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#1
I wondering on your opinion of what a bass player need (besides the obvious awsner of a bass)

I personally think a bass player should have the following
Standard tuned bass
Drop d tuned bass
Acoustic guitar (for writing songs)
Acoustic bass (for practise)
and effect pedals

I only 1 bass (standard) acoustic guitar and a effect pedal
Saving up for a new bass though but only got like 40$ in my guitar fund
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#2
A bass, an amp, and a massive libido.
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#3
amp, cable, maybe picks. a bass player doesnt need much more than that

besides creativity and the will to practice and play that is


but those things are always nice to have lol
#5
Why would a bassist write songs with a guitar and not the instrument he/she is the most familiar with?
#6
lol, drop D-tuned bass. If you're going to have a second bass, at least tune it to something irregular that actually needs adjustments to the bridge.

You ONLY need an amp, bass, cable, and your mind.

I suggest every bassist have that plus an electric tuner, picks, and maybe a guitar for fun.
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#7
Quote by Lendorav
Why would a bassist write songs with a guitar and not the instrument he/she is the most familiar with?


because.....i find it fun and effective to write lyrics then add bass riffs then add guitar parts to so my lazy guitar player only needs to learn how to play it. besides its just plain fun to dick around on a guitar every once in a while.
Oh to the person who laughed at the drop d comment, its pretty usefull to have one during a gig its alot better than having to tuneyour bass to drop d or w/e its alot faster to just wip out a second bass
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#8
bassist + picks= NO!

play using your fingers. sounds better.

and everyone else is right, you only need a bass, strap, amp, cable. maybe some effects.
#9
Quote by Guitarplaymetal
bassist + picks= NO!

play using your fingers. sounds better.

and everyone else is right, you only need a bass, strap, amp, cable. maybe some effects.


Guitarist telling bassists how to play =no...

seriously dude, if you play guitar why are saying bassists shouldn't use a pick? its all a matter of opinion on whether fingers sound better, its up to personal preference (I prefer playing with fingers, others may not). You can't get the same tone as you would using a pick if you are using your fingers, so a pick can be practical at times.
#10
Quote by Guitarplaymetal
bassist + picks= NO!

play using your fingers. sounds better.

and everyone else is right, you only need a bass, strap, amp, cable. maybe some effects.

You're not God. When you are your opinion will matter. Not before.

As for me, I just have a hard case, one bass, an electric guitar (plus an acoustic and two other electrics if you count my father's I steal) a tuner, strap, lead and two amps. Ones small and crappy that I got with my first bass, and I keep it if my main one busts and I want to play. Like now. The house's electrics went wacko. My mom's hair dryer blew up and my amp's stopped working. I'm assuming it's the fuse, but haven't got round to looking yet.

(And I have a collection of plectrums, because I think they look nice)
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The power to feel with others give.
Calm, calm me more; nor let me die
Before I have begun to live.

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#11
Having two basses w/different tunings is handy,other than that an
amp,strap,effects,leads and picks.

P.S. Guitar? For fun? Bass should be fun or you should find a new
instrument to play.
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#12
A bass, a cable, and some sort of amplification device.
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#13
Quote by Marshall812
Or...one bass and a tuner.


or one bass and a pair of ears.

anyway i'm in a gigging band and i'm the main songwriter aswell, plus we use different tunings so i need:

a rig (preferably SWR but any make will really do)
2 5 string basses (one for standard, 1 for 1/2 step)
1 4 string bass for drop C tuning
4 electric guitars, for standard, flat, drop c, and b tunings
1 acoustic guitar
a guitar amp
straps sstrings stands, cases etc...
a WHOLE HOST of recording stuff
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#14
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a massive libido.


Hell... that's all I need!

But I do have my "bag of tricks' which contain a range of what I consider essentials from a 1/8th inch jack-to-jack lead with adaptors to some nail clippers.
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#16
bassist needs a guitarist!
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#17
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bassist needs a guitarist!

or a drummer

rhythm section ftw
#19
Style, every good bass player has style
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#20
Quote by BassistGal
A bass, a cable, and some sort of amplification device.


I'd only add 'groove' to that list.

I don't know 'bout y'all, but I always right music on my bass. I do noodle/come up with chord progressions and riffs on my acoustic guitar or keyboards from time to time, but the serious writing process takes place on the bass.
#22
I don't know what the point of two basses is even though they're used with different tunings, all you need is a bass, amp, cable, strap, picks if you don't play with your fingers, and that's about it
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#23
I agree first off i use both pick and fingers mostly fingers but for fast notes i cant use three fingers yet so i use a pick second, i feel a basssit needs, cable, amp, a regular tuned bass, (screw those who sharp tune or wateva) and an internet connection just in case they need a website to them some theory
#24
Make something either lower or something more out there thn drop D.....You can do that by ear......You mostly need a bass and an amp really...the amp includes cables..
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#25
Quote by BassistGal
A bass, a cable, and some sort of amplification device.


+1
just add fingers, makes it's own sauce.

i also have a good tuner,
an Alesis SR-16 drum machine
a Strat, (mij)
a Yamaha FG375SII acoustic
a couple of keyboards
a strong desire to improve my musical ability.
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#26
all a bass player needs is four strings and the funk
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#27
1.bass
2.cable
3.10,000watt amp!
4.enough cabs to handle that mofo!
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#28
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bassist + picks= NO!



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#29
Oh that Jean Luke. hahaha
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Peavey vb-2
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#30
All a bass player needs is a bass with enough strings to suite their preference and enough chops to play something. But for fun, meh, here's a list

4-String Bass
5 or 6 String Bass just in case
A big enough amp so you can here yourself over the drummer
A strap
A few effects
Maybe a pick or two
Oh yeah, hands tend to help
#31
You forgot skill, groove, rhythm and feel
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#33
I think you should have

1 Acoustic 4 string bass
1 Acoustic 5 string bass
1 Electric 4 string bass
1 Electric 5 string bass
casses
amp
picks
cable
tuner
strings

that's about it, and then maybe a distortion pedal and what not.
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#34
A bassist needs to be happy with their role, and happy with what they do for the band.
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#35
Very interesting concept. I think a proper bass player needs the following:

A main axe
A fretless
A practice amp
A giggable amp
Compression
A SansAmp Bass Driver DI
A chorus pedal
A 3" strap
An acoustic guitar for songwriting
A spare set of flatwounds
The ability to tune by ear
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and most importantly

ALL DISTORTIONS MUST BE MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR BASS. Friends (and enemies) of thefitz know of which pedal I speak.
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#36
Quote by Marshall812
Or...one bass and a tuner.

exactly. theres no point in having 2 seperate basses just for different tunings.
as for me , you need:
a bass, a strap, an amp, creativity, desire to play. and a chord...
#37
Quote by thefitz
and most importantly

ALL DISTORTIONS MUST BE MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR BASS. Friends (and enemies) of thefitz know of which pedal I speak.



Yes, but 'that' pedal does pretty well in keeping the low end for a non-bass specific pedal, and gives a nice fuzz tone for the upper register.
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#38
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Yes, but 'that' pedal does pretty well in keeping the low end for a non-bass specific pedal, and gives a nice fuzz tone for the upper register.


Yeah, and apparently you can mod the pedal to bypass lows altogether. THAT should be standard.
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#39
Quote by even deeper
exactly. theres no point in having 2 seperate basses just for different tunings.
as for me , you need:
a bass, a strap, an amp, creativity, desire to play. and a chord...


I wouldn't say that. It is much easier to have a second axe for drastically different tunings (think Drop C)
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#40
Quote by thefitz
Yeah, and apparently you can mod the pedal to bypass lows altogether. THAT should be standard.


Do you have a link to this legendary mod? I have googled for hours and couldn't find it (not that I actually own one to mod but some day...)

And on topic.

What is the point in a Drop tuned bass when you could install a D tuner on you bass instead?

All you need is bass, lead and amp. The rest are accessories. Useful maybe, but not needed to play bass.
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