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Before you buy a bass, talk to a pretty girl

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by pklima, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Thought about posting this in bass humor, but I'm 100% serious about it.

    Before you buy another bass, ask an attractive girl who dresses well, doesn't know or care much about basses, and isn't so close to you that she'd care how much money you spend or have to spend. Tell her you have a fashion-related question, show her some pictures of the bass you're thinking about, and she'll tell you how the bass really looks and how you'll look with it.

    I've done that a couple of times. Got talked into buying one bass and out of another. The one I got talked into was good, but the one I got talked out of was much more interesting. She told me that it looks good, but not for me. Loosely translating what she told me in Polish, it would be great for my singers (who don't play bass, but that's an unimportant detail). Apparently I need to be emphasized and not decorated. The bass should form a coherent whole with what I'm wearing and my personality, and that's much more important than how nice the bass looks as a bass.

    Now there's some advice you'd never get if you asked another bassist whether a blue flower Precision is worth buying.
  2. Why would I give a single !@%$ about how my bass looks to some pretty girl? Isn't the one you're asking just one in a million? Maybe some other pretty girl might say the exact opposite. Taste is relative.

    Buy a bass YOU like, that YOU think suits YOU. Letting other people make your decisions, merely based on appearance is just stupid.
  3. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    I'd guess if you ask which bass you should buy to a pretty girl her first answer would be something like "why don't you play guitar like everybody?"
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Well, if your basses are simply fashion accessories to you... you may be onto something.
  5. wilder

    wilder Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2004
    Denton, TX.
    If you're proposing this as an additional excuse to interact with a pretty girl then I can support the concept.
  6. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    :confused: :confused: :rollno: :rollno:
  7. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Then you'll be playing pink Danelectros with the lipstick pickups for the rest of your life.
  8. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    Where can i find one of these??
  9. No pics no girl. :D
  10. I understand the thinking on this. Music is show business whether we like it or not. How you look does make a difference.
  11. Lightningbird


    Jan 3, 2012
    Wow, talk about guys being butthurt. Asking a fashion oriented girl about the looks of a bass isn't a bad idea. People with "style" can be much better at judging how colours match together than someone who doesn't really get involved in fashion and general design.

    Mind you, asking a girl with no musical experience whether to buy a P or Jazz is a more or less ridiculous idea, but when it comes to stuff like finish, pickguard, hardware colour, etc, some people are better at judging what looks good or not (from the general view of society).

    People with style would also take the general look of the guy into consideration, which she did. I guess some guys on here just think of girls with a sense of fashion as bleach blonde, pink wearing bimbos that love pink "girly" basses. Looks and image is a big part of performing and looking good with a nice fitting bass can make the appearance of a band much better. Isn't there already a couple of threads complaining over bands that don't plan together on what to wear on gigs?
  12. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    If you asked a smart girl she would say, "Buy the one you like the best!"
  13. Hotblack

    Hotblack Pay the cost to be the boss. Supporting Member

    May 20, 2002
    Provided content for Genzler Amplification
    I will confess: when I had the top for my custom narrowed down to two tops, I asked my girlfriend to be the tiebreaker.
  14. Ohh! Ask HER what the best bass for metal is! Maybe she can put that question to rest once and for all!
  15. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    My Fiance is smoking hot, but thinks my Rickenbacker is ugly. Her opinion on basses is now null and void lol.
  16. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Bada-bing! :hyper:
  17. brad houser

    brad houser

    Jan 4, 2008
    Bill Evans famously said that he valued the musical opinions of non-musicians as much as that of musicians.
  18. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    I talked to the pretty girl.
    She said enough with that crap, why don't you play me instead?
    So I slapped her.
  19. hgiles


    Nov 8, 2012
    It is a way to do it I suppose.
  20. Trayster2


    Aug 13, 2012
    I think the following priorities are most important in choosing a bass:

    1) how it feels, comfort, ease in playability.

    2) how it sounds

    3) how it looks

    I chose my very first bass by how it looked and only kept it for a couple of months. Come to think of it, did the same with significant other! :oops: