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How many of you still have the bass you learned on?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JoratioMumbles, Nov 20, 2020 at 3:30 PM.


  1. JoratioMumbles

    JoratioMumbles It's all jazz...it's ALL jazz... Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2015
    Arkansas
    How many of you still have the bass you learned on? Furthermore, how many of you still play it from time to time...or even, regularly? Me personally, I learned on an ESP vintage 214 unlined fretless. I still have it, and play it at least 3 times a week.
     
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  2. ...start thread titles & don't finish them?
     
  3. JoratioMumbles

    JoratioMumbles It's all jazz...it's ALL jazz... Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2015
    Arkansas
    fixed :)
     
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  4. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
    UK
    I learnt on a 7-string tuned BDGCEAF. I still play it each morning, shortly after I arise at 5 o'clock, usually my arrangement of Bartok's Sonata For Solo Violin, but sometimes his Op.18 Studies.

    Not really, I learnt on a 4-string Yamaha, and since I only bought it in the summer, I've still got it :woot:
     
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  5. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    I have every bass I ever bought.
     
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  6. ukulelelab

    ukulelelab

    Apr 14, 2013
    No, my first bass was a '78 fender musicmaster. As much as I loved it my mind was blown and shoulder was relieved after I played a p bass for the first time (early 80's MIJ).
     
  7. MD

    MD

    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    I still have my '67P from the early seventies. I take it out occasionally if I go sit in for a few tunes with friends and don't want to drag the bigger/heavier ABG.

    Beat me by two - I've owned six total since the early seventies and have let go of two.
     
  8. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    not me. I thought it was at my mom’s house but she says it isn’t there.
     
  9. marchone

    marchone Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    NYC
    My first bass was a Japanese Teisco short scale. I sold it as soon as I could afford a Fender Telecaster in 1968. Sold that one for the rent one month in 1971 and bought the one I own now ever since.
     
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  10. telecopy

    telecopy

    Dec 6, 2009
    USA
    I wish.. Gibson EB-2. And my second, Mapleglo 4001..
     
  11. delta7fred

    delta7fred

    Jul 3, 2007
    England
    I wish I still had my first bass, I made it in woodwork class in about 1967. It was unplayable above the fifth fret and a boat anchor.

    I bought a 62P in about 1969 and still have that though. :bassist:
     
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  12. Japanese Fender P. Got it 3 years ago, and it's still my main player.
     
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  13. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015

    Hey, it's hard to end sentences on a preposition........
     
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  14. murphy

    murphy

    May 5, 2004
    Canada
    I learn on every bass I ever had
     
  15. I still have mine. A Squier Affinity P. I converted it to fretless and it is my only fretless so I actually do still play it regularly. Sounds like garbage (at least compared to my Fender P`s) but some day I will upgrade the pickup and I have high hopes for it`s future. It is very lightweight and actually sounds really good unplugged so maybe with a new pickup it might be a keeper for more than sentimental reasons.
     
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  16. Wasnex

    Wasnex

    Dec 25, 2011
    I still own the first bass I ever bought, a Ric 4001. The Ric is now a Frankenbacker with Alembic pickups and electronics, and a 2-Tek bridge. It's arguably a better bass, but it's not a Ric anymore :atoz:.

    If I could go back in time, I would slap myself :bag:. I bought the Ric used, but it was not exactly cheap. I have put more into the mods than I paid for the bass :greedy:. The value of the bass with the mods is probably about 1/3rd of what it would be worth if I had left it stock :facepalm:.

    Around 1992 I transitioned to a Yahama BB5000 (5-string). Then around 1995 I transitioned to a Yamaha TRB6P (6-string). The TRB6P remains my #1 to this day.

    I make it a point to play all of my basses a couple of times every year, but the TRB6P is my constant companion.
     
  17. Yes it's here. Yamaha RBX170. Dad's present, and as such, has an incalculable value to me. Both me and my wife learned on it. Well. actually, SHE learned on it. I went no further than learning some little things....before succumbing to the noisy fascination of drums.

    Picture from the last live appearance of this bass, few years ago
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  18. J_Bass

    J_Bass

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    I do!

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  19. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
    Wow... loooong goooone- ‘no-name’ *something* (circa 1975) :roflmao:

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  20. deste

    deste

    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    You're a wise guy, my friend.
     
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