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Who's never owned a Fender bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slade N, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. yes

    247 vote(s)
  2. no

    239 vote(s)
  1. I couldn't be more in agreement ...
  2. Erik Asma

    Erik Asma

    Jul 20, 2019
    No. Learned to play on one I had for a while. 74 P.
    But funds were an issue.

    And nowadays? I like P basses, but my first choice is ussually a modern one, 24 frets is almost a must, I play high-up a lot.
    Only exception is my Ray. Leo's bad boy.

    Might end up getting one. Perhaps I steal that P of our guitarist. Still has it.
  3. MrWolf14


    Jun 28, 2015
    Munich (Germany)
    I answered yes to the poll:
    - fact, I own a jazz (Geddy Lee CIJ)
    - very unlikely I’ll buy another Fender

    But this is nothing against fender: I play 95% of the time a 6-strings and their offering in this area is very slim.
    But when the 4 strings bug gets me once in a while, I literally love my jazz bass.

    I think I never played a p-bass though... which for someone been playing bass for ~30 year is quite remarkable.
    lowdownthump likes this.
  4. Hard to believe .. that’s the base and, hence, good for everything .. don’t care about aesthetics, think about tone!
  5. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    The bassists and music that I listen to use a wide assortment of basses.
    And tones.
    Including Fender.

    I don't need to play exactly what bass they play.
    I don't"chase their tone"so much.
    But I do "chase their technique "
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2020
  6. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Hypocognitive Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    All have the stamp but none the logo — gets me further down the road, to where I wanna be. Leo's a deadset legend :cool:
  7. Fair enough, but the technique(s) they use or they have developed would also work on a Fender bass .. I’m personally a fan of the Paul Jackson of the beginning of the ‘70s.
    He’s got a specific set of licks, which I learnt how to fairly well imitate, but the tone of his P-bass is closing the circle .. it’s perfect for that musical genre
  8. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    To put it plainly, I have never been drawn to a Fender. I have had many many basses over the years. Some inexpensive to some very expensive. I have an early 1981 G&L L2000. Made when Leo was running the show.

    But I have had all sorts of basses, Tobies, Gibbys,Ibbys, Rics, Warwicks, and several Spectors to name a few. I have some fretless things too, and a couple of Steinberger headless boat paddles. I also have a couple of uprights. I think I have fun with them.

    And so far never worried about not owning a Fender. I have nothing against Fenders, and have played on dozens in my over 5 decades of playing.

    But I will never down grade some one's opinion of what they like, and what they want to play. I'm just happy they like playing the bass. Viva la Difference.....
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  9. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    They likely developed their techniques on Fender products.
    But moved beyond for various reasons.
    They no longer fulfilled some aspect.

    Stanley Clarke.
    Anthony Jackson.
    Mark Egan.
    Michael Manring.
    "Flim" Johnson.
    John Patitucci.
    Percy Jones.
    Louis Johnson.
    Jonas Hellborg.
    Jeff Berlin.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2020
  10. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    That may be true. Unfortunately, there are other bitter threads, too. As long as humans interact with each other at all some inevitable disagreements are going to be there. Another thing to consider is that a sweet drink might be a good idea regardless.
  11. I have 4 of those and to be honest, they are the ones I almost exclusively use and occasionally a 6 string, 2 octave Douglas. I have a 73 Precision which is perhaps my most valuable bass but I hardly take it out of its case. Lovely instrument but not as versatile as a Jazz Bass, imo.
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  12. KaraQ


    Apr 19, 2020
    Sacramento, CA
  13. KaraQ


    Apr 19, 2020
    Sacramento, CA
    A friend's Fender P-bass is what made me want to start playing bass.
    When my dad & I went to the music store (I'm not sayin' how long ago that was...), I tried several, including Fender - but ended up taking an Ibanez SR800 home. Played Ibanez until I got my first Thunderbird, now the others spend more time collecting dust than getting played.
    The only Fender-style bass that interests me atm, is Lakland's Geezer signature model P-bass. I'd have to win the lottery or something before I'd by a bass that expensive...:cautious:
    Vintagefiend likes this.
  14. Well Berlin plays a very basic bass all in all, Patitucci wanted a six-strings bass which wasn’t made by Fender although he now frequently plays Yamaha four stringers which may be defined as FSO (Fender Shaped Objects); same story for Anthony Jackson on the six-strings side of things, although he doesn’t seem to me that he needed such a bass as much as Patitucci needed it and I’m of the opinion that, music-wise, he may go back to his J-bass with which he worked during his early years; he would surely get more bite in his tone.
    Micheal Manring is a world apart; I’ve got some problems in thinking of him as a bass player.
    You play like him? Chapeau! You can however take a standard bass and run its tone through multiple effects to expand it.
    You won’t play like him, likely, but the tone may get to be similar to a fairly good extent.
    Mark Egan started with a Fender J and transitioned after towards Pedulla PJ .. good basses the Pedulla and still affordable although Alphonso Johnson or Jeff Andrews didn’t follow the same route ..
    Stanley Clarke plays Alembics inter-alia .. bah .. great exhibition of exotic woods and special electronics but, in my case, the tone is arguable and the price is .. OMG; BTW, I much prefer Clarke as a double-bass player!
    Percy Jones could do everything he did very finely on a J bass, no issues.
    I don’t know much of Jonas Hellborg as he belongs to the generation of slappers of the ‘90s which I considered boring at the time and never ventured in listening deeply to their music.
  15. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Jonas in 2001 live in Paris with Shawn Lane
  16. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
    Why a lot of musicians prefers fenderoids (similar to replica's) (also expensive) than an original Fender?
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  17. eldoryder

    eldoryder I just LOVE me some Vintage Peaveys! Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Nacogdoches, TX
    Geez, everybody......apologies in advance, but I love the ALL the Fenders, Peaveys, Squiers, Hondos, Epiphones, Gibsons, G&Ls, OLPs, Sterlings and Rogues that I have ever bought. Why would I have bought them, if I didn't want to own them? I am constantly amazed at the sometime partisan bent (bass brands, not politics) of people on these pages. Buy what you like, like what you buy, is what works for me. IMHO, of course! ;)
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  18. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    I’ve owned and played a lot of different brands. I didn’t plan it this way but I realized that Fender style instruments are what work does me. They fit my hands, are comfortable to play and give me the sounds and the look I am after.
    gigetto likes this.
  19. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    I did buy a Rogue long ago that maybe wasn't the best choice I ever made in basses, but your point is well taken.
  20. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
    Why most of the bass player didn't have bought never a Yamaha that is far from all the best choice?

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