At he end of 2011 I sent the Jackson JS40 that had rekindled my intrest in playing bass to my sweetheart's niece in California so that she could use it to learn.
That left me with my two Peavey's, a Dyna and a Fury, as well as a Schecter C-4 XXX.
As 2012 started I was happy with my small fleet of basses and didn't expect that it would end up being the year that I entered (my) bass heaven.
I was hoping to pick up a used American Standard bass, likely a Precision, and I was hoping that it would be a 2008 or newer as I like the newer bridge and "thin" finishes. I was saving my pennies and happened across a new 2011 American Standard 60th Anniversary Precision. I had to have it and put it on lay away...
I picked it up in about two weeks. Wow, my gas was cured forever, I'd never need or want another bass. (Yeah, right.)
Shortly after that I stumbled upon a Squier VM Precision TB in perfect condition, really cheap. Hmm... It would be a great "stunt bass" and was Fender-ish. I always really liked Telecaster basses, so what the heck... what's one more?
I decided that it was time to thin the herd. After all, I'm primarily a drummer percusionist, me having five basses was a little stupid. So, I sold the Dyna. That left the Peavey Fury, Schecter C-4, Fender 60th P and Squier Tele copy, I was set!
Then I ran into my cousin Eric. He and I played in bands together on and off (with me on drums) for thirty or so years. He wasn't playing in a band anymore and decided to thin his herd of basses. Knowing that I was in a quest to become a "serious" bassist, he thought that he'd see if I were interested in any of his. I mentioned earlier in this post that I always had a thing for Telecaster basses, Eric was the reason why. In 1975 he bought his first "good" bass a 1972 Telecaster Bass from the original owner. I was with him when he bought it and was in serious lust for that bass. I didn't need it. I as a "still learning" bassist don't deserve to have a bass that nice, much less more than one. But... I couldn't help myself. I bought it from him for a very good price as he wanted to keep it in the family.
I sold the Squier Vintage Modified TB. I figured that I now had a "real" Tele bass, it was redundent.
Life was good. I had the Peavey Fury, Schecter C-4, Fender 60th and the vintage Tele bass of my dreams, there was nothing else that I could ever want or need as far as basses go.
I had decided to thin my herd of drums. I was looking to sell several snare drums and stumbled upon a chance to trade a couple of snares for a 2011 used American Standard Jazz bass. Wow! That would be cool. That happened the same week that I got the Tele. Insane, but I did it anyway.
I put a black guard on it so it "matched" my other American Fenders... I was done.
The Peavey at this point lived upstairs in my guest room. I would pick it up whenever I wanted to play, yet not walk down to the bassment music room. It worked well for that use. Then I was introduced through a mutual friend to a guy who was looking to sell his 1988-89 MIJ Precision REEEEALLY cheap. Hmm. What would I do with that? Well, I could clean it up and flip it. It played really nice. I bought it. The tort guard on it was warped, someone had put black knobs on it and it had holes where there had once been a thumb rest.
I put a black guard on it, chrome knobs and a thumb rest to cover the holes. It really played nice and ended up in the guest room. Now it's my "go to" upstairs bass.
So, now I'm REALLY done. Honest, really... or at least I thought that I was.
When I was a kid I had a "Telestar" bass (Teisco) that my parents had bought me at "Murphy's Mart. There was recently one on ebay. It was identical to the one that I had as a kid. Okay, this was the stupidist purchase that I've ever made. It showed up and it is exactly the right size for an eight year old. It will end up being wall art.
So, I was at a gig right before Christmas playing hand percussion. The bassist in that band had a 1995 Musicman Stingray, wow, it was really nice and for sale too. I told him that as cool as it is, I really don't "need" another bass. I don't have the cash right now. It's almost Christmas. I'm going to sell some drums off, maybe if he still has it then...
Drums? He was looking for a small drum set, what did I have? The short story is that I traded a kit for this 1995 Stingray. It currently has a matte black guard on it. I'll pick up a gloss black guard when I can so it will "fit in".
I swear that I didn't intend to put together this crazy lineup of basses. I'm concentrating on my playing and am confident that I will never need another bass. (Yeah, right...)
So, did anyone else have a crazy odyssey of bass purchases and sales in 2012?