Best and worst gear purchase of 2014

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jfh2424, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Hi guys! Every year, I do this. Here is last year's thread:

    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.

    This year, it is really close as to what was my best bass gear purchase. I bought a white G&L M2000 Tribute from MF for the ridiculous price of $399. This quickly became my main player (I own 11 basses). I really dig this bass! However, I would have to say that my best purchase was my Line 6 G30 Wireless system. To me, it sounds as good as a wire and it is simply a game changer. Going wireless on the gig allows me so much freedom, it allowed me to do things onstage that I simply couldn't do before. So based on that, I'd have to say it was my best purchase.

    I don't think I bought anything else than these two things, so I'd have to say that I did not have a worst purchase this year.

    And you?

  2. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Best: Rickenbacker 4003W

    Worst: GK SBX410+
  3. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Genz-Benz Contour 500 115 combo and matching 115 extension cab. Great deal and nice 215 rig!

    WORST: Nothing. I'm happy with everything I bought this year.
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  4. dieselman

    dieselman Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Yacolt, Wa.
    G.O.F. #123 T Bird Club #692
    Purchased a G&L L2000 and a Genz Benz Contour 210. Love both!
  5. gabrielvv7

    gabrielvv7 Guest

    Mar 10, 2013
    worst: bartolini hr4.5 preamp ($150).
    best: tone monster 2 band preamp... to replace the bad bart that sounded anemic, and quit on me after a month. ($40). the tone monster preamp sounds much more transparent, has more output, and even "felt" better quality right out the box. maybe it was just my bad experiences with some bartolini products, but i would buy another tone monster over a bart if i had a choice again.
  6. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Best: EBMM USA SUB Stingray and Status Graphite neck to go with it.
    This was a long-time GAS inducer, since buying a Cutlass wasn't going to happen any time soon. It's become my main player, putting my 93 SR4 and 89 SR5 in the cases, as well as the Status Energy Carbon that I have. It's one of the best basses I've ever played and I've owned over 100 in my life.

    Worst: Pizza Hut pizza.
    I know it's not "gear", but it's the worst purchase I've made this year... so bad, I feel I need to mention it!
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  7. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    Best : Fender MIA P Sunburst-tort / MarkBass LM250 (TIE)

    Worst: Mooer Yellow Compressor pedal - bought it for it's one-knob ease of use. And found it was useless well err coz it only has one knob hehe

    PS:I haven't bought Pizza Hut since about 3 years ago when I ordered 2, repeated the order twice and they turned up completely wrong! wrong base for both and wrong toppings. How hard can it be to tick the right box on their order sheet?
  8. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Best-no doubt it has to be my Ibanez SR500F--this year I joined the fretless ranks, and I love it.
    I didn't get a lot of gear--& I like it all--besides the bass I got a cheap Shure mic, to use to record stuff for fun & a volume pedal.
    So worst?
    I'd have to say the mic--but it does what I need it to, and as I'm recording stuff for fun, I don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on mics-I also got it on sale for $20--including the cable--so I can't complain--but of my three purchases, I guess it would be in 3rd place.
    So 3rd best or worst?--you decide.
  9. TripleDouble

    TripleDouble Guest

    Aug 5, 2008
    Best: Squier Jag Short Scale bass. It's a bit cheap feeling, but it sounds good in a way and is really fun to play. Cost $100, and I've gigged it a few times and had a great time doing so.

    Worst: Not bass gear, but a Bigsby B50 I directly installed on a guitar I really like(d). Still struggling to get it set up where it works well, setup tricks, roller bridges, stabilizer rollers...
  10. jwj1701


    Nov 17, 2011
    Lexington KY
    Only 4 purchases this year and they all fall under best. American standard P bass. 2012 and 2013 Select Jazz basses. And (still musical but not a bass) Taylor 314c Grand Auditorium Guitar. There is no worst in this lot.
  11. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again??

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Best by far were my Valenti VTP5 and my Fender AV '63 Precision. No bad purchases this year.

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  12. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Worst: cheap, generic tablet mount

    Best: Hercules HA300 tablet mount
  13. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    I finally got round to buying a standup bass, and since then the gigs just keep rolling in. So I guess that's a "best"
    Other than that, Im sure glad I bought a Cali76.

    Worst? I got stiffed on a dead Mutron off ebay, but it's off to Richard Lingenberg to be repaired, so I'm sure it'll work out OK in the end.

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  14. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Central Virginia
    Best: Demeter VTBP-M800D
    Worse: Elixer bass strings
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  15. Drzejzi


    Aug 6, 2014
    Best: Ibanez ATK 310. I changed my starter bass after 8 years ;) Great tone of Stingray and Jazz Bass mixed toegether. And I have to say, that Jazz's tone suits me better.
    Second: GK MB 410. Second place because my band took hiatus right after I bought it, so I use it in home right now :( But it is cool, found it in great price and definitely stays with me.
    Worst: Sansamp BDDI. It gives some possibilities, but cuts hi-mid grow of ATK and GK combination. Sold it after awhile.
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  16. leroy diamond

    leroy diamond

    Aug 21, 2005
    My only purchase this year is a Kustom KXB-500 amp but it is easily the best 'bang for buck' amp i have ever purchased
  17. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    Best and worst: 2013 Gibson EB. Best because I like it. Worst by default because it's the only purchase in 2014.
  18. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    central coast
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Best of the year:


    Worst of the year: any of the four different 6-strings that I experimented with. Not because they were bad instruments, but more towards how stubborn I am to just deal with the fact that I am not a 6-string guy...
  19. sadowskyguy

    sadowskyguy Guest

    Dec 24, 2011
    Greenville NC
    ImageUploadedByTalkBass1418841961.638261.jpg ImageUploadedByTalkBass1418841979.022248.jpg

    My best are a MIJ P Bass, and the Buzz Audio Tonic EQ. Happiest I've ever been with my bass tone. Now I just have to be a better bass player to justify gear this nice.

    No bad gear purchases this year! Whew!
  20. Best: Harley Benton PJ5
    Worst: dbx 224 feedback suppressor, which in my experience won't help a double bass in a rock'n'roll band at all.