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Bass snobbery?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by organworthyplayer337, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    Have any of you guys witnessed some bass snobbery or just gear snobbery? I've noticed when wanting to buy an instrument in the $200-600 price range, I've ran into generally nice, patient, humble people. But from $700 on up I realized they're very impatient, rude or flat out mean. Now keep in mind I'm not referring to everybody, just the few I've come in contact with.

    I wanted to buy a pedal a little while ago. The guy had 15 + pedals, all expensive and was kinda rude during the transaction so I decided I didn't even want it anymore...

    But when I bought a pedal from this other guy he was the nicest person. Patient and kind.

    What is it with certain people? I don't understand. It's just gear...

    And I'm not saying there's anything wrong with owning expensive gear but please don't let the gear own you...

  2. StanTurpentine


    Dec 14, 2011
    Some people are simply buttfaces. Can't really do much other than not being a buttface yourself.
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  3. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    When you run into this, it's all in the personality and disposition of the person you are dealing with. Expensive gear may bring it out more, but it was there all along.

    Avoid like the plague.
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  4. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member


    I have done deals on $200 basses that went great and $6000 basses that were a complete pain in the ass and vice versa.

    I don't think it is snobbery on the part of higher end buyers/sellers though. Full disclosure of condition, issues, etc. become much more important though as they should.

    I almost always talk to the buyer/seller on the phone before doing a deal. You can quickly figure out who is a douche with a quick conversation.
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  5. To quote Fugazi, or at least my old Fugazi t-shirt lol..."You are not what you own."

    Some people take their stuff as a license to unleash a maelstrom of diabolical douchebaggery, but that's just a jerk being a jerk. One of the most honest, humble people I've ever known is a collector/dealer in LaX, WI. who has a personal collection worth several million and has grown his store from tiny to GC big and I assure you it was by being the guy he is.

    It's your money, don't give it to a d#ck.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2014
  6. +1+1+1+1
  7. scourgeofgod


    Aug 17, 2006
    I have to see this supposed multi-million dollar collection, does this individual have any kind of website?

    EDIT: Is it Dave Rogers you speak of?
  8. Absolutely...there's a link on home page and there are even more than listed. When I met him 30 years ago his shop was maybe 40x60 and now it's huge. I painted for him years ago and he would always allow a bass in trade as payment or cash. I learned so much history from him and always had time to visit or answer questions
    Scar Face knows him and does business with him as well. Over 300 vintage axes, and again, that's not all of them. Let me know what you think and if you would agree. I'm no tax man or his accountant but I think I'm close.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2014
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  9. scourgeofgod


    Aug 17, 2006
    I found him on my own after I asked you about it, I won't lie, when I saw "several million" I thought bs, but after looking through some of his massive collection and seeing the quality/rarity of the majority of the items, I wouldn't doubt it.
  10. Bassitudes

    Bassitudes Guest

    Dec 16, 2014
    Toronto, Ontario
    dem Gretsch tho
  11. Yup
  12. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    Some people when they have spent a good amount of money on something like a car, house, bass, amp, cheese grater or whatever feel as though they also purchased an unspoken licence to: My new favorite statement from TB..."license to unleash a maelstrom of diabolical douchebaggery" but it was in them all along and the new item gives them the right to unleash it at any moment when the opportunity arrises. It has nothing to do with the gear obviously.

    Thanks for that God's Favorite Bass for that arrangement of words.
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  13. That's abbreviated for "There is some mysterious & diabolical douchebaggery and foul f#ckery afoot here".
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2014
  14. lowendmafia

    lowendmafia Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2007
    Boise, Idaho
    Maybe people seem rude sometimes, but when you are selling high end gear in a down market and you get lots of lowball offers, bad trade offers or endless questions from people who are not going to buy your bass, it can get a tad annoying. i don't really think it has to do with how much money or nice gear someone has. I've boight plenty of boutique basses from guys who were exceptionally nice and accommodating.
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  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    My experience is usually the other way around? especially when buying real estate or an automobile.
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  16. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    If someone is acting like a gear-snob selling a $700 bass, then he needs to check himself; The "Snob Range" of bass price doesn't really start until about $2000, if you ask me.
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  17. Snob. Just kidding.
  18. Just out of curiosity, where are you from? That may have some bearing on the attitude of the people you're dealing with. Keep in mind that we're just ending a rough economic stretch and some dealers are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. It's easy to be nice when you're on top.
  19. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    On the other hand, I'm always being told that I don't need 5 strings because 4 are better, tube amps sound better than my D class amp and I don't need to spend more than $300 to get a bass that sounds just right. And don't get me started on the constant lecturing I get about the science of cabs.

    People are always pushing their opinions in everything. I don't see a difference between price ranges in basses. That's a generalisation far beyond reality IME.

    It's just how some people behave online. IME most of the people out there are "good guys". You just get to meet more of the "bad guys" because of the internet.
  20. Penguins&Polarbears

    Penguins&Polarbears Guest

    Dec 28, 2014
    Australia, NSW
    Ive experienced this. I went in to buy a set of strings and a neck, pickguard and pickups i needed for a frankenstein i was building ( I LOVE making parts basses). Guy practically threw me out the door to get to the guy behind me who was buying a Jazz Bass. Wanker...