Found a cool old bassist, need some help?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GeneralElectric, Dec 26, 2009.


  1. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric Supporting Member

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    So, there has been this guy that comes into my job every now and then to get a cup of coffee before he goes to work as a day laborer. Sometimes he comes in at night to say hello to one of the cooks who he's friends with.

    So one day at about close, he was talking to the guy who plays guitar here on friday nights. He said he was a bass player. My response? "No ****, I play bass too!" So we ended up talking about music. This guy used to be a big-ish bassist in the 80s and went by the stage name of Butch Porter. He played a 5 string spector and a couple of other fivers (don't remember what they are now) and was on a couple of Top 40 and Top 20 records. He's got some videos up on youtube, and I wrote them down, but I can't remember them off the top of my head.

    In the 90s, everything fell apart for him and he ended up having to sell all his bass gear to pay for rent and still ended up being homeless before starting his career as a day laborer. He ended up saving up enough money to buy himself an amp (an old Trace Elliot combo) and was borrowing his friend's bass. His friend ended up moving and he's been without a bass now for a few years. I let him play the P-bass I had here at work, and I've never seen anyone so happy just to be playing for 20 minutes. The dude could tear it up!

    So what I'm looking for is a cheap budget 5 string to maybe get him. Money for me, right now, is really tight. Ideally I'd like to spend under $100 bucks, and that'll take me some time to get together right now. Anyone have any suggestions or have an old beat up 5'ver that I could buy off of them. I don't mind fixing it up if its broken. :)
  2. iamlowsound

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    I think there is an SX in the $100 range. Keep your eyes out on Crag's as well.

    lowsound
  3. Zombbg4

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    Shoot, I had a cheapo samick 5 string from the 90's I tore apart for parts/no reason other than stupidity, I would've given it to you. SX seems like the route to go, or just keep an eye out on craigslist for a squire or something. Maybe a pawn shop or two, try to haggle them down.
  4. hyperdoc

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  6. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    very sad story. i sent you a pm.
  7. engage757

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    bro, hit up armbruster. did he give away the MTD yet?
  8. Bassic83

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    Sounds like something I would do...
  9. M0ses

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  10. addylewis

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    I reckon you should aim for a Squier CV or VM jazz...is that too much? How much money you got now? (I can't help financially I'm afraid as things are tight after christmas but I FULLY support your cause...!)
  11. addylewis

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    OH YEAH - before you get him a 5, ask him which he prefers...I know I'd prefer a 4 over a 5
  12. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric Supporting Member

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    During my talk with him he was saying how much he loved the low notes and the groove that only a low B could give him. t
  13. Buchada Azeda

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    Keep an eye on eBay. Sometimes Ibanez fivers show up for less than a hundred bucks ;)
  14. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Supporting Member

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    You sir are awesome.

    Probably an SX sounds good.
  15. REAPER52

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    i am out of work and just got a letter today that i can get on unemployment on1-5-2010.so in a couple weeks i could help a little ..bet if a few others chipped in we could do this without any one of haveing to spend more then a few bucks. i think it is a nobel undertaking .
  16. bassbenj

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    Great story. Look up those videos and post the links for them for us here. No bass player should be wasting his bass-playing hands on day labor! Hopefully those videos can generate enough interest here among us regulars that we can cover an SX 5 string from Rondo. (Personally, I rather favor the black, blue or sunburst with the old headstock) In fact, I'm sure we can do it! The Christmas spirit isn't just one day a year.
  17. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric Supporting Member

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    Thanks to TBers, I've almost got enough to get him an SX. I have his songs written down on a piece of paper. I'm currently searching. Will post back in a few when I find it.
  18. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric Supporting Member

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    Here's some songs he's played on



    I've got a couple of others written down, but I'm having trouble finding them on youtube.
  19. Rocky

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    Don't forget to check the local pawn shops. You may find a great deal there, and they usually do lay aways. Then maybe we could all pitch in?
  20. SpamBot

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    He can HOLD IT DOWN!! Nice!
  21. Pitbull Growl

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    Hey GE,

    Didja find anything yet?

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