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What's your one true "Forever Bass"?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassKing, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    I bought this just about 3 years ago. And it is my "forever bass". It's "high mileage". Paid it's dues many times over (by someone else). Lost of scars but better than 90% functional.

    February/March 1953 Precision Bass. 100% all original, pots, pickup and all. DSCF7815.JPG SAM_3225.JPG SAM_3226.JPG SAM_3239.JPG SAM_3241.JPG SAM_3223.JPG
  2. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    I'll say it again, and Again, and AGain, AGAin, and AGAIn, and AGAIN...
  3. Muziekschuur


    May 25, 2009
    If life is a learning experience... you will never know.
  4. Muziekschuur


    May 25, 2009
    If life is a learning experience... you will never know.
  5. Adjectives

    Adjectives Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    Seattle, Wa
    I like that look a LOT. Awesome relic!
  6. Adjectives

    Adjectives Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    Seattle, Wa
    I'd posit 4 decade old flats have their own character =)
  7. Adjectives

    Adjectives Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    Seattle, Wa
  8. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    I actually have two.


    String spacing:


    And the B string is great, on both of them.


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  9. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    This Muckelroy
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  10. Matt R.

    Matt R.

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    Thanks man! I’m so happy with everything about this one.
  11. The redhead.
  12. Freight Train

    Freight Train Earth-based Alternative Scientist, Sex Researcher Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2012
    Dallas, Texas
    My 1968 type I Telecaster, which I bought in 1969 at age 16. It has been a steady gigging bass and just from memory it has served me in bands playing 60's rock, blues, blues rock, hard rock, heavy metal, jazz/fusion, classic rock, prog rock, avant-garde and now back to blues. Completely stock, except for the StrapLocks. No pedals required (other than the prog rock and avant-garde bands, but that was for fx, not to milk a good sound from the bass), it has the sound. Plug it straight into a quality amp and there it is.
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  13. Rayjay

    Rayjay If that’s even my real name.. Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2014
    Lahaina, Maui, HI
    No such thing as a “one true forever bass” for me. First, I play a wide variety of music and I like to have an appropriate instrument for the job. I prefer a P 4 string with flats, but some music I play practically requires a low B or fresh roundwounds. Fretless sounds great on certain gigs so I keep one of those around. Plus I get certain gigs that require DB, like straight ahead jazz and an old time country gig like I have tonight. But I don’t see myself ever getting rid of these basses:

    1996 EBMM Sterling. Owned since new. Not only do these have the best necks ever, I’ve been through a lot of memories and crazy times with it. It was my only bass for much of that time, before I could afford a stable. My grandmother bought it for me when I was 19 and made me promise to never get any tattoos :smug:
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    Here is my best sounding bass. 2009 American Standard. Tone that crushes other basses. I’ve brought it and a few other basses to every recent recording session and this one always beats the others. This is my most requested bass to bring as well. With old TI flats that will likely stay on forever.
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    Also my Callowhill MPB5. (Mini Precision Bass- these are 30” scale). Tim was a close friend of mine. He was a super-human artist and guitar player. We met at music school; we were both getting our BA degrees in jazz studies, and became roommates and lived together for many years. Tim being the procrastinator he was, this bass was in the works for a while and I finally received it about 3 months before he suddenly died. Never getting rid of this one- I don’t even like people working on it!
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    I own about 10 basses right now, and I’m pretty happy with all of them. Different in their own personal ways, and all are killer and look awesome. Which brings me to a conclusion I’ve recently come to: if you’re going to build up a stable, don’t buy amazing playing super attractive instruments; buy crappy stuff you’re not attached to- as in, I’m not really into these basses, could never see myself playing something that looks like that, oh there it is at my local music store, hmm it plays better than I thought and it doesn’t look as ugly in person and the price isn’t too bad, I think I’ll buy it...that way you won’t end up with too many basses all of which you can’t bring yourself to sell! :thumbsup:
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  14. elkkid2


    Jan 2, 2012
    Rio Vista, Ca
    I've heard these were pretty good...can't find one to try though.
  15. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002

    Very nice pair of basses.

    We'll check in with you in a couple of years re: forever basses!
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2019
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  16. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Banned

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
  17. Adjectives

    Adjectives Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    Seattle, Wa
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  18. My Dingwall has been my main player since I got it. 5CBABC5F-BB5F-4A88-B528-2A6D04768865.jpeg

    It replaced a Warwick thumb nt6 as my number 1 which was also a great bass. 134F5DE0-E57B-49D8-BB47-6488A6466143.jpeg my longest running main player was this thumb nt5 (around a decade)

    I really enjoy the Dingwall and don’t see myself selling it. Really don’t see myself selling any basses from this point going forward. The sellers market kind of sucks, I have a better job and am also more patient these days so I don’t really need to flip gear to help buy the next thing, and where I used to be on the hunt for the next 1 bass that would the best bass for everything, I kind of gave up on that and now am more into different basses to fill their own spot in the toolbox so to speak.

    I currently own the dingwall and a pair of inexpensive fenders. The acoustic is great at home or outside on the porch and the jazz fills the backup roll nicely. 2BCE6C15-2D70-4E4F-AC82-199334FCAFFA.jpeg

    Lately My GAS has been for weird instruments that wouldn’t really compete with my dingwall anyways. For example I’ve been thinking a custom ERB. I’ve owned a couple 6 and 7 string basses as well as a couple guitars over the years and wouldn’t mind something with more upper range. I was initially thinking a 34 or 35” scale 7 string. But as the dingwall feels so good with the band I might end up going the mini piccolo bass route and doing something even weirder like a super short scale 5 string similar to the 4 string mayones Cali mini or the Marlaeux Consat Saprano.
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  19. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr "Play I some music...: Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brick, NJ

    Cool! Where'd you get that pickguard??
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  20. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    I have purchased other basses for other reasons, including G.A.S., the gig, the band, the repertoire, etc. But if they all had to go away tomorrow, my Rickenbacker 4002 (yes, "2," not "1" or "3") would be it, with all due apologies to my custom fanned fret bass.
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