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Best stores for vintage basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by subtomic, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. subtomic


    Sep 29, 2005
    Houston, Texas
    Not sure if this is the appropriate forum but it seems right....

    I'm looking to buy a vintage Fender Jazz (60s to early 70s) in the near future and was wondering what are some good bass stores that would be able to help me. I know you can find vintage basses on eBay but I would prefer to deal with a store that is able to verify that what I'm buying is actually original (or what isn't original). The only store I've found like this is the Bass Palace, but I'm guessing there should be a couple more.

    Thanks in advance.....
  2. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    The Guitar Den - Orlando
    Wild West Gtrs - So. Cali
    Vintage Guitar - Hollywood, CA
    Midtown Music - ATL
    Cambridge Music - Cambridge, MA
    Rock City - Somerville, MA
    Rudy's - NYC
    South Austin Music - Austin, TX
    ... hmmm, that's pretty much what I have off the top of my head....
  3. Willie's Great American Guitars, St. Paul, MN
  4. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    another one:
    One Flight Up Guitars (New Haven, CT)
  5. Coop Soup

    Coop Soup

    Aug 24, 2005

    The staff is great to work with, and they usually have a great selection of vintage instruments.

  6. I stopped by there just yesterday...lots of old Fenders as well as some HWY 1's and USA reissues. Nate runs a great operation there.
  7. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
  8. permagrin


    May 1, 2003
    San Pedro, CA
    Voltage Guitars in Hollywood, Lloyd is the owner/proprietor, very knowledgeable. Google them for their website.
  9. mgmadian


    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    ... great place... very dangerous to visit unless you're highly resistant to impulse buys.
  10. tkozal


    Feb 16, 2006
    New York City
  11. Coop Soup

    Coop Soup

    Aug 24, 2005

    Encore music in Minneapolis is also pretty cool.
  12. djcruse


    Jun 3, 2002
    Norwood, MA
    I like to tease Steve Barr that the Vintage Bass Trading Co. doesn't actually deal vintage basses!
  13. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Just because you don't see me dealing vintage gear doesn't mean I don't any more. :spit:
  14. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Diamond Strings in Rochester NY. Don't be put off by the primitive website, the guy usually has some very cool instruments.
  15. glivanos

    glivanos Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Philadelphia Area
    Don't forget www.basspalace.com.

    Ask for Bob H. He is the owner.

    I've bought two from him '68 Jazz and '66 Precision.
  16. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Probably some of the biggest vintage dealers:
    Gruhn Guitar in Nashville
    Chicago Music Exchange
    Hoboken Vintage Guitars in NJ

    Hope you have a big credit card....

    Basically if you look through www.gbase.com you'll find all the dealers mentioned above, that's where they advertise and where I found a couple of my vintage pieces.
  17. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    I know many Guitar Centers have Vintage departments. I have personally visited the one in Hollywood, CA, and the one in Manhattan (Chelsea?) and they both had an amazing selection of vintage basses - lots of Fenders.

    In Hollywood they had a lefty, all-original '65 P-Bass for $5000. I played it for about 10-minutes; I still have dreams about it.

    The prices, although, were at least 20% or more than market.
  18. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    ...anyway, I just thought, if you are planning to spend more than $3000, you'll be better off buying a new Sadowsky.

    Right, guys? :bag:
  19. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Rumbleseat in Ithaca, NY

  20. Try Lark Street Music in Teaneck, NJ...Buzzy's prices are usually on the high side, but he's a real stickler for detail and a good, fair businessman too. Used to hang there all the time when he was still in Albany, and got stripped a '67 Guild Starfire for a great price.
    Elderly Instruments in Lansing, MI is very good too, but I've never been there in person. I can't imagine the bass that would make me put vintage-Fender money on GC's counter...their prices are almost always laughable.

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