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Funny try at buying a bass

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by shawshank72, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Today i took the day and drove all over looking for a bass.
    Put some serious km's on the auto but hey it was all in the name of music.
    There was a kid on kijiji selling an old fernandes p bass mij for 150$.
    I drove the hour out to see it.
    Was in bad setup shape, like a bow and arrow.
    He said he tried to learn but it just didnt feel comfortable so hes been picking it up and putting it down and now its in the closet.
    I asked if i could have some time to set it up while we BS and he said sure, I wanted to make sure it could be playable.
    I did my thing and damn! What a great bass!
    As he watched me doing the set up he eyes were big with alot of woahs and ahhhs.
    I said i will take it.
    He then picks it up and just goes nuts playing it, like a kid on xmas morning.
    Now he dosent want to sell it, hes apologizing repeatably and saying wow, wow, oh man its awesome.
    lol i had no choice but to just walk away. Kid ended up giving me cash for the gas and setup even though i tried to dismiss it.
    Guess another bass player in the world is good enough for me.
  2. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    That was the coolest thing I've read all day. Kudos
  3. gully_jones

    gully_jones Stone cold groovy man Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Got to love the bass playing community.
    FergusonRJ, Zodion and dukeisdog like this.


    Sep 15, 2012
    SLC Utah
    That is awesome. Sorry you didn't get it,but what a story! xD
    FergusonRJ and Zodion like this.
  5. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    That's awesome
  6. Oddly

    Oddly Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    You got my respect.
    Rio Haride, Zodion, Splods and 4 others like this.
  7. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Congrats to him for having such a cool dude "fix" his bass for him.
    Way to go man!
    Zodion and shawshank72 like this.
  8. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Adding another glass of respect to the punchbowl.
    Well done.
    Alik, Zodion, vmabus and 2 others like this.
  9. Bow tie

    Bow tie

    Jan 9, 2014
    Upstate NY
    Hope you took the money for travel and setup. It was cool of you to that for him, but he made an offer and you accepted. It was rather lame of him to change his mind.
  10. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Yes i did, i said no thanks but he insisted.
    I have to admit i was a little pissed at first but in the end its nice to know he has enthusiasm to go farther now.
  11. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Good story.
  12. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    You know, you made that kids day and, quite possibly, turned him back on to the bass, which is something he will have all his life. And, if he does
    stick with it, he will ALWAYS remember you and this cool story of how he finally got to play his bass.

    And, I think it was VERY cool of him to give you some cash for your gas and setting up his bass.

    Right on for both of you!
  13. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    FergusonRJ and fourstringgirl like this.
  14. reddog


    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    Right on! Wish someone had done that for me 20 yrs ago. Very sadly I sold my stunning 70's jazz in a pawn shop in France... watched the guy tweak the truss, lower the action and... Poof! Super playable! The pain I needlessly endured for 3 years! Not even one teacher ever set me straight. Brother, you're goin straight thru those pearloid gates!
  15. Auguste


    Apr 5, 2012
    You are a standup guy!
  16. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    I think a lot of kids quit music because of bad setups. I know I did the first time I tried about 8 years ago, and I didn't learn any better until 2 years ago. Hopefully the kid sticks with it.
  17. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    One word: Karma! ...........Okay two words: Good karma!
  18. +1
    I remember having a hard time playing my first p bass because of a bad setup. I had no idea how to get it done and I didn't have the money to bring it in.

    I sure am glad I stuck with it all these years later and didn't give up. Good on you, man!
  19. buldog5151bass

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

    Oct 22, 2003
    Axtman beat me to it. Down the road, it will come back.
  20. Gizmot


    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    Its part of our jobs as musicians to make the world a better place - today you did your duty. I predict that if you keep looking you'll find something even nicer
    Oddly and Jim Nazium like this.

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