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2K, 3K...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Marc DLarosa, May 3, 2021 at 2:27 AM.

  1. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017

    I see a lot of posts asking "what should I buy? I have xxx amount of $$$. MANY of Y'all with 2,3k (hence the title). I know that this is the minority(ish).

    Here's my answer... "If You really have that amount of disposable funds, and are not in a hurry... DO SOME RESEARCH. BUILD Your DREAM bass." Am I wrong?


    Hoping that everyone is well/SAFE, and... getting back to normal.
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  2. Lenny JG

    Lenny JG

    Aug 3, 2019
    You can buy a lot of carrots w/ that kind of dough.
    GTx2, JES, Kubicki Fan and 13 others like this.
  3. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    A carrot farm, and some sheep, RIGHT?
    JES, MattZilla and Lenny JG like this.
  4. J_Bass


    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    That's why you see those new threads. Research. TB is the right place for that.
  5. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    Agreed. Just sayin'...
  6. I can appreciate how they feel to ask, but inevitably they live somewhere they can't see or try most of the suggestions, ever notice ? Or then reject out of hand most of the suggestions.

    And then part of me just wants to say 'How would I know?' It's SO very subjective on so many levels, and then you hate to play '20 Questions'.

    I suppose the short answer is that just like most of us, you'll have to buy one or two you really grow to dislike, to figure out just what you DO like.
    bassb66, BOOG, JRA and 3 others like this.
  7. Bassclef46


    Feb 1, 2021
    nobody does their own research anymore. people are to lazy and would rather ask other people to do the work for them. So is an endless stream of blah blah.
    Lebowitz, CGramazio, westrock and 5 others like this.
  8. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Go on.
  9. I don't know if sheep eat carrots, but you can make a lot of dough from sheep, if you turn them into gut strings ;-)
  10. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    I'm always surprised that people need help deciding things like this. My impression is that they want to make sure that nobody will think they're stupid for buying... whatever. I've never needed to ask someone which bass I should buy, which car I should buy or girl to marry, etc.
  11. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Researching step 1) ...ask Talkbass.
  12. Green Knight

    Green Knight Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2016
    They just want to feel like part of a community. People are lonely, especially where things have been shut down for so long, and nothing prolongs a conversation--and the human contact that comes with it--like a totally vague and unanswerable question.
  13. JeezyMcNuggles


    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    A standard custom build is more like 4k, not 2-3. 2-3 gets you a top shelf stock fender.
    wmmj, obimark, MattZilla and 4 others like this.
  14. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I build my own basses. Nobody will ever build their dream bass on the first try - whether they do it themself or hire someone to do it. It takes a few tries to really KNOW what you like - a lot of people think they know what they will really like; most of them will find out that they were wrong somewhere. If it's hardware they were wrong about, they might be able to fix it, but if it's wood or such, then it's either live with what you have or....try number 2.

    As what you thought was your dream bass likely isn't anyone else's idea of a dream bass, you'll sell it at a loss. If you paid for a custom build or custom shop instrument, you'll take a big bath. If you build it yourself out of Warmoth parts, you'll take a smaller bath. Or you can do what I have and donate your experiments - I've made a bunch of really good basses that aren't quite my perfect bass, so there are a lot of young kids playing really nice basses as their first instrument.
  15. bgartist

    bgartist Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    If it's not a jazz or precision bass, it's really not possible for most of us to build our dream bass.
    Sid Fang, MynameisMe and Spidey2112 like this.
  16. Vitamin D

    Vitamin D

    Jan 29, 2021
    And it is called Talkbass, after all. Just talking. No harm. Maybe they will be reminded of a maker they forgot about, or even hear of factors they hadn't considered. (Like delivery backlogs or build lead times.)
  17. drumvsbass


    Aug 20, 2011
    Make sure to get it built by a reputable luthier, and don't pay more than half up front. Words of experience.
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  18. Green Knight

    Green Knight Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2016
    Statistically speaking, the answer is going to be an Ibanez of some kind anyway.
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  19. Can ya blame them? We still don't know the best bass for metal. ;) When I go to local shops, I still hear the same BS that I knew was wrong 20 some years ago, yet people still say it and spread it.

    I think Talk Bass, The Acoustic Guitar Forum, and The Gear Page (to a lesser extent) is full of guys who have experience and are willing to share information, not just biased opinions and/or what they've "heard".
  20. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Because they’ll probably sell it when they convince themselves it’s not good enough and it’s easier to sell a two thousand dollar Fender than a two thousand dollar custom bass.
    lfmn16 likes this.
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