My new bass revelas a questionable past
Hey there, I recently traded my guitar and some gear for a bass. I wasn't having much success selling it for my asking price so I took a little hit and traded for a bass and maybe took a $150 hit.
I acquired a Mark Hoppus bass (had to google the guy to figure out exactly who he was and prior to that I told myself I would never own an artists named instrument).
The bass was said to be a 2002 and he was the second owner, the thing looked in far too good of shape to be that old but I didn't really question it at the time. So I continued with the trade and when I disassembled it to clean/polish (yeah, I am weird like that, deal with it ;)). I noticed there was a 2009 date stamp on the inside. I looked up the serial number and it is showing it is made in that year as well.
The guy was in his early 20's, seemed decent and I thought perhaps he just didn't want to look like a noobie or something to the music scene... He presented it like he had it for many years. Who knows, I am not one to judge this.
But then I got thinking, I hope this instrument is not stolen or something like that. I don't want to have a hot bass and I am scared of doing a police check and losing it. However, I am not a dishonest guy, I had $12 000 of camera gear stolen recently and I know the feeling of being violated.
What do you suspect? I can understand a year or so error but this seems shady. I still have his contact info but I personally don't want to drill him for answers after the deal is done. I just don't have a clear conscience and am kicking myself a little for not being more ruthless at the time of the transaction.
Ask the dude that sold it to you. Maybe he had a brain fart. Or maybe the first owner gave him bad info and he never figured it out. Who knows.
Maybe he was thinking of a different bass he had. Maybe he just misspoke. Maybe he's a spy, sending code, using you as the unwitting online conduit. Maybe he was lying. Maybe he made it in a garage in Helsinki.
If you are really worried, contact the local PD with he serial # info, see what they say.
Or, just keep it.
Up to you, really. ;)
Yeah, perhaps I am just hesitant now and being paranoid. I will check with him.
Thanks for the link wraub ;)
What more do you feel you should have done? I suppose you could have run the serial through the Fender site, but not something that most people are going to do with a more current model bass in my opinion.
I understand the conscience thing though for sure. Check around on CL and see if anyone is listing stolen gear and take it from there if you're so inclined. Call the local PD as well. Pass on the guys info if they have a report for it. I personally wouldn't be contacting the guy again really, he will either deny it or he's telling the truth he was given if he is the second owner so that gets you nowhere.
I suppose the only angle I can think of if you were so inclined to contact him is play Columbo with him about the SN and see where that gets you?
Bummer that you got put in this spot though for sure. Nothing surer to sour a gear grab than the possibility that it was ripped off.
just do what is right!
Miskatonic, That is pretty much what I am thinking. I will keep on the lookout. It was used live for a bit with his band so that is reassuring.
Thanks for the insight
The Hoppus model was introduced in 2000. Maybe he misspoke...I don't know that I'd worry too much. Or if you can't get it straight in your heart, call the police and give them the serial #. Good luck.
And that being? I am only assuming here. Technically anyone who buys a used instrument is facing the same "moral dilemma" with the exception of I got the wrong date.
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