It’s probably helpful to know what I own/have owned and played in order to give you a gauge for my experience with instruments of different quality. So here’s a few lists 🙂

Basses/guitars, present:

  • Warwick Thumb 4 Bolt-on (Germany, 2004)
  • G&L Tribute L2000 (Indonesia, 2007)
  • Fender MIM Precision (Mexico, 2007)
  • SX (Essex) Precision copy (China, 2006)
  • Suzuki Les Paul copy (Japan, 1970’s)
  • Squier Affinity Telecaster (Indonesia, 2006)
  • Eko Ranger 6 Acoustic (Italy, 1967)

Basses/guitars, past:

  • Fender Standard Jazz (Mexico, 2004)
  • Ibanez ATK300 (Korea, 1996)
  • No-name Gibson EB-0 copy (unknown)
  • Yamaha RBX-5 (Taiwan?, 1987)
  • Vester 5-string (Japan/Korea)
  • Stewart Spector Design NS-4 (Korea, 1993)
  • Ibanez RX-something (unknown)

Amplification, present:

  • Tech 21 Landmark 300 head (300 W into 4 ohm load)
  • Tech 21 RBI pre-amp
  • Tubeworks RT-902 pre-amp
  • Carver PM 1.5 stereo power amp (450/650 per side into 8 / 4 ohms)
  • ART PS4x4 power supply/conditioner
  • Alesis Quadraverb GT multi-fx & pre-amp
  • SWR Goliath Jr. II (upgraded drivers to handle 500 W @ 8 ohms)
  • Warwick W116 (old German cab, 300 W @ 8 ohms)

Amplification, past:

  • Trace Elliot Vintage Series 1248H (4×12 – beautiful tone, but just too heavy)
  • Jade Systems Hurricane 250 (2×125 W power amps in a 210 combo)
  • Jade Systems 15″ cab

Effects, present:

  • Boss AW-3 Auto-wah, CE-2b Bass Chorus, FS-5U Footswitch, LS-2 Line Selector, MT-2 Metal Zone, NS-2 Noise Gate & TR-2 Tremolo
  • EHX Big Muff pi (rare 1977 op-amp version)
  • EHX Bass Balls USA reissue
  • Ibanez DE-7 Delay, FC-10 Fat Cat Distortion, PM-7 Phase Modulator
  • Digitech Control 8 midi foot controller

Effects, past:

  • Boss HR-2 Harmonist, OC-3 Super Octave, SYB-3 Bass Synthesizer
  • Dunlop 105Q Bass Wah
  • Tech 21 Bass Driver DI

So there you have it – I’ve used anything from dirt cheap (SX Precision) to quite good (Warwick Thumb).

cheers,

c-

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