Who plays basses that just don't visually fit the style of music you play?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Baird6869, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Come on! Who does jazz gigs at Starbucks with a Dean Dimebag Razorback or a BC Rich Bich? Who plays death metal with a Ken Lawrence fretless or a NS electric upright?:hyper::bassist::D

    Personally, I did my first metal gig (Metallica, STP, Green Day. Pearl Jam, etc.) recently with my new Roscoe SKB-3005.:bassist: Sounded amazing. I don't know why more metal bassists don't use Roscoes or similar sounding basses... The mids sound great and the bass cuts through everything. Nobody specifically complemented me on my sound (except the band) but I did get a few "cool looking bass" comments though.:bassist::D
  2. bad_andy


    Sep 21, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    You know, it's funny you mention that as I've always thought it would be really funny to show up to a traditional jazz gig with one of these:


    The funny part is the Vampyre looks like it has the same basic pickups and electronics as the Infinity and very close to the Dolphin. Should sound fine for straight ahead electric work. :p
  3. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Eh, I stick to playing basslines that just don't sonically fit the style of music I'm playing while looking appropriate.
  4. knarleybass

    knarleybass Commercial User

    Apr 6, 2005
    Tustin, CA
    Owner of Ulyate Instruments
    People really do listen with their eyes.
  5. The Roscoe isn't that much out of place on a metal gig. The main thing is it sounded good.

    Now if you'd used a Hofner that would be different. Or how about a Wishbass? That would stand out in just about any genre.
  6. basmartin


    Aug 6, 2007
    I´ve played this bass on straight-ahead jazz gigs(and other type of gigs, of course):


    It´s a Lado Lacewood Bass and it has a piano like tone, but you can make it fit quite well in a more acoustic environment.
  7. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I've often carried a Cort EVL(Goth Bass), or a Traben with a flame bridge to a blues/ballad session, but not professionl stuff(I ain't no pro).
  8. alembicguy

    alembicguy I roam the earth and I know things Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    I have done a Blues Brothers Review with my Alembic Stanley Clarke and got some strange looks but the sound guy loved it!
  9. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I played MANY private suit and tie parties where WE were the ones in the suit and ties also, and regular gigs weekly at Atria's restaurants for almost 4 years with my pointyhead Jackson Tbird playing quiet/slow/mellow music, and never gave it a moment's thought, and at the same time played in a Maiden tribute with the same bass. If I was in a band that required the "SHOW" to be important for videos and pictures, then yes, I would play something appropriate if I had one that "fit" the look, because someone else would be buying it for me

    if a square box with a clear plastic neck could get me the same tonal characteristics, I'd use that ( and probably get noticed even more ):D
  10. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Guest

    Nov 1, 2008
    Western PA
    always cracked me up how Nirvana came along with beat-up Fender Jaguars/Mustangs, and made a bigger roar than all the Kramers/Jackson/Charvels being used by the hair farmers of the time.

    quite simply, if it feels/sounds good, run with it.
  11. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    This goes back a long way, but: In the early '80s, I played for a few months in a super-fast hardcore punk band and used a Vox Cougar (it's a hollowbody). Hey, it was the only bass I had and couldn't afford another. Fingerstyle, too.:D No one bothered me about it--I used a modest OD pedal with that bass on just about any gig, anyway, so it worked tonally.
  12. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Guest

    Nov 1, 2008
    Western PA
    actually, i used my Epiphone Viola (Beatle bass) in a heavy indie rock band i played with for a while. it had serious thump, and went smoothly into harmonic feedback if the volume was up.

    then i'd bring my Precision to practice/shows, and the guys would go "dude, go get the McCartney bass..."
  13. Fnord Explorer

    Fnord Explorer Guest

    Feb 3, 2008
    My Schecter Stiletto is a bit too conservative for the gig I play with it. If I didn't love it so much, I'd get something with a little more pizazz!
  14. @#%^@#$ wank harp!!! :p
  15. rapturebass

    rapturebass Guest

    Dec 6, 2008


    i play metal/funk/hard rock/etc.
  16. El-Bob


    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    Man, it's hard to beat a P for any of those Genres. i'd say that's not out of place at all.
  17. owiebassman

    owiebassman Guest

    Nov 17, 2008
    Bay Area, CA
    Ever tried playing punk rock with a fretless bass? Well, that happened for a year until I got a G&L LB-100.
  18. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Yeah man, the P works everyplace, from James Jamerson to Steve Harris.