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When I was 14  a strangely compelling Tiesco Bass hanging on the in a music store, I had been playing the guitar for about 2 years at this time, but had no idea about Bass playing. I bought the Tiesco on time using my lunch money, the moment I walked out of the store with it, some friends saw it and asked if I wanted to join their band. 2 days later we were playing a frat party gig.

I have always played guitar, but sometimes I would get distracted by a beautiful Bass like this Guild Starfire below and tended to only play Bass in original music bands that tended to be very progressive.

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I have had several Bass's but still dream about this Guild.

I got paid more often for playing Jazz, Rock, Blues or Country Bass.

My main problem playing Bass is that I have always been a decent guitar player and I would get distracted by my latest 6-string purchase.

I just recently bought my First Yamaha, a TRBX 174 that is very well balanced, plays wonderful and its P & J pickups sound killer, so much so that my Bass player can't keep his hands off of it and is buying it from me.

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I know there are  a lot of other people who play Bass in this forum and I would like to see your favorites.

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I did quite a lot of bass gigs - back in the day I had a fine 70s Fender P bass that had been stripped.  That was when bass strings cost less than £10 -12 a set!!

I still have a nice Squier Jazz bass from the late 80s.   Here's a 2013 pic; bridge pickup is a cheap EMG Select.   Long-gone Aerodyne Strat on the left (not a very good guitar) and my modded System III Strat on the right.   A good-sounding, long scale bass guitar is a necessary thing for me to this day!

These days I use it to teach my single remaining bass student, every 2-3 weeks. 

 

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I really came in here to find out about your bass's what.  Realized it was about your basses.  :rolleyes:

But seriously, I'd occasionally play around with any of our bass players' instruments,  but never considered playing one exclusive.   And though they can be challenging to play in a way, it's a challenge that's fun to tackle.   And I certainly have high regard for bass players who excel at the instrument. 

Whitefang

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Thanks guys for sharing your Basses..

Bass's or Basses I just liked the look of Bass's better..

When I got out of the military in the early 70's I realized there was a ton of really good guitarists competing for top dog, so breaking into a new music scene I picked up this Kalamazoo SG Bass that I modified heavily for a while and played through an Ampeg 15" Fliptop but realized the Fliptop wasn't going to cut it. So I got the SVT below which could double for any guitar work I wanted to do. I had an Aria LP (a lawsuit guitar) that sounded killer over it.

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Later I replaced the Kalamazoo with a Telecaster Bass

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Ampeg was my choice for Guitar or Bass quite a while after the SVT.

I did have a Silverface Bassman 100 with a 4X12 Wedge cabinet for quite a while that was a really solid workhorse and mixed in a a few other amps at times.

Then I got Into Bi-Amping and mixing different amps and cabinets, I  really liked mixing in a GK 250ML for the Bi-Amped high-end with effects driven by a Crate B150 15" combo with Bi-Amping to a Peavey 200w power amp driving an 18" Black Widow.

I really want to see more of the Basses in your collections..

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On 6/19/2022 at 3:02 PM, jdgm said:

I did quite a lot of bass gigs - back in the day I had a fine 70s Fender P bass that had been stripped.  That was when bass strings cost less than £10 -12 a set!!

And here is the evidence...jdgm in about 1978....gawd.  What a poser!  But I had this nice Precision with a Peavey transistor head and 1 x 15" cab - that was a good setup.

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About them rings....I was left 2 signet rings when my Dad died in late 1977.  They only fitted my little fingers. This was years before pinkie rings became (allegedly) a sign of your er, sexuality.   See the guitarist's hand?  

I don't wear any rings, watch or jewelry these days.   But the only thing I really miss in this pic is....my hair.  Dammit.

I had lunch with the drummer last week, who is now 70 and has Parkinson's disease.   A true fighter.

More bass please!!

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On 6/19/2022 at 7:27 AM, Whitefang said:

I really came in here to find out about your bass's what.  Realized it was about your basses.  :rolleyes:

Whitefang

What was the basis for your initial impression? Sorry, couldn't resist.

I have an Ibanez cheapo bass that was basically going to form the base of my recording habit.

I use a synthetic plug-in instead and will sell the Ibanez. It's pretty cool, especially for the $150 price tag though. Plays well and is short scale for my little hands.

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Wow some really  nice  Basses in here.....

My last Bass gig at the Akebono Theater in 2008 playing my Schecter....

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When I first started playing speed metal bass in 90's I used a flat pick, then I found I could play faster and more consistently picking with my fingers.

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Nice! I can play bass, too. I have 3 basses at the moment. A 2003 U.S.A. Fender Highway 1 Jazz Bass, a 2014 M.I.M Fender Jazz Bass that I upgraded with a tortoise shell pickguard and DiMarzio Model J pickups, and a 2019 M.I.M Fender Precision Bass that I just recently upgraded with a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound P-Bass pickup and a Puretone jack.  Also, I always upgrade to straplocks no matter what. I use Dunlop's. I do have a couple of guitars with the DiMarzio's, too. For a bass amp, I have an old Peavey TNT 150 with built in chorus. I'd love to have an Ampeg one day, but this is serving me very well right now.  Great amp!
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The most popular in here seem to be the Jazz and P-Basses, which seems logical as their pickups set the standard for many other basses. I had a couple of Squire P-Basses but the most memorable was a 59 P-Bass I had in the late 80's, something about its comfortable neck and balance. 

I think my most uncomfortable Bass was my Mosrite with really bad neck dive, but it sounded really good. I played it sitting down in a store and thought it was incredible, but that night at band practice I had a constant fight to keep the neck up. So I traded it in on my Guild Starfire.

Product shot of my Dean bass that I have kept as a backup. The neck bowed a few weeks after I brought it home, I was able to adjust it nice and flat, then the low frets started to buzz. I noticed the sting slots in the nut went all the way down to the fingerboard so I had to shim the nut to get them high enough. It plays great now good balance and weight, not bad for an inexpensive bass, but my Yamaha with its P & J pickups has a much wider tone range.

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