Emotionally involved with my bass....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I need to start working through my emotions here. As time goes by I am realizing that I rarely, if ever, play my Warwick anymore. I am jonesing bigtime also for a Streamer Jazzman, but having 3 fairly high-end basses - it would be ridiculous to make another investment like that. I am not a man of wealth.

    I can't seem to part with the Corvette, even though it would make the purchase of a bass I might actually use (the Streamer) more realistic. I really want to sell it, but it was the first real bass I ever owned, it's older and I think better than the newer Warwicks, it looks great, feels great, sounds great on recordings.... it's just too damn heavy and doesn't really give me the versatility I need, nor the sound I'm looking for in most of my live situations. It's becoming a piece of furniture - but I feel hopelessly devoted.

    Anyone have any suggestions on how I can break the chain to my heart - and get the courage up to do something that would probably be best for me - and my Warwick? Someone else could be giving it the attention it deserves.

    Am I just hopelessly devoted?
  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Going off at a tangent

    I had a Status 3000, it was my first high end bass. I had it 9 yrs. It was part of me. I saw my Warwick fell in love and could not justify 3 basses. So having bought the Musicman 2 months before it was simple. Status or Warwick. I traded the Status. It hurt, bad. That was 4 years ago. Do I regret it? Yes. Do I love the Warwick? Yes.

    The point

    Dealing in abstracts and prinicipals is ok but when you find a bass that screams out BUY ME. Then I think that selling your Corvette will happen. It will hurt though.
  3. I am just curious. How much does it go for? I have seen it on a German webpage for about $1150 (4-String). Maybe it's woth buying a ticket an fly there to pick it up. Would be a nice trip.
  4. Acacia


    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX
    since i don't really get emotionally attached to anything, i would say if it means getting something you really want, even if it's for temporary gratification, then just sell/trade it.
  5. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    I can understand how you could feel that way about - I'm in love with my bass too. Maybe it would help if you got some nice pictures of your bass - not just a group pic of all of your basses together, but some nice individual shots, tastefull backround...then get some nice glossy 8x10's printed up and framed...maybe if you have her hanging on your wall you wouldn't feel so bad about trading her in on a more usefull bass.
  6. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    My first bass was a beautiful pre-CBS Fender Precision...that was over 25 years ago.

    My next bass after that was a mint 4001 Rickenbacher that was one of the first 100 ever made.

    I owned a fabulous Alembic (don't recall the model).

    Had one of the original MusicMan Stingray's...god, that had an awesome punch to it.

    I don't have a single one of them anymore.

    Every single bass I've owned, I swore I wouldn't get rid of it, but did anyway. It's like kicking a bad habit...just do it, get it over with and trust me, it does get easier. :)
  7. Bichegrinderboy


    Nov 8, 2001
    I feel your pain but here's another spin on it - your Warwick was made to be played. It's probably not happy sitting on the stand or in the case and not getting used. Some other person might be looking for their first High End bass but can't afford a new one. Your bass might go on to make another player extremely happy. And the bass will be doing what it was meant to do.
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I have the same situation w/my Spector's. I haven't played the NS-2 in about a year. Hasen't been out of the case in about 10 months. I won't sell it. It's the First USA Spector I ever owned.

    My NS-5 hasen't done anything for me since I got the Sadowsky 24 Fret 5. Now I have 2 basses, that if I bought them new would be over $6000, & I don't play them.

    We went into the recording studio on Saturday & I brought the Sadowsky & the NS-5. Nothing sounded right w/the Spector. I had the Sadowsky plugged in 1st, the controls were set flat. I was shocked!!!!! It's heavy, the string spacing is super tight compared to the Sadowsky, I couldn't get a sound I liked but I don't think I'll sell it (unless I get a super stupid offer). :(