Dave's Bass Gear

Over the years, I have spent a great deal of time, energy, and money, learning about bass gear. Thankfully, I have been able to gain a basic understanding of the different types of bass equipment and what it is that I like to use.

Here's a look at my current collection of bass gear. All of these instruments are played regularly as needed for gigs, recording sessions, and jams.

-Dave Gagnon




MTD 635 Spalted Maple Top

    MTD 635
  • Mahogany Body
  • Spalted Maple Top
  • Maple Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 35" Scale
  • 24 Frets
  • Buzz Feiten Tuning System

Whenever I am in need of an extended range bass, this 6-string is my first choice. Even though I am not always able to use the full upper range of this instrument on every gig, the lower register sounds so good that I find it hard to leave this bass at home!

MTD 635 Spalted Maple Top

    Fodera NYC-5 Deluxe
  • Ash Body
  • Quilted Maple Top
  • Maple Fingerboard
  • 34" Scale
  • 21 Frets
  • Mike Pope 2-Band Pre-Amp
Here is a bright sounding 5-string that can really cut through a mix. It is comfortable to play and is balanced very well for both standing and sitting posture. I really like the Pope/Fodera electronics. They sound natural to me, and cut or boost just the right frequencies. There is also an active/passive switch that I really like too!

MTD 635 Spalted Maple Top
    Modulus Quantum 4
  • Alder Body
  • Quilted Maple Top
  • Carbon Fiber Neck
  • Composite Fingerboard
  • 35" Scale
  • Bartolini Pickups
  • 3-Band Preamp
This was my main instrument for about 6 years before I decided to get into extended range basses. This is a killer instrument!

MTD 635 Spalted Maple Top
    Mike Lull V4
  • Light-Weight Ash Body
  • Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 34" Scale
  • 21 Frets
  • Passive Electronics
  • Hipshot D-Tuner
Mike Lull makes some great sounding basses that are super light-weight! I purchased this bass directly from the Mike Lull Custom Guitars shop in Bellevue, Washington.

I brought this Mike Lull Jazz Bass into the studio to record for a Philadelphia Music Producer and he loved it! He said that it was a lot "smoother" sounding than other basses. It really sits in the recording mix quite well, especially with a slight low-end boost.




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