Bring back an old friend or go with something new?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassgod76, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I'm in the market for a new bass. My budget affords me a new bass I like. I've never played this model in person, and it's minty, but no return policy.

    However, an old buyer wants to know if I'd like to buy one of my basses back. Normally, I wouldn't bat an eye, but this bass was nice, and is the same budget as the new one above.

    I only sold this bass, because I have another same model bass.

    Have you ever bought an old friend back?

    Is it overrated?

    Should I ditch the old friend, and try for a new adventure?

    Please share.
  2. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    The only ones I've let go either I wouldn't want back, or I was forced to part with due to extreme circumstances.
    In the case of the latter, I would have them back in a heartbeat.

    I sold off my 4003MG and my first Gibson to help pay for my divorce and new apartment when I split from wife #2, and there's days I dream if still having them.

    if I had the option of 1) getting them back, or 2) finding out that my ex got aids and ebola, and was burned up in a firey car wreck, after being hit by a drunk driver who's last words were to tell he her kids were hooked on drugs it would be a really tough call, but I'd probably take option 1.
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  3. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    Thanks for your opinion
  4. bullie76


    Nov 19, 2014
    Move on. Its never the same when you go home. ;)
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  5. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    That's where I'm Leaning. I just wanted confirmation on my intuition.
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  6. lsu921

    lsu921 Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2003
    Port Allen, La
    I've had 3 or 4 over the years that I've sold then bought back. Guess what I did with them? If you sold it once, you'll probably sell it again..
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  7. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Yeah, new blood may inspire something new in your playing. When I get into a rut I'll pick up another bass and it seems fresh.
  8. SteveV74

    SteveV74 Inactive

    Jul 24, 2012
    So tell us how you REALLY feel about your ex, lol
  9. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    Lol, a guy has to find SOME way to see the humor in the situation, even if it is a little f***ed up ;)
  10. kzr750r1


    Aug 12, 2011
    From one who found a replacement of what I had... Keep moving forward. Your taste will continue to grow on what you like.
  11. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth The Gypsy Bravado

    Apr 20, 2013
    unless you sold it under duress or for unfortunate circumstances then there's a reason you parted with it. I've let things go because they didn't fit a project I was with and wouldn't need them in the future. Those things I might want back if I could ever use them. However, when it comes to old instruments I try very hard to avoid nostalgia shades. The only instrument I'll never sell is my American standard jazz bass. It's never let me down.
  12. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    If you have to ask, you don't want it back all that much.

    There's so many basses and so little time - go for something different.
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  13. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I never sold a bass, but unless there is some compelling reason to get it back, you already have one of them.
  14. Jay Mastro

    Jay Mastro

    Jun 23, 2014
    New York
    Bought a fretless Stingray as my "getting back in the game" bass, and I agree that it changed my playing, much happier with this than if I were to have bought my old jazz back, but I do want my old jazz back...
  15. bass10bfb

    bass10bfb Prophet Low End Provider Gold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2011
    Newport, TN.
    I sold a bass I said I would never sell. I had the opportunity to get it back, and thought really seriously about getting it. But once it had went to somebody else, it just didn't seem as special to me for whatever reason. Hard to explain really. I buy used gear all the time now but that was (at the time) my first and only new bass I had ever bought. Maybe that was it. Who knows. Sorry for rambling!!!
  16. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    I'd find a similar ' new ' model to try out before I'd make up my mind ...

    you could get your X back ... but she's been used by another and might not be the same ..!!??
  17. Neveragain55


    Mar 19, 2014
    I bought a Dean Edge One Fretless roughly 14 years ago and I’m currently spending much more on it now to keep her alive than what I spent on her originally.

    Mind you that’s ok with me because even though it’s a relatively cheaply made bass it came stock with EMG pickups and it sounds amazing for an under $200.00 bass.

    Having said all of that: I’ve since bought newer, more modern, much more expensive basses (that I love) but oddly enough – not as much as my old Dean..........that I’ll never get rid of.

    Just food for thought…….
  18. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician - Retired
    So true. I bought back a bass that I sold about five years earlier. I'm selling it again. The remembered magic was gone - it was probably never there.
  19. I agree with much of what has already been stated. I think people, in general, tend to view history through tinted glasses, and that's the best way. Keep the fond memories then get on with the process of making new ones. I've run across or know the person who bought some piece of musical equipment I've sold, only to ask myself why I bought it in the first place. I all cases the answer is "It was a good idea at the time, but not what I need/want now". Keep moving forward.
    IME, IMHO and my $0.02, etc etc etc
  20. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    I wouldn't either.....however, I regret MANY times over for passing on several very fine instruments in the past for stupid cheap (mainly in the late 1970's) because stupid & ignorant family members, who did NOT have MY best interest in mind, beat me over the head and made me feel guilty for wanting to buy something that only "dopeheads want".

    Seriously move on, as so many here have stated......unless its dirt cheap, then jump all over it!!