The Most Ridiculous Deal On a Bass You Ever Made..,or MISSED!

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  1. plangentmusic

    plangentmusic

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    I have two --

    The first was back in 1999 when I found a 1985 62' Re-issue at a garage sale. (So it's now a vintage instrument of a vintage instrument. : ) )

    It was dirty so I got them down to 175 bucks. lol

    And back in 1990, I found a 1978 4001 maple blond Rick in a record store! MINT. Ricks had totally fallen out of favor by that time, so the value wasn't real high Got it for $225.

    The miss -- When I first started playing back in the 80's I had a chance to buy a 1964 Hofner for 50 bucks. I passed. :bawl:

    What's your's?
  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    i think that my best deal was my all original '62 seafoam green p bass (my avatar pic) in 1975 from its original owner for $250.00. i still have it, and it's the best p bass that i've ever played (and i've owned more than 50 of them).

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  3. HeadyVan Halen

    HeadyVan Halen

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    Got a '01 American Fender V for free at an open mic...dude got pissy drunk, and left with his girlfriend...I was visiting out of state. Took it back across the State Line......That's the Man Act!
  4. JamieMcMe

    JamieMcMe

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    I bought my 5 string Yamaha (RBX375) for £60. It's an absolute monster of a bass x3 Very high output pickups and I get the tones I need x3
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  6. lucam

    lucam

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    HeadyVan Halen
    +1 :°D
  7. Luckie

    Luckie

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    I got my Roscoe Beck V for $500. I've never found a suitable replacement for it.
  8. ProgRapture

    ProgRapture

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    It wasn't me nor was it a bass, but my ex-singer picked up what we thought was some cheap import guitar for $150 and it turned out to be a handmade custom guitar from a luthier named Mike Rowan that would normally go for about $3K.

    A little work and we could turn it into a super short scale bass.
  9. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    another good deal that i got was that in 1974 bought a '68 Hofner beatle and a '70 Hofner beatle together for $125.00. i kept the better one (the '68) and sold the '70 for a $150 two days later.
    still have the '68. IME, you could buy hofners for 'peanuts' in the mid 70's.

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  10. Blazeman

    Blazeman

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    Warwick P-Nut I $1899. Normal sale price $3899. Music 123 had a typo on their website one day. Right place at the right time. They honored the advertised price. I bought it after wanting one for over a year.
  11. s_mcsleazy

    s_mcsleazy

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    johnk...

    can i ask a favour

    can i see more of your basses.
  12. JoshuaTSP

    JoshuaTSP Supporting Member

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    I got a Fender American Jazz V for the price of a MIM....the pawn shop didn't know the difference! :)
  13. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    which ones?
  14. BassAgent

    BassAgent

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    I had a couple of amazing deals.

    I bought my Blade for about $500, where they normally go for about double that.
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    I bought my former Yamaha BB300 for $95, and they normally go for about $400.
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    And yesterday, I got a Yamaha BB400S fretless for $100.
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  15. nealw

    nealw

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    I got a '78 Stingray for $350 in about 1995. Someone had done an absolutely horrible refinish on it-it's just a clear coat, but they apparently took off the original finish with an electric sander and then globbed it on with a brush, but for the price I didn't care. It plays and sound great and looks fine as long as your at least 10 feet away.
  16. s_mcsleazy

    s_mcsleazy

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    as meny as possable

    your p-bass is so pretty it makes me wanna weep
  17. Rocky

    Rocky

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    OH MAN is that ever a GORGEOUS bass!
  18. Kromwarp

    Kromwarp

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    Picked up a left handed Kramer Focus 7000 and turned it right handed...for $40
  19. Rocky

    Rocky

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    Please tell us you made an attempt to get it back to the owner? If not that's stealing in my opinion!
  20. RANDAN90

    RANDAN90

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    I bought a 1974 P bass from a friend, with a little 1X12 kustom amp for 200 bucks. He was going to college and needed the dough.
    Still my main axe
  21. Jim C

    Jim C Supporting Member

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    A 1960 P bass that had the finished stripped but is otherwise original for $400
    (probably 20 years ago)
    A few early & mid 70's P and J basses for $200 each
    (yeah these were from a while back as well)

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