Hello again! I know I’ve kept you guys waiting and that’s not very nice. Especially since the second day was when I really looked into the gear that was offered there. I know that’s really what y’all care about. Hell, it’s all I care about.
The big room over at SIR was filled to the brim, packed to the gills, with bass. Bass guitars, bass amps, bass pickups, bass strings, bass picks, and anything and everything else. Carvin, Sadowsky, Aguilar, D’addario, Dunlop, Ampeg, Ashdown, Eden, Elixir Strings, Mesa/Boogie, Spector, La Bella, Kala U-Bass, TC Electronic, Tech 21… oh my goodness. I died and went to bass heaven. And all of the people who were running the booths were extremely awesome! I made some great friends at those booths.
I hung out at the Carvin booth for some time and really got to understand how they model and build their instruments. Their basses are slick and lightweight, making them the perfect bass for a player who needs to move fast and play with precision. They also look super rad, with bright bold colors to catch any eye. I think they’re definitely one of the leading contenders for the most versatile and most respected bass companies.
Another booth I spent quite a lot of time at was Bass Strings Online. They had very knowledgeable people working the booth that were very eager to talk about all the different kinds of strings they offered. They had multiple basses set up, all so that they could help each bass player discover their favorite string. And all at a bargain! After I got home and looked up the prices on their website, I was floored! I’m definitely only getting my strings through Bass Strings Online. Definitely check them out!
Finally, the booth that I spent most of my time at was the Sadowsky booth. Ever since I was a young bass player, I decided that Sadowsky basses were the best basses on the market. Now, many years later, I am still convinced. I’ve met the Sadowsky guys over the years at NAMM and I always look forward to seeing them again. Especially since they bring so many beautiful basses with them. Also, they attract some pretty cool people like Marcus Miller and Talk Wilkenfeld, both of whom showed up to play at the Sadowsky booth.
Overall, Bass Player Live was a great experience and I can’t wait to get there again. If you’re thinking of going, I urge you to. I learned more and played more in that weekend then I will for years to come. Definitely worth it!