Last weekend I attended a bass camp - I try and do those about twice a year, just to reinvigorate my interest in playing. One of the upsides is getting to play other people's basses Two in particular really struck my fancy:
1. Sire V8 (4-string): incredible neck, bit on the heavy side but what a load of bang for the buck!!! 2. Squier VM Jaguar: this one really, REALLY impressed me.
The Squier was a beater bass, complete with a "producer switch" and chopsticks taped to it by way of a Gary Willis ramp. But I'll be damned, it was an impressive bass. Especially through the all-tube preamp which our teacher had brought along. I was riffing on Sabbath and early Uriah Heep for about ten minutes before I realized where I was and why I was there. Which was NOT to riff on Sabbath and Heepsongs
Anyway, needless to say I now want one of those Jags. I definitely do not need it. Which basses are on your want-but-don't-need list?
I have several I want but don't need. Luckily they are not super expensive. In truth, I only need one, my first and favorite 1991 MIM Fender P. If you want the others your going to have to see my friend, Cole Dead Hans.
If you think my playing is bad, you should hear me sing!
I had an opportunity to buy a vintage fretless Fender Precision a few years ago -- a '73, I think. But it was pretty expensive and frankly it would just sit around. I don't really play anything right now that suits it.
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Count me in for a Sire Marcus Miller...I'd have to look a little closer to decide on which version, I think they're up to the V10. I'd like a 5-String since I don't own one and don't feel comfortable when I pick one up.
Next, a pre-fender (18V) Kubicki Ex Factor.
Acoustic/Electric stringed instruments ranging from 4 to 230 strings, hammered, picked, fingered, slapped, and plucked. Analog and Digital Electronic instruments, reeds, and throat/mouth.
I want a solid body U-Bass so I can cut most of the body off and bolt it to the top horn of my Strat. Hillbilly double neck?
I have 2 more or less P basses, one is a Peavey Fury from the 80's and the other is a parts bass - Warmoth J neck with ebony board, Alder P body, EMG PA and Schaller bridge and tuners. I want to make it fretless and tune it to BEAD with Rotosound Tru Bass strings.
I've had all sorts of fun stuff but I made it go away. 8 string, vintage Klira "Beatle" bass with the cool lower point, various hollow and solid body abominations. I don't miss any of them.
Speaking as someone who has owned over 150 basses (I'm not bragging, more of an admittance of a severe problem), the only basses I want happen to be ones that I've sold. In particular a 69 jazz, 74 p bass, and a 73 Ric 4001, all of which all sounded magical to my ears and on tape.
Surprisingly I currently own one bass, a Sadowsky RV5PJ.