bass that's available fairly inexpensively now that will increase in value..?
I was considering buying a nice A neck 70's Sunburst Pbass,
holding on to it, and eventually giving it to my son when he's old enough to appreciate it and (hopefully) use it..
he's only 1 years old now.. but already loves strumming my basses!
I want to spend less than $3k,and get something classic we can hold on to,and present to him eventually..
I was considering other "classic" basses..
and i was wondering if there are any collectable classics that I overlooked..
I was wondering if there are any older,classic models that are still selling fairly inexpensively now, that will eventually increase in value and collectability,..not necessarily Fender.
I Kind of like the idea of having an old beauty set aside for him..like a '57 Chevy in the garage with a cover on it..
I considered a '66 Mustang..I've seen some 66 and 67's on GBase that were affordable.
I love short scales and they're great for young players..
.I'm guessing by the time my son is 15, they'll be a lot harder to find at an affordable rate..
I'm actually stuck between the A-neck 70's Pbass and the 'Stang
any other ideas for a cool, old classic in my price range?
How about a 1st generation Music Man?
Get him an old Spector NS2!
You just can never tell... I see this all the time in the car forums I visit.
A musical instrument (or car, or art...) is a purchase, not an investment. You want an investment, go buy a savings bond or Credit Suisse.
IMO - you can just never second-guess the future market.
Buy something -you- like. That way it will have, at least, sentimental value. I own familial objects that I know have little 'objective' worth. They mean a lot to me because I know where they've been. If it goes up in value by an amount that exceeds the inflation rate - great !
Outside something like a Stradivarius - or something with a provable major-artist provenance - I don't think there are any true investment-grade musical instruments...
Don't buy your tiny child a vintage bass guitar. Buy him some educational toys and eventually a bike and a mobile phone and so on.
The way things are going there may be no bass instrument in popular music in 20 years' time. People often don't listen to music on equipment that can reproduce bass very well, so pop records don't usually (but bless Everything Everything) have the bass guitar features they used to have.
Your kid might have no taste for the stuff you love. Don't buy something expensive as a gift for someone who is decades away from developing mature taste.
I'm with the others on not buying a musical instrument as an investment. But to try and answer your question:
Will increase in value?
1951 Fender P
1960 Fender J
Should increase in value?
1976 MusicMan Stingray
Outside of those I don't really think there are any guarantees. You might be able to find the Stingray in that price range. That's not to say that there aren't other collectable instruments, just that these are the most likely sure thing type instruments. Like a 50' Fender Broadcaster, a 1950's Nocaster/Strat/Tele/Les Paul, and old Martin acoustic, etc.
Might want to buy a guitar as well and hang onto it just in case he wants to play but not follow in the old man's footsteps. It could happen, ya know.
yes, I have my Les Paul and Martin waiting for him when he's old enough, if he wants it..
but not until he's old enough to respect it, I have a Mikro waiting for him to try & teach him stuff.
He already strums it and sings,"lalalala"!
but rather than an investment, I want a classic..something that reeks of the "old days"
I always loved looking at my dad's old stuff..his army stuff,photos,his electric trains, his old erector set..they were so old..and cool.
I want to sock something away like that..something old and classic.
.I was born in '66, so i thought the Mustang, in the first production year, 1966, would be neat..
main problem with that scenerio is unless he grows up to be a collector instead of a player. Isnt likely to impress him down the road. Neck maybe uncomfortable, sound maybe not modern enough or even suitable for music like needs. If your gonna insist on getting a 1 yr old a bass to give him 12 or more yrs down the road, at least get one woth lots of versatility and easy playability. Thats not going to be a traditional P bass. He could also just as easilly grow up to play guitar or synths or drums. Let kid grow up in their own way and being able to gravitate to the instrument they like if any that he's atrracted to. Might be bass, guitar, synth, drums, or something else. In my experience most real players are into modern isntruments for better sound and so on, older vintage isntruments seldom satisfy. I'm sure you've seen posts by players who just dont get the appeal of vintage basses and their rediculous prices. Colectors seldom play their basses colection and seldom can play anything. Vintage desires are mostly for collectors not players imo.
Trying to decide what music instrument a 1q yr old is supposed to mlike, and what make of that isntrument now when he is 1 yrs old makes no sense at all. imo. He'd much more appreaciate the dollar value spent on toys for preteens.
Think of it this way. Is like cars. No kid is gonna scream for joy over dad buying them a model t ford for there first car. Is silly idea irregardless of what collector value car might have. Unless kid is given car to sell for tons of loot to get a really nice car and a house with. lol.
He isn't going to care what brand of bass it is. If it's passed on from his dad whom hopefully he will admire & respect, it will be worth more than any 65 P-bass to him........
So what I'm saying, is give him your bass......
good advice! thanx,
I actually hope he plays drums..my wife is a pianist, we'd have our band!
but it's more something for me, at this point..
and when the time is right, if he wants to drum,sculpt or whatever..that's his choice,
I'm hoping it'd be something of mine that he'll cherish, whether he plays it or not.
one day my instruments will be his,and he'll know I played them and loved them..
I kind of wanted one of them to be really old and cool...
but that's a good point, if it's my favorite instrument, that's the one he'll want.
Try a Guild Pilot Bass. Very inexpencive now and destin to go up in value. A great USA made bass. And inexpencive for a kid to use and learn on. They play and sound awsome.
Well, I sure wish my dad had bought me a Model T for my first car! But I ended up with a 70's musclecar, so that was okay, too!
I'm keeping my '69 P -- it's a real closet classic in superb condition -- for my kids if either of them want it, but neither seem to be so inclined at this point. Much older than the OP's child (15 and 10), but same kinda deal. Actually, my son would prolly rather I sell it and buy him an Alienware computer with a monster screen and surround sound for gaming...then he'd take one of my Roscoes! And my daughter's happy with a cheap-o acoustic guitar and the chance for me to teach her how to play it.
What my son really wants is my father's and grandfather's guns.
idea if you want it.....Buy a 83 Squier P bass (MIJ) for @ 450-550 and keep it nice. I have had 2 and they just holding their value. Wont be huge money maker but you at least will keep it value + , just a thought.
T-40? By the time he is big enough to play it, it will be 40 years old.
USP, U.S. Peavey
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