What's your weakness?

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  1. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

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    I want to keep this focused on instruments (basses and maybe a guitar or two).

    So tell us, what is your weakness? What specific bass (brand, model, configuration, price point, color, top wood etc.) make you say yes?

    I buy and sell a lot of basses. It's a hobby of mine, I guess. And this morning I was going through my Saved Searches on eBay, and I started to notice a pattern. I also focused on my "head talk", meaning my process of vetting a bass (and a few guitars) and really what makes me say yes to them (or no). Some might call it a fetish. But, it was interesting to note my process, which is quite speedy, through which I decide YES or NO in terms if outright buying or at least getting into the bidding process. So, here's what I noticed:

    A. In terms of basses, I'm very focused on
    1. Alembic: I'm NOT interested in Epics (though they are quite good!)
    a. I prefer dark figured tops and 5 strings.
    b. I'm very weary of older Alembics (older instruments in general)
    c. I like basses with omegas.
    d. I'm strictly a deal or rare/historical significance shopper.
    e. I'm constantly thinking...at this price, can I get out of this bass if it's a dud?
    f. I don't like Alembic guitars (non-bass instruments).

    2. Lightwave:
    a. I'm always a buyer if they are used and cheap.
    b. I prefer the hybrid models.
    d. A top quality bass, excellent sound, but not well known and resale is usually kinda weak, so good for me!

    3. EBMM
    a. If it's got a roasted neck and it's priced right, I'm going to buy it.
    b. I love the less popular EBMM's too, such as the Reflex and the Big Al's.

    4. Ibanez
    a. I probably own 70 -90 at any given time
    b. I rarely buy new
    c. If it's a high end model or of Japanese manufacture, I'm probably going to buy it.
    d. I am very versed in resale value and very careful NOT to fall in love. I love Ibby's, but they universally have bad resale value. If I see one I like, if the price is out if my pentameter even by $20 I won't buy it because I know another one, generally, will come along.
    e. I like to buy mid-high level SR's and SRX's as project basses (hardware and electronics upgrades).
    f. I love poplar burl tops (SRxxx"PB").

    5. Other brands I buy:
    a. Fender (rarely. I like to buy cheap Fenders or Squires as projects).
    b. Status (If it's a 5 string and priced right I buy it).
    c. Ritter (if it's 5 string and under $5K, I'm interested.
    d. I'm in the market for fretted Pedulla's, Lowenherz, SEI, Roscoe, Warrior, PRS, Prestige Wylde, and Mike Lull basses.
    e. I'm NOT interested in Fodera, Rickenbacker, MTD, Specter, or Gibson.

    B. Guitars
    1. I have a weakness for boutique Telecasters. Esp with TV Jones p/u's. I'm in love with Red Rocket guitars!
    2. I love very unique and multi pu guitars. One of my favorite finds recently was a cheap Alden "Quadrastar" 4 pickup guitar. I love Scott Walker, Knaggs, FNH, and other brands that put out cool/unique stuff.
    3. I love USA Deans.
    4. I'm more of a Fender guy when it comes to guitars than basses.

    I love to find deals. I now see that I love to find cheap basses and turn them into great sounding basses. I love high end basses, but only if I can buy them at prices that are market averse. I love the chase, such as scouring evilbay, pawnshops and TB classifieds.

    What about you??
     
  2. HomesickBob

    HomesickBob Do da Boogie! ;-) Supporting Member

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    Bergers, Bergers, Bergers... yes, and only the Carbonitas! ;)
     
  3. JimmyM

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    Cheap old 60's basses.
     
  4. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

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    White basses. Simple as that! Oddly I only own one. I would love an old Ibanez Axstar bass in white.
     
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  6. Justice4trance

    Justice4trance

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    ebmm stealth 4H rw
    90's german warwicks(beyond reach)
    warwick pro starbass daphne blue
    fender pbass maple neck

    couldnt resist to elaborate a bit more
    - 4 strings only
    - growly basses
    - bass with mids....cut thru the mix mid..dark mids
    - and now also pbass sound
    - lesser knobs basses
    - used is best catalyst when succumbing to my weakness
    - lane poor pickups(humbucker)never chanced upon these so far but will sacrifice my last penny to get it
     
  7. Rob Martinez

    Rob Martinez

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    For the moment, Hofner Club Bass in traditional 'burst finish.
     
  8. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

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    Elricks, Laklands and Mesa heads.

    OP: I LOVE your sig!
     
  9. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    Petrochemically strung basses. I've had 4 ubasses and just recently a gold tone microbass.
     
  10. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

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    It's kind of a tone and feel thing. I like a tone that borders on muddy, but with great clarity.

    If a bass has a neck that just feels right, and it has a tone that makes my nether regions tingle........

    That is my weakness!
     
  11. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story Supporting Member

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    Mahogany and birdseye maple.

    J bass derivatives

    But honestly at this point I'm still going down the "how many noisemaking boxes can I fit on an Ikea shelf" rabbit hole.
     
  12. JohnDeereJack

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    My weakness? Kryptonite.
    Kryptonite and 1969 LPB Fender Jazz Basses with matching headstock! Mmmmm...
    I want one SOOOOOOO badly!
     
  13. Casting Thunder

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    If it has a rosewood fretboard and a transparent/natural finish I'll salivate til the cows come home.
     
  14. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

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    Short Scale. If it's not a short scale I just dismiss it out of hand, no interest.

    Only two I really want to add to collection right now is a Guild Starfire and a Lakland Decade SS. Not yo say that others won't find their way to my wall hangers.
     
  15. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

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    Dingwall's Super series.
     
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    Pretty much Fodera only for me these days.

    I have my killer Fender P and J basses and after owning almost everything else, Fodera is what I like.

    Once my soon to be mine custom is paid for, I will likely start looking for reasonably priced Fodera NYC and Standard models. No natural bodies with maple boards for me though.

    To each their own, but I am done with going to the post office a few times a week to pick up/ship a bass!
     
  17. Marial

    Marial Pooped Gold Supporting Member

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    Historically it's been all over the place for me, but mostly Fenders. Going forward I'm more into boutique basses. A five string Zon Legacy fretless is next on my list. If I can pull that off I might sell my Pentabuzz.
     
  18. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

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    DIY and Frankenbasses of light weight Warmoth P and J swamp ash bodies + Allparts necks + quality pickups and vintage reissue Fender hardware. And Musicman Stringray 4 bangers.

    I can't stop myself from continually building so called "dream basses" and every Stingray I see, I wanna buy it!!!!!!!

    I'm a sucker for tort guards, surf green, seafoam green, fiesta red, solid black, open grain thin finishes, translucent finishes. I like my DIY basses to be under $800 but they look and play like a 2 grand bass. Passive electronics only except for the 'Rays.
     
  19. BruceBass3901

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    Ashdown amplifiers and cabinets... I have a serious problem and my girlfriend and parents are far to supportive of this!

    Bass wise, my weakness is parts to build all the different things I fancy trying :)
     
  20. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

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    I like to think I have an open mind, but my bass collection (currently 5) consists entirely of the following:

    • Five string with "wide" spacing
    • Fretted
    • P-bass style ('51 and modern) body, neck
    • Alder bodies
    • Painted (non-transparent)
    • Chrome hardware

    Most (not all) have:
    • Maple fingerboard
    • Active electronics
    • Vintage appearance (standard paint with pickguard)
     
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