Which sig basses interest you most and why?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blackbird, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Got the idea from the other signature bass thread.

    Here are mine, sort of in order of interest.

    Zon Hyperbass (Although I probably would never do the altered tuning thing)

    (Tie)- Ken Smith Chuck Rainey - Not as intrigued by this one, but realistically way more giggable than the Zon.

    Yamaha Nathan East - score high because they're not extremely expensive used.

    Fodera Anthony Jackson, Matt Garrison models: out of my price range, plus, worrying about a +2K bass would take some of the fun out of playing it. For some reason, I'd rather get the real Emperor bass, especially a 5 string instead of the Victor Wooten model.

    Fender Roscoe Beck, Geddy Lee, Noel Redding models, Plus Reverend Brad Houser - like 'em a lot, but they would never be played as long as I have my current basses. No interest at all in the Jaco model.

    Ibanez Gary Willis, Carvin Bunny Brunel, Never saw the Ibanez, Tried Jazzbo's Brunel and liked it, but again, I already have a good fretless 5, so no need.

    Passing interest, Reggie Hamilton (Priced too close to Sadowsky), Victor Bailey, Billy Sheehan, Jack Bruce, John Patitucci, Joe Osborn, Treker Louis Johnson (had one, loved it but moved on)

    Well, if it's not on the list, I probably don't care about it.

    Anyone else?
  2. The USA version of my bass, Spector Rex Brown Signature 5. Wonderful inlays...
  3. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Had one of these!! Incredible bass!!!

  4. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
    Here is a list of Signature Basses and why I own them.

    1991 Yamaha Attitude Limited: I am a big fan
    of Billy Sheehan, when they came out I could
    not afford one, Then a local music store called
    Thoroughbred music was being bought out by Sam
    Ash, and they had everything marked way down.
    So I got lucky and found one w/ohsc for $325.00.
    I really like the Stereo outputs, and the sound
    & the way it plays.

    2001 Fender Geddy Lee Jazz: I won this in a
    Best Bass player in the bay contest. I love
    the tone. I have always been a fan of rush.

    2002 Fender Sting Bass: The Luthier that works
    on my Basses bought one, and I played his and I
    loved the tone, but owned so many Basses already
    I would not let myself buy one. Then once again
    I got lucky and Mars Music was going out of biz
    and I bought one for $429.00 with a Fender gig bag. They had 3 in stock, so I played them all
    and liked one more that the other two, and the
    Ash body was better looking then the other two.
    I could have waited another day and bought it cheaper,cause they were marking everything down
    more & more everyday, but if I would have waited it would have been gone,cause I went back the next day and the other two were gone.It was first come bassis no "holds".I love the tone and I am glad I bought it.:)
  5. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    I'm digging the RB5 right now, but some of them Marcus Miller type basses are sweet (The KSD I have has the Marcus kinda tone). I have a Jaco fretless, which has to be one of the sweetest production fretlesses I've ever played. Also have some interest in the Victor Bailey sig. Would love to own a Victor Wooten one day (Ying Yang design seems quite unique and cool :p)
  6. maxvalentino

    maxvalentino Endorsing Artist Godin Guitars/ Thomastik-Infeld

    I have played a Matt Garrison, and it was just simply the finest bass I have ever played. I have that jones BAAAD!

    I have wanted a Hyperbass for some time, too..but being a solo bassist I have tried to stay away from too much "being like Mike". That bass is so much an integral part of Michael's setup.

    But in terms of real world affordability........
    ...two words, "Jack Casady".

    Excellent bass, affordable, and versatile.

  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Le Fay Herr Schwarz 5 Wyzard



    It's a Le Fay, it's an active 5-string Herr Schwarz and it's great and affordable.

    Also, Wyzard deserves a signature bass. :)
  8. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Lakland Daryl Jones
    Lakland Joe Osborne
    Lakland Bob Glaub
    Fender R Beck
  9. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I think the only that thrill me are the Marcus 'sig' or 'tribute' basses.

    Ash + Maple = Perfect :cool:

    I'd rather go with the non-Fender 5 string versions. I prefer a larger radius fingerboard.

    I'd love a hyperbass too... just 'cause they look so killer!
  10. Las Olas

    Las Olas

    Apr 20, 2003
    Scarborough, UK
    Sigs that interest me:

    Jaco relic/sig. - Big jaco fan, like jazz basses.

    Victor Bailey jazz - think it looks great, and I like his playing and tone

    Bill Dickens 7string - I just think he's great, and its a very nice looking instrument.

    Fodera - vic wooten+anthony jackson - both stunning looking and sounding

    Fender Sting bass....oh wait.....I got that....:)


  11. Lakland Joe Osborn 5-ver
    Fender Marcus Miller 5-ver
    Conklin GTBD-7
    Roscoe Beck V
    Modulus Flea V!

  12. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Just got a Jaco Custom Shop Relic Bass.
    No realy into Sig. basses, but loved the way this bass played and sounds.
    Have gas for Roscoe Beck-5.
  13. Mental Octopus

    Mental Octopus

    May 24, 2003
    I am about to order a modulus flea bass (4 strings) because it was the most comfortable bass i have ever played, it fit right into my hands perfectly.

    I thought that the Ibanez Doug Wimbish (i think that was it) model was cool. and even though I'm not really crazy about Fender style basses anymore, the Marcus Miller Jazz Bass did impress me.
  14. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002
    None. I have no interest in sig basses.
  15. I have the Fender sting bass, why? Because I like the feel and sound of the tele type bass!

  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    If I had the money, I would love a Hyperbass and an Anthony Jackson. My technique is nowhere near as exemplary as theirs, but I love the look and sound of those two instruments.
  17. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    I'm interested in the Fender Stu Hamm Sig "Urge Bass". For those of you who don't know, it has a j/p/j pickup configuration, and that's no typo. Anyone ever played one?
  18. Everyone knows that I have to second that statement. ;)

    Others that I'd like to try in no particular order:

    1) Yamaha Nathan East
    2) Fender Victor Bailey (looks too nice)
    3) Fender Reggie Hamilton.
    4 Fender Roscoe Beck 5
    5) Yamaha John Patitucci 6
    6) Ibanez Gary Willis

    I have a feeling that I'd probably like the Nathan East the best.

  19. Stu L.

    Stu L. Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    I love my Steve Harris P.
  20. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    1. Fender RB5 ... already in my collection (twice :) )

    2. Reverend Brad Houser 5: unlike the 'Fish, it has the "wide" string spacing I prefer. Electronics seem similar to the RB5, but with the hollow body I'm sure it has a much different tone. Nope, haven't tried one yet, but I'd like to.