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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JimmyM, Jul 21, 2021.
That story was kind of Erie…
Basses - yep more than once - and ceiling fans. No lingeries, no girl, not even any rush that can recall. Sigh…
In order to get a band goin at 19 (enter being chosen as the worst guitarist among us)I bought a new Squier P Bass and a used Sunn/Randall rig in 1988.I played hundreds of shows with that bass as recently as 2018.Earlier that year I brought it for a backup bass to the studio for our bassist at the time.I took it out of the gig bag and when I set it in the stand It was much shorter and smaller than his Squier Mustang Bass.I was ridiculed ridulously.But played it off mostly.What I mean to say is I had no idea after all those shows,all my friends other people musicians at shows no one ever said and I didn’t notice it was small.So at this point no big deal right? No one knows I didn’t know.until the last few years and well now as you all read about it....
I’ve done some research and now know that it is a 32” medium scale with the body size reduced and is actually a desirable bass.if it weren’t covered in stickers,headstock sanded and painted among other variously occurring abuses over the last 30 plus years.I can’t tell you what the serial number was /is but I do know the truss rod adjusts at the heal (and has never been touched since I bought it)also it can ride in the back of an open bed F 250 with the rest of our crap from Kenai to Anchorage,Ak. in late October in the snow for some Halloween shows and stay in the trunk of a Volare in the hot summer for over two weeks presumed lost or stolen.....
Ill attach an embarrassing photo montage of my ongoing dumbassery for you....
i went to school in East LA. Do you remember the school?
This is the greatest!
The dumbest thing I ever did, back in the mid-80's, was have a Kahler tremolo installed on a nice P bass. I rarely ever had use for it, and it killed the tone and sustain of the bass. I can't for the life of me recall why I thought I needed to have a bass with a whammy bar.
As long as it won’t get you in legal trouble, it’s fine to post.
I had a black (jet-glo) 4001 Rickenbacker that I lovingly modded with Carvin 22-pole humbuckers, a Badass bridge, Schaller tuners, and a blue textured acrylic pickguard with a mirror backing and no onboard controls. It sounded phenomenal.
I lent it to a friend. Someone stole it from him. He knows who did it. He never tried to get it back. He tried "replacing" it with a Fender jazz.
I don't want a %*&%$ Fender jazz. I want my %*&%$ Rickenbacker back.
I bought one 40 odd years ago, does that count?
Tell you what...I have one bass I had built for me that has a Kahler whammy, and though I'd never buy another one, it's fun to have, and I never had a problem with sustain. I wonder what went south in yours. Lots of folks put them on P basses and similar with success.
Were you trying to make it match the body?
Well, I got a thing.
I had a cheapo jazz that I converted to fretless. Everything was ok but the fingerboard needed to be leveled. I didn't have tools or much experience at the time, so I decided, ok, let's take it to the local carpenter. He'll probably have a sander I can use to kinda sorta get there. So I took the neck and went.
Note, the nut was still on.
So, I told him what the issue was and dude takes the neck and proceeds to take it to the belt sander, before I could even say anything. Result was, most of the board was sanded FLAT. Quite some material taken off. And there was this HUGE hump in the first fret/nut area. Which of course, made the bass unplayable.
After exchanging a few words and debating whether a beatdown was worth the prison time, I took it home and tried to sand the hump down. To no avail, of course.
I sold the rest of it for parts. R.I.P.
I once lent my bass to a crooked, dope-fiend — in 1979 — who, later on, said it had been 'stolen.' The worst part is, I believed him
It sank right down into the lilly pads!
Indeed. I live in NY now so I guess I need to get frustrated with another bass. The Hudson is right down the street.
Snorted lines of coke off the back of my Ibanez with my 2 female roommates back in the early 2000s… life was VERY different back then.
Yea! And the paint reacted with the varnish, and it never dried, so I mixed everything and waited for it to dry and left it like that. It was a Squier California PJ, the worst Squier that ever lived.
Not sure if this qualifies as "dumbest thing done "to" a bass", but it is dumb...at a gig a couple of years ago, changed out the 9V battery in an active J bass. About halfway through the first set I thought my bum left thigh was acting up again. I grabbed a stool to sit on to try to alleviate the pain but it just kept getting worse. I thought "this is gonna be a long night". At some point my leg hurt so bad I reached down and found my thigh was literally burning hot. I reached into my pocket and promptly pulled out and flung/dropped on the stage, a smoking hot 9V battery and some hot coins that had shorted across the battery terminals. Yeah, it left a nice little mark. At least it didn't burn my fingers.
All black Squier PJ! Toggle switch and tone, plus adhesive inlays, and nasty muddy headstock!
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