Equip you had in the past...
Boy oh boy....over the years and the '70s burnout lifestyle...
Brand new red sunburst Rick 4001
Hamer Explorer bass, #0008
SVT 8x10's, SVT head,
brand new '75ish sunburst Precision bass
what the hell was I thinking back then? Of course I was a mess...
My early '70s Jazz w the DiMarzios, Acoustic 150b (I think I still know where that is at, gotta do some digging)...
And what really makes me sick, brand new Moog Taurus pass pedal synth...from my Geddy/Squire days.
Very happy I was lucky enough to change those old behaviors some years ago, but...what the hell I'm still here.
I really wish I still had my Westone headless bass, the fancy walnut one, I can't remember the model.........so stupid to sell that thing.
I miss my fuzzy red ARB head and I really miss the 18" folded horn cab
But most of all I miss the bitchen velour shirt.
Still have the modded Telecaster bass.
1968 Fender Precision fretless
Bought it used from Betnun Music in Hollywood, CA in 1972 for $125
As a novice I had no appreciation for the awesome tone and fingerboard
Was stranded in Tucson, AZ in 1974 and sold it to a mom & pop music store for $90
Please do not reply and tell me it is now super rare or worth thousands, it still pains me to think about my first P-bass.
BTW, that is not me or the bass, pictures got lost also.
My first "real" bass back in the late 80's was a dead-mint all maple Gibson Ripper. At the time I thought it sucked because it didn't do metal well (thru a Fender SS 100 watt 3x12 stack). Sold it and bought a BC Rich Platinum Series Warlock. It actually sounded pretty good, but not quite the same thing. I later ended up with a 1st Run "BC RICO" twin-P Eagle and used it for several years. Sold it in a fit of depression in 2006 after a big bout of tendonitis.
I had a wonderful Guild tube combo amp that had the greatest tone. It wasn't loud enough to gig with, but it was always a joy to plug into.
I've had nothing of consequence. Carry on...
Cool, I get to tell the story again.
Bought a 1974 fretless P in about '75 or '76 - it was my only bass on the road and 6 nights/week for nearly 20 yrs - later I added a 75 J bass blonde w/blocks
1993 or so I HAD to have a new Ken Smith (Burner was all I could hope for) so, I sell the P & the J together for $1400 I think (what an idiot) and I get the Smith
15yrs later I'm scanning eBay and saw the P about 100 miles away - so, I got it back for the same $700 I sold it for and the seller even delivered
This is everything I've owned over the years I still have some.
Guitars and basses:
Aspen Les Paul Copy Electric guitar
1976 Gibson Explorer 6 string guitar
1972 Fender Precision
1974 Fender Precision
1978 Fender Jazz (Sienna Sunburst, Stolen in 1984)
2001 Musicman Stingray 5 string
1986 Fender Telecaster Bass Reissue
Ibanez EDB 600
Ibanez 5 String
Ibanez 4 String
G & L 2500 Tribute
1995 Alembic Epic 5 String
1996 Alembic Epic 5 String
1997 Alembic Epic 4 String
1977 Fender Precision
2008 Fender Precision
2011 Fender Jazz Deluxe
1976 Fender Precision
1978 Fender Jazz (Natural Finish)
2005 Spector Euro Repbop
2001 Spector Euro 4LX
Amps and Cabs:
Ampeg 10 watt guitar amp
Ampeg V4 Guitar Head and 410 Cab
Peavey 300 Watt Combo
1970 SVT Head
1970 SVT Cab
1972 SVT Head
1972 SVT Cab
Hartke 3500 Head
Hartke 410XL cab
Ampeg B2R Head
Ampeg SVT410HLF Cab
Ampeg SVT210 Cab
Ampeg SVTCL Head
Ampeg SVT810CL Cab
Ampeg SVT4Pro Head
GK 800RB Head
GK 410RBH Cab
Ampeg SVT410HE Cab (x2)
Effects and other gear:
BBE Sonic Maximizer
Korg Tone Works Tuner
DOD 31 Band Eq
Digitech BP8 Bass Processor
Korg DTR1000 Tuner
Furman Power Condition
I started out with a Peavey T-40 bass and a Peavey fury iii amp. Maybe that's why I have back problems now. HAHA Also had a Harmony P-bass copy that I wish I still had.
Kmonk, I feel for you, been playing many years(40+) and have gone through a lot of changes due to age, maturity(or lack of), financial, marital, gigging needs & whimsy. Long but probably partial list as follows:
Guitars & Basses-
Japanese 1960's starter bass - no name
Fender USA rock maple Pbass -
Squier Jbass 5string-first edition
Peavey 5 String
Peavey 4 String Cirrus
Peavey 6 String Grind - modded
G&L - Custom
Gibson Firebird III - original issue
Gibson Les Paul Standard
Garrison Acoustic Electric
Ovation Acoustic electric
Japanese Squier Pbass X2
Traynor Voicemaster(all tube)
Homemade 4X12 Cabinet
GBX Preamp & powered 4X10 Cabinet
plus powered 2X15 cabinet
Peavey Preamp, Peavey Biamp power amp
Custom designed 2X15 with 2X8 cabinet
Genz Benz 3.0 - 10T
More to come as life goes on, yes?
First bass maroon '78' grabber bought in '82', sliding pickup nice bass, gone.
Music man HD one thirty , miss that tube sound.
Oh and a sr somethin or other from the early 90's beautiful blue bass, a band i was in pawned for me as well as a swr 220, if anyone knows the bass im talkin bout post a pic, lol.
Everything I ever had that was good enough to keep, I still have. I am a gear whore. I once traded a 1983 American P bass for my '74 4001. Still have the Ric. Don't miss the P although it's probably worth a lot these days.
All my past gear---
1981 Rickenbacker 4001 Jetglo
1986 BC Rich Mockingbird
1987 Spector NS-2
1990 Spector NS-2A
Pre Gibson Tobias Classic 6
1997 Lakland 55-94
Sunn Concert Bass Amp
Sunn Coliseum Bass Amp
2 Sunn 115 RH Cabs
SWR SM-400 Bass Amp
2 SWR Goliath 4x10 Cabs
SWR Big Bertha 1x18 Cab
SWR Redhead Combo
Eden Metro Combo
dbx 166 Compressor
TC Electronics Parametric EQ
Ovation Elite 12 String Acoustic
Much of this stuff I wish I still had...
Guess I've been lucky so far, I dont have sellers remorse on any gear I've sold or traded. That includes a killer Stingray 5, an Aguilar DB750 amp and GS 412 cab, a beautiful G&L 2500 tribute and misc pedals.
I'm in the process of down sizing my studio and getting rid of a lot of gear that I'm sure I will miss (Bergantino cab, thunderfunk head, blackstar guitar head, b52 4x12 cab, reverend 5L bass, and lots more). PM me if you see something in my profile that looks interesting.
Nothing even close to much of what's already posted, but this nevertheless:
(keep in mind this was all pre-internet days, so the only information I had was local "experts")
Peavey Mark IV head with footswitch: great amp, very versatile and rather lightweight.
Traded away while heavily under the influence of those people promoting 'smiley face' EQ.
Paid $200 for it used.
I ran that head through an almost mint Yamaha S215 cabinet.
Nice cab but heavy.
Bought for $250, sold for $300.
1971 Tele bass (single coil), originally white but refished in a satin clear.
Loved the look, but the neck was a 2X4 with the edges only slightly rounded and had a bit of a twist.
Tough to play and suffered from poor EQ choices(same time frame as the aforementioned amp).
Paid $550 for it, traded for a very nice 1990s MIJ P bass.
A couple of early 1970s Bassman 50 watt heads, one blackface and one silver.
The blackface needed new caps and a transformer, while the silver was very noisy and thin sounding.
Purchased both (very used) for $75 each, sold the silver for $100, and gave away the black to a good friend.
To be honest they sucked as bass heads, but produced a really nice Hendrix tone when used for guitar.
I never knew they'd be considered valuable some day.
Found out that the cabinets are solid wood, not plywood. The silver was stripped and finished in clear by the guy I sold it to, turned out really nice.
To judge the difficulty I was having regarding EQ, try running a Rick bass through a mid scooped amp and competing with a moderately loud guitar and drums and you'll get what I mean.
My first "real rig" was a Sunn Colisium 300. Man, I think about that beast every time i plug in. Loud, killer tone, head room for days. I've had 3 rigs since and still not satisfied. I also had a really cool ibanez pedal board. It was called a pue5 or something. That was awesome too. I've never seen one since. Maybe my ear has gotten alot better ( or more critical ) since the early days but i would love to have that stuff side by side with my current gear for comparisons.
A white Vox Phantom IV (1965 or so) with black nylon-taped flats.
The stuff I miss now I had good reason for getting rid of back in the day...
The Gibson EB2, way low output and mud sound.
The 68 Ric4001, hated the neck and the Ric tone.
The 1st blackface Bassman with 2-15 Fender cab loaded with JBL's-just not enough power to keep up with my gutarists.
The Kustom 200 with 3-15" CTS speakers, I had quit playing for years and it just took up too much space in the mobile home.
The Vox Spyder IV violin bass, too acoustic sounding and boomy-traded for a Fender P, best sound upgrade I ever made....
The 2nd blackface Bassman, (this one still stings a lot)...I found it in a second hand music shop and someone apparently wanted it to be a Kustom because they had covered it in red tuck and roll. When I brought it home for $100 I ripped off the tuck and roll to find original tweed underneath....one cigarette burn. Got rid of it for the same reason as the 1st one. (I really could not justify having multiples of any gear back then...I was po...)
I hate thinking about what those guitars and amps are worth now....
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