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ilan

127.0.0.1

Dec 14th, 2016 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Stretching the limits of 'vintage' a bit, my regular gigging basses are a '77 Jazz, '73 Ric and '60 Höfner. If I can't gig it I don't want to own it.

digiboy

New York City

Dec 14th, 2016 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 67 lefty P that sounds amazing. I bought it new around '71 for $235. It's seen it's share of abuse over the years and has plenty of battle scars. I never thought of it as being valuable until the internet came along and I started seeing what rough equivalents sell for.

For me the issue now is weight. I often carry the bass on a bicycle to local gigs. I bought a Dano short horn re-issue about 18 months ago and it's been a life saver. The sound is unique, not very P-like but still very distinctive and I enjoy playing it.

The 67 P stays home for practice except for a few gigs that I deem are important enough to deal with the weight.

6G6

Texas

Fender power to the people!
Dec 14th, 2016 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I usually have my '66P and either Cirrus 5 or Jazz 5 for contrast and variety.

rockdoc11

USA

Bass is the place . . .
Dec 14th, 2016 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good question, George!

I recently joined a group that targets mid-1960s British Invasion era rock and roll. The band dresses in period-authentic clothing, and uses gear that at least visually appears period-authentic.

So my trusty Pedulla MVP was out of the picture. I finally settled on my '72 Jazz bass as my main ax for the gig, and so far so good.

I do try to watch the stage more during breaks, and am more aware of where my bass is during load-in and loud-out.

Ultimately, though, these fine instruments deserve to be heard.

Gerry & the Dreambenders

(This message was last edited by rockdoc11 at 07:19 PM, Dec 14th, 2016)

JackL
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Chico CA

If you rest, you rust.
Dec 14th, 2016 06:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 66 pbass that doesnt get out much, if at all. Every now and then I take it to my once a month casino blues gig because it fits with the music, it's a secure locale, and the back line is an SVT n 8x10. However, over the years I've tended towards jbasses...that "c" neck is a mutha! I've contemplated selling it to finance a new upright but just can't seem to part with it.

My most recent find is mim p with a "b" neck which is much easier on the hands, but ultimately the one that gets the most gigs is the 62 AV reissue jazz. Pics in profile.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 15th, 2016 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Love the Dreambenders pics, Doc. Looks like a great gig.

George

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 15th, 2016 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

About my 58, I'm always torn in the middle of how expensive these basses are, how great it sounds and how old I'm getting to be. At last, I start thinking about how short life is and how my playing time is limited. I heard someone once say, "smoke 'um if ya got 'um." So, I take it to the gig.

George

larryguitar19
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South Florida

larryguitar
Dec 15th, 2016 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah--I would definitely gig with it. I'm totally all about the 'life is short' concept.

A guy I used to gig with grew up with Jaco P and got a '62 from him in some sort of trade when they were just jamming in the same circles in high school somewhere around Lauderdale.

I think it was actually his only bass and he gigged with it exclusively. It definitely looked like it had seen better days but he lugged it everywhere.

I was the guitar player but every so often would get pressed into service and actually learned to play bass on it and went out and bought by own Jazz shortly.
Some of the places we played were questionable and he was a bit careless at times so if he had too many drinks I'd keep an eye on who is getting uncomfortably close to the thing.

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 12:35 PM, Dec 15th, 2016)

Steve Boisen

Florida

Dec 15th, 2016 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My main gigging bass thse days is a '74 P-Bass. Not pre-CBS, but vintage by most people's definitions.

If I owned an older bass I would still gig with it. Even the most expensive vintage pieces are still cheaper than the average new car, and we take those everywhere.


- Steve

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Dec 15th, 2016 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Record yes, gig noooooooo!

ilan

127.0.0.1

Dec 16th, 2016 12:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FWIW, John Entwistle never gigged his vintage basses (after they became vintage collectibles). The only time I remember seeing him play [what he thought was] a vintage bass from his collection was in Tommy, when he's seen playing a white Gibson Flying V bass. But it was later identified as fake.

(This message was last edited by ilan at 02:34 AM, Dec 16th, 2016)

larryguitar19
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South Florida

larryguitar
Dec 16th, 2016 09:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree that if I were a megasuperstar doing 200 gigs a year and 'money no object" I wouldn't be shipping my valuable gear all over the world assuming it's gonna arrive safe and secure.

There are too many stories of stuff going missing because it was sitting in some backstage loading dock.

I'd probably arrange to buy quality stuff locally for each tour. After all I think GC and Starbucks might have some deal where they build together.


Arild

Norway

Dec 18th, 2016 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some gigs. I just have to.
(if its pretty safe though)

live

rwb
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Canada

The Plankster of Love
Dec 18th, 2016 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I mostly decide on the basis of security. Mix of new and old basses, but 65 p and 69 Tele are definitely in the starting rotation

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 19th, 2016 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Arild...that 58 is sweet!

George

wborys
OldFartBassPlayerWalt

Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Dec 20th, 2016 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

71 J-Bass is my trusty tool for all my dates.
But since they all involve church gigs, I
have a few less worries than most.

Sometimes I do wonder if I should use my
hard case for ALL gigs, not just the ones
involving lots of equipment.

oldFartPraiseBassPlayer Walt


Lukkydog

USA

Dec 30th, 2016 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Use my 66 P-bass regularly. I just watch it at gigs, and it is the first item in during load in, and the last item out. I think parking lots are sketchier than the actual inside of the bar.

At fairs and festivals, If I leave the stage area, I load the bass back into its,case and into my vehicle.

(This message was last edited by Lukkydog at 04:23 PM, Dec 30th, 2016)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jan 3rd, 2017 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some of the best-sounding Fender Precision basses I have every worked with have come from the mid-60s. Love those grey bottom pickups.

George

Laker

Forgive your enemies

but never forget their names
Jan 14th, 2017 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I started playing 5 string basses (back in the '80s) I began leaving my old Fender fours at home. Recently I had my '63 Jazz re-fretted and I'm really enjoying playing it through my TC Electronics two-ten/Eden WTC500 practice rig. I may start pulling the old girl back out on the active gig rotation.

The main "go to" bass is my Deluxe 55-94 Lakland I've played since Dan Lakin set it to me for a try out in '99.

(This message was last edited by Laker at 08:12 AM, Jan 15th, 2017)

knorkin

Takoma Park Maryland

back on the bottom again
Jan 16th, 2017 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't gigged on bass since Sept 2013. But when I was gigging, I played my (mostly) 72 P-bass with factory-original A (Jazz width) neck. I described this bass in detail in the other recent discussion about parts basses. I'll just repeat here that it's a parts bass because it came to me in 2007 with a combination of original parts, after-market parts, repaired parts and non-working or missing parts. I replaced everything on it that was non-original, non-working or missing with period correct Fender parts (except for some intonation screws).

My Celtic/Americana band is resuming practice this week (after my 3-year relocation to NYC) and so I'll be playing that bass again. If we get a gig for St. Pat's, I'll be gigging with it.

The condition of the bass when I got it indicated that it was a heavily used player's instrument. I see no reason to treat it as anything else.

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