Consequences of GAS (A Look at My Last 12 Months)
I was practicing yesterday and truly enjoying my new bass (Lull UV4) when I paused to reflect on all of the different basses I've owned in the last 12 months. When I started counting them up it made me sick...........ha ha ha. Anyway, I thought I'd share my last 12 months of bass ownership. Feel free to add yours if you've been battling GAS recently.
- 12 months ago I bought Rickenbacker 4003
- I traded the Rick for a new 60th Anniversary P-Bass
- I traded the 60th Anniversary P for an 2012 AmStd Jazz
- I traded the 2012 AmStd Jazz for a Tony Franklin Fretted
- I traded the TF for Fender Precision Select
- I bought a new Mike Lull UV4 (and sold the P-Select to a fellow TB'r
My goal is to keep the UV4 and not buy another bass for a long long time (it gives me pretty much everything I could ever want.....except classic P tone).
That's a pretty good place to stop. You can do a lot with a Jazz.
That's not bad at all since they were mostly trades.
Sounds like you kind of went down in value there with your trades...
GAS makes you do crazy things. A few yrs ago, I bought a '77 Ric 4001 for $2k. Had an '06 4003, and was waiting on a new 4004Cii. Then I fell in love with an Am Dlx P bass in Candy Tangerine, and traded the '77 Ric for it. Crazy deal, but I still have that P bass.
My 2 most recent trades/purchases:
Traded (1989)- A U.S.A. Fender Bullet Bass, de-fretted with a pocket knife, and, 2 DiMarzio Model P pups installed. Plus $75.00 (cash), and, a ***1/2 oz. of my finest Skunk #1***.*
Traded (1989), the above for- A 1961 Fender Jazz Bass (Stack-knob, baby!!), 100% disassembled, but, with every, single part, right down to the P/G screws.
1997 Carvin LB75 Koa n' maple (Straight-up purchase, new). One of my very best players.
***Don't panic on the above statement. The statute of limitations ran out years & years ago. I'd never, ever do that now. I'm much older/wiser now. Besides, I have waaay too much to lose when it comes to my job/career!***
Just my humble opinion here
Yeah, I did progressively go down in value until I got to the P-Select. I then traded and paid some additional cash for it before then doing the same for the Lull. At this point I'm super happy. The Lull is fantastic.
Not bad, but since I joined Talkbass two years ago:
Bought a G&L L1505. Had electronics issues from soup to nuts.
Sold a Fender '51 RI P Bass.
Bought a Fender MIM Standard P Bass.
Bought a Fender MB-5. Sold it due to sustain issues.
Bought an Ibanez Destroyer Bass. Sold it due to lack of use.
Bought a Performer by Spector 5er. Sold it due to poor quality.
Bought a MTD Kingston CRB 5 Fretless. Returned it due to extremely poor quality.
Bought a Guild Pilot 5er. Swapped the pickups & pots.
Sold my L1505 because of the electronic issues and my Yamaha BB415 due to lack of use.
Bought my 2nd Yamaha RBX5.
Bought a Spector Performer 5er. Sold it due to meh feeling towards bass.
Bought a Fender AmStd P5. Always wanted one, still with me.
Bought a G&L L2500. Sold it because I wasn't crazy about the bright, shrill tone.
Bought another Performer by Spector 5er. Solid it again due to poor quality - this time in electronics.
Bought a Yamaha BB5000. Sold it because I wasn't gonna use it, now infatuated with only P basses.
Bought another Guild Pilot 5er. Also sold it because of reason above.
Bought a 2nd Fender AmStd P5. Still with me.
Sold my Yamaha RBX5 due to same "only Ps" philosophy as above.
Bought a Fender AmSpec P body & Fender Fretless P neck on eBay to make a project bass. Sold the parts because the neck's bolt holes were stripped.
Bought a 1978 Fender Fretless P.
Bought a Sting Precision Bass. Sold it because I couldn't get it set up the way I wanted.
Bought two G&L L5000s. Kept one, other is currently on sale on eBay due to slight bow in neck (better than before thanks to warpedneck.com).
Sold the Fretless P because I couldn't get the sound I wanted, and I wanted to use the money to get cheaper gear to save for my wedding.
Bought another Fender Sting P. This one is a little better.
Not bad for two years.
Currently have 5 basses - 4 Fender Precisions, and 1 G&L L5000 (which is also a Precision). Also want to add an Eastwood Hurricane to the lineup, but I need to finish selling what I have and calculate the amount for savings before doing this.
It's hanging out at this place what does it to you. I played a plain old Fender Jazz for years. Then I discovered TB: I got into short scales, and now I have a Birdsong. Then I got into Precisions, and then into P/J basses...and today I'm putting one of them up for sale, as my lovely bride is starting to look at me cross-eyed.:D
Before joining here, I had one bass, Yamaha BB1100S. After about a year of following the gasaholics here, I now have:
-Squier VM Fretless Jazz
-Aria semi-hollowbody from the 60's... no model number that I can find, but shaped like a Gibson 335
I'm not really good a moving stuff out! It seems to me that my doors only open in, so nothing ever gets sold! I think selling regret may be worse for me than buyers regret!
On the amplification side, I started here with a Sunn Beta BAss combo I bought new in the 80's. I now have:
-the Beta Bass combo
-Fender rumble 30 for practice at home and cottaging jams
Traynor 2 x15
Had a Berg AE410, but traded that in on a NV610
I feel your gas!
When I started here I had an old Fernandes P/J 4 and an even older Pilot 5. I am currently trying to decide between adding a Fodera or an Alembic LOL. I wish I lived down the road from Bass Central, I would save sooooo much money just getting the gas out of the way there with a weekly visit!
When I signed up on TB in 2008-ish, I had a Spector NS20004, Rickenbacker 4001, and a couple of pawnshop specials that aren't much worth even mentioning.
I now own 11 basses.
You guys are totally correct. TalkBass is the absolute worst cause of GAS I can imagine. No matter how satisfied you are with your gear/rig its nearly impossible to not view each new NBD posting that comes up.
This year,i bought and sold/traded an Italia rimini,Fender MIM jazz,yamaha fl,minimark amp,avatar 1-12 cab.
I also got and have so far kept a Carvin ac40 fretless,Carvin ac50 fretted,markbass traveller 1-12 cab, a Tech 21 Landmark 300 amp,and an older Epiphone Dot 6 string guitar.
My 3 RIC basses are keepers,as is the Markbass cmd121p combo,all of which i've owned for several years.
I still kind of want a fretted 8 string,but i don't know if it is something i would get that much use out of,sort of feeling the same way about the fretless basses,and the 5 string. I enjoy them,but don't really use them all that much,hence the rotation. The GAS endures....
I can't even remember. I'd have to go back and search for my For Sale threads and try to piece it together.
You know who else should contribute? Dr. Cheese.
Bought Ashdown 5:15 combo
Bought TC Electric BG250 Combo
Sold both Ashdown and TCE to pay for Bassman 135 Stack
Bought BFM Jack 210 cabinet
Put Bassman up for sale
Bought GK MB Fusion 500w
Returned MB Fusion 500w
Bought Hartke LH500
Sold Bassman 135 stack (in process)
Building Fearful 15/6 (in process)
Selling BFM Jack 210 (in process)
whoa buddy.. this thread makes me think about the history of my gear..
I almost want to make up a cool history for each piece of used equipment I own. :D
ABOUT 2 MOS AGO TRADED 2007 USA LAKLAND 44-94 & 2006 USA FENDER JAZZ STANDARD W/S1 SWITCH FOR NEW AV 1975 USA JAZZ. THIS WEEKEND I DROVE FROM CINTI TO CHICAGO AND PAID $3450 LESS $800 FOR TRADE OF MY MM 5STRING FOR NEW USA LAKLAND 44-60 TRANS WHITE W/MATCHING HEADSTOCK... ITS A DISEASE I'VE HAD FOR FORTY PLUS YEARS. WHEN DOES IT END. IVE STOPPED SMOKING AND GAVE UP DRUGS. WHY CANT I QUIT BUYING BASSES?
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