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Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby BigRedX » Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:14 pm

Takes a deep breath...

Atlansia Solitaire 1-String Fretless
British Custom Guitars Bodyshock Bass (unfinished project)
Born To Rock F4B
Burns Sonic Bass*
Carlo Robelli 8-String Bass
Fernandes Pie-Zo (Hello Kitty 2007 Edition)*
Futurama De Luxe Bass
Gus G3 4-String Fretless Active With Single Coils*
Gus G3 5-String Passive With Humbuckers*
Gus G3 5-String Active With Single Coils*
Hartke XL-4
Hondo Alien (Kramer The Duke copy)
Kramer 450B
Kramer XKB-10
Lace Helix 5-String Fretless Bass
Lightwave Sabre A Fretless Bass (with spare fretted neck)
Manne Mandobass (short-scale piccolo bass)
Overwater Original 36" Scale 5-String Bass
Overwater Original 36" Scale 5-String Fretless Bass
Pedulla Buzz Fretless Bass (P-J Pickups)
Reverend Rumblefish R5L 5-String Bass
Roberts Prototype Fretless Bass
Sei Flamboyant Off-Set 5-String Fretless*
Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass
Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI*
Stagg EUB
Switch Innovo IV Vibracell Bass
Tokai Talbo Bass
Traben Phoenix 5-String Bass
Warwick StarBass II 5-String*
Washburn Force ABT B-105 5-String Bass
Washburn B-20 8-String Bass
Wesley Acrylic 4-String Fretless Bass (defretted)
Yamaha BJ5B 5-String

4-String and fretted unless indicated otherwise.

*I still have.
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby Ramirez » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:25 pm

Session Pro Precision copy*
Epiphone Thunderbird* (in bits!)
Fender MIM Jazz*
Fender FSR Precision*
Squier Bass VI*
Stentor Conservatoire upright*

Considering that bass is my main instrument and I've been playing for 20 years, it's a shamefully boring list! I tend to find an instrument and stick with it - up to the Precision (my main instrument) it's simply the progression from a total beginner through better and better instruments, though I've kept them all.

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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby Music Wolf » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:46 pm

Already covered in the guitars but, for completeness;

c1977 my first bass was a Vox semi-solid, bought from Dawsons Music in Warrington, which had sat in their stock room since the sometime in the 60's - £25

Next was a copy of a Gibson EB bass bought second hand which came with a home made hard case - the case weighed a ton.

Upgraded towards the end of the 70s to a Precision copy made by CBS (I'm not sure that there was any link to the company that owned Fender).

Around 1982 or 3 I bought a black Rickenbacker 4001 (I think that it was a 1 and not a 3). It had been modded by adding a pair of precision type pickups between the existing Rick ones. £275 sh, I thought that I was Geddy Lee. I seem to remember that the money was supposed to be used for a holiday with my girlfriend at the time.

Yamaha BB300 (I think). Black. Later turned into a fretless.

Tokai Jazz Sound* Bought in around 1984 or 5 sh, I think that its around about 1982. I'd looked everywhere for a decent Fender Jazz without success then I was in A1 Music in Manchester with a couple of band mates, one of them looking for an amp, when the other guitarist said 'hey, what about this?' and held up the Tokai. I think that it was supposed to be Surf Green but it looks sort of pale blue. It felt right straight away. £175. Today it's fretless.

Ibanez SR500. 25 years service award. Plays like a dream, just plug it in and it sounds great.
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby BigRedX » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:05 pm

TBH despite owning a lot of basses, I've only ever used a handful of them on a regular basis.

1980s - Burns Sonic Bass
1990s - Overwater Original 5-String Fretted Bass
2000s - Gus G3 5-String Passive and various fretless basses before deciding on the Sei Flamboyant
2010s - Gus G3 5-String Active and Warwick Starbass II depending on the band.

I was lucky enough to be able to own nearly all the basses in my list at the same time, so it was very easy for me to decide what I really liked and what was actually useful for the music I wanted to play.

Seriously considering selling everything I still have except the Warwick StarBass and the two Gus G3 5-strings and ordering a Gus G3 5-string fretless fitted with ACG electronics. That would cover every bass playing eventuality I am likely to encounter.
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby IvanSC » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:58 pm

My list might surprise some of you.
1963: Bought a used 1962 Fender Precision.
1964: sold it to buy a guitar for the gig I had.
(guitarist for a few years but borrowed an Italian Eko violin bass a fair bit)
1973: Bought a new Rickenbacker 4001 stereo
Swapped it for a Travis Bean about 1977/8.
1983:Swapped Travis Bean for a Fender Rhodes & was given my current Epiphone Japan
pre-production prototype monstrosity.
2013 ( I think) Bought a used Fender USA 1962 reissue Precision which I also still have.

In the middle of all this I did buy an OLP stingray alike which I couldn't get on with & swapped with Wonks for a salmon pink Precision mongrel which I sold when I got the 62 reissue.

And that really is IT. Every bass I have ever owned.
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby Wonks » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:02 pm

IvanSC wrote:And that really is IT. Every bass I have ever owned.
Including any that passed through your hands in the US when you were buying and selling a lot - or was that just guitars?
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby jaminem » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:54 pm

Bass

Hohner 'Professional' PJ Bass
Vintage horrible Yamaha copy clone thing
Warwick Streamer - the cheap Chinese one before the Rockbass series
1988 Warwick the streamer*
Warwick Corvette 5 string Bubinga*
Musicman Stingray Classic 4*
Fender Highway One Precision*
Fender Custom shop Journeyman 66 Jazz bass*

Guitar

Epiphone Les Paul*
Madine Standard Strat Copy*
Gibson 77 RD Custom
Gibson Les Paul Special
Fender Baja Telecaster
Tanglewood TW15 CE*
Fender 60's Lacquer Jazzmaster*
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby Dave B » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:03 am

IvanSC wrote:In the middle of all this I did buy an OLP stingray alike which I couldn't get on with & swapped with Wonks for a salmon pink Precision mongrel ...

Wonks - is that the OLP that Barty plays? If so, then I'm really surprised that Ivan didn't get on with it. I love it to bits as it plays so smooth with nary a rattle or click and it barely needs damping. I get that someone may want a different tone, but to me it's a thing of beauty.
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby Rich Hanson » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:57 am

This one's easy, I've had few enough to remember!

Started out with some cheap short scale Encore bought from a catalogue. Lent it to a colleague many years ago, never got it back. Didn't care :D

Next bought a Japanese fretless black Fender Jazz, for £299 from the long gone Unisound in Chatham. I still have it.

Needed a fretted bass for gigging, so being of little cash at the time I had to buy another Encore (this time a red Precision copy). It was ok for the price, did a few gigs before I left that band. Sold it on.

Had just the fretless for many years, but that was joined by a five string Squier J-Bass about three years ago.
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby Wonks » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:48 pm

Dave B wrote:
IvanSC wrote:In the middle of all this I did buy an OLP stingray alike which I couldn't get on with & swapped with Wonks for a salmon pink Precision mongrel ...

Wonks - is that the OLP that Barty plays? If so, then I'm really surprised that Ivan didn't get on with it. I love it to bits as it plays so smooth with nary a rattle or click and it barely needs damping. I get that someone may want a different tone, but to me it's a thing of beauty.

It is. Ivan likes a high action on his bases, so I had a bit of setting up to do when I got it. I also fitted a real MusicMan bass pickguard on it which moved the pickup towards the bridge by about 5mm, which will have changed the tone slightly. But if you are used to a single coil Precision or Jazz bass tone, then the thicker one of the big humbucker on the OLP (especially with no active tone controls as on real MMs), is very different.
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby Wonks » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:44 pm

Which reminds me that you can run it as a single coil, so it could do with foil screening in the cavities to reduce noise.
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby onestring » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:23 am

Oh man. There have been so many over the years (35 years since my first, a blue Hondo P). Lots of regret for some of the basses I have let go. ;(

I am down to:
Warmoth P-bass (the pau ferro fingerboard is the most gorgeous wood I have ever seen)
Hofner CT Club Bass

It's a small collection for a bass player but it's really all I need.
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby VTypeV4 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:24 am

Lots of gear over the years some of which I still own and some I wished I still had and thankfully not much I was glad to see the back of. Dread to think how much I've spent since 1998!

Amps & Cabs:

Home built 60w valve head*
Pair of WEM 1x15" cabs loaded with Goodmans Audioms*
Trace Elliot Boxer 30
Trace Elliot 712 SMC
Trace Elliot 2103H
Trace Elliot AH300 SM
Trace Elliot AH300 SMX
Trace Elliot 1153
Trace Elliot RAH600 SMX
Trace Elliot 1048H
Trace Elliot VType 4808
Trace Elliot VType V4 MK2*
Trace Elliot AH400 SMX
Trace Elliot Commando 10
Trace Elliot 1084
Trace Elliot 715 SMC
Trace Elliot Twin Valve
Peavey 410TXV
Hiwatt L100
Ashton BV300H
Ashton BQ410
Ashton BQ115
SWR Goliath Jr MK3 x2*
Fender Bassman 135*

Bass Guitars:

Satellite P-Bass copy
Aria Legend Jazz copy*
Warwick Streamer LX5*
Squier Jazz Bass (Walnut)
Yamaha RBX 765A
Hohner Arbour fretless
Status Energy (Elite?)
Warwick Rockbass Streamer
Fender Japan '75 re-issue Jazz Bass
Fender USA Jazz Bass Plus w/Kubicki electronics
Fender USA Jazz Bass Deluxe 50th anniversary
Fender Japan Marcus Miller sig Jazz Bass
Fender USA Standard Jazz Bass
Squier Jazz Bass (Walnut - a different one)
Fender Mexico Jazz Bass Deluxe
Squier Jazz Bass Vintage Modified series*
KHL Wolf Walnut 6

* indicates I still have it.

And I think that's it!
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Re: Can you remember it all?? (The Bass mega-mix)

Postby IvanSC » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:54 pm

Wonks wrote:
IvanSC wrote:And that really is IT. Every bass I have ever owned.
Including any that passed through your hands in the US when you were buying and selling a lot - or was that just guitars?

The guitar sales were all in the UK & surprisingly NO basses were involved.
I seem to remember being scared I would get attached to too many of them and keep them all.
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