I used to have a '67 Gibson SG single pickup bass that was really great. Every bass player who tried it wouldn't put it down. It was a beater but had consistent, clean tone, and was perfect for recording. I had a Peavey 100 watt bass combo amp with a 300 watt JBL cast frame speaker that I put in there myself, and used it all the time for my "bass fantasies." Too bad it was all destroyed in a house fire in 2001. I also had another bass there for a while, it was a cheapo GC special that I gave away to my "best friend" who then died. His family won't return it. Oh well! Thank goodness I don't have any trouble holding onto drums and cymbals. Looks like you've got yourself an exceptional collection of basses there, 5359, among other string-related gear. Very nice. And you really seem to have found your ability, and your style. Bass players, like keyboardists, are always in big demand. Rock ON, bro!
So... I love Precisions. But, I really wanted to have a nice American Jazz bass in the stable. I picked up a nice Charcoal Frost American Standard Jazz a few years ago. I liked it and likely would have hung onto it forever. But, an American 60th Anniversary Precision became available for a great price and I just had to sell the Jazz to fund that P.
In the back of my mind I knew that someday when the time was right I'd add another Jazz bass into the mix. Today the planets aligned and I'm a Jazz bass owner again.
This one is a 2001 natural Ash American Jazz bass with a maple neck.
And here is my latest bass family photo...
From left to right... 2001 Fender American Ash Jazz bass (Natural), 1972 Fender Telecaster bass (Natural), 2011 Fender American 60th Anniversary Precision bass (Blonde), 2011 American 60th Anniversary Precision bass (Sunburst) and 1995 Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray bass (Sunburst.)
More importantly, I have a lot more confidence on the bass than I did even only a few months ago. It feels very natural these days.
Here's my most recent bass purchase - an LTD Surveyor 415. Bought it from Musician's Friend on blowout for about as much as the pickups in it would cost... sound-wise, this thing kills most of the $2000+ basses I've owned in the past. Like it so much that I sold my Ibanez BTB 1305 (also pictured), that cost 4 times as much. Also included is the USA Peavey Accelerator Plus bass I recently got rid of. AWESOME bass, but I ended up buying a USA Peavey Fury for next to nothing, which came with EMGs in it, and overall liked its tone just a little better...
I got another bass, so I thought that I'd dust off this thread. Actually, I put together a bass from parts because it's the only way that I could get exactly what I wanted.
Two months or so ago the American Standard Jaguar bass was released by Fender and I fell in love with it. But I was disappointed that there was not a version with a maple fingerboard available as there is on the other American Standard basses.
Shortly after that I bought an American Select Precision, I love the neck on that bass. I really wished that a similar neck was available on an American Jag. It took a while for my crazy plan to take shape.
Stratosphere on ebay had an American Select Precision neck in stock, they also had an American Standard Jaguar body in stock. Hmm....
I ordered the neck first and then the body. When the body came in I removed the tort guard and sent it off to Pickguardian to be duplicated in black/white/black material. The last of the pieces came in the other day. I put it all together then I dropped it off with Scott at Pittsburgh guitars so that he could really optimize the setup. (Of course I had flats installed at that time.)
I just picked it up. What a cool freaking bass!
The balance is great, no neck dive at all. It has a ton of different sounds available, it will take a bit to sort them all out.
The flame maple neck is stunning to my eyes.
I'm sort of partial to sunburst finishes with black pickguards and maple fingerboards.
As you know, Bass cabs are a science while guitar cabs are all about the driver. This design is from GreenBoy. a well know sound engineer who offers these plans free. Amazing cab that you can build for around $450 that will stand up to the top dollar boutique cabs costing $2K any day
I love Jazz basses too but this one really does it all for me. These are great all around workhorse basses.- IMHO
My 2010 Fender USA Precision Deluxe passive/active electronics and it still plays and looks new.