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Helped a brotha out today...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chadhargis, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I recently moved to the Shoals area in North Alabama down from Nashville. One thing I dearly miss about Nashville is the plethora of music stores. There is one decent music store I've found in the area, and they only have a handful of basses, but I like to pop in from time to time to see what they have.

    Today I'm noodling around on some basses and a guy walks up and asks, "Do you play bass?". I told him I did and he asked "What would be a good starter bass for my girlfriend?". Not wanting to sour my relationship with the one and only decent music store within 120 miles of me, I did want to send him to the Talkbass classifieds, eBay, or Craigslist...plus...he wouldn't know what to look for anyway.

    I showed him some of the new Squires they had in stock and a couple of Yamaha RBX basses, then asked him, "What's your budget?" He tells me about $300. Well, the Squires fall into that range, but wandered over the the used rack and took another peek. I am not a four string player, so I pretty much look at the headstock and if there aren't 5 pegs...I don't pay attention to it.

    Hanging there on the used rack was a nice 80's model US Peavey Foundation with super ferrite pickups. Price tag said $117.

    I plugged it in and played it. Very nice! Nice tone, pots weren't scratchy, neck was straight, tuners worked fine, no fret sprout, only a bit of fret wear, and what looked like a new set of D'Addario Nickel XL strings. The setup was pretty good and I whipped out my iPhone, fired up the Strobotune app and checked the intonation. The A string was a bit sharp, but not bad. Nothing anyone but a professional ear would ever notice.

    Thanks to Talkbass, I knew the US Foundations were good basses and the super ferrite pickups were much loved. Hopefully I contributed to the beginning of another devoted fan of the low end. And I hope his girlfriend is hot and posts slutty pictures of herself with the bass. :D LOL!!
  2. Matt R.

    Matt R.

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    I lived in the Shoals for many many years. In huntsville now
  3. MostlyBass


    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    Good work!!
  4. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Another Alabamite here.. Good call on the Foundation. Very underrated basses!
  5. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Very nice I did the same thing for two very nice older ladies looking for a bass for their grandson it's a good feeling the ladies came to me after the "guitar center dude" tried to sale them an American Standard for a kid just starting out?
  6. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    We can only hope! lol
  7. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I really miss Nashville. I know the Shoals area is steeped in music as well, but I've only been here 3 months and haven't gotten plugged into the music scene yet.

    I know there are plenty of Guitar Center haters out there, but the location in Nashville always had a killer selection of basses and some very nice used ones. I used to run over there during my lunch hour and browse around. Nearest location is in Huntsville, an hour or so away.