FOR MOST OF MY 30-PLUS YEARS OF BASS PLAYING, I rarely strayed from my trusty 1983 Steinberger. It can play rings around most boutique axes even today, but as you can imagine, the looks from my fellow musicians were getting stranger with each passing decade. Well, I can be glad that my friends nudged me into the 21st century, because there are so many terrific basses out there today that I’ve happily swung from one extreme to the other. I keep reminding myself that each bass really is different, and of course, they all sound great through my Genz-Benz STL 6.0 210T 2x10 combo.
In the first photo, left to right, are my Rickenbacker 4003, Fender American Deluxe 5-string, Fender American Deluxe, Music Man StingRay HH, Carvin SB-4001, Warwick Corvette $$ 6-string, Warwick Corvette $$ 5-string, fretless Warwick Corvette $$, and Warwick Corvette $$. In the second photo, from left to right, are my Alembic BBSB4, fretless Breedlove Atlas Solo BJ350/CMe4, Spector USA Shorty, Spector NS-4H2-EX, Steinberger L2, and Martin BCPA4.
Thanks to the folks at South Shore Music in Weymouth, Massachusetts, for tracking these beauties down and keeping them in peak condition—I’d never be able to keep up with it on my own, and clearly, now would not be a good time for me to lose the day job!