Best and worst gear purchase of 2013?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jfh2424, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. Hi guys, every year I do this. So 2013 is no different.

    I am wondering what is the best and worst bass related gear purchase that you did this year? It will be interesting to see if there are several items that come back, post after post.

    My best gear purchase will probably surprise you. I bought a mini clip digital tuner Eno ET 33. I got it for like $5 or something (including free shipping) from China. The thing works great, it's compact and it saved me from bringing my much clunkier, bigger tuner. As you can tell, money is tight so I haven't really spent a whole lot on gear this year.

    My worst gear purchase I did last year, but it continued this year. Last year, I bought a GK MB 212 combo. Sounds great, but I've had major issues with it. GK has great customer service (bless those folks), but the fact remains that it has failed several times and I must say that it is frustrating to have to deal with this stuff.

    And you?

  2. Best purchase of the year was an Ampeg classic rig. Been wanting one of these things for years and this one was in mint shape (it's a 2005) and came with heavy duty covers and a brand new speakon cable. It was only 15 miles up the road so it was convienient too. I didn't buy any other stuff this year except for a snark tuner and I really like it so it doesn't qualify for a worst. If I had to pick a worst , it would have to be..... an Ampeg classic rig because I already had two 8 10 cabinets here and the wife is griping about the amount of space they are all taking up now. I think I can manage to survive.:bassist:
  3. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I made several great purchases this year. 1982 MIA Precision for $700, a set of Lindy Fralin pickups to replace the active set up in my 2011 MIA Jazz Deluxe, Martin 12 string acoustic guitar, Fender Acoustasonic amplifier. Worst purchase, an Eden 410XLT cab. The guy advertised it as an XST. When I went to look at it, I found out that it was an XLT. I was able to buy it for $300 but soon realized that I didn't like the sound. I ended up bringing to GC and got $450 toward the Martin that I mentioned above.
  4. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    I bought a 1993 Peavey TNT160 for super cheap, at Sam Ash. The store thought something was seriously wrong with it, but I knew the power switch just needed some spray contact cleaner. A couple fixed surface tears and I had a brand new amp, for $160. I swear by the Peavey amp stuff.
  5. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    New Orleans LA
    Best: Fender 100T and changing the preamp in my Spector Euro 435lx from the stock Tonepump to the Spector US18v.

    Worst: Tech 21 VT Bass Deluxe - Not a bad pedal, just didn't work for me.
  6. Melonthief


    Jan 25, 2013
    Best-MXR M87 bass compressor
    Worst- planet waves tuner
  7. Best-Jackson JS3V in trans black
    Worst- Warwick Blue cab 15 watt. Have no idea why it is called blue "Cab" as its a combo, and any way, it sucks.
  8. Best: Squier Bass VI & Classic '60 Jazz Bass
    Worst: I bought a cable with a faulty jack...
  9. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Best: Moog Taurus III bass pedals.
    Worst: ....ummmm, bass pedals, 'cause now I have to struggle to learn to use them effectively. :)
    Really, the worst was a cheap acoustic 6 string. Not a really bad guitar, but a waste of money.
  10. GreggBummer

    GreggBummer Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Southern New Jersey
    Best: Zoom Ms-60b

    For a $100, you can not beat this little box of wonder. It isn't perfect, but it is without a doubt one of the best multi effects boxes out there.

    Worst: Squire Vintage Modified Fretless Bass

    Bought from Guitar Center online, it was delivered with major issues. The truss rod was maxed. The bridge was installed improperly so the strings did not cross the pickups correctly. The D sting had reduced output and the G string made no sound at all. The bass or "top" of the bridge was lined up with the top of the bridge pick up. It was inexcusably bad QC on the manufacturers part (Samick). It was missing a screw from the jack plate. However, Guitar Center made it right and refunded my money in full. A week later, I found the bass on the sales floor tagged as new for the original purchase price.
  11. Kmrumedy


    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Best - Markbass Big Bang. I was very skeptical about micro bass systems. This sounded so good.....I sold my Aguilar DB359 and DB680!

    Best - NOS Accugroove El Whappo speaker cabinet. It is like a studio monitor. Just awesome.

    Worst - as always....educational books and DVD's. Not wasting another penny on this stuff. When will I ever learn!? YouTube blows away anything you can buy at retail....and it is free.
  12. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Worst: Traded a new Squier Classic Vibe Jazz for a Mikey Way Sig Mustang + a little cash. Dollar-for-dollar it was a fair trade and the Mustang itself wasn't malfunctioning or broken in any way. It was just a little too monochromatic for my tastes, even with the addition of new medium-scale nickel rounds (suggested by a great guy at BassStringsOnline). A true "live and learn" moment.

    Best: Found a used Classic Vibe (with case included!) on Guitar Center's database that was mis-labeled as a Vintage Modified. Got it for a steal and turned my "live and learn" lesson into "live, learned and lovin' it!"
  13. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Best Traynor DNB112 w/ 12 inch ext cab
    Worst Peavey Max 115II Combo Amp
    Piece of crap. Returned twice and failed once then sold.
  14. Best a 68' Ampeg B15N with original CTS speaker that I had reconed (avatar).

    Worse a Warwick Thumb BO 5 string. Very nice guitar but I bought it impulsively at a pawn shop without checking prices online. Got it for $400 below what they were asking but still paid $400 too much.
  15. redhed


    Oct 25, 2009
    Marshall 1992LEM SuperBass, Ampeg V4B, Rickenbacker 4003 - all AWESOME!!

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  16. Uncle K

    Uncle K The custodian is your enemy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA

  17. Best=TC electronic pedals with Tone Print, there all cool. The Gibson EB-O with a P-Bass pickup in it is a close second.

    Worst= Snark clip on tuner
  18. redhed


    Oct 25, 2009
    Almost forgot my new Peavey VB 215 cab! Also excellent!

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  19. Best: Wilkins Roadtested PJ5.
    Honorable mentions: Carvin B25 fretless, TC BG250-115

    Worst: Gibson EB5. Crap on so many levels.
  20. Jwood

    Jwood Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Richmond, Va
    Best:'64 AV Jazz Bass, GK MBF 800 and 212 NEO.
    Worst: None yet