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What's your favorite bass for pick style?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ishouldbeking, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. ishouldbeking


    Feb 5, 2007
    Hollywood, CA
    Endorsing: SIT, Eastwood, Hanson
    *Notice I didn't say "best".

    I'm curious what other people think constitutes an ideal bass for pickstyle playing. As a full time pick player, I've come to the realization that some basses and combinations seem to work better for pick style, and others seem less suitable. OBVIOUSLY anyone can play any bass with fingers, a pick, with a thumb, by slapping, or however else they want. But when you play with a pick, which bass makes you the happiest?

    For me, the answer right now is my Peavey T-40, but I also particularly enjoy P basses and Rickenbackers.
  2. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    ric 4003. No doubt.
  3. Grizzly700


    Mar 18, 2008
    Maryville, TN
    I hardly ever play with a pick and the only bass I would use a pick on is probably an EBMM Stringray. It was the only one that will cooperate with me and a pick.
  4. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    You can craft a good pick style sound on literally any bass out there. I am a pick user 70% of the time and I have never thought of having a favourite bass to play with a pick.
  5. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
  6. specs


    Mar 14, 2006
    Hastings, UK.
    I'm going to get my head taken off for this: My Sadowsky!!
  7. My Lakland Darryl Jones sounds awesome with a pick. Usually I play fingerstyle but with this bass, the pick rocks. :D
  8. rickon


    Sep 26, 2006
    Definitely my 4003. But the Jag is well suited for the pick as well.
    My SG bass does not work at all with a pick. It's forcing me to improve my finger picking though.
  9. toytech


    Mar 22, 2004
    San Leandro
    My Yamaha bb415 sounds pretty good with a pick, more so than my Peavey Millenium.
    But my pick playing pretty much sucks.
  10. DaveF


    Dec 22, 2007
    New Westminster, BC
    Fender Jag. But that's my answer for everything.
  11. MyUsernameHere

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    Nov 3, 2007
    Lexington KY
    I don't play with a pick, but I love the way Spectors sound when they are.
  12. xaosbass


    Feb 15, 2008
  13. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    I would have to say a Gibson Thunderbird. When played with a pick its like the voice of god.

  14. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    1980 Washburn SB40 (neckthru, PJ's) but they are scarce as hens teeth. Other than that, any neckthru with slender neck will do.
    For me using a pick, my dream bass would include a neck with strings set up at about 13-14mm apart about all the way down the neck.
  15. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    I'll go down with you man, my sadowsky sounds amazing with a pick. I think most of the "classic" basses sound great with a pick, Precisions, Jazzes, StingRays, Ricks, and Thunderbirds.
  16. lowselfesteem


    Jun 24, 2007
    pbass 1st, jag 2nd
  17. tapp01


    Apr 10, 2008
    Wilmington, NC
  18. gibsonbassist45


    Jul 13, 2008
    yeah t birds are sick picking basses.i like mine when picking.any other suggestions id go with a p bass or j
  19. Delta_Petra


    Feb 26, 2008
    Portland, OR
    My Epiphone Thunderbird. They are built for fast picking rock.
  20. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I grow organic carrots and they are not for sale
    A Rickenbacker and a p-bass ...

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