They dont make it like they used to is thrown around a lot. But when does this apply to basses? I have tried searching, but vintage or gems or studio or best year comes back with I got this vintage Fender for a steal! or This 2013 Squier is a real gem or I only play passive basses in studio or I got married and a Lakland this is the best year ever! type stuff. I am not looking for collector value, but well made and good sounding gear to gig on. Im thinking of things like: 1. Used to be made in ____, and was awesome, then manufacturing location changed and quality tanked 2. Used to have great pickups, switched to something else that sucks 3. Before the Neck/Body shape/weight was changed, it felt great. Now it has neck dive, is way too heavy etc. 4. Experimental or Limited Releases that werent gimmicks or desirable just because of their rarity, but are worth picking up 5. Models that arent in production anymore 6. Particularly sweet years of well know basses, like Fender Ps or Js from 19 7. Fantastic original instruments, where the modern re-issue gets it all wrong 8. They just really did it right with ____ bass 9. This bass was awesome before they flipped the split coil pickup/moved the neck pickup/added a middle pickup If I had cash to burn, I would have a big collection of stuff for the sake of collecting. Instead Im looking for gear that isnt desirable simply because they only made 200 of them in 71, but because the magic only happened from 71-74 (or something like that). It doesnt have to be "vintage" in the strictest sense, as there were a lot of great instruments happening in the 90s. I know there is a lot of love for high end, custom stuff here. I am not knocking that gear in any way at all. If you have a Fodera from '87 that's awesome, but you likely aren't selling it, and most of us can't afford it anyway. I'm thinking of old Gibson, Yamaha, Fender, Ibanez, Hagstrom, B.C. Rich, ESP, Rickenbacker, Steinberger, Music Man et al. Regular production basses that really stand out to you. Thoughts?