bass regrets

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dennis james, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. dennis james

    dennis james

    Jun 30, 2018
    chicago area
    what bass did you once own that you now most regret getting rid of? mine's a toss up between a white P bass marked feb '65 and a blond '68 tele bass with the telephone pole neck. started playing in the early 70's and have owned and gotten rid of countless basses but those two still bring a tear to my eye when I think about them.
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  2. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    66jazz.jpg image001.jpg

    Guess I might have added a bit more for clarity. The top is a '66 Jazz Bass. My very first pro bass bought new but that photo is not my actual bass.

    The lower is an early '90s Modulus M92-5 "Sweetspot". It's always gonna be "the one that got away". Never sell in a weak moment what you cannot easily replace.
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  3. The only one I kind of wish I hadn't sold was an SX short scale jazz bass. It was a great red color with an amber finish maple neck and board. I originally bought it as a back up for my '78 Fender Musicmaster but sold it after I acquired the Squier Musicmaster. That SX was solid as a rock and quality wise it far exceeded the price. I think I paid around $150 for it off Rondo Music.
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  4. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I don't regret selling any bass. They were all sold so I could buy a better bass.

    I do regret only buying 1 brand new Fender in 1969. If I'd only bought 2 then I'd have an original 60's Fender to sell now. Same when I had both my Wal basses. I bought and sold the first one for about 20% of the price it would fetch these days! If only I'd kept it a little longer!!

    I only buy what I want to play at the time. So no regrets. . . well, only a little bit!
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  5. I don't buy to sell, so I don't have any seller's remorse. I did go through an unfortunate parts bass phase though, which wasted more money than I care to think about. Learned a lot in the process though I guess.
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  6. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Pownal, ME
    Early 80's G&L L2000E. Switched to a five string and needed the $$$...:crying:
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  7. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    Lost my '76 Precision in a pawn shop many years ago. Drugs are bad.:(
  8. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I have been trying to think of something, and I can't. There are a Couple that I would enjoy seeing and playing again, but then after that, I'm good with not having them permanently. I don't permanently bond with a whole lot of Stuff in my life. I enjoy it, and I usually then sell it and find some new fun.

    My only regret sells are in the guitar and drums categories. In drums, I sold a cymbal set that was a giant mistake. I essentially gave them away to a young drummer, which was good, but, I never recovered from that. Those cymbals were better than anything I play today. In guitar, I had a Kramer Ferrington that I really loved, and that I did special stuff with. [church] I wish I didn't sell that guitar, and they don't make them anymore.
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  9. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Although there are several basses and a few amps I wish I still had (‘65 CAR Jazz, '63 Shoreline Gold Jazz, mint ‘65 Ampeg B15,etc.,) my biggest regret is what I DIDN'T buy when I had the chance - a Rickenbacker 4005.

    I was in music retail starting in 1980, and had the ability to buy whatever I wanted at cost +10%. Ric was still making 4005's at the time, but I never pulled the trigger. It hurt even more a few years later when I found out they had NOS models from the 60's that I could have purchased. :banghead::banghead::banghead::(
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  10. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Original 60's Hofner Beatle bass.
    1973 Rick 4003.
    Like others here, I sold them to upgrade.
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  11. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    bass regrets, i've had a few, but then again, too few to mention.
  12. GSNOLA

    GSNOLA Opinionated but approachable 4-string Scotsman. Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    New Orleans
    God, that's easy. I once owned a beautiful Shedua faced Wal Mk 1 in Scotland. Most amazing bass. And I got ripped off by a vaguely famous bass player (if I knew then...) who convinced me to trade it for a Sadowsky fretless, made of solid zebra wood. Except a) it wasn't a Sadowsky, b) it was a piece of s**t, and c) if you kept in a hard case for more than 10 minutes, it smelled like the end of the world. I have NEVER forgiven myself. And I STILL haven't replaced it.
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  13. chuck1073


    Oct 3, 2003
    Preston, CT
    Early 80's Steinberger L2 (#958) Toured with that bass for a long time. Sold it to a student.
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  14. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    As I got older, they were tools, well-enjoyed and well cared for, but still tools, so I lost most emotional attachments to them. I enjoyed them in their time, and when the time was up, off they went for whatever was next or #1 on the 'Gotta Get Me One of Them!' list.

    I will admit, however, I do have a soft spot and miss probably the lowliest of all that came thru my hands. I had a BB400 Yamaha, an idiot simple single P bass in a sort of peanut-brittle natural finish with a rosewood board. Absolutely nothing exceptional build or feature-wise, but I've always missed it ever since. And I can't really give you a good reason why. Oh well . . . . .
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  15. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    '77 ibanez black eagle, '04 modulus Q6, maybe one or two of my Warwicks (buzzard, dolphin...). Although the modulus and warwicks are probably too heavy for me these days.
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  16. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013

    My first bass guitar... not a deep regret, but still wish I had kept her. It ended up on Reverb later... should've bought it back then.
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  17. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Nashville TN
    There was a black 97(?) P bass that was super nice that I sold for a fretless bass that I never use. That p bass had some mojo that I really liked. I don't regret it per say but thats the only bass I think about and go "I wish I had that back".
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  18. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i can't say i have regrets...but i have fond memories of a few.*

    * basses
  19. My white Ricky stereo, bought back in the early '80's. Sold it the mid '90's cuz I really needed cash at the time. I still cuss about it :/
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  20. Mostly my 77 4001. I had a nice MIA Jazz that I was probably a dum-dum to get rid of, too, but I like my present Jazz so much that I don't really miss the MIA that much.
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