Equip you had in the past...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Mike in Chicago, Jan 18, 2013.


  1. Mike in Chicago

    Mike in Chicago Supporting Member

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    Apr 3, 2011
    Location:
    Chicago
    Boy oh boy....over the years and the '70s burnout lifestyle...

    Brand new red sunburst Rick 4001

    Hamer Explorer bass, #0008

    SVT 8x10's, SVT head,

    brand new '75ish sunburst Precision bass

    countless pedals...

    what the hell was I thinking back then? Of course I was a mess...

    Here's more

    My early '70s Jazz w the DiMarzios, Acoustic 150b (I think I still know where that is at, gotta do some digging)...

    And what really makes me sick, brand new Moog Taurus pass pedal synth...from my Geddy/Squire days.

    Very happy I was lucky enough to change those old behaviors some years ago, but...what the hell I'm still here.

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  2. Dave the Bass

    Dave the Bass

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    Sep 11, 2011
    Location:
    Hannibal,Mo
    I really wish I still had my Westone headless bass, the fancy walnut one, I can't remember the model.........so stupid to sell that thing.
  3. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

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    May 24, 2007
    Location:
    East Coast
    I miss my fuzzy red ARB head and I really miss the 18" folded horn cab
    [​IMG]

    But most of all I miss the bitchen velour shirt.
    Still have the modded Telecaster bass.


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  4. dtripoli

    dtripoli

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    1968 Fender Precision fretless

    Bought it used from Betnun Music in Hollywood, CA in 1972 for $125
    As a novice I had no appreciation for the awesome tone and fingerboard
    Was stranded in Tucson, AZ in 1974 and sold it to a mom & pop music store for $90

    Please do not reply and tell me it is now super rare or worth thousands, it still pains me to think about my first P-bass.
    BTW, that is not me or the bass, pictures got lost also.
    [​IMG]
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  6. bryan gibson

    bryan gibson

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    My first "real" bass back in the late 80's was a dead-mint all maple Gibson Ripper. At the time I thought it sucked because it didn't do metal well (thru a Fender SS 100 watt 3x12 stack). Sold it and bought a BC Rich Platinum Series Warlock. It actually sounded pretty good, but not quite the same thing. I later ended up with a 1st Run "BC RICO" twin-P Eagle and used it for several years. Sold it in a fit of depression in 2006 after a big bout of tendonitis.
  7. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

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    Dec 21, 2012
    I had a wonderful Guild tube combo amp that had the greatest tone. It wasn't loud enough to gig with, but it was always a joy to plug into.
  8. zachoff

    zachoff

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    Apr 16, 2003
    Location:
    Boulder Suburbia, Colorado
    I've had nothing of consequence. Carry on...
  9. pnchad

    pnchad

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    Cool, I get to tell the story again.

    Bought a 1974 fretless P in about '75 or '76 - it was my only bass on the road and 6 nights/week for nearly 20 yrs - later I added a 75 J bass blonde w/blocks

    1993 or so I HAD to have a new Ken Smith (Burner was all I could hope for) so, I sell the P & the J together for $1400 I think (what an idiot) and I get the Smith

    15yrs later I'm scanning eBay and saw the P about 100 miles away - so, I got it back for the same $700 I sold it for and the seller even delivered
  10. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    Oct 18, 2012
    Location:
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Fender and Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    This is everything I've owned over the years I still have some.

    Guitars and basses:

    Aspen Les Paul Copy Electric guitar
    1976 Gibson Explorer 6 string guitar
    Washburn B20
    1972 Fender Precision
    1974 Fender Precision
    1978 Fender Jazz (Sienna Sunburst, Stolen in 1984)
    2001 Musicman Stingray 5 string
    1986 Fender Telecaster Bass Reissue
    Ibanez EDB 600
    Ibanez 5 String
    Ibanez 4 String
    G & L 2500 Tribute
    1995 Alembic Epic 5 String
    1996 Alembic Epic 5 String
    1997 Alembic Epic 4 String
    Carvin LB75
    1977 Fender Precision
    2008 Fender Precision
    2011 Fender Jazz Deluxe
    1976 Fender Precision
    1978 Fender Jazz (Natural Finish)
    2005 Spector Euro Repbop
    2001 Spector Euro 4LX
    Schechter Stiletto

    Amps and Cabs:

    Ampeg 10 watt guitar amp
    Ampeg V4 Guitar Head and 410 Cab
    Peavey 300 Watt Combo
    1970 SVT Head
    1970 SVT Cab
    1972 SVT Head
    1972 SVT Cab
    Hartke 3500 Head
    Hartke 410XL cab
    Ampeg B2R Head
    Ampeg SVT410HLF Cab
    Ampeg SVT210 Cab
    Ampeg SVTCL Head
    Ampeg SVT810CL Cab
    Ampeg SVT4Pro Head
    GK400RB Head
    GK 800RB Head
    GK1001RB-II Head
    GK 410RBH Cab
    GK115RBH Head
    Ampeg SVT6Pro
    Ampeg SVT410HE Cab (x2)

    Effects and other gear:
    BBE Sonic Maximizer
    Korg Tone Works Tuner
    DOD 31 Band Eq
    Digitech BP8 Bass Processor
    Korg DTR1000 Tuner
    Furman Power Condition
    Sennheiser Wireless
  11. aerodyne1

    aerodyne1

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    Dec 27, 2010
    Location:
    Bowling Green KY
    I started out with a Peavey T-40 bass and a Peavey fury iii amp. Maybe that's why I have back problems now. HAHA Also had a Harmony P-bass copy that I wish I still had.
  12. cirrusb2002

    cirrusb2002

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    Nov 1, 2009
    Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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    Peavey Cirrus#47, BAM & Versarray, G&L basses, Genz Benz amps
    Kmonk, I feel for you, been playing many years(40+) and have gone through a lot of changes due to age, maturity(or lack of), financial, marital, gigging needs & whimsy. Long but probably partial list as follows:
    Guitars & Basses-
    Japanese 1960's starter bass - no name
    Fender USA rock maple Pbass -
    Rickenbacker 4001
    Squier Jbass 5string-first edition
    Peavey 5 String
    Peavey 4 String Cirrus
    Peavey 6 String Grind - modded
    G&L - Custom
    Gibson Firebird III - original issue
    Gibson Les Paul Standard
    Ovation Balladeer
    Garrison Acoustic Electric
    Ovation Acoustic electric
    Japanese Squier Pbass X2

    Amps -
    Traynor Voicemaster(all tube)
    Homemade 4X12 Cabinet
    GBX Preamp & powered 4X10 Cabinet
    plus powered 2X15 cabinet
    Peavey Preamp, Peavey Biamp power amp
    Custom designed 2X15 with 2X8 cabinet
    Peavey BAM
    Genz Benz 3.0 - 10T

    More to come as life goes on, yes?
  13. 4dog

    4dog

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    Aug 18, 2012
    First bass maroon '78' grabber bought in '82', sliding pickup nice bass, gone.
    Music man HD one thirty , miss that tube sound.
  14. 4dog

    4dog

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    Oh and a sr somethin or other from the early 90's beautiful blue bass, a band i was in pawned for me as well as a swr 220, if anyone knows the bass im talkin bout post a pic, lol.
  15. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye

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    Feb 21, 2010
    Location:
    St. Louis
    Everything I ever had that was good enough to keep, I still have. I am a gear whore. I once traded a 1983 American P bass for my '74 4001. Still have the Ric. Don't miss the P although it's probably worth a lot these days.
  16. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2011
    Location:
    Toms River,NJ
    All my past gear---

    1981 Rickenbacker 4001 Jetglo
    1986 BC Rich Mockingbird
    1987 Spector NS-2
    1990 Spector NS-2A
    Pre Gibson Tobias Classic 6
    1997 Lakland 55-94
    Sunn Concert Bass Amp
    Sunn Coliseum Bass Amp
    2 Sunn 115 RH Cabs
    SWR SM-400 Bass Amp
    2 SWR Goliath 4x10 Cabs
    SWR Big Bertha 1x18 Cab
    SWR Redhead Combo
    Eden Metro Combo
    dbx 166 Compressor
    Alesis Quadraverb
    TC Electronics Parametric EQ

    Ovation Elite 12 String Acoustic

    Much of this stuff I wish I still had...
  17. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

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    Location:
    SoCal
    Guess I've been lucky so far, I dont have sellers remorse on any gear I've sold or traded. That includes a killer Stingray 5, an Aguilar DB750 amp and GS 412 cab, a beautiful G&L 2500 tribute and misc pedals.
    I'm in the process of down sizing my studio and getting rid of a lot of gear that I'm sure I will miss (Bergantino cab, thunderfunk head, blackstar guitar head, b52 4x12 cab, reverend 5L bass, and lots more). PM me if you see something in my profile that looks interesting.
  18. kcole4001

    kcole4001

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    Location:
    Nova Scotia
    Nothing even close to much of what's already posted, but this nevertheless:

    (keep in mind this was all pre-internet days, so the only information I had was local "experts")

    Peavey Mark IV head with footswitch: great amp, very versatile and rather lightweight.
    Traded away while heavily under the influence of those people promoting 'smiley face' EQ.
    Paid $200 for it used.

    I ran that head through an almost mint Yamaha S215 cabinet.
    Nice cab but heavy.
    Bought for $250, sold for $300.

    1971 Tele bass (single coil), originally white but refished in a satin clear.
    Loved the look, but the neck was a 2X4 with the edges only slightly rounded and had a bit of a twist.
    Tough to play and suffered from poor EQ choices(same time frame as the aforementioned amp).
    Paid $550 for it, traded for a very nice 1990s MIJ P bass.

    A couple of early 1970s Bassman 50 watt heads, one blackface and one silver.
    The blackface needed new caps and a transformer, while the silver was very noisy and thin sounding.
    Purchased both (very used) for $75 each, sold the silver for $100, and gave away the black to a good friend.
    To be honest they sucked as bass heads, but produced a really nice Hendrix tone when used for guitar.
    I never knew they'd be considered valuable some day.
    Found out that the cabinets are solid wood, not plywood. The silver was stripped and finished in clear by the guy I sold it to, turned out really nice.

    To judge the difficulty I was having regarding EQ, try running a Rick bass through a mid scooped amp and competing with a moderately loud guitar and drums and you'll get what I mean.
  19. thunderbird66

    thunderbird66

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    Sep 30, 2012
    Location:
    west Texas
    My first "real rig" was a Sunn Colisium 300. Man, I think about that beast every time i plug in. Loud, killer tone, head room for days. I've had 3 rigs since and still not satisfied. I also had a really cool ibanez pedal board. It was called a pue5 or something. That was awesome too. I've never seen one since. Maybe my ear has gotten alot better ( or more critical ) since the early days but i would love to have that stuff side by side with my current gear for comparisons.
  20. atomicdog

    atomicdog Supporting Member

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    Jun 18, 2011
    A white Vox Phantom IV (1965 or so) with black nylon-taped flats.
  21. bjabass

    bjabass

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    Jan 10, 2011
    Location:
    Mountain South
    The stuff I miss now I had good reason for getting rid of back in the day...

    The Gibson EB2, way low output and mud sound.

    The 68 Ric4001, hated the neck and the Ric tone.

    The 1st blackface Bassman with 2-15 Fender cab loaded with JBL's-just not enough power to keep up with my gutarists.

    The Kustom 200 with 3-15" CTS speakers, I had quit playing for years and it just took up too much space in the mobile home.

    The Vox Spyder IV violin bass, too acoustic sounding and boomy-traded for a Fender P, best sound upgrade I ever made....

    The 2nd blackface Bassman, (this one still stings a lot)...I found it in a second hand music shop and someone apparently wanted it to be a Kustom because they had covered it in red tuck and roll. When I brought it home for $100 I ripped off the tuck and roll to find original tweed underneath....one cigarette burn. Got rid of it for the same reason as the 1st one. (I really could not justify having multiples of any gear back then...I was po...)

    I hate thinking about what those guitars and amps are worth now....

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