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So, various threads have mentioned the gear of posters here, and there seems to be a lot of really nice kit around. At least one of our bretheren is apparently considering spending approx. 4-5 large for a bass. This got me thinkin'...

 

Currently, I am playing the same inexpensive bass I have had for 15 years through the least expensive rig I have ever owned, and it sounds really good.

 

Maybe not as good as the Demeter/Crest/Epifani rig I played through recently, but definitely good, without question. I put it together (mainly due to a fortuitous coincidence of necessity and opportunity) as a practice rig, but I can definitely gig with this setup in a lot of venues, and be confident that I sound like a bass player (I said sound like, not play like :D ).

 

So, obviously, price needn't reflect either quality or satisfaction.

 

What's the least you've spent on a bass or amp that you really liked?

How cheap have you gotten good gear for?

 

Not necessarily that '63 Pbass you paid 45 bucks for from your idjit neighbor, more like gear you bought out of financial need, stuff that really wound up impressing you, or at least returned more than you expected it would. Anything? Anyone?

 

Thanks!

 

Peace,

 

wraub

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Well, the used Dean Edge fretless 5-string I just snagged off Ebay for total $310 has really impressed me. It's thick and dark, kinda woody sounding, very mellow, exactly what I was looking for. It's passive, and it's output is hotter than the output from my MM SR5. It seems to produce some incredibly supple and rounde low-end...that part really amazes me. The stock pickups were replaced with EMG-HZ's...I'd assume that's a big part of the sound.

 

Dave

Old bass players never die, they just buy lighter rigs.

- Tom Capasso, 11/9/2006

 

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Man, great gear & sound at low $$$ is my specialty. :D I've been doing that in building my basement studio. Get functional, affordable stuff. Only spend bigger $$$ when small $$$ won't do the job.

 

To that end, I traded in an old Aria bass that didn't sound good anymore on a Robelli cheapo a couple years ago. Nothing fancy, but plays well & sounds good in case a bassist (or myself) needs it. Then I got the Crate BX100 combo, which I followed up with the Peavey 4x10 +horn cab when I finally put a real band together. Then I recently got a great deal on the Warwick Corvette Standard fretless, and that (plus a desire to take some load off the PA) moved me to look into a more powerful bass amp. Hence Wednesday's acquisition of the Hartke 200w head.

 

Prices:

BX100: $250 (new)

Peavey 4x10 + horn: $100 (used, but in great shape)

Hartke HA2000: $230 (new)

TOTAL amp rig, tax & shipping included = $580!

 

Aria ProII ThorSound bass, years ago: $220 (new)

Robelli bass, after Aria trade-in: $75

Warwick bass: $450

TOTAL basses, tax & shipping included = $805.

 

That brings my toal bass investment to less than $1400. To be fair, I'm seriously considering trading the Robelli in on the Tune 5-string I posted here a few days ago (or maybe even the 6-string if I feel adventurous), and that would ratchet things up another 4 or 5 hundred. But that would still leave my bass rig, for 2 great basses & a very good amp stack, at well under $2000. EDIT: Just procured the Tune 5-string for $350 including shipping. Total rig w/ 3 basses $1750!

 

I'm quite happy with this way of doing things. And while I do dream of having the most amazing gear, I also dream of paying off my mortgage in 12 years instead of 25. "Cheap but good" allows me to do that, which just may facilitate the biggest, baddest rig around in the year 2014 :)

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I spent only 150 cdn on an old Yamaha neck-thru fretless. But my best deal was under 600 cdn (back then when CDN dollars where somewhere around .50 or .60 american dollars) for my Godin 5 strings. That is, by any way you look at it, very cheap.
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You all know that I have a lot of expensive gear, but I also have a Roland Cube 60 amp that I bought used for two bills.

 

I use it on all my jazz trio gigs and when I play with the Israeli band (which is all acoustic except for me). And it sounds great.

 

I also have a Fernandes P-bass copy that I also bought for 200. I put a 75 Duncan Antiquities pickup in it and La Bella flats on it and you can not tell the difference between this bass and a vintage P in terms of sound. And I have studio tapes proving this.

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Bass: Tobias Toby 4 Deluxe. At the time (July 1, 2001) I emailed the web page to my parents as a Christmas list idea... it showed up on my doorstep July 3.

 

Amp: Acoustic 140 & 402. Was bought used by my best friend in high school (circa 1989). I just happened to mention that I was looking for an amp and had about $150 to spend, he let me have it for $100.

 

The bass is fine. I swapped the bridge for a Hipshot and added string ferules, so that was about $90. My next purchase will be a good, modern amp rig and I am planning to keep it less than $1200... but alas, that may get pre-empted by a mini van or some major home improvement project.

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If we're talking new...

 

Great amp is the Nemesis 210P combo that's less than $600. I can't imagine a gig where I couldn't use it.

 

Bass-wise, I have yet to find an Ibanez I don't like, and most of the time a quailty one can be had for about $500 new. I don't own one, because I indulge on some more expensive axes that I like more, but I would be rather happy with an Ibanez to gig.

 

I had a Fender P-Bass Lyte that I paid less than $350 new for about 8 years ago. I gigged steadily on that and recorded some for about 5 years. Nice quality. I sold it for $350 about a year ago. It wasn't seeing any use in the sea of Warwicks. ;)

 

Guitar-wise, the Traynor (by Yorkville) 40-watt tube combo cost me about $500 new and it's unbelievable. GREAT amp.

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Used purchases I've done okay with. I bought a used Warwick Corvette and an Ampeg B100R combo for $300 and turned it around to fund other ventures. ;)

 

I picked up a Peavey DPC 1400X power amp recently for about $450 shipped. Same with the Kern IP-777 that should be showing up shortly.

 

I got a great deal on a Stewart World 2.1, which I paid $500 used for. Great amp.

 

My fretless is a ESP J-Five which was made in Japan. GREAT ax, and I spent $400 shipped on it.

 

I bought my SWR Workingman 15 for $100. I have no use for it, but I couldn't resist.

 

Same with the SWR Bass 350, which was about $375.

 

Deals can be had. Patience is key.

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Used:

Peavey 4x10 TX for $175

Peavey DPC1000 for $375 (back when they were still fairly new)

 

Just bought a new little Harke 140 watt head for $119, shipped. Sounds more than decent enough for the cash.

 

Way back in the day, I got a Ric 4001, an Acoustic 220 head and Acoustic 2X15 cab for about $600.

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My Geddy Lee Jazz cost me $400.00 and sounds great.

 

Mrs. Grundy's Matt Scharfglass does freelance gigs on bass with his Ibanez Roadstar II 5-string...everything from cover bands to sessions to off-broadway theatre pit gigs. Here\'s what it sounds like.

 

Wraub, I know you'll agree they're great basses for the price.

 

There are a lot of high-quality basses you can get for cheap these days. Most of the Japanese-made Fenders are really great basses. Hub from the Roots plays a Japanese '75 reissue Jazz loaded with EMGs and I don't think anyone who owns their live album will argue with me that he sounds incredible.

 

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Originally posted by BenLoy:

Mrs. Grundy's Matt Scharfglass does freelance gigs on bass with his Ibanez Roadstar II 5-string...everything from cover bands to sessions to off-broadway theatre pit gigs. Here\'s what it sounds like.

 

Wraub, I know you'll agree they're great basses for the price.

Yeah, I guess I'd agree with that. :) I paid $300 for mine 15 years ago, and, like Matt's, it goes everywhere and does everything a bass should.

And, it looks good gettin' there. :D

 

It is indeed true that the price/performance rules have changed- It is very possible these days to own a new $300.00 bass and a new $500.00 amp, and rock quite well. Amazing.

 

Good days for a bass player... :thu:

 

Peace,

 

wraub

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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I paid $275 for my new Yamaha RBX765A. I haven't put it down in the 8 months I've had it.

:thu:

$396 (w/tax) for a brand new in the box Ampeg 4x10HEN. Suckered the poor sap at GC for that one. He probaly got fired once the manager found out. :D

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None of my basses and amps have cost me more than $500.

 

The most expensive bass I have is my Fender P-Bass Special. Got everything new, including case, strap, strap locks and a set of Rotosound strings, for $450 in 1994.

 

My Peavey TNT115 cost me about $400. Yes, also new. I still need to get some casters on the thing, though. I'll most likely expand it with a 2x10 (maybe powered) at some point, rather than trying to sell it, as my funds aren't so great to begin with at the moment.

 

Like Tenstrum, I find it hard to put down my RBX 765 ($311 on sale at Sam Ash last year). It really gets me going when I play (well, try to anyway :D ) more modern jazz, and prog. But, just great fun to have around, and I've stumped other folks when they've asked how much I paid for it. Some folks think I got it for around $700. Heh.

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I wish I could be more a part of this topic......

 

I did get my Yamaha BB605 for $350 new - with a ding in the headstock. That was a good deal on a nice bass. I couldn't leave it alone though, and put about $300 worth of Bartolini electronics in it. Still, it's a kick ass bass for $650.

 

All my other stuff was bought new for OK prices, but no real "steals" to speak of.

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I have a ton of stuff and the only thing I bought new was my Fender BXR300 combo for $800.

 

I'm all about pawn shops. I got my Spector for $275 with hard case and I felt dirty - like I totally screwed the guy even though he was going out of biz and just dumping stuff. Both my GK heads came from ebay, and I buy all my personal drivers used.

 

The most I've ever put into materials for a cab is $200 (excluding speaker) and the most expensive driver I own is an 18" EV Pro I picked up for $375.

 

I defy anyone to be as thrifty (read: cheap) as I when it comes to equipment. Although did just cook one of my heads (ebay -$240 2 years ago) it is a quick $160 fix so I'm still good.

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I'm low-buck, as well.

 

My most expensive item is a fretless bass for which I paid about $850 (eBay). I wasn't going to skimp on the fretless. Defrayed some of the cost by selling an old MIM J for about $200.

 

Otherwise, my least expensive bass is a Yamaha BB605 (same as Steve's, but all stock). $350, eBay. Really terrific instrument; I shouldn't need another 5 string unless this one breaks down or something.

 

The two best basses I've ever bought are my Ric 4003, for $450 (score! & funded in part by selling a fretless Yamaha RBX200F), and my MIJ J for about $550, new (damn you, BenLoy!).

 

I used to restore cars. This hobby is MUCH less expensive!!

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I'm in a long process of moving from antiquated/not good to upper-end.

 

My Gibson doesn't count because it's one of those "bought it a million years ago" items that SW disallowed. For completeness, it's a '69 EB3 that I bought used in '72 for $200.

 

My "bargain" is probably my Kustom 2x12 cab. Got it used 15 years ago with my infamous Carvin guitar head for $325. The cab is big on lows, and has a great tone in the right size room. It currently serves as a sub-woofer in my son's stereo, powered by an amp fed by his receiver.

 

When I need a bit of boost or grit, I use my Ibanez PH7 pedal that I got new for $19.

 

Tom

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On kind of a related note,This bass was brought in a couple days ago to be set up. When I first pulled it out,it looked like someone bathed it in bacon grease in 1989 and put it in the gigbag and left it to die. You could have used it to shoot arrows if you were brave enough to touch it. It took me a while to put it into submission,but now that its there,its a great bass. I have the action set rediculously low and it plays great. Sounds even better. This bass coudn't be worth more than $200. Its an RBX 350 by Yamaha. Its really nice! A bargain I'd go for if it was for sale.

 

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When I started playing bass again, I was eyeing an Ibanez starter kit. They didn't have it in black, only red. The "kid" at the counter was so afraid I was going to walk, he put together the "equivelent" of the Squire pack by yanking stuff right off the shelf.

 

Squire Special "P"

Hartke 1x5

6 2mm Dunlop Picks

cable

Korg GA-30 (which I still have)

Guitar Research Padded gig bag.

 

Out the door at $235, tax included. And since I'm not snobbish about using a Squire...

 

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This is my forte.

 

All 6 Alesis ModFX, 10 bucks a piece brand new with warranty.

 

M Kelly Dragonfly 5 string: $250.00. Just sold it for $400ish

 

Schecter Stiletto Elite 5 string, about 300.00. Just sold for over 100 bucks more.

 

By the way, I was in GC today, and they had a Fodera Emperor (I think) 6 string, Zebrawood, for about $2500.00. It was an incredible sounding bass. The catch? Lefty.

"For instance" is not proof.

 

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Originally posted by SteveC:

All my other stuff was bought new for OK prices, but no real "steals" to speak of.

i am in the same boat with stevec on this one.

 

although i did get an ibanez sr300B for $150.00 used. then i got some bassline pickups for it for $80 bucks.

the used market/pawnshop market sucks here.

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my first bass. An Ibanez GSR190. It came in that bass starter pack they had about 5 years ago. That thing has one of the best necks I've ever played.

 

Now, I just need to find the right electronics to bring out the true wood tone it has which is amazing.

 

Oh, and its super light.

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I've just had a couple of really nice deals come my way in the past month...

 

A new Fender American Series maple neck Jazz Bass for $800 US. Chrome red with a black pick guard.

 

And an Eden D210MBX cab in mint condition on the local used market for $300 US. 350 watt cab, and it only weighs 50 lbs.

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Fender's MIJ BenLoy jazz bass is really a steal. If you go to a Mrs. Grundy show you can actually touch one with bona fide BenLoy sweat on it. Very cool (but I recommend having a hankie handy to wipe off the aforementioned eau du Loy after your covetous touching of the bass).

 

Even though dcr paid more for his than Ben Loy did, he still got a great instrument for a cool price. (Dig it, mon ami philosophe, sometimes I just gotta prop a brutha up.)

 

The Ibanez Roadstar II series kicks azz. I still miss my Roadstar II P-bass that I bought in the mid-'80s for just over $200. If I still had it, I would've considered plopping a Duncan Antiquity pickup in it... oh well.

 

wraub's fretted RII 5er is nice to play. And sounds good. It's had a couple of mods, but not much. I'd still like to finger the one he converted to fretless. I think he might have taken pictures of that process, but I'm not sure, and maybe he did(n't) post them somewhere... ;)

 

In general, though, I have not done much buying or selling of gear. The gear I have is delightful, and not outrageously expensive (although not obtained for bargain prices either -- well, except maybe my SansAmp BDDI that came w/ EBS power supply included). That will change later this month.

 

I did get a free lesson at the Bass Collective. That, my friends, was a real steal!

 

Peace.

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Originally posted by Dr. Sweet Willie:

Even though dcr paid more for his than Ben Loy did, he still got a great instrument for a cool price. (Dig it, mon ami philosophe, sometimes I just gotta prop a brutha up.)

All props gladly & graciously accepted!

 

I thought I'd add another good deal I got--a pair of new DiMarzio Ultra Jazz pickups for said BenLoy bass (sans sweat) for an ultra-low $50 (from The Bass Place via eBay). That felt good.

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I get really envious at the deals floating around that big country of yours.

So much so that i just bought a set of Dimarzio jazz pickups. $103 shipped to Oz. Probably not a great deal by US prices but it's nearly half price for down here.

 

$895 for a Yamaha BB5000A from a pawn shop, these thiings cost $3000 new, and it's still my main bass.

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