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Things about old basses that you love (other than sound)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dbt25677, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. Dbt25677

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    For me, personally, it's probably how tort pickguards mellow out and fade a tiny bit.
    Pic: [​IMG] (this image is actually of someone's bass here on the classifieds)
  2. Roscoe East

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    I love the way the nitro finish on old Fender necks/headstocks yellows...especially when it's on a sunburst w/ tort guard instrument.

    Other than that, the thing about old basses that I love is that you can drop them or bang them into stuff and not care. :)
  3. RBS_Johnson

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    One of my favorite things is the sense of history. ANY instrument 30-40 years has had some serious experience in life. They just feel more "qualified" to me(best wording I could think of).

    Another thing I like is close string spacing. Not so much vintage Fenders, but quite a few Japanese basses have a close spacing that I like. Also currently drooling over a 60`s Framus hollowbody in a local shop....

    -Jake
  4. Marko5657

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    If it’s kinda rare, or interesting as a conversation piece, I’d like that.

    Otherwise I prefer newer.
  5. Bass Fund

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    I like not having to worry about the bass being kept in pristine shape. A new bass hinders my technique.

    I like the necks better on older instruments, mainly because they've had time enough to bow and warp. New necks can be unpredictable.

    I tend to like older active electronics. Brand new stuff is too obvious when switching settings.
  6. Baird6869

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    Smell.

    Not necessarily nice, but older basses have that stank.
  7. wmheilma

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    How about the pictures of you playing it when it was shiney and new? Standing proudly on stage with WHAT A HAIRDO!!! Well, maybe that's just me...

    Seriously something does happen after a bass gets played for thousands of hours. It seems like the wood is more resonant over time.
  8. msact

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    I like how an aged finish looks. I have a Washburn I bought new over 30 years ago that started off a nice cream color and has yellowed very nicely over time. Also, I have a couple of natural finish G&L's from 1981 that have a wonderful aged look. My new natural finish basses look pretty sterile in comparison.
  9. msact

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    My 1981 L1000. What's not to like. Beautiful natural finish. Wonderful ebony fretboard. And it sounds like a dream. Pictures really don't do this bass justice.

    [​IMG]
  10. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out.... Supporting Member

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    Or TOTALLY care...and do everything to avoid it...;)

    for me it is the connection to history as as well as the worn in sound. The wood has settled, stretched, warped a bit, re-shaped. I also like the sound of the original pick ups and electronics.

    Specifically, I love the feel of the maple neck/fingerboard on my 72. Any time I play a vintage all maple neck, I feel at home, regardless of the body style.
  11. RED J

    RED J Half Hip, Half Hick Supporting Member

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    Broken in feel, aged amber maple.
  12. villhelmromero

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    the wood does in fact become more resonant due to the sap in the wood crystallizing over time. that's why these older instruments sound so damn tasty.

    that being said.... I love that broken in feel of a good aged instrument. I've got quite a few older guitars and they feel so much better to play than any new guitar I pick up. I guess that's why I prefer buying used guitars.
  13. Bongolation

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    Doesn't make up for their freakin' shrinkage. :mad:
  14. villhelmromero

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    sounds like a personal problem! :bag:
  15. rootsnfifths

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    #1) Love how a rosewood board darkens due to grime. And while I'm there I love how a maple board discolors sometimes near the fret wire.

    #2) A 'yellowed' headstock-too cool

    #3) "Checking" of paint on said body/headstock.
  16. rootsnfifths

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    Only in cold climates:bag::bag:
  17. Humbled

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    For old Fenders...

    Tort that has shrunk...

    Neck-backs worn to wood, G-string side worn to scallops...

    Nicotine-stained machines...

    In other words, honestly broken-in.


    That said, there are better basses being made by quality modern manufacturers these days IMHO.
  18. Bhazulle

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    I love the hum. Sorry. I just do.
    And of course, the smell, patina, cracked finish cracked pickguards and all.
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  19. cavscout19d

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    Tarnished tuners....
  20. Davo-London

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    Feel and mojo and looks

    Davo

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