Whose Main Bass Is A Vintage (Over 30)

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  1. theevilplankton

    theevilplankton

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    I've recently added a '78 Ric 4001 to go alongside my newer 4003.

    I totally love it - the dings, the vibe and history...the whole package.

    Must admit, I also really dig the whole different tone as well, really classic.

    It's rapidly becoming my no.1 'go to' bass. It's my first 'older' bass as well.

    Anybody else use a vintage (say, over 30 years old) as their main go to bass? Please beat my 'young' 34 year old 4001!
     
  2. Fuzzbassian

    Fuzzbassian

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    Just got a '79 Ric the other day,fantastic instrument
     
  3. 1bassplayin

    1bassplayin

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    I play my '66 P bass.
     
  4. LowNotes1

    LowNotes1

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    MIA Fender Jazz, '78 neck, '82 pots.
     

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  6. fretless Bob

    fretless Bob If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

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    my main gigging and recording instrument is a 65' P
     
  7. PWRL

    PWRL

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    Mine is for the most part.
     
  8. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Most of my stage bases are 60's nonreverse Thunderbirds. Here is a '67 I use often.[​IMG]
     
  9. OleThumper

    OleThumper

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    My fav is my 1964 Fender Jazz Candy Apple Red w/red peg head, been in the family since 1969.
     
  10. John D

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    This was my only bass until a few months ago. I've played this bass for about 47 of its fifty years, and it will always be my main bass.

    '62 Jazz
    [​IMG]
     
  11. hopeless_opus

    hopeless_opus

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    '73 P for me. There is nothing quite like the mojo/character/personality of a 30+ year old instrument.
     
  12. ondaone

    ondaone

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    77 musicman stingray , with mid 70's acoustic rig most of my gear is vintage. I play mostly music recorded around that time or older and I think the tone just fits ..
     
  13. Tele295

    Tele295

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  14. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

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    My youngest turns 30 this year so Id say whichever is my "main" bass for the moment it is certainly vintage by that definition.
     
  15. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

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    FWIW that's an 82 neck as well. If it were pre-1980 it would still have blocks. They started the bound/dots in the 80s but continued to use the 78 serial number codes as late as 83. The heel of the neck should have the exact date code if you want to disassemble it.
     
  16. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

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    Not quite at the vintage level. 1989 Ibanez RD 707 (23 years) and 1990 Ibanez RD727 (22 Years) respectively.
     
  17. phatbass

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    Just realised my Franken-Fender P is made up of 30-years-and-older bits...
     
  18. thorplaysbass

    thorplaysbass

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    I never understood how others have just one main bass. I have to have my two favourites

    Late 60's fretless jazz
    and an '83 L2000

    I could not choose between the two. In a fire I'd bring them both.
     
  19. muzikman7

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  20. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Nobody is stupid enough to actually pay me to play their gear.
    I gig my '69 Jazz, '74 P and '78 Stingray a lot. Actually, most of the time.
     
  21. alfred88

    alfred88

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    I gig my '84 Squier SQ series precision bass all the time.

    Will be 30 years old in 20 months. Almost there!
     

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