I’ll try to answer this question by putting my current music life under the spotlight. Here is a list of my recent bands, and how good my alternative basses match them.
|Band||Style||P with flats||P with nickels||J with steels|
|Cenk Soyak||Power Trio||1||2||3|
|Istanbul Funk Unit||Funk||1||3||2|
Let’s summarize the scores.
|Subject||P with flats||P with nickels||J with steels|
As you see, the total scores are close. It could seem like I could get by with any of those basses. However; that’s not the case at all. Each bass is the primary choice for different bands. Therefore; each bass will work great on some gigs and inadequate on others.
P with nickels is at least the second best choice for any band. I could have “only” a P bass with rounds, and fulfill my role as a bassist – but not ideally all the time. Having “only” a P with flats or a J would be perfect for some of my gigs, but jeopardize the rest.
The best choice is to own all of the aforementioned basses simultaneously.
Although most people play other instruments or other styles of music, their need for multiple guitars could probably be justified likewise.
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