Do you take your valuable basses to gigs?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shadven, Jan 10, 2014.


  1. shadven

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    I am about to acquire a very valuable bass (15 grand-ish). I want to gig with it but I'd be devastated if it was stolen. I do have other nice basses I can gig with. I'll probably save it for very special gigs. What do other people do? I have several valuable vintage basses and amps and I bought them to play, not as museum pieces.
  2. pedroims

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    15,000 !! be sure you have insurance for that bass buddy. To answer your question, I have taken all my basses to my church gig, the most expensives being on the $3500-$4000 , there is nothing like play your basses in a live situation.
  3. Johnpjm

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    I'm in the same boat right now, with a similarly priced bass. I ordered this bass to play it, though. I wanted my dream bass, and it's getting here, and I plan on playing the absolute crap out of it. In terms of dings, I've had a Music Man Bongo bass, which is made out of soft wood, and I have only put one tiny scuff on it in two years, and it has literally traveled across Canada, twice, and down the East of the USA.

    So really, I wouldn't be too worried. Depends on the neighborhood, too. Hope my story helps your decision!
  4. solderjunkie

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    Simple... keep an eye on your gear. Don't allow an opportunity for your instruments to be stolen. The only way someone can steal mine at a gig is to rob me directly, and they had better be armed.

    One good analogy... would you drive your $15,000 car, or leave it in the garage and never take it out? It could be stolen, crashed, scratched, etc...
  5. FerK

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    Where else can you show off your nicest axes ?

    Yeah, the answer is yes. But then...my most expensive bass was under 2'000.
  6. LakeEffect

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    I say yes, though my idea of extraordinarily valuable is $5,000. $15,000 is a different territory for a bass (more power to you, glad you're getting your dream axe!). But yikes, that would rough!

    I always look at it like, if I'm comfortable enough with the surroundings to bring myself, so to I should be with my bass (as long as you keep an eye on it and are diligent about moving it to a safe location right when you take your strap off).
  7. chris_b

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    I would gig a bass like that if I owned it.

    On the other hand, I'd be very careful with it. I'd keep it in the case behind the drum kit when I wasn't playing it.

    If you buy basses as investments maybe you should leave them at home.
  8. Bipslapper

    Bipslapper Well Ahoy, Paloi Supporting Member

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    Good question. I just received a used Fender Am. Special Jazz 4 string for that reason. I wanted a decent bass for some of the more "low brow" gigs, and I play my Modulus and Roscoe basses at the festivals, nicer rooms, etc...
    Also, cover your foot pedals at gigs during breaks. I have seen beer spilled EVERYWHERE!
  9. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    "Gig" can mean a lot of things, everything from a well-lit, carpeted stage in front of a church... to a dark dive bar with barbed wire across the front of the bandstand and broken beer bottles on the floor.

    You must choose the appropriate-ness of taking which bass to which situation.
  10. Steveman

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    If the gig is safe enough for your body, it's safe enough for your gear.
  11. Chazinroch

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    Never spent $15,000 for a bass, but I do have some in the $3,000 range. I would never buy a bass that I wouldn't take to a gig. I have very good stands and always place then strategically out of the way. On the other hand I played with a guitar player who would take his 1957 ES175 to gigs and put it on a cheap guitar stand. I kept warning him. One day it was on it's way to being knocked over, but luckily he caught it in time. That was the last time I saw it on a gig. If I could afford real vintage instruments as strictly an investment I'd probably leave them in a case at home.
  12. eban3

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    be sure its insured ....doo doo happens
  13. jgroh

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    I usually take a combination of my Ric, Steinberger, or US Jazz to gigs and never had a problem. Those arent $15K but both the Ric and Steiny are over $1800 each and the Jazz is over $1000. Even though I do take care of my stuff, I dont want museum pieces. Put it in its case when you are not using it between sets if you are worried.
  14. bass_case

    bass_case Used Register Supporting Member

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    Was never too concerned during gigs. More paranoid when loading out, that's when things tend to disappear.
  15. Jefff

    Jefff Supporting Member

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    I would never own a bass I wouldn't play out with. No matter how much it cost. It would break my heart knowing I had a better sound at home, hiding under the bed.
  16. nostatic

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    I take a pair of basses to every gig, usually from this trio. I bought them to play them out - I do have musical instrument insurance, but I just load my own stuff and my basses stay with me, not with anyone else.

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  17. gjbassist

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    It would depend on the gig. If it were at a decent place in a decent neighborhood then I probably would. If it were a place that allowed smoking then I wouldn't because I wouldn't want my $15K bass to smell like smoke! Either way I would have a good insurance rider on it and put it back in the case between sets.
  18. KeddyLee

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    What bass are you getting for 15 large? Got pics?
  19. KeddyLee

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    I do take my Ric and Jazz to gigs. The Ric is over $1600. I ain't in your territory.
  20. T-MOST

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    Of course. What else would I do with them?

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