A quick question or 2 to my fellow low-enders out there. What is your favorite bass to use for recording? Also, do you ever feel pressure to use a particular kind? (A vivid memory I have from the 80s was a staff engineer at Reflections raving about a fellow session bassist's new Steinberger-so I bought one!).
hi my favorite is a 1975 jazz with pre cbs pickups with maple neck and badass bridge all passive with nickel rounds through a sadowsky pre amp. My second is a lakland 5 mm/j setup with maple neck through aguilar rig. I feel no pressure if leo designed it lolol .
In an attempt to make sure that Roy can have all the strings he needs to keep his basses working, I sold my Modulus 6 string. I replaced it with a 5 string Music Man Stingray, but I spend way more time on live gigs playing a P bass. I have way more fun that way, too.
I've gotten back to the idea that basses have 4 strings - banjos have 5...
Generally, my early 90's made in Japan 60s reissue Precision goes with me on all sessions, and either a 54 reissue P bass (with flatwounds), a 51 reissue (with roundwounds). or a Fender Jazz. Oh, yeah - and the Stingray. I don't typically take more than three basses to a session unless I'm specifically asked for something else (fretless, tic-tac or upright).
I've got a Washburn AB 95 5 string hollowbody f-hole bass that really sounds cool... passive, very thick & grindy (r-wounds). My P is an '89 Jap w/ DiMarzio, and a '75 Jazz. For more "modern" active sounds I grab my Carvin BB 5 or '96 American Deluxe Jazz V. I usually bring at least 3 choices and ALWAYS go thru my Avalon U5.
Still love my MIM Fender Jazz w/EMGs (18v). Just did a session where I plugged straight into the engineers Avalon to which he loudly excalimed "I love you man!!!". Sometimes it pays to just keep it simple.
Since this thread has been revived, I'll chime in.... my favorite bass for recording is, drum roll please...........
The Epiphone Jack Casady Model. No joke. Try one. Astounding. Jack's the man. He and JT Ribiloff worked tirelessly to create the perfect pickup and tone for that thing, and it sounds heavenly, especially given the long neck, semi-hollow body. A pure joy to play and record in my opinion.
I mainly use my American Standard Fender Jazz with Mod-Shop SCN pickups. I also have an '80's Yamaha that I use for the P-Bass tone. I have found that and old P-Bass with flatwounds is a great addition. On top of these, I also have a Fender Jazz Fretless that comes in handy every now and then. Remember, people hear with their eyes. Give them what they want. I know that may suck but, oh well. Peace,
Tossup, my friend. Carvin LB-75 for the subtle grit and the MTD fretless for even subtler grit straight, no boxes. Although, I will still whip out the '82 Ibanez for the daring. No pressure to use a particular kind, tho.
Here's my take. My number one pick usually is my 72 Fender P for 4 string.. Music Man Stingray for 5 string. I recently got an older Peavey Grind for a song..... I was shocked at how good it records... I run it thru a old TL Audio pre with Telefunken tubes... real warm...