I STARTED PLAYING BASS 30 YEARS AGO, when I was 13. Right from the beginning, I had a crush not only on the sound of bass but also on the instruments. I played in a Brazilian progressive rock band that demanded different sounds, and over the years, I’ve owned 63 basses. The 14 instruments in this photo are the ones I’ve held on to—they’re now my collection.
Sitting on the sofa, left to right, are a 1983 Aria Pro II SB Elite-II (my favorite axe), 2006 60th Anniversary Fender Jazz Bass, 2001 Rickenbacker 4003, 1980 Fender Precision Special, 2003 Warwick FNA JazzMan, fretless 2004 Music Man StingRay, 1986 Ibanez RB760, 1987 Yamaha BB5000, and a 1986 Ibanez Musician MC2924. In the front row, left to right, are a 2000 Yamaha RBX765A, 2009 Condor BBA-4, 2000 Washburn AB-34 Acoustic, 2004 Crafter BA400EQ/FL, and a 1985 Westone Dinasty XB200. Each of these basses has a soul and a history that I can feel every time I plug them in. I like to use different string types and gauges to extract the best of each bass: nickel or stainless steel roundwounds, flatwounds on the hollowbody, half-rounds on the fretless, phosphor-bronze on the acoustic, and black nylon tapewounds on the fretless acoustic so that it sounds like an upright.
Completing my arsenal are two combos, a Hartke Kickback 1x15 and an Ashdown EB15-180 EVO II. To color the sound of these monsters, I have a Boss BCB-60 pedalboard with an OC-3 Super Octave, ODB-3 Bass Overdrive, GEB-7 Bass Equalizer, CEB-3 Bass Chorus, BF-3 Flanger, and a DD-3 Digital Delay.
My basses are good fellows who never let me down, and in return, I take care of them.