Basses that you have owned that should never have been built!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JoePlaysDaBass, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. :DCome one, come all!

    Post pics and/or comments of that terrible bass you aquired somehow.

    My bad bass is a Behringer p-ish. It is the very worst bass I've ever touched. It came in a bass / practice amp / gig bag / teach yourself book / cable and tuner starter kit I bought for my lil' bro.

    Show the world your own bottom of the barrel! :D
  2. Jimmy Bones

    Jimmy Bones

    Feb 24, 2009
    Baxley, GA
    Why? You haven't actually shown s yours yet.

    No pic, no sucky bass.
  3. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
  4. I tried one of those years ago when I was just starting out on bass and even then I knew it was horribly built and I was just a beginner.

    For me the worst bass I ever purchased was a Jay Turser Sting Ray copy. Action was horrible once I took the stock strings off and could never get the action to stay the way I wanted it. I replaced most of the hardware (tuners, bridge, pots, etc.) but could never get it to play the way I wanted. I was one step away from putting a Warmoth neck on it when someone else said that they would buy it off me. It was gone within the hour.
  5. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
  6. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    nothing wrong with folks talking about their own instruments that they think suck.
  7. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    agreed, nothing good will come from slamming instruments on these forums
  8. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Not my finest moment on eBay:


    The photo doesn't do it justice (obviously) but if you look close, yes, those are nails holding the side veneer down near the neck joint.
  9. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    No picture, but the worst bass I ever had in my hands comes down to a toss-up between two.

    First, a whole series of Wasbhurn basses from the '80s. Symetrical double cutaway, just like the guitars they made then. Good wood, necks, electronics, so they should have been nice instruments. But the 34" scale on those bodies made it about impossible to play them. The strap button put the 1st fret about 3' away from your shoulder so standing up was a pain. And the body shape was so small that sitting down was almost impossible too.

    Second, a particular Fender Jazz bass. Maple neck with pearl blocks, Antigua finsih, no tone, big clumsy feeling neck, and just about everything done wrong. It was so bad that when people broke into our store and stole a pile of instruments, they left this one sitting in the parking lot. Even thieves wouldn't take it!!

  10. standupright


    Jul 7, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Brownchicken Browncow
    is it committing suicide?
  11. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    With the exception of being new (and so not knowing what you're buying) and getting a POS on Ebay, why would anyone own a really bad bass? I've owned a ton of basses, and while some were better than others, none were really bad...
  12. My Rob Allen 5 string. Only because I have become 6er. ;) (naturally I'm joking and still love it, but would have been better to get the 6er in the first place) Do I still play it? Hell yes. Will I ever sell it? Hell no!
  13. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    All basses i cant afford shouldn't of been made, that would of saved me GAS
  14. nicfargo


    May 28, 2008
    Lincoln, NE
    The worst bass I've physically played was some low end Yamaha at Best Buy (my city has a new music section they're testing out...not bad selection, just bad prices). I'm sure the higher end Yammy's are great, but this thing was just painful to play. Same thing goes for any brand though...can't expect a $199 bass to feel as nice as a $500 plus bass.
  15. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray

    Feb 20, 2009
    I actually owned one of those Fender Bass V..they actually sound just like a vintage P. Actually pretty rare and collectible now.
  16. My first bass was a Hondo P copy that sounded and played like crap, so that gets my vote. However, I got the bass for free, so, if it didn't exist, then I'm not sure when or if I would have ever picked up playing bass... :confused:
  17. Absentia


    Feb 25, 2009
    1951 fender precision... oh wait
  18. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    Off to the DB forums with you. :p ;)
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    If I could only own 36 basses what would they be?
    This was one of the first if not the first production bass with a low B string. The problem is the extra low you gain were offset by the high notes you lost. I played one of those in the early 70s. Not a bad bass at all. Just not a good design by today's standards.
  20. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    Those were built with a high C, not a low B. Was your hearing off in the early 70s? :D

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