Update - the above list has changed a lot given many of those have left the stable, plus I'm mostly only doing fill-in gigs these days. I've only still got two of the basses mentioned, but have added a couple of others.Aussie Mark wrote: ↑22 Jul 2013, 10:491,2 and 3: Most of my gigs are with the Stones tribute show, so that means that my most used basses are the short scales. Of the shorties, the most used is the Gibson SG Reissue, because it is bulletproof, sounds perfect for the Stones tunes, and is light and easy to use as a weapon in dodgy pubs. The Duesenberg Starplayer is a fabulous instrument all round, and gets a run almost as often as the SG, but generally confined to nice cushy club and corporate gigs. The Ampeg Dan Armstrong reissue looks cool, plays really well, but sounds thin and weak, so only gets a gig where we're doing a special set that covers the Mick Taylor-era material only.
4. My next most frequent gig is the Doors show, and since I bought the paisley single coil Nash it is getting all those gigs these days.
5. My dakota red Nash P would be the next most used bass in the arsenal, it's a great all rounder.
6. Cataldo Fenderbird is my first choice most of the time for my original rock gigs with The Volts.
7. The Darkstar P is set up permanently a half step lower, for my gigs with Richard Madden, plus the Darkstar is the prefect pickup for a blues rock power trio.
8. Musicman Big Al. Not that I don't like it, on the contrary it is an absolutely brilliant bass, but other than sometimes getting a gig behind the Fenderbird, I'm not regularly playing in a band where it would be a visual fit. If I were playing a mixed cover band doing anything from the 60's to now, it would be my first choice, being such a versatile instrument though. Sometimes I'll take it along to a gig where we're doing an extra covers sets before or after the Stones show, as we do quite a bit at corporate and private gigs.
9. Tokai Hard Puncher. Again, a very nice P bass, but it's been relegated to backup duties since I bought the paisley Nash. It's definitely expendable, but it cost me less than $500, so it's a no brainer to keep it, given what a good bass it is.
10. Ampeg AEB-1. It doesn't just sit on the wall, but it hasn't been to a gig yet. It will, when the right gig comes along. I plan on using it at a blues gig sometime, and I'd also love to use it if I score a folk or some type of miscellaneous style of gig LOL
1. Fender Fullerton era American Vintage P (sunburst, flats) - I default to this because it fits in every band I fill in with. Whether I'm the white Darryl Jones in the Stones tribute, playing in the soul/funk/disco party band I fill in with, or the pub rock cover band I fill in with, it works perfectly in all those settings.
2. Nash Paisley single coil P (flats) - gets a run for one set in the disco party band and when I do an occasional Doors tribute
3. MIJ Fender P (black, strung with rounds) - ACDC tribute, original rock gigs
4. Nash single coil P (surf green, flats) - our sixties soul/Motown cover band
5. Duesenberg Starplayer (flats) - when I feel like playing a shortie in the Stones tribute
6. Ibanez RB924CS (flats) - sometimes in the disco party band
7. Greco TBII single pup thunderbird - original rock, sometimes in the pub rock cover band