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The one that got away.


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I'm sure most of us has a story of that one piece of gear that got away.

- A sweet instrument you sold.

- Outbid on ebay.

- Smashed and broken.

- Amp caught fire.

- Stupidly lent it to the wrong person or

- Left it on the bus.

 

I was looking at some old photos today and I saw more than one.

 

My first "project" guitar. A Peavy Predator, strat copy. A real cheapo (I got it for $50). I hotrodded the wiring and did some other wacked stuff too. I swapped it for a piece of crap. It really was a great one that more importantly gave me the confidence to build the next...

 

A MIM Jazz.. Got it with a really warped neck, swapped that out (bought one off a guy for $5). The frets were filed down almost to the board I swapped the bridge Jazz pickup (unknown origin), routed it out and added a Quarter Pound P PU (JPJ config). Added a "bass mdified" varitone, on/off switches for each PU, a midrange control, and a beefed up volume pot. It took a lot of tinkering but I eventually I got 5 great sounds out of it, and a couple of bad ones that if I was willing open up it up once more, I could have tweaked it to perfection. The sounds I did get, made me want to play it and not F it up. With all the stuff I did, I should have made a control cavity and not mount everything to the pick guard. Sold it. Cheap... Stupid stupid stupid. :cry:

 

Soon after, I was bidding on a Ric 4001.. I lost it by $12. I wasn't able to connect from work. :mad: That was one from a old site called

"Rock Auction". I really miss them. Basicly you were bidding on used stuff, with acurate descriptions of everything, from a music store (Daddy's Junky Music I believe). Man I miss that site.

 

And then.. and then.. I could go on....

If you think my playing is bad, you should hear me sing!
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Pre-CBS Fender Mustang bass. Black with a rosewood fingerboard.

 

And a Fender brown face amp.

 

Color Sound wah pedal, just like Jimi's.

 

And an American Deluxe Strat Plus like Clapton plays on the Hyde Park DVD.

 

Oh and a Kustom 4x10 guitar amp with white and silver sparkle padding.

 

That's my list.

 

P.S...

 

There is a photo in my high school yearbook, of me playing through the white Kustom amp in 1978 on the stage of the school gym. I'm playing a Telecaster through it, with an Electro Harmonix Little Muff pedal. Definitely a keeper photo!

 

:thu::D

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Ouch!

Most of mine hurt because I had a hand in their creation. Anything of any real monetary value I've managed to hold on to. I have vowed to keep everything from now on... Except maybe some bum cables.

If you think my playing is bad, you should hear me sing!
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Her name was clairice, beautiful brunette, kindest most gentle heart. I was too busy trying to be cool.

 

Oh wait, you mean gear? Oh, easy, a through neck late '70's ibanez something or another way back when. I got the coolest sound out of that thing.

Check out my work in progress.
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Eighties Tele reissue (MIJ)for a Crown power amp

Aria Pro II Integra (around 1990) for a Parametric eq

Carvin lb20 upgraded with the lb70's pre-amp for 2000 AM. Std. P-Bass

 

I hope I never trade in another axe; I miss them all. :cry:

"Start listening to music!".

-Jeremy C

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My first bass - it was sold to me as a '63 Precision (which meant nothing to me at the time) in 1973 for $125. I sold it 2 years later for $350 to buy the biggest P.O.S. I've ever owned. Bad decision. I tried to buy it back every year, until I lost track of it.

 

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Jim

Jim

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My Ibanez Musician 940, factory fretless.

The only bass I have bought new, saved all summer with a layaway hanging over me.

Played that bass exclusively for 6 years, got a 5 string fretted, and sold the fretless for rent money.

Never have seen another one as nice.

 

Peace,

 

wraub

 

I'm a lot more like I am now than I was when I got here.

 

 

 

 

 

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I've held on to the '69 Gibson EB3 that I bought used in '72. I regret losing the bridge cover (the chrome was mostly gone when I got it). If I thought of it's collector value, I'd regret putting in the Univox RIC-copy pickup at the bridge. But these things have so little collector value (and it was pretty beat when I got it), that I don't regret it.

 

After being out of gigging for a while, I needed to buy an amp. Something small for churches. I though every combo in the price range ($3-400) lacked lows. One store I walked into had an old Kustom 2x12 - I knew that it would bring the bottom. The guy offered me two used heads - an old GK model that included a built-in phase shifter, and a Carvin guitar amp. I took the Carvin head to save $25. Bad decision...

 

Not bad compares with so many that sold their first bass.

 

My biggest losses have always come from saying stupid things - it's my brain that keeps getting away....

 

Tom

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Acoustic Color

 

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt

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MIJ '62 strat reissue. One of the nicest playing,and glassy sounding strats I have ever played. Sold it for $350 to a friend of mine who put Fralins in it and plays it all the time. I still don't own a guitar. I'd like that one back.

 

I bought a refinished '61 p bass for $1500 a few years ago. It weighed a little over 7 pounds and was SO resonant. I played it with the tone knob almost off and with TI flats. It sounded SO good. I traded it for a Lull MV5 thats long gone.

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This is a tough one. I wish I could have kept all my gear. If I had to pick, I think it would be the Ken Smith Anniversary models I let go.

 

One was a 4 string. Lacewood body. Incredible.

The other was a Quilt Maple 5 string.

 

Both were BSRJmodels. 3 band, gold hardware, that cool detail where the head joins the neck, great playing and soundign instruments. The Lacewood was 1 of 5 made, the Quilt Maple was 1 of 19. I've actually searched for them , but no luck.

 

If anyone sees tham, let me know......

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Hmmm. I guess I just don't care. I've even given equipment to people who I thought needed some encouragement and were not in a good place financially. If I lost what I have right now, THAT would hurt. Not only is it right for me, but it adds up to a fairly large investment and is not all easily replaceable. But I just can't get that worked up about stuff that's way back when.

 

But then, if it were one of Adrian's basses, or a 6 string Dingwall, maybe I could ; }

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Originally posted by Edendude:

JB...

That is such a freakin' cool photo!

:thu:

hehe!! That was taken the first day I had it. Never played an instrument, completely clueless, bought it on a whim. Didn't know how to tune it, didn't even know any notes.

 

Dad said (while taking the pic) - "OK Mr. Musician - play me a song!" (Always the cynic).

 

"Dad - this is a bass, you don't play songs - you play riffs". (like I said - clueless)

 

...and thus it began.

 

I've kept a photo journal of every band/project/phase I've been thru.

 

It provides endless laughs and entertainment for my 14 year old daughter...

 

...Just wait 'til I show her (soon-to-be) boyfriends some of those baby pics I took!!!!

 

Payback...

 

Jim

Jim

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natural finish 1978 fender musicmaster...sold it at a loss to apply cash to high credit card balance, the money didn't make it to the credit card. dumbass!!! (kicks himself in the ass) :cry:
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Hmmm... Maybe this is one of the good things about being young and inexperienced. I don't have to sit here and cry about love lost.

 

I have sold three pieces of equipment through my playing time.

 

#1 - An Ibanez 5-stringer, GSR-model, low budget. It was the first bass I bought, although I had been playing the one my dad used back in the day, a 60-70's EKO (or EKG?) italian hand-built bass. A fine bass, needs some adjustment. Still have it :) I don't really mind this sale so much, I've tried playing it again sometimes. It sucks.

 

#2 - A Trace-Elliot 4x10 combo ('98-ish model). Sold this to buy my current Mesa rig. I've also tried playing through this amp again, and I really don't like that much, so I don't reaaly mind.

 

#3 - TC Electronic G-Major effects unit. Sold it to our guitar player, never really used it anyway, didn't like the digital sound, it lacked that certain crunchy analog sound.

 

So I think I'm in a pretty good place, right? although I've promised myself to never sell a bass-guitar again, amps are okay to some degree for me. BTW, Good one chewstermaniac :D

My gear:

Ibanez SR3005ESOL

Korg DTR-2000

Mesa/Boogie Basis M-2000 (For sale)

Mesa/Boogie Powerhouse 1000 (For sale)

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JanJ,

 

I'll kick you about the G Major. That's one classy unit. Dynamic range galore. To sound "analog" just get a "warm" EQ curve happenin' - it's good enough to record an entire band through, really.

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Originally posted by   :

JanJ,

 

I'll kick you about the G Major. That's one classy unit. Dynamic range galore. To sound "analog" just get a "warm" EQ curve happenin' - it's good enough to record an entire band through, really.

Well, sorry to say, it didn't really do anything for me. Maybe I'll regret it later. Worst case scenario, I can always just take it back, seeing as how he hasn't paid for it in full yet ;) It just seems like everytime I start using some kind of effects on my bass, the units stay in the signal chain for about three days, and then I start missing the pure sound of my own playing. I simply don't like hearing sounds that I'm not making coming from my amp, but I guess that's another thread...

My gear:

Ibanez SR3005ESOL

Korg DTR-2000

Mesa/Boogie Basis M-2000 (For sale)

Mesa/Boogie Powerhouse 1000 (For sale)

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I wish I still had the Fender silverface Bassman 100 that was stolen along with my P-bass. That was a truly fantastic sounding amp.

 

But at least I eventually recovered my Precision, so I'm happy the way things turned out.

 

Cheers

Nothing is as it seems but everything is exactly what it is - B. Banzai

 

Life is what happens while you are busy playing in bands.

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I really don't have any regrets, gear-wise.

 

One reason is that I've managed to replace stuff with better stuff. So I don't worry about the gear I used to have.

 

Sure, there are some things I'd just as soon still have, if money had been no object. I once sold off a rig with a ridiculously huge cab, and a pre & power amp in a rack. I kinda wish I'd gotten a more manageable cab & kept the rest. Oh well. And I sold a Yamaha RBX200 fretless which was a fairly cheap bass, but doggone it, I liked it. But none of this is stuff I look at as stuff I let slip through my fingers. No regrets. The stuff I'd regret selling, I keep!

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my mom wanted to take my first bass and sell it, so to save my baby, i stripped all the finish off and didnt refinish it.

 

it did the trick, she never even brings it up anymore :D

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Being that I bought a really sweet bass and had a sweet amp given to me, I have not yet really missed anything. I can't afford anything new and I don't need it. I am sure someday I will have stories to tell, but for today I am content to sit around this virtual campfire and listen to the rest of you play the blues. :D

Let your speech be better than silence, or be silent.

 

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I have a few that got away ::

*1969 Jazz Bass - had it for about a year until it was stolen. Got it back three days later, after it spent two days underwater in a ditch during a rainstorm.....

*1971 Jazz Bass - Played this natural ash bodied bass for about a decade when the truss rod crapped out during a gig. The action was literally rising beneath my fingers!

*1978 Jazz Bass - Traded it for the 1969 Jazz mentioned above.

*1978 Precision Bass - Had two P Basses of this year model, one black and one cherry sunburst.

 

I would like to have any of these back in my arsenal.

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The one that still burns me sometimes is when I discovered my '69 Gibson EB-3 was stolen from my condo. No one seemed to know about it, the police took a report, I searched local pawn shops for a few weeks and then gave it up. I bought it used from a friend over 20 years ago and he's since passed away; that was the one bass I never wanted to sell.

 

The one person I find hard to forgive is an instrument theif, especially that one.

:mad:

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I wish I hadn't sold my '83 Rick 4001 a few years ago. It was the first real bass I ever had, I got it when I was 17 by making my parents buy it for my graduation present. And I had to pay for half of it too....

 

I sold it because I hadn't played it in years, and never thought I would be playing 4 strings again, and was unemployed and buying a Roscoe. At the time I wasn't feeling too sentimental about it, after all, it's just an object, right? I was in a period of needing to clean house and scale back on unused gear. Of course then GAS would set in, and I'm back where I started. So what did I buy 6 months later? A Geddy Lee Jazz, which I love playing now. So I guess my 4 string days weren't over after all. And I miss my old Ricky , just for sentimental reasons.

 

I also kind of wish I'd hung on to my purple Carvin 6 string, that thing played great, and was beautiful. I traded it to a friend for a Gibson pre-Nashville Tobias 5 which I've since sold.

 

Oh well, out with the old, in with the new! :D Yay for unending GAS!

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I traded a MM Stingray - transparent teal, birdseye maple neck/fretboard, Hipshot D-tuner, white pearl guard towards a 5 string custom G&L L2500. A nice bass none the less, but that Stingray is the one bass (of the 30+ I've owned) that I've ever regretted selling. My wife tried several times to talk me out of trading it (as she knew I'd regret it) but I didn't listen.
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I don't have any regrets and don't think I will considering I don't really like the feel of any of my basses(good sound though).

 

I have a 87 Fender P bass with active EMG's, an 84 Ibanez Roadstar II with active EMG's and an early nineties Ibanez SR800 which I plan on getting rid of when I get my Fender Jazz.

 

I really love the feel and sound of the Jazz. I even have a set of Bartolini passive pickups waiting for it.

"A is A"-the people of tunagialand
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The one I really regret ever parting with is the Hamer 12-string that I had built in 1993. I sold it 3 years later because I wasn't playing it a lot at the time and I needed the money (as I was a starving college student at the time). Sucks. It was the "none more black" 12-string, Erik (CMDN) would have approved. Black Chaparral body, all black hardware, ebony fingerboard, black mother of pearl boomerang inlays... *sigh* It was so evil and it played like a dream. The guy at Hamer that I talked to when I ordered it liked the "none more black" idea so much that they did all the custom work for free; the black hardware which isn't usually an option on those basses, the black mother of pearl, the ebony fingerboard. They even did a reverse shadow of the Hamer logo on the headstock so the logo was as black as possible. Argh. It kills me that I don't have this thing anymore.
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