Left is a picture of me from 1986 with my first real bass, the Rickenbacker 4001 - I still have this beauty.
Now, I play a lot of other instruments as you will see below, and I am looking a bit different from way back then...
Right is a recent photo (Credits and Kudos to Joshua Merrill at M-Audio for the pic) of me holding my main axe, the fretted 6-string Peavey "Grind" bass.
My Current Arsenal:
(this set of instruments is a collection I have been slowly adding to since 1975.
As you might guess, being a mostly broke-ass musician for many years, I could not afford to buy pricey designer axes,
so most of these cost me less than $500 at the time I got them. Still, they have real value to me,
I apologize in advance for some of the images, they are too low-rez, sorry.)
The Peavey "Grind" 6-string fretted bass, with natural wood finish
The Washburn 6-string fretted bass, with natural wood finish
the Ibanez Aria Pro II 5-string bass (modded to fretless)
The rare and unusual Fender Performer 4-string bass with sunburst finish
The gold-flecked Carlo Robelli 8-string bass
the Rickenbacker 4001 4-string bass (built in 1973)
the CE Ministar "Mini-Jazz" 4-string "Travel" bass
The Chapman STICK© 10-string 'Alto' touchboard.
& of course, I love to play my classic MOOG TAURUS bass pedals! I'm fortunate to own this!
**WISH DEPT: I used to own an upright acoustic bass
(it's shown in a picture on my photo gallery page)
but I had to sell it, so I hope to get another of those
I'm also interested in getting a double-neck bass with a fretless and fretted neck, and maybe a 5-string fretless travel bass.
...just in case any of my relatives or benefactors are reading this and want to do me a solid...