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Which bass for a power trio?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jmattbassplaya, Nov 16, 2020.

  1. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I’m meeting up with some guys for a jam on Thursday (socially distanced, of course) and am wondering which bass would be the best to take. It’s a power trio that does more 90s and 00s pop rock and pop punk. What you think?

  2. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka Fretless with a pick Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    Sunburst and tort
  3. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Not the pbass. Just isn’t the tone I think about from that era.

    Pbass in that order.
    shojii, Steve88, edencab and 27 others like this.
  4. 2milehighspike

    2milehighspike Supporting Member

    Bring the Ray!
  5. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Of those three, I would choose the P.

    But really, the answer must be - whichever one you like to play the best!
  6. Jazz.
    DougieB, nattiep, Eikari and 2 others like this.
  7. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Take a four string
  8. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Nate Mendel disagrees. But yeah...in that order.
    MAXSPINRUN, Winton and Element Zero like this.
  9. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    P Bass.
  10. Either the P or the Ray. Whichever you’re feeling at the time. Any of ‘em would work, really.
    the harp unstrung and GrapeBass like this.
  11. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Gotta be the ray for 00s pop punk
  12. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    I vote Stingray.
  13. Mr Cheese

    Mr Cheese

    Nov 8, 2019
    New York, USA
    B-Mac likes this.
  14. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    You need a 12 string bass.
  15. Ray...The tort and “your dads 70s tie” pickguards do not exactly scream punk
  16. What a coincidence; I have tried all of those basses in my current power trio; some on stage, some on rehearsals.

    Here is the ordered list of preference of me & my band:
    1. StingRay
    2. Jazz Bass
    3. Precision
    Why? Since you are only three people, you can/need to fill more sonic space than usual. A bass with a nice natural high-mid / treble response seems to do well - in my case, at least.

    Bonus: I recommend using a mild overdrive all the time; which can emphasize the upper-mid harmonics even more. I use a DarkGlass B3K for that purpose.

    Bonus 2: When the guitarist starts to solo, the sound of the band can hollow out. To fill the sonic space, I blend a Pitch Fork (octave up) -> Green Rhino into my signal through Boss LS-2 when the solo starts.

    Roger W, Joebone, Vanheusen77 and 8 others like this.
  17. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Are they all strung with rounds? Do you play with a pick? Could be any of 'em, depending. All things being equal, I'd prefer to *play* the Jazz, but as much as I like the paisley pick guard (I really do), it seems more appropriate to a 60s-70s band than 90s-oughts.

    Oh, and you *really* ought to make this a TB poll thread. You'll get more input and more participation.
    Thegrandwazoo and jmattbassplaya like this.
  18. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    I’m not sure it matters so much. I’d prefer a bass I can get get around on and cover as much as possible. Comfort and familiarity is big here IMO.
    Mastermold and fclefgeoff like this.
  19. All!

    Why limit, yourself. It is a Power Trio, right?
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