Found a cool old bassist, need some help?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GeneralElectric, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    So, there has been this guy that comes into my job every now and then to get a cup of coffee before he goes to work as a day laborer. Sometimes he comes in at night to say hello to one of the cooks who he's friends with.

    So one day at about close, he was talking to the guy who plays guitar here on friday nights. He said he was a bass player. My response? "No ****, I play bass too!" So we ended up talking about music. This guy used to be a big-ish bassist in the 80s and went by the stage name of Butch Porter. He played a 5 string spector and a couple of other fivers (don't remember what they are now) and was on a couple of Top 40 and Top 20 records. He's got some videos up on youtube, and I wrote them down, but I can't remember them off the top of my head.

    In the 90s, everything fell apart for him and he ended up having to sell all his bass gear to pay for rent and still ended up being homeless before starting his career as a day laborer. He ended up saving up enough money to buy himself an amp (an old Trace Elliot combo) and was borrowing his friend's bass. His friend ended up moving and he's been without a bass now for a few years. I let him play the P-bass I had here at work, and I've never seen anyone so happy just to be playing for 20 minutes. The dude could tear it up!

    So what I'm looking for is a cheap budget 5 string to maybe get him. Money for me, right now, is really tight. Ideally I'd like to spend under $100 bucks, and that'll take me some time to get together right now. Anyone have any suggestions or have an old beat up 5'ver that I could buy off of them. I don't mind fixing it up if its broken. :)
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  2. I think there is an SX in the $100 range. Keep your eyes out on Crag's as well.

  3. Zombbg4


    Jul 15, 2008
    Shoot, I had a cheapo samick 5 string from the 90's I tore apart for parts/no reason other than stupidity, I would've given it to you. SX seems like the route to go, or just keep an eye out on craigslist for a squire or something. Maybe a pawn shop or two, try to haggle them down.
  4. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    very sad story. i sent you a pm.
  5. engage757

    engage757 Inactive

    bro, hit up armbruster. did he give away the MTD yet?
  6. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Sounds like something I would do...
  7. I reckon you should aim for a Squier CV or VM that too much? How much money you got now? (I can't help financially I'm afraid as things are tight after christmas but I FULLY support your cause...!)
  8. OH YEAH - before you get him a 5, ask him which he prefers...I know I'd prefer a 4 over a 5
  9. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    During my talk with him he was saying how much he loved the low notes and the groove that only a low B could give him. t
  10. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

    Mar 25, 2009
    Keep an eye on eBay. Sometimes Ibanez fivers show up for less than a hundred bucks ;)
  11. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Inactive

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    You sir are awesome.

    Probably an SX sounds good.
  12. REAPER52


    Aug 17, 2008
    i am out of work and just got a letter today that i can get on unemployment in a couple weeks i could help a little if a few others chipped in we could do this without any one of haveing to spend more then a few bucks. i think it is a nobel undertaking .
  13. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Great story. Look up those videos and post the links for them for us here. No bass player should be wasting his bass-playing hands on day labor! Hopefully those videos can generate enough interest here among us regulars that we can cover an SX 5 string from Rondo. (Personally, I rather favor the black, blue or sunburst with the old headstock) In fact, I'm sure we can do it! The Christmas spirit isn't just one day a year.
  14. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Thanks to TBers, I've almost got enough to get him an SX. I have his songs written down on a piece of paper. I'm currently searching. Will post back in a few when I find it.
  15. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Here's some songs he's played on

    I've got a couple of others written down, but I'm having trouble finding them on youtube.
  16. Rocky

    Rocky Inactive

    Jul 21, 2000
    Los Angeles
    Don't forget to check the local pawn shops. You may find a great deal there, and they usually do lay aways. Then maybe we could all pitch in?
  17. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    He can HOLD IT DOWN!! Nice!
  18. Pitbull Growl

    Pitbull Growl

    Jan 6, 2009
    Hey GE,

    Didja find anything yet?
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