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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chadhargis, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

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    I recently moved to the Shoals area in North Alabama down from Nashville. One thing I dearly miss about Nashville is the plethora of music stores. There is one decent music store I've found in the area, and they only have a handful of basses, but I like to pop in from time to time to see what they have.

    Today I'm noodling around on some basses and a guy walks up and asks, "Do you play bass?". I told him I did and he asked "What would be a good starter bass for my girlfriend?". Not wanting to sour my relationship with the one and only decent music store within 120 miles of me, I did want to send him to the Talkbass classifieds, eBay, or Craigslist...plus...he wouldn't know what to look for anyway.

    I showed him some of the new Squires they had in stock and a couple of Yamaha RBX basses, then asked him, "What's your budget?" He tells me about $300. Well, the Squires fall into that range, but wandered over the the used rack and took another peek. I am not a four string player, so I pretty much look at the headstock and if there aren't 5 pegs...I don't pay attention to it.

    Hanging there on the used rack was a nice 80's model US Peavey Foundation with super ferrite pickups. Price tag said $117.

    I plugged it in and played it. Very nice! Nice tone, pots weren't scratchy, neck was straight, tuners worked fine, no fret sprout, only a bit of fret wear, and what looked like a new set of D'Addario Nickel XL strings. The setup was pretty good and I whipped out my iPhone, fired up the Strobotune app and checked the intonation. The A string was a bit sharp, but not bad. Nothing anyone but a professional ear would ever notice.

    Thanks to Talkbass, I knew the US Foundations were good basses and the super ferrite pickups were much loved. Hopefully I contributed to the beginning of another devoted fan of the low end. And I hope his girlfriend is hot and posts slutty pictures of herself with the bass. :D LOL!!
  2. Matt R.

    Matt R. Supporting Member

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    I lived in the Shoals for many many years. In huntsville now
  3. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    Good work!!
  4. mark beem

    mark beem Supporting Member

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    Another Alabamite here.. Good call on the Foundation. Very underrated basses!
  5. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    Very nice I did the same thing for two very nice older ladies looking for a bass for their grandson it's a good feeling the ladies came to me after the "guitar center dude" tried to sale them an American Standard for a kid just starting out?
  6. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

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    We can only hope! lol
  7. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

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    I really miss Nashville. I know the Shoals area is steeped in music as well, but I've only been here 3 months and haven't gotten plugged into the music scene yet.

    I know there are plenty of Guitar Center haters out there, but the location in Nashville always had a killer selection of basses and some very nice used ones. I used to run over there during my lunch hour and browse around. Nearest location is in Huntsville, an hour or so away.

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