Jump to content
Please note: You can easily log in to MPN using your Facebook account!

when do you get rid of a bass?


dcr

Recommended Posts

OK, I'm torn. Here's the deal. I bought my Ric 4003 in the mid-90s, & it's been my #1 bass. But last December I bought a Jazz, & it's been my #1 bass ever since. My other bass, which is #2, is a Sterling (fretless). Notice that #1 & #2 are both really the J-bass thing.

 

As a result, the Ric hasn't gotten out of the case too much in many, many months (I've only played out with it once this year, & that was while the J was in the shop getting new pickups). When I bought the J, it was because it had a feel & sound I just wasn't getting from the Ric.

 

This week, I went back to the Ric because I thought there were some songs it'd sound good on this weekend. But now I find that I feel awkward with it; somehow it doesn't feel natural, & I end up playing hesitantly, & just not sounding like myself. Guess what? I taking the J this weekend after all. (And it'll do just fine.)

 

Part of me says that the Ric isn't me anymore, and I should sell it. Another part of me, though, says that I should start playing it regularly again & get back to feeling used to it. I'm also really hesitant to sell it because I don't want to regret losing what is, really, one GREAT sounding bass, with good playability; I think it's one of the "good ones."

 

When is it time?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 41
  • Created
  • Last Reply

It's time when:

 

a) you KNOW you'll never regret getting rid of it

 

OR

 

b) when you need the $$$ more than you need the bass

 

OR

 

c) the confluence of both (a) & (b).

I used to think I was Libertarian. Until I saw their platform; now I know I'm no more Libertarian than I am RepubliCrat or neoCON or Liberal or Socialist.

 

This ain't no track meet; this is football.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I love Rics as well DCR but I own a J. I've always looked at a Ric as a niche Bass. You know, great if your playing some prog rock etc but not flexible enough for most things. The J on the other hand can do most things well. I don't know, the only time I'd let one go I suppose is if I "never" played it or needed the cash. Drop a Precision with some flatwounds in there and you'd be covered for almost anything.

- Jon

-----

You have the right to remain in the groove, any solos cannot be used against you, you have the right to snap and pop, if you cannot snap and pop, two fingers can provide the funk just fine.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Depends on who you ask.

 

I have a feeling that PJR and SteveC might have a different view of this question than, let's say, Tom "I'll keep my Gibson until you pry it from my cold, dead fingers (even if I play my Kinal more often now)" Capasso.

 

If you don't need the cash, I'd keep it. If you do need the cash, I'd assess how badly you need it. Do you need it 'cause you've got GAS for something else (e.g., an extension cab for your new G-B combo) or because you've already rec'd a couple of eviction notices ( ;) )?

 

From your account, I think you'd still have some regret tied up in the transaction.

 

Peace.

spreadluv

 

Fanboy? Why, yes! Nordstrand Pickups and Guitars.

Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Originally posted by basshappi:

Never- My wife can sell them when I die![/quote

 

I had a 76 Natural PBass, maple board, Leo Quan, tapped Dimarzios, it was my pride and joy. When I got married I quit playing gigs and let my wife talk me into selling it. We did need the money but, I'll never do that again. I still miss it.

- Jon

-----

You have the right to remain in the groove, any solos cannot be used against you, you have the right to snap and pop, if you cannot snap and pop, two fingers can provide the funk just fine.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If you can afford it, never sell anything.

 

If you can't, I would wait until a year went by without me opening the case before I sold an instrument.

 

Even then, there's one that I regret selling (but honestly, I don't really need it).

 

But whether you need an instrument or not, what does that have anything to do with it?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Originally posted by jeremyc:

But whether you need an instrument or not, what does that have anything to do with it?

Jeremy, if you're referring to my use of the word "need," I meant it in reference only the needing cash (your affordability point). Just wanted to clarify. :)

 

I agree, whether you need the instrument or not has nothing to do with whether you keep it. :)

spreadluv

 

Fanboy? Why, yes! Nordstrand Pickups and Guitars.

Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Basses are instruments.

I love playing them...I love making music...I love performing.

My Basses are the vehicle for me to do what I love.

 

That said.....I don't get emotionally attached to any one instrument. I have my favorites.....but once a bass no longer helps me do the things I love to do...it's time to go.

Never a regret.

 

.....so why do I have 10 basses ???

Good Question !!

:)

 

PJR

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm about to sell a Wal. I don't know why, but I've never really loved it, even though I recognise it's a great bass. It was my first ever bass when I switched from guitar so that should be an extra reason for affection. As soon as I bought my Nathan East I preferred everything about it - the look, the sound, the ergonomics, the 5th string, the balance (slight neck dive on the Wal), the fact that even with the 5 string neck it was no heavier than the Wal and the neck was just as fast as the 4 string Wal's.

 

The Wal became a never-used back up bass until I got my Lakland, at which point it drifted to 3rd choice. I've just shelled out for a new preamp, power amp and and cabs thus incurring expenditure on the family budget that I feel guilty about. And I've learned that though the Wal's list price is lower than my other two basses, and it is my least favourite, it's probably worth more than either of my other basses on the second-hand market.

 

In the circumstances pure logic dictates that it's got to go. But then of course I go to the Wal sites on the web to check value and Wal fans are rhapsodising about the best basses ever made, and I wonder if they've got a point; I can't resist pluggint it into my new rig and it's sounding SOOOOo much better than it ever did before........

 

But as I say, logic dictates that it's got to go and it will!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Originally posted by CMDN:

Don't sell it.

 

You're gonna want it again someday. Just wait and see.

Erik knows all, Erik sees all. I've wound up regretting selling 2 of the 3 basses I've parted ways with. And I just feel sorry for the poor bastard who bought that POS Peavey B-Quad 5 from me. Those basses were a good idea, but unfortunately had really piss-poor hardware.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm going through the same thing right now. I have an acoustic bass that I love, but it just doesn't fit into what I want to do. I don't use it often, if at all for shows, practice, etc. AND I need the $$$ to purchase myself something avatar if you know what I mean. So I'm in a bind, and I think that E-bay is soon to have another acoustic bass cross it's path. If anyone is interested... not to be selling over the theads but simply to be "relating" just know that I'm thinking about it, and sent me a pm if you are interest!

www.geocities.com/nk_bass/enter.html

 

Still working on it...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've sold a lot of basses, some of which were pretty sweet. The bottom line for me is: I'm a player, not a collector. I live in a tiny place and frankly, I don't have room for a bass that won't get used. Plus, I think it's a sin to keep a good bass locked away in a closet when it could be making music in somebody else's hands. So if I find myself not playing an instrument out for an extended period... off it goes!

 

At the moment, I find myself with 3 fretted electrics, perhaps one more than I really need. But I force myself to keep each one in active rotation. Each one has a unique and beautiful personality, and is able to hold its own against the others.

 

If I were you, I'd force yourself to take your Ric out on some gigs. And maybe spend more time practicing on it. And if you still just can't get back into it, if you can't see yourself using it, then either it's a collection investment or it's time to pawn it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sell something only if you can see yourself never playing it.

 

I used to own a '78 Fender P-Bass. It was my first bass, but it was definately a lemon from the 70's, not a good one. It exhibited none of the thick lows that good P-Basses are known for...just bloomy boom. I sold it after buying my Stingray.

 

Then there was the fretless Ibanez Soundgear 4-string I bought. It was thin and wimpy sounding, would disappear in the mix, and its neck was way to thin. I traded it in when I bought my Zon Legacy 4 Fretless.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If an unused bass is something that cannot be replaced, then I'd keep it. The odds are good that a new/used Ric can be had for the next 10 years. If it were a 5-string, lefty, Steinberger you'd never find another.

 

It looks like your arsenal has the "Jazz bass" role filled (by a Jazz, in fact). You've got the fretless covered. Maybe you need to add the P-bass role (a 5-string, maybe?).

 

I sold a great 4-string MIA Jazz for a 5-string Am. Deluxe. The kid who ended up with the 4-string CHERISHES that bass. He is devoted to it. I let it sit around. Musical justice for that instrument. I can always get another 4 string if I wanted to.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well, I've only owned two bases (and I still own them), so my opinion may not be the most objective, but here it is anyway: If you're not sure and you don't need the money, then absolutely do not sell it. It seems to me that one of those two (either being sure you can live without it or needing the money) is a necessary (but not necessarily sufficient) condition. It sounds like neither is true, though, so wait until one is, and then ask the question again...
Link to comment
Share on other sites

i'm one of those people that think you should never get rid of a bass unless you really need the money but you should only use the money earned on a new bass and nothing else. also, never sell your first bass you'll regret it later.
I fell down, down, down in a burning ring of fire. R.I.P. JOHNNY CASH!
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Originally posted by imAmisfit138:

...but you should only use the money earned on a new bass and nothing else.

I've got to disagree here. Sometimes "needing" the money has to do with avoiding getting a car repossessed or being evicted or needing to pay for a medical expense because you're not insured or have totally unreasonable coverage.

 

dcr, you could always sell the Ric and use the $$$ to laminate every page of your dissertation...or not. :D;)

spreadluv

 

Fanboy? Why, yes! Nordstrand Pickups and Guitars.

Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I made the decision to sell off my fretless and an LP Bass based on this...

 

I need a more powerful amp head, and I can't afford a new one without it (though, after digging around, that may not be true...*g*)

 

I'm also not comfortable with the feel of the LP anymore. I've gotten spoiled by lighter basses with thinner necks, and I'd like to pick up another Ibanez or Yamaha.

 

And the most important reason...I've got two, so I can hang one on the wall, like the piece of art that it is... :thu:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...