Adult owned?!?!?!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 2behead, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. 2behead


    Mar 8, 2011
    Any one else hate this term? I'm a adult. I gig my gear. I play the crap out if it. I let my ten year old son play it with a bit of supervision. I let my 6 year old little girl play my gear with supervision. When I see "adult owned" I get a bit pissed. I think under the bed or perhaps " in the corner where people can see guitar" I love my gear. I take care of it. But honestly, I play it, love to see my kids play it. From my perspective a adult only buys "Tools" that they need/ use. It's a bit silly I know but I just get resentfull when I see listings like this on craigs list.
  2. Hi.

    You must be very old not to remeber anymore how the teens tend to take care of their posessions.
    Or others items in their (ab)use for that matter.

    I sincerely hope the oncoming "two teens in the house" won't change that to a first hand experience ;).

  3. Im 18 and I really try to take care of my gear. Doesn't matter how much you try though, theres a good chance that if you actually use it it might take a knock. That said my main bass for nearly 2 years thats been at every gig I've played has a mark on the headstock and non orginal screws for the buttons so I dont think thats bad going :p
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You must be living a charmed life if this is the predominant aggravation in your gestalt.
  5. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    I take it to mean that it was taken care of—not abused. I would think the phrase more appropriate when selling something with an engine, but it doesn’t bother me in this instance.

    As for actual age, it probably still wouldn't mean much to me if under 30-35.
  6. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
  7. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    I'm an adult and I had four dings in my newest bass within the first 15 minutes of picking it up.

    Which beats the measly two dings I put in my first bass within 15 minutes of picking it up back when I was a teenager!

    So there!
  8. Absumone


    Nov 20, 2012
    I think some people just like to play safe and buy something that is "adult owned" just because they are paranoid about kids ruining a guitar. It actually really just depends on the kid and on how the parents raised him/her. He/she won't go smashing his/her guitar if it really is one to play on, at least, that wasn't the case with my first bass which I still have.
  9. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    I let all my kids (1, 2, 8 and 10 ) to play all my instruments: basses, guitars, keyboards. The "adult owned " stuff in this house are things that can hurt the kids: knives, power tools etc.
  10. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I've never seen the term before.
  11. Matt R.

    Matt R.

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
  12. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I like that term. It means that a mother probably didn't have to say "Billy, you left your bass on the patio last night..."
  13. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    I've never seen the term, either. I wouldn't care who owned it before me, as long as I liked it when I looked at it and played it.
  14. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    You have to look at it from the other side.
    This is just a way for the seller to gain your trust.
    Bottom line: look the instrument over the same way you would look over any other.
    As far as adults go, I would probably trust the steady, sure handed abilities of a youngster over an old man's.
  15. lowdown3


    Mar 22, 2008
    Man I here you bro I have 3 boys 17,15,7 and the 2 oldest play guitar and bass...My 7 year old is taking bass lessons and I let them play my instruments all the time...Adult owned is just a sales pitch almost....Like the car you are gonna buy that was only driven on Sundays to church by the little old ladies....
  16. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I just sold a black Jazz bass I had for six years with nothing more than surface swirls.
    My other Jazz I have had for three years, not a mark on it.
    My Gibson is five years old and not a mark on it.
    They have been played at home and drug around to band practices, gigs and jams. I do not even use hard cases, just gig bags.

    I guess that is because they are owned by a adult that doesn't drink and takes care of his toys...
  17. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    I used to see it a lot years ago, when scouring ads for cars that may be considered a bit 'high performance' ... it generally was accepted that it meant that its 'needs' have been attended to maintenance wise, and not just beaten ... often times there was a bit more $$ put into it with quality components as well ...

    ... with regards to basses, I like when the basses I buy are played a LOT, generally it means they are good ones ... basses that have been hanging on walls forever, or tucked away and pristine are generally not the best 'players' in most of the cases I have seen ... JMHO's though ;)
  18. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    To paraphrase Dmitri Martin: The only difference between a toy and an adult toy- location, location, location. That being said, I was more anal :ninja: 20 years ago than I am now because I was more materialistic back then. I know better now. I still take good care of everything I own, but I'm not obsessive about it.

  19. donn


    Mar 28, 2011
    It sure looks better in an ad than "Bass player owned!"
  20. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 It may sound silly but I like the term my other favorite is "only used in the studio never gigged"