Who takes the most basses to a typical gig on here?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JimmyM, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Me, I take one bass and I do that under protest :D

    I think most folks on here take one or two. I've done as many as three a handful of times, but rarely more than one, though I might start taking two again on some gigs. This thread ain't for you. Or me. I want to live vicariously through those of you who take 4 or more. Feel free to elaborate but we need pics.
  2. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    One time, I brought a ADGC mini, a EADG P clone, and a BEAD Stingray clone... but it was only that one time, for a specific purpose.

    Normally it's one.
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  3. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Hey Jimmy. The older I've gotten, the more I've pared down. There was a time when I was taking a Höfner, Jazz, fretless, and an upright for this one group, but never more than that live. Then I moved to NYC. That set the tone at one, maybe two if it called for something completely different. Now that I'm back to life with a car, even though I could take more, I am usually so dialed in on what the gig needs that I am taking one, two at the most. The studio's a different thing of course!
  4. Torrente Cro

    Torrente Cro

    Sep 5, 2013
    I carry one bass and backup just in case (usually I just leave it in the car).
  5. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I took 1 bass for most of my gigging life, because that was the only bass I owned.

    Now I have 2 basses I take them both. My go to is a Jazz, but I won't make a final choice until I get to the gig. I'll sometimes use the P bass.
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  6. @tombowlus takes 4 or 5 I reckon! At least that's what I see from his gig pics! I've tagged him in so he can defend himself....

    I normally take 2. A 4 and a 5, or sometimes 2 of the same. Been doing a BG's tribute and I take a 4,5, and fretless to that as sadly that is what is needed.
  7. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    Usually 3 basses - Jaguar SS, Ep T-Bird and Gretsch Baritone stringed as Bass VI. We usually do 2 or 3 1h sets, sot there s plenty of time to use each one. I plan to purchase an EUB sometimes in the future so I will bring 4

    For shorter gigs I will bring only 2 and sometimes use only 1 (but always bring a backup).
  8. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Two basses, one tuned standard, one 1/2 step down.
  9. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Generally one bass, with extra strings in the case.
  10. Samatza


    Apr 15, 2019
    These days one or two, fretted and fretless. For some shows three. There is one tour we do where the artist in question has had a long career so I use the Hofner or the P Bass for the earlier stuff, 5string for the more modern stuff and a fretless for a couple of tunes.

    I don’t mind taking more than one and most sound guys are ok if you can manage the level difference from your rig. The audience loves the change visually and sometimes comment that it sounds very authentic.
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  11. saltydude


    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    Depends on the set list.
    Three is max but two is necessary.
  12. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    I play one bass when I play out.

    These days I’d take one if close to home. And I wouldn’t object to playing someone else’s bass provided they’ve offered. (I’d never ask someone if I could play their instrument. I’m old fashioned. To me that would be a breach of musician etiquette.)

    Away I’ll take a backup along when it would be impractical to run back for one. Never needed to use one in all the time (40 or so years) I’ve done so. But old habits die hard.
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  13. BLDavis

    BLDavis May the Tort be with you.

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    I used to carry two fretted Jazz basses when I was playing full time because that's how I paid the bills. Never had one quit on me but I always had a back-up just in case. Nowadays most gigs are close enough to home that I don't worry so much about a spare.
    For a while i would carry one fretless and one fretted but I gave up the fretless cause I can't play it and sing at the same time very well.
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  14. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player

    Mar 14, 2011
    Three...sorry can't make the 4 cut
  15. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member


    - black fretless for certain tunes
    - natural fretless for certain tunes
    - burst fretless for certain tunes

    we play some red fretless tunes, but i don't have that ax, yet. :laugh:
  16. Treblefree


    Apr 8, 2016
    Upstate, SC
    I have played for quite a few years in bands and churches, bands when younger primarily, but mostly praise and worship music at church nearly every week for many years. I'm estimating for about 25 years I only took one bass to any gig, be it band or church and would just rotate which bass based on primary sound being achieved or keys being played that week, etc.

    One Sunday about 2 to 2.5 years ago, I was using a new bass (my newest bass at that time; probably wasn't even 6 months old) and its input jack went out and started making weird noises after soundcheck and partway into the 1st service that morning. Needless to say, I got pulled out of the mix for the rest of that service and I didn't have time to go home before the 2nd service, so pretty much just milli-vanilli'd it. After that, I always bring a 2nd bass whether I intend to play it or not. Usually if I'm playing a 4, I grab a 5 for backup and vice versa incase of a weird key change and keep both basses on stage now and swap during sets probably 50% of the time.
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  17. The most I've taken is 3 (1 w/flats, a fretless, an EUB) and a banjo. Never again..

    Usually it's 2: A PJ5 with flats and a PJ5 with rounds or tapes. If the set list justifies it, I'll take one of the PJ5s and a fretless.
  18. Classic Rock covers two basses one with Flats and the other with rounds set lists set up by me to fit my needs :)
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  19. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Guest

    Oct 1, 2011
    always 2, no mo no less... ideally two basses that are as close to identical as possible.
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  20. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    that way if a quick change is needed, it’s easy to do

    but I think that’s kind of a standard number to bring
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