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Author Topic: One bass vs. multiple basses mentality, which are you? Why?  (Read 22162 times)
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« on: March 28, 2010, 06:03:03 AM »

I have multiple basses, 5 in fact.

There was a time that for several years (93-2003) that I only owned 2 basses, my five string electric which is a  Peavey TL-Five and my acoustic bass guitar (ABG).
Then I got a fretless bass, my wife then gave me a Les Paul bass for my birthday. A year or so later after showing up at a couple gigs and being quizzed as to why I didn't just bring my P Bass.. I bought my first P (I had J's, several of them, through the years).
For about an 18 month stretch, I pretty much played the P exclusively. Then, sometime around Christmas, just a few months ago, the music selections our worship leader kept selecting went into extended bass range. I've been on the TL-Five again.

I've just about come to the conclusion that having some variety is almost a necessity. However, If I could only keep one - it'd be the five string electric.


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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010, 12:22:35 PM »

well.  I have an acoustic/electric, a short-scale, and my peavey t-40.

I had a fender zone, but the peavey t-40 blew it out of the water, and anything the fender did, my peavey did better, so I kicked it to the curb.  basically, if one of my basses does the job another one does, one of them is gone.  I know, there are differences in tone, sustain, etc... but I'm just not that kind of guy. 

Now, if I got an eight-string bass that would be something... Smiley  but seriously I only keep the multiple basses around because they're so different.

(and if I had to keep one it'd be the peavey of course)
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010, 02:11:48 PM »

I'm up to four at the moment.  Not sure I'll stay there. Trying to decide if I should move a couple along.

Got an SX fretless jazz at Christmas time.  Trying to decide about the whole fretless thing.  No way I'd play it out the moment, but I might get better with it.

The other one, my TBC AP500 M, is not getting much playing time.  The G&L gives me everything it does and is easier to play sitting (and we always sit while on the platform playing.)  Sure is a great looking, lightweight bass.  I'm really on the fence with this one.

I find myself playing the G&L or the old Peavey Fury I recently picked up most of the time.  On the other hand, they are all paid for and I have no urgent need to do anything, so who knows.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2010, 07:39:45 PM »

I have the G&L L2500 and the L2000 as a fine backup.  The fiver is my main bass now but the four string is going nowhere as it's quite fun to play with the number 8 neck.

They both do everything I need and I have no desire for anything different or additional.

Since the L2K doesn't get much playing time anymore, I took the battery out several months ago and use it as my passive bass. 

And, Both basses are a superb fit with my Genz Benz Shuttles. So, no changes necessary.


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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2010, 09:52:36 AM »

I rarely reach for anything other than my five, but I keep my fretless four in the stand, and I sold my 4001, so I gig with just the two for now.

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2010, 05:50:51 PM »

I have several basses. Some I play because their sound fits a certain type or sound. Others I liked and thought they were just cool. Well, here's a list:

1974 Fender Jazz Bass: It's original without any mods except for a new set of Hipshot replacement keys. It really doesn't fit any music I play now, but heck, you just cannot give up on a classic like this and sell it. And yes, it has those big ashtray pup covers.

1996 Fender USA fretless Precision Bass: Lipstick red with a Hipshot Bass Extender Key. Also has a set of TIs on it. I've recorded a lot with this one lately and used it quite often in church.

Sting 1954 P Bass Reissue: This has TI flats as well and is quite fun to play. Good for rockabilly and country style music. My country-styled Christian band requests that I use this one often.

Carvin Bolt 5 string and Bolt 5 string fretless: I use these for the more modern sounding music like Praise and Worship. I play the Fretted one at my church quite often and record with the fretless for slower more ballad type pieces. Both wear Fender 7250 and 7150 5 string sets.

Epiphone Allan Woody and SX Fretless Jazz copy: Both of these are short scales. I use them is when my arthritis kicks in and I cannot stretch like I normally do. Both wear GHS Pressurewound string sets in short scale.

Carvin AC40 Fretless ABG and Regal Resophonic Bass: The Carvin is used in semi-acoustic settings when we have to plug in but wish to remain acoustic sounding. The Regal has a spider & cone resonater like a Dobro guitar. It is only one of two or three I've seen that can actually cut it in an pure acoustic setting and be heard. Both of my ABGs are strung with GHS Precision Flats.

So there you have it. If I were to be able to play only one style of music with one style of bass (and string) I would be mind numbingly bored out of my wits.

...and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16B
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2010, 08:55:27 PM »

 Cheesy I have six basses and would not want to get rid of any of them.  Some for sentimental reasons and others just because I like the looks and sounds of them. 

Squire P-Bass......My brother got this one for me for Christmas about 10 years ago to get the fire in me going again after not picking up a bass since my dad had passed away 9 years earlier.  (it did the trick)

Sonata Acoustic Electric Bass......My second one after the P-Bass.  The first one my wife ever bought for me. So it's not gonna get tossed just like I wouldn't ever toss out the wife.

Dean Stylist Archtop Hollow Body Bass.......PUPS are a little weak (one of these days I'll put some descent ones in it.  I've just always loved the looks of an archtop so it's a keeper.

Yamaha BBN5......My only fiver right now and she sounds great with the La Bella flatwounds.  Gonna keep it too!!!

Fender P-Bass Special.......no doubt my favorite!!!  Love the way I can go from booming lows to growling rock sounds and everywhere in between with this one.  This one gets the nod for when I sit in with the praise band at church.

Squire Fretless Vintage Jazz Bass......My first fretless.  Took just a little while to get used to it but it's great for the bluegrass gospel band I'm in. I've got it strung with chrome flats.  Not gonna get rid of it either.  I'm just too stubborn I guess.  It was a gift from the wife this past Christmas is the real reason it's not going anywhere.   

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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2010, 11:12:05 PM »

Had 5...  all short scales.  An Epiphone viola (my first bass, and I loved the sound), an Applause acoustic/electric, a ZZ Ryder low rider, an Epi EB-0 that I modified heavily...  When I got my Birdsong Cortobass, I found I loved the feel and sound so much that any time I played any others (including my beloved Epi Viola) I could only think "I wish I had my Birdsong".  So I sold all but the Birdsong and the EB-0 as a backup and to play at ballgames with my kids at school.  And when I can afford to get another Birdsong, I'll ditch the EB-0 and be happy...  I get any sound I want or need outta the Birdsong, but I think it is always wise to have a backup... 

My other Bass is a Tuba...
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2010, 12:13:32 AM »

I have been playing bass in and out of bands for almost 40 years now. I think the most I have had at one time was 5. I believe there have been times that I had more amps then basses sitting around.

Now in my older age I have developed arthritis in my hands. I still play but those fancy scales and licks I enjoyed are now a thing of the past. My fingers just wont work like they did 10 years ago.

Anyway, a few months ago I sold almost everything I had with the exception of my favorite Fender J, a small Fender amp, a back up home-made P-bass, My Zoom pedal and my Tascam bass trainer.

I still play part time at church when called upon and so now I am also down to part time equipment as well. I just dont see any reason for having a bunch of gear sitting around that I will never use again when there is someone that would be putting it to good use so that was my main reason for selling it all.


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Satan doesn't really care if you are a Christian,
as long as you don't act like one.
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2010, 06:41:59 AM »

I have twelve basses at the moment. I'm also in the process of ordering yet another custom built ACG. Obviously, I can justify owning so many in as many ways as I can devise -  but the truth of the matter is this: I accept that one simply doesn't need more than one or two basses; I have so many of them because I collect them not as tools (although they are in many ways) but as works of art.

I enjoy looking at them, I enjoy handling them, I enjoy fixing them, I love playing them and I own them because it gives me a huge amount of pleasure to have them.

That's the real justification. I take joy from them. And those that no longer please me get sold, although that has happened only very very rarely in 30 years of collecting.

ACG Finn4; ACG Skelf 5; ACG Recurve 4; ACG Graft H5; Roscoe SKB3005; Schecter Stiletto Studio 4 fretless; Ric 4003BB; Warwick Fortress 1; Status Electro Mk1; Lakland Skyline Bob Glaub; KSD Proto-J with EBS preamp.  Lots of gear; One God.
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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2010, 05:28:36 AM »

Right now, I have six. But I am constantly wheeling and deaaling basses. As far as rotation goes:

G&L L2500 (fretted) / strung with D'Addario Chrome flats. This is my stay-at-church bass right now. This one isn't going anywhere.

G&L L2500 (fretless) / strung with TI Jazz Flats. This is my main road bass with our Acoustic Gospel group.


Epiphone El Capitan five string fretless. Also travels with The Hurleys

G&L L5500 -DR rounds  For Sale - currently loaned out

Lakland 55-02 fretless with rounds - probably selling

Lakland 55-01 custom with rounds - probably selling

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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2010, 01:32:21 AM »

-  but the truth of the matter is this: I accept that one simply doesn't need more than one or two basses; I have so many of them because I collect them not as tools (although they are in many ways) but as works of art.
I enjoy looking at them, I enjoy handling them, I enjoy fixing them, I love playing them and I own them because it gives me a huge amount of pleasure to have them.


I try to stay with no more than 4 - They say "never sell a good bass" so I need a real good reason to trade on any of them for a different one.  Each of my 4 has its own story, I would love to add a 70's Jazz with block pearloid markers, an ABG and a G&L and another fretless - "oh and a .." etc  But where do you stop?

We had a worship workshop at our church recently. Where I was forcibly reminded that we are there to facilitate the worship, and not to perform. 

Perhaps I should sell all and just run with two.  Breitling knows which two  Grin

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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2010, 07:33:15 AM »

I don't have a problem with anyone owning a bunch of basses.

I can't throw stones as I have five of them.

I guess what I was driving at is; even though I have five basses, I tend to favor one for a period of time. I've tried to put them in a rotation and it works sometimes.
For what ever reason, I will gravitate to one bass and use it exclusively for several weeks, even months. Then, something will change in a set-list where another bass fits and it gets the playing time.
So even though I have several basses, I think I really have a one bass mentality/approach. I don't think I'd be frustrated if I only had my P Bass, or the TL-Five.

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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2010, 08:53:18 AM »

Guilty of the multiple bass mentality.

I've been blessed in my later years that now I can afford most any bass I'd like. NOT that I'd go out and spend big money for a bass these days, but I've done so in the past.

I've had everything from a Washburn Lyon to Alembic basses. I've managed to try some, the ones I liked I kept, the ones I didn't, I sold. Sometimes making enough to buy another to add to my small collection.
Sometimes, a set of songs just call for a certain sound.

First and foremost, I'm a RIC guy. I've tried and tried, but for some reason, they are just the most comfortable for me to play. Possibly the odd scale? IDK, I just love 'em. Not to mention the sound! Smiley

I've recently discovered PEAVEY basses, and GUILTY as charged, I was a bass snob. But I now own 4 Peavey basses and love the heck out of them. Just GREAT playing instruments and I don't have any of the top end USA models yet.

Funny thing, Eddy mentioned a TL-5. I'm on the hunt for one now and I'm in the process of selling off some other basses to free up some cash for one. I've tried 5er's before, but gave up too quickly. I would just like to have one 5 string in my collection. I just can't justify keeping so many 4 stringers, so one or two will go for the TL.

Here goes.....

Washburn Lyon LB40. EL CHEAPO but I love the 24 fret thin necked wonder. I put a set of Lindy Fralin pups in it and it really does the job well. I paid $75.00 delivered plus the pups.

Peavey T-40 (2) One fretted, one fretless. LOVE 'em....

Peavey Foundation, early 80's model. Great Sustain.

Pavey Dyna. GREAT bass, the THINNEST neck of anything I've ever played. Active/Passive....it gets a LOT of play time on Sunday morning.

Micheal Kelly Acoustic Club Casino.

Squire VM Jazz. Wow, this bass has is amazing. I'm almost embarrassed to show up with it, but the tone is to die for. It's an amazing player. I just love it. It is getting more and more play time every week. I've never even owned a USA Fender.

Multiple Rickenbacker 4 string basses.  Wink

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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2010, 01:32:26 PM »

Peavey T-40 (2) One fretted, one fretless. LOVE 'em....

I love my T-40.  I want to get a project body, slap a jazz neck on it, and defret it....
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