how many instruments...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by pcake, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    have you bought at the same brick and mortar store? and can you even remember them all? i know i'm forgetting several we bought in stores.

    mccabe's in santa monica
    blueridge BR-341 (size 0 sitka/mahogany)
    taylor T5 (seasonal, sapele and ovankol)
    my husband's 1936 kalamazoo (it's an L-00, gibson's other brand)

    hollywood guitar center
    gibson victory bass there
    yamaha guitalele
    yamaha 3/4 classical
    hofner violin bass
    ibanez SR500
    ibanez classical acoustic/electric
    recording king 000 ROS-626
    7 string schecter guitar (diamond series)
    squier bronco bass (could have been west l.a. GC)
    yamaha FG700

    sherman oaks guitar center
    warwick 5 string rockbass streamer
    jackson RRX24 flying V

    west l.a. guitar center
    4001 ric
    taylor GC8
    seagull original S6

    lawndale guitar center
    7 string schecter guitar
    cort curbow burgundy 4 string

    sam ash hollywood
    used tacoma DM9 dreadnought
    jackson warrior
    washburn transparent grey 4 string bass
    washburn rover

    sam ash canoga park
    carlo robelli acoustic bass

    boulevard music
    recording king RP-01

    l.a. guitar sales
    composite acoustics cargo
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  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Fret House (Covina, CA)
    • Modulus Q5
    • Peavey Dynabass
    • Peavey Foundation
    Lemur Music (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
    • Lemur Solana Bass
    Guitar Center (Cerritos, CA)
    • Yamaha acoustic guitar
    All other instruments we're procured online.
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  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    B & B Pawn Emporium

    Squier Precision
    Fender Strat (MIM)
    Ibanez S320
    Ibanez BTB300
    Ibanez SRX2EX1

    Nearest GC
    G&L ASAT
    Ibanez SR1800E
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  4. Most of my stuff , I bought used. These came from Chuck Levins in Wheaton Md.
    1973 Guild G312 acoustic 12 string. (Still have it)
    1976 Ibanez Roadstar 2. (Sold it about a year ago)
    1978 Epiphone SG (Played great but the thing wouldn't stay in tune. Sold it years ago)
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  5. Chicory Blue

    Chicory Blue Secretly Queen of the Moon Supporting Member

    Startlingly few. I have a lot of instruments, but a very wide majority were gifts from friends and family and strangers, and most of the rest were bought online.

    Sam Ash provided one bass, an Ibanez AEB of unknown history and pedigree (for which I traded my middle school clarinet), a blue and white Makala Waterman uke (my “work uke,” so named because I don’t care if children touch it), and a Hohner Special 20 in the key of A.

    Meanwhile, my favorite uke (a Lanikai concert) came from Guitar Center, along with my favorite harmonica (a Hohner Blue Midnight, in A again), and while my very favorite bass was a Christmas gift from my extremely cool and supportive father, I can verify it was a floor model from that same guitar center, as it still had traces of my drool on it.

    My remaining 20+ harmonicas were all gifts too, because harmonicists are super easy to shop for, as are two of my three guitars (and the third I found by a dumpster), and everything else I own that makes noise came from the internet.

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  6. PauFerro


    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
    Mine came almost exclusively online.

    The only ones I bought at stores are from the Guitar Center.

    1) An Ibanez Artcore hollowbody guitar
    2) A Squire strat
    3) Musicmaster Bass before the Internet was popular (actually bought from Steve's, a music store in Toronto, Canada).

    And that's it, of all the basses I currently own. There were a few I bought in stores, but I have since sold them. One I wish I'd never sold at all.

    Funny how buzzes and stuff like that don't bother me anymore. It used to be a BIG DEAL in the stores. The salespeople would always say "but its not coming through the amp". Which to me sounded like sales talk just to get me to buy it. An excuse for poor quality.

    After years of playing these instruments, I tend to agree with them, Hard to find a bass with no flaws at all on the neck, so after a while, you just flow with it...I tend to accept just about anything that comes to me in the mail.
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  7. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    yeah, a lot of the basses i own were bought online including some i still own - my fenders (the mustang and the dimension), my favorite mikro, the traveler TB-4P and the 5 string mikro. of the instruments i no longer own, more were bought online than in person. but i had fun choosing the ones i bought in stores a lot more!
  8. There was a little store here in town about 15 years ago owned by a really nice older couple. The gentleman who was there was one of the nicest people I ever met. He was like your cool uncle who just knew a ton of stuff about guitars and was a blast to sit and talk with and play with. I would spend hours there every day just talking. He did all of my setups and repairs and would always share his knowledge. I bought way more stuff there than I needed just because they were so nice!

    I bought there: two Alvarez acoustic guitars, a Cort M600 and a CL1000, a Squier Strat that was a fabulous guitar. a Cort A4 bass (my first bass!) a Crate acoustic guitar amp and way more cables, strings, DI's, and accessories that I can remember. Except for that one bass, all of my others have been bought off of Ebay or here, and my Carvin basses and guitars were orders. That's just off the top of my head. He was good to deal with so I traded a lot of stuff there too. When he got ill and decided to retire he offered my the business, but I declined. I wish I had taken the opportunity now.

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  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i can't remember my last off-the-rack purchase: maybe in the late 80's or early 90's. whenever it was = matching fretted/fretless peavey basses.

    i'd buy from any store if i stumbled onto something i liked. i'm more into playing the ones i have, however, so i'm not really 'gassed' about anything these days. (but the TB NBD's spark a little GAS now and then!)
  10. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Springtown, Texas
    In Order of purchase at GC (multiple locations)
    Fender AM J
    Mike Kelley Dragonfly V fretless
    Fender MIM P
    Fender P Select
    Fender Areodyne J
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  11. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    American Music (Seattle)
    Fender RW Precision
    Ibanez Artcore semi-hollow guitar
    three Dream cymbals

    Everything else was used and came from a private party with the exception of the EB-2, which I bought from a shop in NYC so long ago that I don't remember where it was and don't know if it still exists. Somewhere in the west Village, that's all I can say about the shop.
  12. Pug the Pig

    Pug the Pig Inactive

    Mar 21, 2018
    Mainly acquired bought privately rather than from a shop or store, don't think I've ever made a repeat purchase at any one place..back in the 80s there were a few good crummy 'pawn' type places ( well, UK equivalent)
    I probably had the occasional odd one from those ...
  13. tpa


    Dec 1, 2007
    København, Danmark
    Super Sound: (Vejle) Gibson SG guitar
    Musikhuset Aage Jensen: (København) Fender Telecaster guitar, (Århus) Adamas SMT guitar
    Rock Sound (Helsingør): Admira classical guitar
    Hillerød Musik: Yamaha RBX170 bass
    Remaining were purchased online or 2nd hand private deal.
  14. twelvetrombones

    twelvetrombones Martian Ambassador Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2017
    Five Star Guitars Beaverton OR

    Stagg Stratocaster copy
    Stagg Stratocaster copy 3/4 size
    Squier P-bass
    Squier SS Jaguar bass
    Ibanez ATK 300
    Fender Jazz
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  15. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Exactly 1. Years ago I bought a Peavey Cirrus 4 string. It was an impulse buy amd I should never have bought it. Don't get me wrong, they're fine basses. It just that the slim neck on that thing felt like a yardstick in my hand. I held on to it for a while but eventually let it go.
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  16. Wow. I'm impressed on how many basses and stores were remembered here.

    Playing with road bands and touring with Label supported artist for over 20 years, I have no idea how many basses I've owned, let alone what stores or states they were bought in.

    In the last decade most were bought on line, but before that, it was always fun to search out a good music store while touring, and seeing what treasures awaited us.
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  17. My first 3 basses were bought from store:
    '89 PJ copy new
    '92 Squier JV Jazz used (still own)
    '92 Ibanez Musician Fretless used
    Plus in 2012 TC Elec 212 cab new

    The next 14 basses have all been thru forums, eBay, etc. I like vintage or boutique gear and that's the only way to find them in Australia.
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  18. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show In Memoriam

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Guitar Center
    Ibanez SR300M
    Ibanez BTB405QM

    Dean Hollywood Z in Zebra
    Ibanez BTB 200
    Hamer Kip Winger Impact
    Jackson David Ellefson KellyBird

    My Buddy's Store
    JB Player Parts P
    Johnson 5 string
    Corbin Jazz

    Facebook Local Gear Page
    No Name 5 string
    Epiphone Thunderbird Pro (NBD today)

    From the guy with the Jackson
    Fender P
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  19. FingerDub

    FingerDub Inactive

    Jan 8, 2016
    I got my first bass at a pawn shop, and that' the only one I bought in a "store".
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  20. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi pcake :)

    All my basses exept my Jazz were bought in the same shop.
    It closed ten years ago! :(

    greetings to Californiaayeey

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