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OK, so I might ignore the stickies info .....

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Lizooki, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. Lizooki

    Lizooki

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    ... and get a Palatino.
    I know, I read it all.
    But I'm getting an absolutely "SCORE!" worthy smokin' deal!
    And I'm am a beginner at DB. been playing bass guitars for several years.

    What do I need to look for when I check out this Palatino VB-009 3/4 bass ?


    Matt
  2. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Supporting Member

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    The Stickies.
  3. Steve Swan

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    Oh, boy...
  4. KUNGfuSHERIFF

    KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    It's Matt's money, guys. He can't say he wasn't warned.
  5. bssist

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    The Traeger books, perhaps a full fledged lutherie school!

    On the bright side, when you step up to a real bass you'll already know how to care for it.
  6. Margin

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    I am compelled to butt in with a contrary opinion. Four years ago I bought a Palatino VB004 that had lost its bridge. A local specialist fitted a new bridge and planed the fingerboard. In four years I learned to play it decently and am currently in two bands. The bass has held up well, and I'm not at all disappointed with it. In fact, I feel I got a great deal and I don't get all bent if it gets a few scratches on it. With a SM 57 mounted unber the tailpiece it produces a nice sound.

    The short version - I'm having a lot of fun with it and for a three hundred dollar investment simply can't be beat.

    I may upgrade sometime, but for now there is no $10,000 instrument in my future.
  7. Lizooki

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    This one has had a lot of work done on it, and while the price is more than $300.00 it not by much.
    The current owner used it doing country music gigs.
    Funny you mention bridge, this one has a new custom made one.

    I'm waiting to hear from on a trade.

    Thanks for the info ... and the warnings!

    Matt
  8. Jsn

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    Godspeed and lots of luck. If you, as a beginner, have decided that the compromises and sound quality and playability are worth it, I can only ask: are you sure you're in a position to know?

    I mean, do you know what you're giving up, in terms of where you could be going musically? And do you know what the total cost of ownership will be? When respected luthiers refuse to work on Palatinos, saying "they will not hold a set-up, and generally fail catastrophically within 3 years. I have seen a few exceptions, but 5 years usually takes care of those."--do you think they're saying that to be snobs? They'd love to take your money for repairs. They just can't do it in good conscience.

    You're talking about an "instrument" that can be purchased online, brand-new, for $750, by the way. So, is that a "score-worthy" deal on a used one? My opinion doesn't matter; what matters is yours. So the question again: are you sure you're in a position to know?
  9. MIKMAN

    MIKMAN Supporting Member

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    After a thorough reading of the TalkBass forum threads logic prevails!

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