Why do you have 2 or more of the same Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by drlndrve, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. drlndrve

    drlndrve one root at a time Gold Supporting Member

    May 7, 2013
    Houston, TX
    I just bought another fender jazz--not too terribly different from each other. I keep flats on one and rounds on the other for two different sounds. Friends have given me utmost s#it for it! Am I just stupid? I know I can't be the only one out there...so tell me your reason why.
  2. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    I always have, but never out of necessity. I only recently sold or traded my additional Jazz basses, and now have a Jazz, a Ric, and a cheap Ibanez.
  3. tobias3469

    tobias3469 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    West Los Angeles
    the real question is why someone would own 3 or more of the same bass!
  4. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I've never done it, but know people who have because it was a great price on the second one and they couldn't turn it down.
  5. drumnbassman


    Mar 19, 2010
    i like to have 3 of the same bass. one with flats, one with rounds and a fretless version with whatever works best for that bass like tape wounds or half rounds or whatever.

    i like to have 3 for tonal differences but i want them to have a unifying feel.
  6. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Ask your friends what their problem is with this, and how it is any of their business what basses you buy.
  7. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Your friends are butt stupid. Your reason for having two Jazz Basses is perfectly legit. I have some similar basses but they're all a little different. Like one is a straight up precision, two are PJ's and the PJ's have different pickups, and one currently has flats. Perfectly logical reason...having one with rounds and one with flats. Tell your friends they should stick to unsuccessfully trying to get girls.

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  8. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    I have had as many as 5 of the same basses at the same time .. went through about 10 -12 to find 4-5 as identical as possible ... of course they weren't expensive basses, but it was a great test bed to A/B/C/D a variety of flatwound strings at the same time ... sure beat taking a set off, putting different set on, forgetting little nuances of a set 3 changes ago, etc, etc ... expedited the process immensely ...
  9. SlappyWhite

    SlappyWhite Banned

    Mar 6, 2014
    If you're used to the Jazz, sometimes it's best to stick with that model. The string alignment, the tapered neck.. another kind of bass might feel like a total shock to a Fender Jazz guy.
  10. bassie12


    Aug 23, 2008
    Like JimmyM said. I have a number of P-basses in different string/wood/setup configs. If all you ever need is one, great. I have need, use and want for more. So it goes...
  11. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA

    Once I finally realized that I had found my true home on the Jazz, the next step was to begin exploring the various Jazz options available. I now have a few: actives, passives, 4-strings and 5-strings. Within that herd, I also have two nearly-identical Jazzes, one with rounds and one with flats.

    As a gigging musician, I firmly believe in the concept of having a back-up instrument available within arm’s reach. For me, that alone could potentially warrant owning two of the same or nearly-same bass. In some two decades of gigging, I’ve only broken a string once. But thanks to a back-up Jazz, I didn’t have to stop the show.
  12. simenandreas


    Jan 23, 2011
    I could have two of the same bass because of the tuning. I like to play with very low action - if I have to down tune my bass, it would buzz like hell. Another bass with heavier string gauge and another setup with be nice for things like that. Also, every bass doesn't sound exactly the same. The seput, fretwork and pickup height can make a big difference to my ears.
  13. Back to Bassics

    Back to Bassics

    Feb 16, 2014
    Sometimes I like to play the red one. Sometimes I like to play the blue one. Sometimes I like to play the black one. Sometimes I want to play a white one, but I don't have one.

  14. It's ok having several if they have different tronics, different woods or whatever. As in they give you different tonal options. Even having two of the same (eg. one with flats, one with rounds) is ok in my book.
    What I don't get is people buying the same ultra high end bass 8 times in different colours like I sometimes see around here.
    Yeah, it's your money and you're free to do what you wish with it bla bla bla.
  15. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I have never done this. One of them must sound or play better and that's the one I'd keep.
  16. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    ^ This. People always make comments like your friends when I post my 9 LPB SX basses (3 Ps and 6 Js) but none of them are identical. I've learned a lot from playing them all, and I like variety!
  17. BrianToska


    Jan 14, 2013
    Houston, TX
    I have a tendency to get too "aggressive" at my bands shows so I bought another precision as a back up to my first. Both are strung with flats. I also have a third precision strung with rounds for other things. I think it's safe to say that I don't need anymore P basses :p
  18. I like 2 different colours.

    Does that make me shallow?

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  19. Back to Bassics

    Back to Bassics

    Feb 16, 2014
    Only if they're ''ultra high end'', apparently.
  20. 3 P Basses. All VERY different.

    1. 90's Fender CIJ for a Midnight Oil Tribute Band. Black poly/Black PG/RW (just like their bass player), flats, detuned, higher action for heavy pick playing, special pickup trick for extra thump. Cheap enough to jump around on stage without worry. Paid for itself several times over.

    2. '69 Fender P nitro refin in Seafoam green, original tort PG. Old roto rounds, very woody & growly, great for doubling gigs. It gets lots of favourable comments on its looks and tone - a definite keeper.

    3. '83 Squier JV P in 3TS, new Fodera rounds, low action. Originally bought it for an INXS tribute but that is on hold. P bass balls with Jazz bass clarity.... a REAL slap monster.
    They rarely come up in Aus, it was a great price, very light, slim neck, & can get a superb setup.