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Your progression on basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Alexander, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. Alexander

    Alexander Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Saw this in the amps thread and thought it would be interesting...

    Here's mine:

    Fender Squier Jazz Bass
    Warwick Streamer (Rockbass maybe?)
    Warwick Thumb
    Fender MIA Jazz
    Fender MIM Precision
    G&L Tribute L2500
    Sadowsky RV4

    Fender AVRI Precision (one day)
  2. Do you mean in what order did we get basses?

    If so:

    I started with a burgundy NRJ Luthier bass at the recommendation of the owner of my local music store. It was a P/J bass and I bought it using the money from my first paper route. It was ok, I ended up sanding it down, refinishing it and de-fretting it. It's not in pieces scattered around my house.

    Next came my first nice bass, an Ibanez BTB450QM bass. It was beautiful, I fell in love at first sight. I ordered it from the same local music store using some of my money and some money from a gift from my grandparents. I played it for several years, but it is now for sale and hopefully being sold to a good friend and student of mine who has been eyeing it since I bought it.

    My third bass came to me from above, I'm sure of it. I was in college and myself and two friends walked to the local pawn shop at noon. We went in and wandered around for awhile (not even checking the instruments, not usually worth it in that shop) and right before we left I decided to check the instrument wall. I saw a black Fender Jazz bass with a black pickguard and rosewood neck and thought it looked nice. The pricetag said $400, so I assumed it was a Mexi-Jazz. The guy pulled it down for me and handed it over and I sat down and started playing. I was blown away. It sounded and played like no bass I have played before or since then. I looked at the headstock, and it said Made in U.S.A. I bought it on the spot.

    After that came a "Black Label" Fender P-Bass that I found on Kijiji. It was listed for 150$ with a crappy Fender amp, but I got it for 80$ without the amp. Score.

    My fourth bass was a custom build from Krappy guitars. It's a singlecut, fretless bass with only a volume control and one pickup in the bridge position. It plays nice and sounds good, I just wish I was better at playing fretless. Practice makes perfect!

    My most recent purchase was another Jazz bass. I was browsing Kijiji (man I love that site) and came across a 5 string Jazz listed for $550. Again, I assumed it was a Mexi-Jazz but once I clicked on the listing found it was again an American bass. I contacted the seller who was located in Halifax (8 hours from where I live) but I agreed to meet her in Moncton (only 3 hours from where I live) for no extra cost. When she showed up she was the very attractive mother of the kid who owned the bass. She said they bought it brand new and he played it twice and lost interest in favor of being a DJ. The E string broke when I was trying it out, but I bought it (with OHSC) and still love it to this day.

    I also bought a 6 string Rogue at one point, but it was sold within a month of getting it. I don't like 6 strings I guess!

    That's my story!

  3. theNecatoR


    Jun 23, 2012
    Mine is a bit shorter:

    Epiphone Accu Bass (Got stolen)
    Fender Squier Affinity Precision Bass (Borrowed until I got a new Bass)
    Fender Standard Jazz Bass MIM (Will be converted to fretless)
    Fender Deluxe Jaguar Bass MIJ
    Fender Troy Sanders Jaguar Bass MIM (I use it alternatively with the Deluxe)

    Fender theNecatoR signature Jaguar Bass (one day)
  4. ukulelelab


    Apr 14, 2013
    I got them in that order:
    78 Fender musicmaster Bass (no longer with me)
    67 Fender Coronado Bass II
    74 Fender Precision
    90's Dearmond Starfire Bass II
    90's Guild Starfire Bass II
    Fender Precision parts bass (74 'A' neck, Highway 1 body)
    67 Fender Precision slab clone
    65 Guild Jetstar Bass
    66 Fender Precision (LPB)
  5. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    My primary axes 1965 through present;
    1965 Teisco Del Rey
    1970 Fender P
    1972 Gibson EBO
    1980 Aria Pro
    1987 Ibanez SR
    1995 Modulus Q4
    2008 Lakland 4-94
  6. Titania


    Aug 17, 2012
    Shirley, MA
    Ibanez SR300
    Rickenbacker 4003
    Rickenbacker 4004
    MusicMan Sabre
    Fender Steve Harris P
    Fender Tony Franklin Fretless

    I play everything except the Ibanez.
  7. exidor


    Jul 10, 2011
    krammer duke
    ibanez sr300
    75 fender jazz RI
    dean edge Q5
    schecter stiletto custom 4
    Warwick corvette German made
    G&L L2000 trib
    Geddy Lee jazz bass
    AM fender Precision bass
    sterling SUB 5
    Sterling SUB 4 walnut satin with Kent Armstrong MM4 pickup
    & looking at SR 1200E premium.
  8. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    +Silvertone revolver (p copy)
    +Ibanez Blazer
    +Schecter Stiletto Custom 4
    +Fender Deluxe Zone bass
    +Peavey Foundation
    -Schecter Stiletto Custom 4
    +Peavey Fury (super ferrite)
    -Fender Deluze Zone
    +Peavey Forum (single soapbar)

    Somewhere along the lines the silvertone was dismantled and is now in the attic in pieces
  9. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    Blade P Bass
    1991 Ibanez EX
    Guitar Research P bass
    1987 Aria Pro II Cat Bass
    1978 Fender Music Master
    1993 Musicman Stingray
    1992 MIM Fender P/J (converted fretless)
    1994 Musicman Stingray
    Gibson EB bass
    Headless Alien bass
    1999 Ampeg upright Baby bass
    2012 Fender Kingsman Acoustic
    1983 Peavey T-40
    1980 Aria Pro II TSB 650
    2012 MIM Fender jazz FSR (converted fretless)
    1979 Ibanez Musician 924
    Kawai FIIB
    Cort (licensed by Steinberger) headless bass
    1978 Fender P (Fretless)
    2014 Fender Tony Franklin Fretless

    Basses in italics are gone:bawl: Basses in Bold are still with me:bassist:
  10. sotua


    Sep 20, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    POS homemade P Bass
    Yamaha RBX200
    Washburn XB400
    Warwick Fortress I
    Warwick Thumb BO
    Fender Jazz Bass MIJ *
    Washburn T25
    Yamaha RBX250
    Squier VM Jazz
    Custom mahogany body with dual MM + 3 band EQ + yamaha BB300 neck *

    I still own the * basses. The Jazz Bass was defretted, and after a few years planed down to 12" radius and refretted with vintage wire. Everything else is gone.
  11. stephen3547

    stephen3547 Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2013
    Fayetteville, AR
    MIM Copper Burst limited edition Jazz Bass

    Spector Legend Classic 5

    Steinberger Spirit XT2

    And in a few weeks a Schecter Model T in sunburst
  12. I started in the late '60s with a Raven J copy. I played Js for the rest of the time up to '78. Interesting, in that I just purchased an Amc. Std. P, put flats on it, and it reminds me so much of the sound I had when I started playing. Virtually nobody played rounds, and Motown, Memphis pretty much defined the classic tone most players were looking for. After all these years of playing a J, the bulk of those with rounds, this is the sound I'm most happy with. Here's the order, with my RBV being the go to.:
    Silvertone Hofner Beatle Bass Copy
    Raven J Bass Copy
    '71 Fender J
    13 year lay off
    MIJ Fender active J/P pup config for about 3 months - rounds from here on in ('96)
    '96 J
    '06 Warwick Thumb (5 strings from here on in)
    '88 Warwick Thumb 6 String
    Fender Roscoe Beck Sig
    ESP LTD Fretless lined (black tapewound flats)
    Godin A5 " unlined (flats)
    Fender Amc. Std. (flats)
  13. ac11367

    ac11367 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2007
    Flushing, NY
    - 1986 MIJ Fender Precision - Oly white with rosewood board
    - Fernendes 5-string - wood finish with rosewood board , not much info besides that it had 2 jazz style pickups
    - Conklin Groove Tool 5-string - burgandy with rosewood board
    - Lakland Skyline 55-02 (MIK) - 2-tone burst with rosewood
    - G&L SB2 (USA) - emerald green with rosewood board
    - Lakland Skyline DJ4 (MIK) - LPB with rosewood board and D-retro preamp and Nordstrand NJ4 pu's
    - G&L L2000 (USA) - black with body binding and rosewood board
    - 2003 MIA Fender Precision - black with rosewood, DiMarzio MP4 pu

    I've gone full circle with the Fender P, which made me wonder why I wasted $$ on some of the basses in between.
  14. MarshallNole


    Dec 1, 2013
    Ibanez SR300DX

    G&L L2000 USA (still waiting for it to ship)
  15. DerTeufel

    DerTeufel Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Wildomar, CA
    Squier Affinity P-bass (Sold)
    Schecter Stiletto Deluxe 4
    ESP LTD B-55 (it is now a pile of parts)
    SBMM Ray 35 (Traded)
    Squier P-bass Special
    Yamaha BB425X
  16. bunkaroo


    Apr 25, 2003
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses
    Old junky starter basses (Dean, foreign B.C. Rich)
    Music Man
  17. mark beem

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

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Peavey Patriot
    Ibanez Roadstar II

    1990's ~ 2000's
    Guild Pilot Fretless
    Hohner J Bass Fl
    Hohner B-Bass VI
    Hohner B2ADB
    Ken Lawrence Unity 6
    Modulus Flea 4
    Peavey Millennium 5 (3)
    Ibanez BTB 6
    Peavey Cirrus 6 (2)
    Zon Michael Manring Hyperbass
    Carvin BB75
    Schecter Baron
    Warwick Fortress Masterman
    Warwick Thumb BO 4
    Warwick Thimb BO 6
    MIA Fender Precision (2)
    MIM Fender Jazz 5
    Carvin B4
    Conklin Jake Kot 7
    Conklin Hollowbody 7
    Conklin Hollowbody 8
    Conklin Sidewinder 8
    Stambaugh SCNT8
    Groove Tools GTBD7
    MM Bongo 5 HS
    Elrick NJS 5
    Mike Lull M5V
    Groove Tools GT7 fretted
    Groove Tools GT7 fretless
    Spector Rebob 5
    Peavey TL-5 (5)
    Peavey TL-6 (2)
    Peavey Fury
    Peavey Unity
    Peavey Koa Unity
    Peavey Sarzo (2)
    Peavey B-Ninety
    Peavey G Bass
    Peavey Axcelerator 5
    Bass Labs K4VV fretless
    Jackson Fusion 5
    SX Ursa 6
    Kawai FIIB
    ESP Ltd B204SM FL
    Ibanez GWB35
    Yamaha BB415
    Peavey Millennium 4 Peacock Blue
    Peavey Millennium 5 Gold Sparkle
    Peavey Palaedium (2)
    Carvin LB76P Fretless

    Currently owned
    Mike Lull M5V (my main bass since 2005)
    Peavey Millennium 5 (2)
    Lakland 55-60
    Lakland 55-64
    Spector Rex5

    I still feel like I've missed some... :meh:
  18. Alexander

    Alexander Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA

  19. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    I've only owned one bass at a time -

    *Washburn RB 4500 FL
    *Tacoma 4 acoustic
    *Vadim Rubstov 4 FL
    *SX Jazz (w/Barts) 4 (fretted)
    *Warwick Thumb BO 5 (fretted)
    *R-bass Emperor-style 5 FL
    *Curbow Petite 5 FL
    *Ibanez GWB-1 5 FL
    *Wal mk2 4 FL
    *G&L L-1000 4 FL
    *Devon Grace 5 FL
    *M-Basses M3 5 FL
    -and my current setup-
    *Guild B-302 (fretted!)
    + * Tobias Standard 5 (fretted!)

    As you can see, I've been predominantly a fretless player and both of my current basses are fretted :meh: ...I need to do something about that! And, I've never had a P-bass....I think a fretless P is in my future :D
  20. My first bass was a no-name Hofner copy. I was primarily a guitar player then, and this early effort to learn the bass was abortive. Years later, I picked up an Electra Phoenix Bass, then a Gibson EB-1, then my first MIA Fender P-Bass, a '95 I purchased new. The rest is written in the annals of GAS.