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Your favorite bass, ever?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bass viper, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. bass viper

    bass viper

    Dec 26, 2020
    I've owned several great basses over the years and still have a few of them. I know it's difficult to single out one bass that you might consider your favorite but just wondering if you had one choice what would it be? For me it's my 1995 German Warwick Fortress One Masterman. It's the easiest playing and best sounding bass of the 30 or so basses that i have owned. WP_20210113_14_29_08_Pro.jpg It would be the last one that i would ever sell.
  2. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Steinberger XL2
  3. Barry Vestal

    Barry Vestal

    Nov 24, 2015
    My way modded 85 mij boxer for me...and I've owned plenty.. IMG_20201117_143548249.jpg
  4. 1964 Hofner Violin Bass I've owned this bass since 13th November 1988. It has been my most cherished possession & has seen many basses, come & go over the last 33 years.
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Not really possible to choose just one, but if I had to....

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  6. luciens


    Feb 9, 2020
    None of em. They all have some kind of problem that makes it worthwhile to have a different bass that exchanges that problem for a different one.

    But I guess if there was a best-compromise bass, maybe the one I'd drag out of a burning house if I could only drag one, it's probably my Tony Franklin. It seems to be the bass that gets the most playing time. It does have major problems, like all P basses do, but I seem to enjoy it the most.


  7. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    It would be a toss up between my alder MTD 535 and my Lull M5V.
  8. bdgotoh

    bdgotoh Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Pacific NW
    Mike Lull P4

    G&L L2000 is a close second

    Last edited: Jan 13, 2021
  9. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    My oldest, longest owned, & by far my favorite.
  10. Dub56

    Dub56 Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    Bacchus handmade in Japan 417. Love this bass.
  11. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    It's not that I love this bass. I owe this bass. I was about to start gigging with a band of ex-pros who, oddly enough, had a set list that was pretty damn challenging for me, the guy who worked at the wine shop. I needed a confidence-builder. I needed a bass that would be really, really easy to play. Eventually, I got my confidence back, and I don't use it as often as I once did. Sold it, in fact! And then, through the miracle of tb, I was able to buy it back. It is still my security blanket. Birdsong cBass 31" scale, from Scott Beckwith's first batch of 20. Painted by John Widman, a luthier who just happened to be our lead guitarist's neighbor. In those days in Asheville NC, if you could throw a rock 50 feet, you'd break a window in a luthier's house.
  12. Anthony Barrett

    Anthony Barrett Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Atlantic Highlands NJ
    This is not my actual bass, but the one I miss most was a straight-up 1998 Fender US Standard Precision. Didn’t particularly like the burst, white pick guard was a bit Meh, but this thing played and sounded like a dream right off the hook. Sold it when I left the UK to move to the States in 2004. Missed it ever since despite “better” more expensive basses having since come my way.


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  13. Manticore


    Feb 27, 2016
    Alembic Elan or Europa, six-string version. They are very similar; I have two Elan sixes and a four.
  14. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
    I've got a Jay Turser PBass clone that is really ringing my bell these days. Jay-effing-Turser of all things, but it plays on par with the pricier and nice-i-er basses in my stable (EBMM Ray, US Fenders, etc). It's actually become my go-to the last two months. Go fig! 0113211708.jpg
  15. Smith357


    Jul 7, 2018
    Don't know yet, there are still plenty out there to try. My favorite bass so far is just a simple old Fender P, it's the first one that I don't feel the need to change anything about it.
  16. Wesley R

    Wesley R Gold Supporting Member

    Guild JSBII (about 1975) dialed in with the most perfect set up ever (Thanks DA). I had wished for just a tad more note definition. Turns out about a 1/16 turn of the bass knob ccw and1/8 cw or so of the treble knob cured my issue (on the amp). My SR500 is second, just not perfect yet.
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  17. '63 P-bass that i borrowed for many years...it's still what I measure any bass against.
  18. Mastodon2


    Feb 27, 2008
    It's had and continues to have some tough competition, but my 1991 Ken Smith BT5 is the best. Sound, feel, just amazing. A true classic.

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