid $325 for it back in 92-93.
    Honestly i only have 2 basses right now. Looking for an upgrade when i can swing it. 32CD9130-05C2-42A6-B04D-66192EC89399.jpeg
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  11. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    I suppose my '89 L-2000. My kids have drooled on it, hit it with things and more. And it turns 32 this year. Remarkable condition even before I got it five years ago, in spite of a few dings and scratches.
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  12. 4 Strings Good

    4 Strings Good Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2014
    1989 USA Peavey Foundation. Bought for $100 on Craigslist. Dinged, dented, scratched, paint cracked in spots and worn off in others. Sounds and plays fantastic.
    RONTERGO, petefarndon, whbjr and 20 others like this.
  13. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    Love this bass, but wouldn’t be the end of the world if it got scratched and kicked and beaten. Because it already has and it still looks and plays great. 1996 MIM P.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2021
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  14. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    One of these.... USA Peavey fury with EMG geezer or my epiphone classic vi pro. Both play and sound really good.

  15. bmusic


    Oct 22, 2017
    Los Angeles
    This one, I guess—sold to me by Norman’s as a vintage BB, but now more likely a reissue, it turns out. I ditched the pickguard, which was disintegrating, and painted side dots with my daughter’s nail polish. Can’t say I love playing it, but I can’t really get rid of it, either, because

    a) I would definitely take a sizable loss on it, and
    b) then what else would I put up there?
  16. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I bought this one because it's under 8lbs, and a PJ 5-string= versatility. In other words, perhaps the perfect bass for those long cover gigs. The only problem being that I no longer do those gigs. But the <$250 price tag means this is the bass I bring to "sketchy" situations.

  17. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016

    $80 '96 squier P bass that I chipped [most of] the finish off of with a chisel and then spray painted vintage white. Has a new bridge, nut, and pickups and pots from a player p. :meh:
    isaac42, MBeanBass, StevieMac and 7 others like this.
  18. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    My Dingwall NG3...bought as a no-risk road bass and it's lived up to it. It was a bass I could leave at the venue for dinner call if there wasn't in-club hospitality, let others pick up and try out, and not worry if it got knocked or scratched or dinged along the way. The body finish has been exceedingly resilient with no real marks but I've also worn through the finish on the pickguard where my thumb rests too. It was my intentional 'sacrificial lamb' for life in a van:


    A few years of just hard playing and the fretboard looks like this. People have assumed it's just dirt, it's not...I've just worn through the finish. The back of one of my other Dingwalls has similar wear on the back of the neck, but not the fretboard:

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  19. sedan_dad

    sedan_dad Suspended

    Feb 5, 2006
    5E642B09-90EF-4FCB-BB17-00894DBB020F.png Steinberger Spirit. Custom paint.
    Timmy Liam, Shaggai, Tommy V and 21 others like this.
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