Am I crazy? flipping three vintage basses.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mcrawfordmusic, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. mcrawfordmusic


    Dec 11, 2010
    Hey everyone,

    I need an opinion on something that I’m currently considering doing.

    Yesterday I played one of the new player series Fender Precision basses and was absolutely blown away.
    I’m pretty set on getting one.

    The problem is I can’t really justify buying another bass, both financially and due to lack of space.

    So here is where I need your opinion.

    I have three basses currently up for the chop. They’re all great basses but I can’t remember the last time I bought them out to a gig or a session.

    Is it crazy that I’m considering selling three ‘vintage’ basses for a run of the mill, Mexican made P bass? And for the sake of making space?

    Thanks for your advice in advance.
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  2. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    As long as you're getting a fair price for them, and you will play and enjoy the new bass more, I don't see a problem.
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  3. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    If you can't financially justify a $600 bass than you shouldn't get it regardless of what you might get for your three basses. (I can't justify it either right now so I'm not trying to talk down to you.) The player basses aren't going anywhere. Sell two, keep one to play and use the money for necessities.
    My two cents.
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  4. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    I would keep the Guyatone and the other two would already be gone.

    The Blazer is a P bass, right? And the Squier is another P bass. I would hock the pair, take the modern P bass and have this as a nice contrast to the Guyatone.
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  5. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I would hold on to the JV Squier.
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  6. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    It's not that crazy.
    Being a bassist in the first place, now that's crazy!
    It hasn't stopped you though, so...

    I have to agree with Axstar.
  7. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Showing this to my girlfriend.
  8. If you don't play them, and if they hold no particular personal value... sell one, a couple, all three, and get one that you're excited about.
  9. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    imho this all gets back to how the word "vintage" has lost all meaning.

    Sorry, you don't have three vintage basses. You just have three old basses. Old, cheap, pedestrian models that were nothing to write home about when they were in their prime, and (most importantly) that you can't remember the last time you brought them out to a gig or a session!

    I'd sell 'em all in a heartbeat and buy the new Mexican bass that makes your heartstrings flutter.
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  10. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I assume from your post that you've got another bass apart from the three mentioned and that that's your main player right now?
    If so, sell those three.
    If not, and the three are all you've got, then sell them anyway as you're not playing them.
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  11. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    None of those instruments have any collectible value whatsoever. 80s Squiers are also as pedestrian as you can get. Of course, so is a MIM Fender. If you can get value for them, sell them.
  12. Hundred proof

    Hundred proof

    Apr 22, 2018
    In the last year or so I sold a 68 P bass and a 73 Lake Placid Blue Jazz ... go for it.
    Their replacement is an 83 Peavey T45, no regrets!
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  13. These are $900-ish in Oz?
    I’d use it for a bit before selling the others, just to be sure.
  14. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    None of those Basses speak to me. If they're dead weight, turn em into $$$ and get your P bass.
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  15. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    Seconded. You're never going to find one that well made again. Not by anyone.

    The other two would be gone.
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  16. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    Vintage is 25 years in the music industry. So yeah, he does have three vintage basses. They're just not basses you like, which is fine.
  17. BassplayinBob


    Jan 8, 2016
    You are crazy for not getting the bass you really want. Flip them bad boys and get some!
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  18. Vintage and desirable are not always the same.
    If you disagree, I may have a slice of vintage pizza from last month in the fridge I could sell you.

    The JV might be worth holding onto.
    Does the MIM P bring something serious to the table that is dosen't?
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  19. Williethump


    Sep 10, 2017
    You had your fun with them, pass them on to another admirer. Then buy what scratches your bass itch today. Don't hoard them if you never play them. Set them free. And get paid!
  20. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavy equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Become a supporting member and toss them up in the classifieds and see what sticks.
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