Anyone ever buy their own gear back...?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ewok, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. I do a lot of trading, swapping, bartering, etc for basses and gear in general. Anyways, a few months ago I had this pretty Washburn bass hanging in the rack that hadn't been played in quite a while. Well, figured I post it up on CL for sale or trade. I get this call from a guy a few days later saying he'd like to trade this Squier bass for my Washburn. Normally, I'd say "thanks, but no...", however I know this guy. I asked him where it was made? He replies "Korea". I reply, "okay sure, let's do it".

    I know enough about Korean made Squiers to know it's going to be a great bass despite the Squier brand. Sure enough, I get it home, plug it in and it's a keeper. Not in bad shape for a bass that's been played heavily since 1992. This guy is a bass player for a solid local band called Cadillac Overdrive.
    Fast forward four months. I start looking at the basses hanging either in racks or propped up in my floor stand and this Korean Squier has a little dust on it. I'm looking for cash for a new pedal, so post it up on CL for "x" amount of dollars.
    Not ten minutes later I get this phone call from Andrew (the guy I swapped basses with) and he says, "...dude, is that the bass I traded you for a while back?!"

    I reply, "...yes it is, why?":cautious:
    He says, "I'll buy it back from you today..." He sounded a little desperate:nailbiting:

    I offer to just swap the Washburn back for the Squier, but he apparently likes the Washburn as well. Long story short, he ended up buying his own bass back. I've never done that, or seen it happen (other than people finding their stolen gear in a pawn shop).
    As he's standing in my workshop I ask him, "...why did you swap that bass in the first place?"
    He states, "...well, I wanted to try something different and I'd been playing that same bass for a long time. I actually regretted it as soon as I got home, although that Washburn is pretty sweet..."
    I don't know if that tinge of guilt I felt when he handed me cash for his old bass was justified or not.:eyebrow:

    I guess the morale of the story is: if your gut says DON'T DO IT- DON'T. However, I'm glad he's got his 'old dependable back' and I can head over to my local guitar shop and get this pedal I've been eyeballing for the last month now.


    Post Scriptus: Totally unrelated to post above, but I got to catch the Eagles in San Antonio this past week. Awesome show. It was called "The History of the Eagles" Tour. They brought back all their original players except for Randy Meisner (who they wished well and stated on stage that "where ever you are we wish you the best") Those guys played for an hour, took a 10-15 break and played for another 3 hours. Great show for a band that's been together for 42 years.
  2. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
    I've never done this, but I used to know a guitar player who was a gear-aholic.

    The running joke (that wasn't far from the truth) was that he had owned every guitar and amp in least twice.
  3. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    You do know this is the DB side-- yes? We tend to be more devoted to our musical soul-mates such that upgrades/acquisitions/changes are more long-term. :) Most of us don't keep a rack of instruments. I've never re-purchased an instrument or piece of gear that I owned in the past, nor do I expect that I ever will.
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  4. Admittedly, I'm not that bright, but what does, " do know this is the DB side--yes?" mean? And, yes, another admission: I'm a gear-o-holic. I have 4 basses, that will never leave me, ever. The rest I keep to play around with, do mods, pick up on trades, or aquire for a small some of cash just for the heck of it. The fact that I not only have bass gear at home (and stored in my office at work) isn't a bad thing. Listen: I don't drink, don't smoke, or "hang out w/the fellas"- so my wife allows me my one vice: Bass guitars and bass related gear. I supposed I posted this thread simply to see if anyone had ever purchased something BACK that they really didn't want to get rid of/sell in the first place. He was more than happy to have him pay me for his previously owned bass- I even offered to swap back that Washburn, but he decided he liked that one too. His "mea culpa" paid for a pedal and a couple of sets of new strings I hadn't tried before. So we're both happy with the outcome...and that's what it's all about.

    BTW, I had a fretless bass not being played that I gave to a local bassist to try out for as long as he liked...not strings obligation to buy- just for the heck of it. If he wants it, great- we'll work something out. If not, I get the bass back and he got to give it a test run. No worries. I have recently learned you can actually trust people from time to time; and it usually has a happy ending.

    Anyways, again, I'm not familiar with the "DB side" lingo. Please clarify drruB.:bookworm: ...was in the Army for a long time and landed on my head on several occassions.:wacky:

  5. El Thumpo

    El Thumpo Four strings, no waiting Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    What he means by "being on the DB side" is that you're posting to a forum devoted to the double bass. Not the electric bass.
  6. This thread should prooobably be moved back to the Electric bass section of the forums...
    On topic, if I sell something it's because I don't want it. If I don't want it, I won't buy it back will I?
  7. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician

    Oct 15, 2002
    Yorktown, VA
    I have done it. It happens.
  8. Oops. My apologies everyone. Didn't realize I was in the Double Bass Section of the forum for some reason. Not sure how to get this moved in the right section, so advice would be appreciative. Thanks and sorry again....:help:

  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Got it - if this ever happens, just report it and one of us mods will move it.
  10. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I haven't, but I would. There's a few basses I've sold that I'd buy back.
  11. If you find my Tobias Standard 6 I will. She was stolen from Toledo Ohio in May of 2009!
  12. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    I've been there. Sometimes it works out better the "Second Time Around".
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  13. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    I have, in a manner of speaking.

    When I moved from the U.S. to Greece, I sold off some gear, including 2 Carlo Robelli basses that I absolutely loved. However,
    as I was moving to a new country, I thought lightening my load was prudent.

    Once I got to Greece, I missed having those two basses. Although I didn't find the same exact ones that I had sold, I did
    find used ones of the same model (one on craigslist and one here on TB, which, incidentally, is how I first found out about TB),
    bought them, and had them shipped to me.
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  14. Thanks Ken!

  15. nocluejimbo


    Jul 10, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I have owned the same Bad Cat Hot Cat twice.

    I have re-bought the MXR Bass Compressor, Bass Octave Deluxe, and EHX Bass Big Muff, but not the same specific pedal.

    Would buy back the Classic Stingray 5 I sold.

    Can't sit still.
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  16. A lot of us are junkies, and move a piece we like because we found, or just want, something new at that time. So yes, I have bought back pieces I had previously sold. No big deal to me. It just happens.
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  17. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Here's a cool story. I was recently browsing bass gear in the local Craigslist when I spotted this Acoustic 150b bass head:
    Photo Sep 03, 10 31 09 AM.jpg

    I recognized it as my old head...I sold it over 30 years ago! I knew without a doubt because I custom-made the mahogany head case in my 9th grade wood shop class! This was my first "real" bass amp, I had the matching 2x15 cab which was still all original when I sold it years after selling the head.

    Also my first example of dovetail joinery which doesn't show in this pic I swiped from the CL ad.

    It is kinda nice having a little piece of, not only my bass history, but also my woodworking history too!
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  18. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    All the gear that I sold is long gone. However, I would really like to find one or 2 more pieces. I have replaced the gear that I really should not have sold with the exact same model, but not the exact same piece. So, I did buy my things back, they just are copies and not the original. Wish I could find the originals..
  19. modulusman

    modulusman Inactive

    Jan 18, 2004
    I bought a Genz Benz Shuttle 9.0 about 4 years ago new from my local store. At the time I had two shuttle combos and a Shuttlemax 12.0 also. I traded the 9.0 in on some PA gear a few years later since I really wasn't using it that much. Well I wound up selling one of my combos and then found out that Genz Benz was going out of business. Earlier this year the 9.0 was traded in by someone else at the same music store and I bought it back for $375.00 which was the amount I had received in trade. It is still mostly used as a back up but I doubt I will get rid of it again.
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  20. That is freaking awesome. Congrats on the reunion. =})
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