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how much would you pay for a bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tbird99, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. tbird99


    Jun 29, 2012
    Dalton, Ga
    At your current salary how much would you pay for a bass that was amazing just totally perfect , It could make any sound you wanted , heeled amazing , how much would you ever pay at tops for a bass , I would pay (I'm cheap) at tops for something totally perfect $2500 not a dime more and it has to be GOOD for me :bassist: pay that much
  2. Salary? Job? What are those :p?

    Anyway, currently, I'd go up to $3500 max. I'd have to REALLY want it though (duh, I guess). Don't think I've seen a bass that I'd be willing to drop that kind of cash for though. Frankly, most of the basses that I would want can be had for less anyway.
  3. baileyboy


    Aug 12, 2010
    The most I've ever spent is $2400 for my '73 Jazz, but if I wanted another bass I'd buy it, regardless of cost. I am totally satisfied with the basses I own and have no desire for any others at this time.
  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    About two grand...that's the point of diminishing return for me.

  5. I'd say about 2k as well for an electric bass, but I did give myself a max budget of $3,500 for when I can eventually get a double bass.
  6. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I'd ignore my salary and only pay cash from what I have saved up. So, from my current savings that aren't already allocated for important things... about £20!
  7. Skygonzo


    Jul 8, 2012
    5K for me.
  8. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    At some point in the future I will buy a blonde 1957 Precision. So, whatever they are going for then is the most I'm willing to pay for a bass.

  9. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    In today's market, I set a limit on myself of $2000.00 knowing that I can get an excellent Fender American for less than that.

    Personally, I think Basses have become so over priced lately...
    When I bought my Rick back in 1972, it was $525.00, and that was painful back then.
    The Hofner, in 1968 was $235.00 lol, and back then I think I was the only one playing one in the NY, NJ area. People, other musicians, would actually ask if they could take a picture of themselves holding it. lol
  10. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    As long as my wage is concerned the max I could possibly pay for a bass is considering:

    solid black Marcus Miller V Jazz (a bass that I love, in the only finishing that can camo the ugly pickguard on it)
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    or rather Custom Shop Reggie Hamilton V (either black or 3TS)
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    they're both listin' €. 2.500,00 in Italy. As I'll surely trade one of my best basses for one or another I'm pretty sure the cash difference would amount to €. 1.500,00 (wagewise for me)

  11. JPaulGeddy


    Sep 19, 2007
    South Carolina
    $525 in 1972 = just shy of $3k nowadays...

    I find pretty much everything I need in the $800-1200 range. I can't see justifying much more than that, just doing weekend warrior stuff.
  12. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    $2K was the most I ever spent.

    I suppose I would go to say $2500 for the right bass, but there isn't anything I need these days other than a J or a Ric...and I'd rather get both of those together for that price tag.
  13. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    From what I've read on TB in general folks will pay whatever they think it's worth and please do not express your opinion if you think someone overpaid or that in your opinion something is overated or overpriced. I've learned to stay out of such things. Discussing the price of gear, especially basses (with the owners or fans) of a given manufacturer is like discussing politics and religion, and ideology. People have started wars over such. Personally I want a custom made Brubaker and they are not cheap by any means. I would try to negotiate a price that would work for the both of us. While price is important it's not the only factor as I have found.
  14. I like basses like wishbass or krappy guitars, or even my own build on the cheap with woods, so about £500 max? Good thing too, I'm 14, jobless and spend all my money on other projects too quickly!
  15. Junk420


    Jul 19, 2012
    Cornwall, Ontario
    Whatever this costs when I find it.

    Tom Araya signature model ESP


    Last I saw one in a shop it was somewhere around $1200
  16. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I think you're referring to the original Tom Araya, 'cause the one you pictured is the basswood bodied/bolton neck cheap replica version "LTD TA 200" and I can assure you for instance
    here in Italy it is no more than €. 600,00 worth

    The one you mentioned the price of, I think should be the "LTD
    TA 600" which is the "official replica" so made in the very same
    material, hardware and electronics, but by LTD in Indonesia

  17. Lichtaffen


    Sep 29, 2008
    Rhode Island
    I spent $2800 once, but was afraid to take the bass out of the house because it was a rare and special model. I paid $2200 for my current Lakland bass and it was worth every penny. I use that bass for every gig. It's my only bass now.
  18. Junk420


    Jul 19, 2012
    Cornwall, Ontario
    Just googled a quick pic.

    The one I want is the fully loaded 5 string model. I forgot that this site is much more technical and literal than others.
  19. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    This. I would pay anything for an amazing bass (or try to swing it anyway) but no matter how great it played and sounded, there would be a point that I would be reluctant to take it out of the case.

    Call my magic number $5k.
  20. jarrydee


    Oct 22, 2011
    2 grand would be the max. I have learned that I can make almost any bass sound good in a live situation just by using different technique, I do love my MIA fender p bass, but if I had to use a first act bass at a gig, I guarantee It would sound great!

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