I've had the recording itch like crazy lately. I never much bought into the idea of having a ton of different instruments for different purposes. I decided recently that I would only ever keep 7 guitar-like instruments at a time--the number that fits on my biggest stand. I have a shitload of stands I can get rid of if you're in the Seattle area, by the way. Hit me up. (You can straight up have them. I don't care about selling them.) That said, I have found that with guitars, there just aren't many sounds I need. I have a HSH hardtail 7, a HSH trem'd 7 and a SSS stratocaster. That seems to cover anything I might do on guitar. Finding a bass to compliment what I do across multiple genres with those 3 instruments seems to be a bit more of a journey. I could buy devices that let me minimize my bass collection a bit more, but I like having the different tools for different jobs in THAT department. I have my parts bass that I pieced together from Fender / Squier parts. I ended up putting a bridge cover on it and going permanently muted on that one with flatwounds. It just nails certain sounds when I want that muted P bass sound and I kinda don't want it to do anything else. I have my 5 string J bass that *can* do anything, but I find myself using it most when I either need the extra range or don't know if I'll need it or not (rather have it and not need it, yea?) Then I have my Ibanez TMB600 that I converted to passive VVT. That thing is basically a jack of all trades. If any one of the other basses is down, I could shove something under the strings to mute it in a pinch but it just seems to sound like it fits no matter what strings I put on it. Not one of my main squeezes, but it's always there when you need it. I also have a Player Series Precision bass that I pretty much only bought because I could get it for the same price as a Squier and I REALLY like maple boards and that buttercream color. I'd been stalking Reverb.com for a used one for a LONG time beause I tried out a Player Series P Bass in the store and it didn't feel any nicer than my Squier P Bass to me, but I absolutely had to have that color. Serendipity, yea? I might still put a J Bass neck on it because that's just what I do. (I came very very close to pulling the trigger on an American Professional Precision Bass V that was only 950 USD. Someone should really save me from myself there...) I'm planning to use it as my unmuted version of the first bass I mentioned. (Sometimes you want that muted Motown sound, and sometimes you want the thump without the muted attack.) What do you use your different instruments for? Do you just like having a choice every day or do they have specific purposes?