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Do I buy up or do I buy down?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by d rick man, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. d rick man

    d rick man

    Jun 28, 2016
    I have a dilemma. I'm on the fence. I'm in the market for second bass. But here is my problem. I play an early model Rickenbacker. Its going to be heard to beat. I'm so use to it, I don't know if I would be happy with another expensive bass like an Ernie ball or Ibanez or Gretsch. I don't know if I can justify spending $1500 to $1800... when what I really want is a Switch. A friend of mine has a Switch Vibracell he paid $250.00 for. He don't want to sale it. But I really love it. The neck fells a lot like the rick. I love the thumb holes and I think it is a really cool looking bass. I could be happy with that and not spend a bunch of money. Second problem is I can't find anyone that has one for sale. If anybody know someone or a website that has one for sale let me know.

    Maybe I can settle for an Ibanez. Its neck fills closest to a rick. I guess I'm all about the neck, as you can tell. But the switch would be my first choice, its just so cool looking and it sounds pretty good too. Oh well, let me know what ya'll think.
  2. d rick man

    d rick man

    Jun 28, 2016
    Sorry "buy" not bye. guess I will get picked on for that one. But still, what do you think. Should I hold out to see if i can find a Switch or go ahead an buy the more expensive one?
  3. shaggy45

    shaggy45 Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2009
    If the switch is really what you want, then wait. Set eBay alerts and a reverb feed and google alerts until one pops up. It’s what you want and you’ll save a lot of money.
  4. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    now I want a Switch! lol go for it, I'll keep an eye out for you until I'm ready to get one too
  5. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    Speech to text?
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  6. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    buy what you like
  7. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    You can edit that, just FYI.
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  8. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Depends on how badly you need a second bass.
    You might have to wait for quite some time before you find a Vibracell...you might have to wait even longer before you find a good one.
    Plenty of good basses out there for $300 to $500. You don't have to spend $1,500 to get something you can be happy with.
  9. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    After you BUY a new bass, you'll need to say BYE to your old bass, which you can do BY getting someone else to BUY it.

    wmmj, saabfender, Kickdrum and 9 others like this.
  10. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    Maybe you have a cheaper bass you take to certain gigs.
  11. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Me think you bye Switch if really lik. If you patent I'm sure yu can find won.
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  12. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
  13. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I don't see the point of buying a bass to be a backup, one that you'll hardly ever play. Even buying a cheap bass would be a waste of money IMO.

    I would try to find another bass that is even better than your current bass. Then your current bass can be the backup.
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  14. buldog5151bass

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

    Oct 22, 2003
    A couple of thoughts:

    1. Why do you want/need a second bass, especially since it seems you just want exactly what you already have?
    2. There is more to a bass than just the neck. It sounds like as long as you get a neck like your Ric, nothing else matters.

    First, find the answer to #1. Then determine the max you will spend, and start playing basses until one speaks to you. Or just save up and get another Ric.
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  15. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA

    Goooooooooooooood morning! I have a little bit of grammar OCD (especially before I've had my morning coffee). I took the liberty of fixing up a few things for you (via parenthetical phrases). :D

    I let the small stuff slide.

    It's my problem.


    I feel better now.


    Best of luck with your bass search.
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  16. First off, thank you. I feel much better with the corrections posted.

    But “per say”? It’s “per se”. Maybe an auto-correct flub?

    More importantly, never tell anyone the Oxford comma is optional! That’s something worth changing. It shouldn’t be optional. I care more about the Oxford comma than P vs J, flats vs rounds, and certainly more than tort/no tort.

  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yes, my dumb thumbs got "corrected" by the eye in the sky. :D (As a humbling little bit of comeuppance, I'll leave it that way. A little knocking off one's high horse is good for the soul. :cool:)

    I agree with you. The Oxford comma should be required. When you and I become co-kings, it shall be so! Until such time, we are forced to deal with this "evolution" that is being force on us by the masses. The watering down of English is a foregone conclusion, I'm afraid. There are more of these people than there are of us. -----> drool

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  18. This year, 2019, was when Blade Runner supposedly took place. No flying cars, sentient human-like robots, or mining of the moons of Saturn. But neither English nor LA are in as bad shape as the movie/book predicted, either. We’ll hold the line as best we can! I don’t think the whole “king” thing is coming through for us.
  19. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Do I bye up or do I bye down?
    ...I usually bye bye...
  20. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
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