Cheap bass changed my life!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by milkman-27, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. milkman-27


    Jul 4, 2009
    I was looking at some old high school photos the other day, alot of which were with me and my first bass. It was a cheap Harmony P copy that I got for Christmas when I was
    13. Just 6 months prior to that I never had any thoughts of being a musician until one night the Kiss meets the phantom of the park(or something like that) movie came on T.V. The opening credits were accompanied by Rock and Roll all Night and scenes of all of the members playing the song. I still remember it like it was yesterday, when I saw Gene Simmons playing his bass something inside me just clicked and from that moment on all I wanted to do was play bass. When the Holidays drew closer I asked my grandmother for a bass for Christmas. She wasn't to sure about it as she thought I would lose interest quickly but when Christmas Eve came she gave me the biggest present that I had ever recieved. I had an idea what is was, but when I unwrapped the present I was actually in shock for a few moments. I was in absolute awe of the J.C. Pennys $89 Harmony bass that my grandmother bought for me. I kept that bass until I graduated high school were I played it (along with a Peavey bass I got a few years later) in my high school jazz band and in several garage bands with friends. To some of you it might sound like a cheap piece of junk, but that $89 bass was a pivotal part of my life and helped shape me into who I am today. It gave me confidence that I didn't have at the time and it sure helped keep me out of alot of trouble that I probably would have gotten into. Why I posted this I am not sure, I guess just to tell my story that a $89 Christmas present was one of the best things to happen to me and I will ever be thankful to a loving Grandma who encouraged a young boy to follow a dream.


    Dec 27, 2007
    Was it a nice player?
  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Just goes to show that a gift doesn't have to be expensive to mean a great deal to the recipient. Nice story.
  4. robkphoto


    Jan 28, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Cool story! I completely remember "Kiss meets the Phantom of the Park". It was a much anticipated event in my young life at the time! Iconic!

    Do you still have the Harmony? It's funny how small things that push you in one direction or another can have MASSIVE consequences years down the road.
  5. great story man !
  6. LCW

    LCW Inactive

    Mar 2, 2009
    Yea where is that harmony now?

    I still got my first bass my dad was broke returning to college and single parent he saved up and got me a dean edge 4 , used from a pawn shop in 2003, it was like 100$ maybe and that was the best gift anyone has ever given me it changed my life completely.

    Thats why i see SX as a cool brand, buy your niece or nephews one who knows it may change there life.
  7. w33nie


    Jan 27, 2008
    Looks like Gene Simmons changed your life
  8. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Cool story, bro. Music changes lives. Sure changed mine.
  9. SugarySnack


    Feb 25, 2009
    I got a guitar 5 years ago, and played it religiously for 3 years. Kinda slowed down on it, and started playing Bass 4 months ago. When I got that first guitar it was just amazing. It wasn't a piece of junk, but it wasn't very expensive (still have it). Now me and my band are recording later on this month (I am on bass now, and really loving the instrument). That first guitar or bass can really change your life. Great story. Music is just amazing, especially if you play it.
  10. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    The beauty and POWER of creativity... :)
  11. badboy1984


    Mar 27, 2007
    United Kingdom
    Cheap bass do bring back memory. I still remember when i only had £100 in my bank and found no job yet, i just spend what i got in my bank on a Aria P bass and that change my life since then.
  12. I would have liked you post a picture of this 89.- dollars bass... You can maybe find a picture of a similar instrument on de the net ???? So I would be able to see what are you talking about !!!
  13. Great tale. But I would also like to see a pic of this Harmony classic.
  14. TomA1234


    Jul 27, 2009
    Fareham, England
    My first bass is (yes IS) a (something like) 3rd hand Aria STB-PJ. It was obviously very cheap as they are worth £120 new. My parents bought it for me for my birthday and there has rarely been a day where I haven't played it.:bassist:
  15. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Good lad! :)
  16. XtromatriX


    Dec 18, 2004
    Great Story! It shows that when you looked back at things in your life, you had no idea at the time how that bass would imact the direction of your life. My story is something like yours, my first bass was a 89.00 p bass copy that my parents got for me on Christmas when I was 13.
  17. lowtide

    lowtide Commercial User

    Oct 14, 2006
    Bradenton, Florida
    Owner: Buzzard's Bass Shop
    My was the Sears Silvertone Pbass
  18. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray

    Feb 20, 2009
    The lesson that could be learned from this story is that we can and should encourage all young people/players that have a desire to want to play a musical instrument.:)

    Unfortunately I have read alot of posts from certain TBers mocking young musicians with questions that may be obvious to experienced players. Remember we all started as beginners.;)

    To the OP you are very fortunate to have a grandmother that encouraged you and helped you with your dream! :)
  19. Yools


    Jul 24, 2009
    Perth WA
    My first bass was a Harmony P-bass copy, too! It had a generic sunburst finish with a black pickguard and a maple fretboard. My roomate in college bought it at a pawn shop and tried to learn how to play, but I ended up playing with it more than he did (I had started trying to learn guitar about 6 months before he got it - we were going to start a band, etc...) The electric utility at our apt. was in my name, so when we moved out at the end of the year, he gave me the bass in exchange for me covering his part of the final bill (I think it was ~$30).

    That was actually a really nice instrument - the action was suprisingly good, making it a great first bass. The electronics kinda sucked, but they worked, and it probably would have been a great player with upgraded pickups and a Badass bridge. I really wish I still had it.

  20. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    I just bought another Squier II after I traded my old one away a few years ago. It was my first bass every, and is now my main go-to bass :)

    Cool story btw