What's your gear philosophy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ImSquare17, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. Classic Bass, Classic Amp, Classic Cabs

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  2. Classic Bass, Classic Amp, Unique Cabs

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  3. Classic Bass, Unique Amp, Classic Cabs

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  4. Classic Bass, Unique Amp, Unique Cabs

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  5. Unique Bass, Classic Amp, Classic Cabs

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  6. Unique Bass, Classic Amp, Unique Cabs

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  7. Unique Bass, Unique Amp, Classic Cabs

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  8. Unique Bass, Unique Amp, Unique Cabs

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  1. I was thinking about my general philosophy regarding bass gear, and I realized that, in general, I'm always looking for a classic bass, a wierd head/amp, and if it's just a head, classic cabs. Where does "your sound" come from? :bassist: :bassist: :bassist:

    So, examples to clarify what "clssic" and "unique things are"

    Classic: things like, a Fender J or P bass, and Eden WT head, an Aguilar 1x12, or maybe less classic things like a tunderbird or something, you know, common choices.

    Unique: Like a Gretsch 6170 combo, or a pignose b100v, or a custom bass, earcandy cabs, maybe some fairly common things too though, like a Fender Bassman 100, or a marshall super bass.
  2. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    My hands create my tone for the most part.

  3. Personally, I tend to pick an instrument up and determine within moments if it will become an extension of who I am. I've been fortunate up until this point to have played many, many instruments, but I think the five I have now really do suit me the best. If I had to choose a single instrument however that I genuinely believe is "me," it would probably come down to the Ibanez RKB900. I've never quite played anything like it. It just feels right.

    As far as amps are concerned... I'm actually quite ambivalent towards that spectrum of gear. If it's distinct, and powerful enough to get my sound out, it's fine in my book.
  4. peterpalmieri

    peterpalmieri Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Babylon, NY
    That's why I play a Jazz bass or most recently a passive Lakland Jo. Amps come and go but I'm a passive guy I think for the guys who think they create the tone with there hands passive is the way to go.

    Just my opinion to each his own.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    classic bass unqiue amp unique cabs

    I love my musicman sterling and its black/black/maple, cant get much more classic musicman than that. My amp is an ashdown/avatar. This is not your average ampeg rig so i consider it unique.
  6. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Because I bought much of my gear, especially amplification, before I knew much about the vintage/hi-fi divide and the many options beyond what I could charge on my Sam Ash card, I can't claim to have pursued a coherent "philosophy" at all. But I've ended up with something that works: vintage type passive basses (Fenders and a DiPinto semi-hollow) through relatively hi-fi amplification (G-K heads and SWR and G-K cabs). I like the organic, woody tones of passive basses run through a rig that can deliver hi-fi clarity if I want it, but has lots of growl on tap via G-K's "boost" control. If I were starting fresh, I'd probably get a 2x12 cabinet with more vintage warmth than my SWR Goliath III, but the SWR has never let me down.

    I've noticed that many players in rock bands these days similarly blend "vintage" and "hi-fi" elements, and it's usually effective. I've sometimes been disappointed with the stage sound from a "pure vintage" approach, but NEVER when it's been a good Fender through an Ampeg rig. That always works.
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I have no gear philosophy. I buy whatever strikes me as being what I need to keep working.
  8. i'm perfectly content with a passive jazz bass, but my swr rig with a hartke alluminum 15" just gave my playing so much more flavor, i think there should be a unique pedals option for thats where my real answer is.
  9. Yeah, I was thinking about that, and it seemed to me that, besides there having to be 8 more options, a lot of people have both classic and unique pedals. But yeah, you're right, a persons sound can be largely a result of their pedals or effects.
  10. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    I use no effects except for compression.

  11. My philosophy is to find quality gear for low prices. Unique, classic, both are cool with me.
  12. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I dont believe in tone altering effects such as permanant grit or something. The only effects i use are temporary (such as OD, synth wah, delay) and dont affect the tone that i am using for 95% of my stuff.
  13. I'm with you...I take it a step down from there...I buy whatever strikes me as being what I need to keep me playing (in my case, work has nothing to do with it)
  14. Carrots. :)
  15. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    When it gets right down to it, I am fairly agnostic about my gear. Give me a playable bass, an amp and cabs that are loud enough and I am happy. At a gig I want to just forget about my gear and play.

    That said, I have put time and money into getting something that I like. I like my iAMP for the low weight, and clean but not sterile tone. I have tried a few cabs and settled on the wizzy. I have a nice compact yet loud setup.
  16. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I don't think unique is a good term at all :/.. modern or hifi would be more suiting and less misleading, but at any rate... I don't play much in the way of classic equipment. I prefer the modern stuff.. I run a Spector Euro and TB Custom through an Ashdown head and Aguilar Cab.. nothign odd, but not classic at all. If you are talking uprights though, well.. the more classic the better casue I like them old, haha!
  17. Suckbird

    Suckbird Inactive

    May 4, 2004
    "Learn how to play instead... that's much more fun"
  18. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I want to be unique, just like everybody else... ;)
  19. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    Vintage tone. I'm in the proccess of acquiring a vintage style bass at the moment. Next will be vintage style amp and cab. That may very well be out of my price range, however. So I'll make due.
  20. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000
    I always thought the best gear is the one that makes you never want to stop playing, whatever it may be.