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.