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comestic value?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by The Antipop, Oct 12, 2002.

  1. How much does comestics of a bass matter to you?

    If the bass sounds great but looks bad, do you buy it or say no!
    If the bass sounds bad but looks amazing would you buy it?

    How much does the look of the bass mean to you?
  2. sorry I am tired, just got back from hockey... its 2am and I got a goal...and I am a goalie, freaking crazy but I came home to find outmy brothers drunk friend playing my bass, my god they were tuning to the point I swear they almost snapped (and strings are $45 that I dont have) but I got a goal....YAY ME!
  3. Noobai


    Aug 25, 2002
    Stanford, CA
    If a bass sounds good, cosmetics dont matter.

    If im rich as hell, and could fix the sound of a bass, i might buy a nice looking one, but im not rich, so no.

    Generally, if you find a decent looking bass, you can always make it look better with custom paint jobs etc :D
  4. To me it's important because I like to look at the aethetics of design. I don't want to play some instrument that looks crap.

    Having said that, more important than cosmetic value is sound and feel, the cosmetics won't make up for a bad sounding instrument or one that is uncomfortable to play.
  5. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA

    how the heck did you do that?!
  6. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I like both cosmetics and sound/playability.

    However, while I would buy a bass that sounds/plays great but looks like crap, I would not buy a bass that looks great, but sounds/plays like crap.

    From my collection of carved top exotic wood Curbows, it's pretty easy to say that I prefer when I can have it all. :D

    Oh, and, congrats on the goal. [​IMG]

    Sorry about the drunk friend playing your bass. [​IMG]

    Did you highstick the punk? ;)
  7. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Of course looks matter! I mean, many of the threads around here are about people SEEING a bass and developing massive GAS, based on looks alone!

    Looks are a very important component of why people buy basses. It is important, as is feel, tone, flexibility, price, and so on...

    Quite frankly, just because a bass plays and sounds amazing but is ugly as heck doesn't mean it's worth buying. We live in a time when we have a huge amount of choices at our fingertips, especially with the Internet. If someone doesn't like the way a bass looks, but loves the feel, all that person needs to do is keep looking. There are other basses with great feel that also look great.
  8. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    I would not own any bass that didn't sound and feel great.

    If it's new, I expect the workmanship to be at least good and the luthier to use basic fine-wookworking skills - smooth and straight cuts (not lumpy), clean seams, no "filler", etc. If those basics are not there, I question if the builder really has the skills to build an instrument of any lasting integrity - if they can't get the basics right, how do I know they know enough about the acoustics of an instrument? But I feel that care in is necessary in anything of value - car, house, furniture, etc. The details are an indication of the depth of knowledge and pride taken in the total package.

    If it's used, then it's more about tone and feel than looks.

  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    When I went to buy my 1st sadowsky, I wanted a Quilt top 5 string. I went into his shop & this was there:

    <img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/media/archive_bass/3570_full.jpg">

    I was all ready to buy it. I played it & it felt & sounded great. But he has a "Plain Jane" 24 fret 5. It was SOOOO IT that I bought it!!! It just felt right!!!! It was like a glove.

    <img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/media/archive_bass/3575_full.jpg">
  10. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Well, when I say 'looks,' I mean pure asthetics. Build quality is one thing, 'pretty' is another. Id' never buy a bass that looked like it was poorly constructed--I don't care how great it sounds. But, if I found a BC Rich (don't care for the looks) that sounded great, and it had a sound I couldn't cover with a bass I already have, I'd certainly give it a chance.

    If I think a bass sounds and plays great, but I don't find it particularly attractive, I'll still consider it for studio work, open jams, etc. But, then, I've already got plenty of pretty basses. If I didn't have anything at all, I'd certainly want a bass to inspire me to play it, and the looks go a long way towards that.
  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Aesthetics can be functional, too.

    Examples - a nice wood for the top plate can contribute to tone instead of some gaudy, paper-thin, veneer that doesn't add anything.

    Turned wooden knobs have a lot better feel than those cheap, awful, plastic things with the numbers on them, a la Gibson. A fine fretboard wood won't spit out oil like a cheap grade of Indian rosewood and dull your tone.

    The reverse can be true, too. For instance, cheap instruments may offer gold-plated hardware that looks great when new. But the plating is so thin, they look like the metal on an old car muffler in no time.

    It can be cultural, too. I've talked to bassist from Scandanavian countries who would prefer that "plain jane" bass Nino has in his picture. They like clean looking, light woods.
  12. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Very true. I think that 'plain jane' might be the best looking bass I have ever seen - and I have seen all hundreds of em, all the quilts and the burls.

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