Does age matter?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by RandomBox, Jul 17, 2013.


  1. RandomBox

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    Okay, something I've noticed is that most TalkBass members are around 30-60.

    What I want to know, is does age matter when you think about skill or instrument ownership?

    I'm 16. I started playing bass in 2010, but gave up shortly after. Last December, I took up bass again, and have been steadily getting better at it. (total of about one and a half years experience now).

    I'm saving up for a Rickenbacker (as shown in my last thread). Do you think it would be stupid/silly for such a young bassist to play such a nice/expensive bass?


    Just wanted to see what you guys think.
  2. Floyd Eye

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    I've had my Ric since I was about 16.

    Age matters not.
  3. RandomBox

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    Thanks. I was honestly expecting someone to complain or something or other.
  4. Floyd Eye

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    Nah, these dudes are all going to encourage you. Some might even say "Enable". ;)
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  6. 3star2nr

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    its not stupid and IMHO the bass doesn't really matter you just need to play something you really like playing.if that's a Rickenbacker then get it, if its a 100.00 squire get that.

    I play along side players with thousand dollar basses with my old squire and it doesn't matter all that matters is what you do with it. You might get jealous stares from more experienced players on less expensive or iconic gear, but skill comes over time.
  7. RandomBox

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    Plus it's my money that I'm saving, who says I can't spend it on a nice bass? Someone once told me that you need to be skilled before buying such a nice bass, but I feel like my bass skill is okay enough, and having a Rickenbacker would encourage me to get even better at it.
  8. DrewFolkadelics

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    Yup. Play what you like and come here for advice and opinions, but don't live or die by them. Do what makes you happiest.
  9. bassteban

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    At some point age brings diminishing physical ability, but if the love is still there, you work around it. Then you die. :)
  10. Floyd Eye

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    There are no rules bro. The only thing I would recommend is making sure you are going to stick with it before investing money you can't recoup. However, you will likely have no problem recouping your money investing in a Rickenbacker. They sell very well.
  11. RandomBox

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    I feel like it would be a good investment. I played a MapleGlo one twice so far at a guitar shop in the next town over, and it's extremely comfortable to play. The neck is wider, but thinner than my Fender.

    Thanks for the advice, man.
  12. Floyd Eye

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    I love mine. Some guys don't like them. Sounds like you do.

    Cheers
  13. RandomBox

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    I feel like I probably won't need another bass for a long, long time after I get it.

    Now to save the other $1250 I need (returned my Hofner Ignition. Didn't like it much), pick which color I want, and get a better amp.
  14. Bassquest

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    No age doesn't matter. I'm 60 and play a $100 Squier. Been playing steady for 45 of those 60 years.:bassist:
  15. RedLeg

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    age only matters when you are too old to strap it on or too young to get into the venues. rock on till then and enjoy he ride.
  16. Floyd Eye

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    Other basses have come and gone. This one is still my main player.

    Do your research before buying an amp. Kinda sucks to spend a bunch of money on an amp only to discover you really wanted something else. The cats around here have a lot of valuable info on most things, bass amps included. Gather all your information and then go and play as many amps as you can find.
  17. electracoyote

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    If nothing else, one thing is hard to refute:

    Ric = Great resale.

    Treat yourself. Take good care of it. You might even end up liking and keeping it. ;)
  18. dhsierra1

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    the nice thing about having a high caliber instrument like a Ric early on in your playing is that it'll inspire you to pick it up on those days when you don't feel like playing. But if a Squire does it for you, no problema, too.

    Getting your hours in practicing and playing matters greatly because it pays dividends exponentially over time so go with what's floating your boat and feels/sounds right to you ;)
  19. RandomBox

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    I've played a few here and there, and one that really caught my eye is the Orange Crush PiX 100 Watt. I might do some more research on it.
  20. BawanaRik

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    I believe that a a nice playing bass will encourage you to play and get better. Go for it and post some pics
  21. Floyd Eye

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    Spend some time here listening to what the guys who are in working bands have to say. Most ( myself included) would recommend an amp with separate cab(s) and at least 300 watts if you plan on gigging with it in the future.

    There are lots of great choices out there, just don't get in too much of a hurry to spend your money. ;)

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