Back in the day, Steve Harris used to call me, trying to persuade me into buying his Fender P Bass. I don’t know if you ever heard his name; he’s the bass player in an English band called Iron Maiden. That particular instrument was, as he told me, his favorite bass guitar. He was so persistent, that he almost got me into trading my second hand copy Aria P Bass, with his own custom made Fender P bass. Hell no, not me. I stood my ground for almost two years, back in the day.
Then one morning, and I do believe it was raining hard as I now recollect lovingly, I passed by the music store downtown, when I saw my next-to-buy bass guitar; Fender P bass, 4 strings , MIM (No, MIM doesn’t stand for Molecular Interaction Maps, if you get what I’m saying. It’s Made in Mexico). Steve was right after all; I fell in love with the bass instantly.Great feel, great sound, great tone. Mine has an amazing sunburst shade, with a black custom made pickguard, especially made by my best friend. Passive electronics and it’s all I ever used for twelve years. Till January 2013, when I…
bought my next bass guitar. Yamaha BB414 RBR (RBR standing for Raspberry Red). A four-string red thunder. It was the first time I was playing a bass guitar with two pickups, and I was amazed by its capabilities and its unique tone that the bridge pickup produced. For quite some time, I was torn between my two bass guitars. Fender or Yamaha? Yamaha or Fender? Should I stay, or should I go?For the most part of 2013, till now that is, I choose my Yamaha for the gigs. It just feels better to know I have a few more options for my sound, right down my fingers. I used it in a studio recording too, and it passed the test with flying colors. Hurray!
And then, another Yamaha came in the family. A newbie yet to be tested out in the wild, or in the studio or at gigs, if you prefer this wording. Yamaha RBX 374 BL (Black as Death himself), 4 strings, active, sweet. Yes, a winner in his genre, it will blow the drummer’s head off and leave the guitarists worried about their place in the band. And don’t get me started about the singer’s reaction to the new beast I will show them, or the girl’s, THE girl that plays keys and sings. I will torment them, my bass fire rekindled, till it bursts out in a flaming orgasm of bass riffs. Feel my bass, rockers!And so, that concludes my collection of bass guitars. Next time, I’ll talk to you about heads and cabinets, effects and multieffects, if you get what I mean.
Well, till next time, ta ta.