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Why play anything other than Fender?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gareth, Apr 28, 2003.

  1. gareth


    Jun 9, 2002
    I guess its my age - you know - been there, done it, etc - but having played bass for more than 25 years and having tried many makes I always come back to Fender basses.

    I know they vary in quality according to date and place of manufacture and certainly there are some really bad basses out there with a Fender name but if you find the right ones they seem to offer everything you could want from a bass.

    Maybe its because I guess I'm a passive man but I love fenders
  2. It's simple--what works for you doesn't necessarily work for everybody else. Personally, I've been playing for 30 years and I have no interest in ever playing another Fender as long as I live. Neither your way or mine or anybody else's is wrong or right in this regard, it's just down to what each individual likes.
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    except range.
  4. While it's true that a Fender bass will work in most musical situations, there are many sounds that a fender can't quite get. I think the solution is to own as many different basses as you can afford. :D :bassist:
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i see by your profile that you have 2 music mans and a ric. why don't you answer your own question for us? :) i mean, what are you getting from your mm's and your ric that you don't get from your fenders?
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    That's why!!!!! :D

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  7. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Not for me. And not in my classic rock trio. Try playing the guitar solo at the start of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" on a 4 string Fender bass while the guitarist strums the chords on an acoustic guitar. Can't be done, at least not in a convincing register. Piece o' cake on a seven, however. Not the bass' role, you say? Versatility is the name of the game with my trio and the more space I can fill, the more I work. By the same token, I can comp chords on a 7 behind the guitarist for funk breakdowns or during jazz workouts that would be totally impossible on a Fender 4 (or 5).

    I love Fenders, myself, and own quite a few really good ones. They're the crescent wrenches in my bass toolbox. But they don't have the range by themselves for what I need to do so I use other tools, too.
  8. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    Although most of the replies have dealt with the range issue of Fenders (which makes sense, but I'm not a 6/7 string player), I have a couple other issues with them.

    Firstly, I really like the way a Jazz Bass sounds, I owned one for several years. However, the Jazz Bass sound is the Jazz Bass sound, and thats it. Even in the Delux models, the sound just isn't there for me. Secondly, I've always felt as though the body and neck of the Jazz are too bulky for my tastes.

    But like Richard said... it's different strokes for different folks. My father always gets on my back about not playing Fenders, because that's what he played when he was younger. His reasoning was that the purpose of bass was to shake floors and make...well... bass.

    I'm not criticizing your viewpoint at all, if it's your thing, it's your thing, and its cool. Play on! :bassist: :bassist:
  9. Malcom


    Oct 21, 2002
    The Midwest
    and fenders don't have the quilted chicumunga tops most people here seem to require.
  10. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    :D :D Now that's funny!
  11. bentem


    Oct 18, 2002
    Rockville, MD
  12. If you limit yourself to Fenders (or any one brand of bass) you're not experiencing the full gamut of tones that are available to the bass player.


  13. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    My toolbox will always contain at least one Fender.

    That said, my toolbox will always contain other types of tools in addition to the Fender(s), if for no other reason than to tickle my ears a different way. Sometimes I feel like playing Duck Dunn licks on a Modulus Quantum. :)
  14. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Because i can't get any fender to sound like my ATK.

    That was easy.
  15. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    i have to say fenders are the basis of the bass sound. its classic. however, i do agree with the range thing. and i think if fender worked at it their basses could be so much while still retaining that classic fender sound. and as far the chuchucmonga tops or whatever, thats just ways to color the sound. ill be getting fender shortly myself. all in the same it wont be my main or last bass.
  16. That's the thing, you're never going to get a J-bass to sound like a Fodera or a Zon but when you want that Jaco or Rocco Prestia sound, there is nothing quite like a Fender.
  17. Malcom


    Oct 21, 2002
    The Midwest
    . . .who also played guilds

    . . .who currently plays Conklin ;)
  18. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    'Cause they don't make a 7 string! Not enough range.. Thanks, but I'll stick with my Conklins.. ;)
  19. why limit yourself to a fender?
  20. I just did the math and realized that I'll have 37 years of bass playing experience (counting upright) under my belt next month. For 25 of those years, the only bass I played (or liked) was my good ol' '57 Fender P. I secretly wanted a Jazz too, but the right one never came along. For me both a P and a J are the basic elements of a good toolkit so I had to look elsewhere.

    In the never-ending quest to add more licks / strings / tones I've found a few other non-Fender basses that fit me well enough that I didn't have to adapt to fit them (makes sense?). That's to say nothing of the basses, too many to count, that just didn't work. A name on the headstock is far less important than synergy with the instrument itself.

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