Originally Posted by dabbler
Wow, that's almost a little creepy in a "Shining" sorta way. Come play us, Danny.
Come play us…
…and ever. But now it's story-time, kiddies!
Back when I was in fifth grade I told my mom (a drummer in a local band at the time) I wanted to learn guitar. Her advice was to learn bass first. But being fifth grade meant that I totally
So I tried it, couldn't wrap my brain around it and lost interest…just like a fifth-grader
. (I'm curious how many peeps here had a similar experience in their youth)
About five years later I, too, got into playing drums. Over time my ears started keying in on the bass lines over the guitars. This was furthered by my appreciation of better and better bassists thanks to bands like Rush, Primus, and a handful of other progressive and jazz groups. I could also point to my best friend and primary jammin' buddy who was concurrently learning bass.
Jumping ahead to a handful of years ago, I started getting a strong itch to re-embrace my mom's advice. I would find myself checking out various music catalogs and websites, especially Fender and Squier. Then I spotted this sexy beast…
This was the bass screamed "BUY ME!"
A Squier Standard P-Bass Special in satin pewter with a matched headstock. So I did a good amount of research and liked what I was hearing. I made my decision to give it a go. But after searching high and low, actually getting one wasn't going to be easy, what with the Standard line having been discontinued a couple of years before. So, I started broadening my options. That's when I found this gem…
…my first bass, a 2007 CIJ Fender Deluxe Aerodyne Jazz bass. I spotted it on the website of a chain of pawn shops down in Georgia and Alabama. (Don't ask which one. For some reason they recently shut down web sales.) Despite the chips and dings in the paint, it was in fantastic condition. Not bad for $376 shipped, as opposed to $800 for a new one. But I still couldn't give up on the bass I wanted in the first place. So every now and then I would kill a bit of time looking to see if one would show up. And sure enough, six months later I found a refurbished P-Bass Special for sale on an eBay online store (tip o' the hat to fretjoe
…you rock!). Once I got over my shock at finding the object of my growing obsession, I made it mine.
So in the space of six months I not only took the plunge into the Deep End, but acquired, not one, but two incredibly sharp looking basses that were in excellent condition and playability. Talk about a Pair of Aces!
P.S.: I discovered an interesting, alternate way to locate hard-to-find items online. Do a Google Images search for the item. It ignores websites that have text-only entries. What's left are forums like this (people showing off their gear) and websites that are selling said item. By doing this every now and then you come to recognize, and quickly eliminate, the sites that aren't selling your item. But when a new pic you haven't seen before shows up…well, there you go. That's how I found mine.