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How many basses do you actually own and are they the same?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Old Has Been, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Friend of Leo's

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    I own 5 basses, and ALL 5 cost me a total of $968.95

    I really don't even hardly play bass, but these were "Steals" I bought more for how cheap they were than variety.



    '74 USA Fender Jazz Bass
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    '78 USA Fender P-Bass
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    '90 MIJ Fender '57RI P-Bass
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    '92 USA Hamer Chaparral Bass
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    '94 USA Fender Jazz V Plus
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  2. Brian J.

    Brian J. Tele-Afflicted

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    2 not the same
     
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  3. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    I have three. I am probably more of a bassist that guitarist at this point, and #1 is the white Squier Affinity P-bass on the right. Strung with .045-.100 D’Addario chrome flats. An all-stock $50 pawnshop rescue that just flat works.

    Left of that is a Dean Demonator 4 awaiting its turn under the soldering iron. I got it for next to nothing with dead active electronics, and the plan is to wire it up like a passive J bass for starters and see how I like it. I like the neck shape quite a bit already.

    The third one (not pictured) is a dinged-up sunburst Johnson P copy awaiting a pickup replacement. Another one that happens to have a pretty nice neck, and a snappy tone that I like as an alternative sometimes to my mellower white P.
     
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  4. Quixotic

    Quixotic TDPRI Member

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    I only have one bass, and it's the only one I need. It does everything I need it to to a better degree than most I've ever been able to play!
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    P bass coils are some real deal Seymour Duncan pickups wound in 1974, the bridge pickup is just something I cobbled together here in my shop with some leftover pickup stuff. It's nothing spectacular, but it works. These both go into a passive wiring harness that I *basically* designed myself.

    If I had to pick another bass, I'm absolutely going to get my hands on a short scale violin bass of some sort. Maybe a T40 after that?
     
  5. 5595bassman

    5595bassman Tele-Holic

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    I have 21 basses. Those that are similar are somehow different ( string type. string gage, PUs, controls ....)

    1980 Vantage VS-600B Walnut (MIJ) 32" scale ( MIM black Precision PUs, Chrome knobs from Squier VM ’70 JB )

    1984 Ibanez RB850 Bass Dark Violet (MIJ)

    1985 Ibanez Deluxe RB760 Bass White (MIJ)

    1989 Ibanez SR800LE Bass Lipstick Red (MIJ)

    1996 Squier Pro Tone Precision Bass (P/J type)Black (CIK)

    2000 Fender Precision Bass Special Deluxe (P/J type) Artic White (MIM)

    2001 Ibanez SR800 Bass Grey (MIJ)

    2006 Ephiphone EB3-L Bass Wine (MIK)

    2006 Fender Jazz Bass 60th Diamond Anniversary Edition 3T Sunburst (MIA) (Modified to look as a 1964)

    2008 Squier Classic Vibes Jazz Bass Olympic White (CIC) (Body replaced with the black Vintage Modified, Fender bridge & chrome covers)

    2010 Squier Vintage Modified 77 Jazz Bass Black (CII) (Body & bridge replaced with the white Classic Vibe)

    2011 Squier Vintage Modified 70 Jazz Bass Natural (CII) ( Knobs replaced with black JB style, Fender bridge & chrome covers)

    2011 Squier Precision Black (MIC?) ( Squier Precision body & pots, SX neck, Tone Emporium PUs, White aluminium PG )

    2011 Epiphone Thunderbird Pro Natural Oil (MII)

    2012 Squier Precision Bass Chris Aiken Signature Olympic White (PG replaced with White Perloid & Tone control added)

    2013 Fender Modern Player Starcaster Bass Natural 30" scale (CIC)

    2014 Fender Modern Player Dimension Bass Olympic White (CIC) (Tone control added)

    ???? Peavey Milestone 3 BXP Bass Transp. Blue (MIC)

    ???? SX Vintage Series Jazz Bass Yellow (MIC?) ( Squier Jaguar neck (MII), Fender '75 RI PUs, CTS pots, Squier CV '60 tortoise PG )

    ???? Eden (DIY) Jazz Bass (Fender Logo copy) Sanded Sea Foam Green (MIC?)

    ???? Vantage VKB 11 Bass Transp Blue (MII?)
     
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  6. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Poster Extraordinaire

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    Though I have more guitars than basses, bass is my main instrument. Here is what I have at the moment (if I didn't forget anything):

    Fender AV '58 P Bass (my main bass)
    P Bass slab rosewood style repro – assembly/build
    Slab P style extra long scale B.E.A.D. bass – assembly/build
    2X Fender AV '64 Jazz Bass (two colors)
    2X J Bass style – assembly/build (neither one a "traditional" J Bass)
    2X Fender Mustang Bass PJ (two colors, one w/ Vintera neck)
    Fender AP Mustang Bass
    Fender '76 Musicmaster Bass
    Squier Bronco Bass
    Squier Bronco body/Fender Mustang neck – assembly/build
    Jaguar body/Precision neck/custom electronics – assembly/build
    G&L '96 L-2000 (orig. body, refin., w/ '84 L-1000 bi-cut neck)
    G&L '83 SB-1 fretless (parts bass with the neck from the L-2000)
    G&L '84 Lynx
    G&L '16 JB
    G&L Launch Edition Fallout Bass
    Music Man '77 Stingray fretless
    Sterling Stingray Bass Short Scale
    Eastwood Black Widow Bass
    Jolana Diamant Bass (an amazingly great '70s Czech bass)

    23 basses

    17 by companies started by Leo Fender
    4 copies of designs by companies started by Leo Fender
    2 by companies not started by Leo Fender

    All electric

    All with detachable necks

    12 regular scale
    9 short scale
    1 medium scale
    1 extra long scale

    21 fretted
    2 fretless

    20 with opaque finishes
    3 with wood visible (natural Music Man, 3TSB L-2000, blonde AV '58)

    12 opaque non-metallic
    8 opaque metallic
    1 burst
    1 natural (clear)
    1 translucent

    5 black
    5 whites (including blonde, yellowed white, and early style Desert Tan)
    3 blues
    2 reds
    2 greens
    2 grays (Inca Silver and Charcoal Frost)
    1 yellow
    1 pink
    1 burst
    1 natural

    22 solid body
    1 chambered (Black Widow)

    10 Fender or Squier (or Fender or Squier body and neck)
    5 G&L (or G&L body and neck)
    4 Fender style assemblies/builds w/ non-Fender body and neck
    2 Music Man or Sterling
    1 Eastwood
    1 Jolana
     
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  7. rghill

    rghill Tele-Afflicted

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    I picked up a Fender Jazz bass with the intent of learning some bass lines, but haven't got around to it yet.

    My brother gave me a Carvin neck through 5 string bass. That one I am fixing up for my son.
     
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  8. NTC

    NTC Tele-Holic

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    Ovation Magnum IV fretless (didn't start that way and shuold not have been changed) - bought in 1981.
    Aria Pro II RSB5 Deluxe I bought in 1986.
    Carvin LB75 - 1997.

    Obviously all different.
     
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  9. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I traded a guitar amp for my one and only Epi Allen Woody Rumblekat ... with my wife, the bass player. It was too heavy for her petite frame, but I love the retro sound from it. She has many basses and really the only other one of her's that I like is her Fender Mustang bass.
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  10. EspyHop

    EspyHop Tele-Holic

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    My one and only.
     
  11. HoodieMcFoodie

    HoodieMcFoodie Telefied Ad Free Member

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    When I put my Stingray 5 in front of the mirror I have 2, but when it goes back in the music room I only have one.
     
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  12. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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  13. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've got two. I just bought a Fender Player Series Mustang short scale and I also have a super lightweight full-scale paulownia P-Bass that I put together a couple of years ago - GFS body and neck and a Tonerider pickup. It weighs about 7 lbs - lighter than my Mustang SS.

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  14. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    Love the paint job, and would like to know more about how you did that, and also how your pickup wiring is set up (might give me some alternate ideas for wiring up my two-pickup Dean!)
     
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  15. mtglick

    mtglick TDPRI Member

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    Do they all have to be, you know, assembled?

    Have eight basses in functional condition, including my #1 Stingray, a US-made Washburn with Barts in it, several frankenbasses that were as much a result of having some of the parts on hand than any specific plan (but a Schecter 35" scale 5-string neck on a Fernandes body with a Sandberg bridge and Dimarzio J pups is a really great recipe for piano tone, even with fingers) and at least that many (if not more) in the parts pile. I treat most of my instruments like Lego. Of the basses, I think it's just the Stingray and Washburn that haven't been spliced together, and as soon as I find a decent neck for the Washburn (the original split through the back, stupid two-piece neck design), off it goes. Off the top of my head, out in the lumber pile I have most of a 90's Charvel 2, a BC Rich Warlock, a Kramer P copy, a Japanese bass built out of what looks like a Strat body, a short-scale Teisco body and laminated neck combo that needs a new pickguard and some other miscellaneous parts, a couple of J copies waiting for paint and parts, more that I can't remember at the moment.
     
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  16. 68Telebass

    68Telebass Friend of Leo's

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    1968 Fender Telecaster bass (avatar) Guild Ashbory (with the silicone rubber band strings) Squier Jaguar longscale PJ bass, Epiphone EB-3L (Heritage red- my “Jack Bruce” bass :cool:) Fender MIM Classic 60s Jazz Bass (Nitro finish- sunburst with tort guard), Ibanez TMB 100 (mint green with maple fretboard and tort guard)
    I guess that’s five or six. Six. And (as my wife says...) “How many can you play at one time???” Just one :p.
    They are all quite different- I really need a straight P bass to round out the herd.
    Might get that $89 Glarry and play around with it! Hmmm!
     
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  17. Dave W

    Dave W Friend of Leo's

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    Five, all quite different from one another.
     
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  18. 6String69

    6String69 Tele-Holic

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    At one point I owned seven and they were mostly different, though three of them were P basses. Now I mostly play guitar and have one P bass. Two jazzmasters and two martin dreadnaughts.
     
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  19. Festofish

    Festofish Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Hey those look familiar.
     
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  20. Festofish

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    Best bass I ever owned was a Carvin Bunny Brunel 5. I sold it after several hundred hours of play/rehearsal. I don’t play much bass anymore but I do have one. F8F0668E-3A72-4B0E-990B-F15831FB40A2.jpeg
     
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