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have you bought a bass on looks alone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wrench45us, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. wrench45us


    Aug 26, 2011
    Have you ever bought a bass on looks alone?

    Youthful exuberance coupled with ignorance OR
    should have known better?

    Did it work out or was it chalked up to experience...
  2. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    Schecter stiletto custom 4 in natural. Absolutely gorgeous bass, but always sounded meh and felt meh. kept it for a couple years, but decided it wasn't for me


    took this family shot a month before i sold her. that's her on the far right underneath my vic firth rudiments poster
  3. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    It's always about the looks first.
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Sure! I've bought a LOT of things based on looks alone. But if they don't function as well as look good, they're usually not kept around very long.
  5. Mennolineum


    Nov 12, 2013
    I actualy bought my warwick Corvette because of the looks, it was suggested by a mate who knows what way i wanted to go so i Just bought it (back then mainly because of the looks) after that it grew big time on me and still is my fav bass, tho i am trying lot of different stuff to see If something is better suiting my needs.. till now this spontanious buy was my best
  6. Yes, my very first was a beauty with a red body, white pickguard, and maple fretboard.

    It was just soooo.... hot :cool:

    fwiw - it was a Fender Bullett (U.S.A.) 30" scale
  7. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    My first bass, Squier MB4. It was the only bass in the tiny guitar shop that was in my price range that didn't look like a Fender which was pretty much my only criteria at the time. Kinda ironic that I wanted a non Fender and ended up with one anyway. As far as how it panned out.. I still have it and every time I use it I discover its an even better bass than I thought it was. Just used it to record actually. Been somewhere around 10 years since I bought it and if I had to thin my heard that's the one I'd keep.
  8. ack

    ack Why Can't We All Get Along?

    Nov 19, 2006
    Somewhere near Raleigh
    Every time I saw one of these in a store, I wanted to buy it on looks alone.
  9. Yep. My first big purchase actually. Warwick Thumb Broadneck 6. Bought it off eBay on a whim, never even played a Warwick before that, and it ended up being my baby for the past 11 years.
  10. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    No. Looks have contributed of course, sometimes it has even been what got me interested in the first place, but it has never been the only or even most important factor. I've always followed up with reading reviews and listening to recordings online.
  11. Thrash3r


    Aug 5, 2013
    No, looks attract me to a bass but it plays or sound crap, I'm not interested.
  12. Yep both my basses were on looks alone. The first was a Washburn Bootsy Space Bass so was definitely about the looks, but fortunately it sounds great too, whilst my Warwick Corvette $$ I got off eBay also on a whim because I like the maple custom shop finish - never played a Warwick before this either, but I love the tone and is the first bass I'll play with.
  13. Yes, once... A Squier Jazz of the same age, same model as I'd already got two of. And it was the bad egg of the batch.

    Classic case of familiarity breeding contempt.
  14. Bought a used Bongo 4HH several years ago for the look AND I wanted to own an EBMM. Great bass, but preamp too hot for my simple tastes. It's gone to a good home with another TBer. I still love the look and I'd consider a Bongo 5er someday, just to have an active bass in my stable.

    Bought a used Epi Allen Woody last year b/c I love the look. Put a Hipshot bridge and LaBella flats on it and it's becoming my main player for thumpy thounds.
  15. vibro


    Oct 31, 2013
    central Jersey
    Just the opposite for me. I bought a Corvette because of the way it felt, didn't even hear it first. I usually go for the classic styles like a jazz or stingray but this thing feels so good! I don't like to look at it as much as I like to play it but that's the point isn't it?
  16. bbao


    Oct 14, 2013
    My white epiphone SG was based on looks alone. The sound did sound nice but it wasn't for me until I upgraded both pickups and hardware.
  17. A few years ago I came really close to buying a Traben based on its looks. I'm glad I changed my mind. They're not bad basses, just not for me.
  18. CraigTB


    Feb 16, 2012
    Yep. My first nice bass was a G&L ASAT. Ended up being a bad choice for me. Too heavy, I didn't like the way it hung because of the missing top horn, and the array of controls were kind of bewildering to me at the time (as a relative newbie). I fought it valiantly for a couple of years because I loved the way it looked and sounded, but eventually the weight got too much and I replaced it with a P-bass.

    I still love G&Ls and now that I have more experience I love the pickup/control layout of the L2Ks & ASATs.
  19. A couple of times. It seems that it usually involved my tech and me expending enormous amounts of time, effort, and money to make them play and sound decent. Sometimes I ended up with a very unique player, other times I ended up with a very unique money pit.
  20. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    I have twice. I bought a Westone Rail bass cause I thought they looked cool and it turned out to be a really good sounding and playing bass. I sold it though cause I wanted cash for something else. I also have a Pepto- Pink Warlock which I love and gets me more attention than any bass I ever owned. My daughter has laid claim to it.