How to get cheap or free gear?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kylemcgregor96, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Kylemcgregor96


    Aug 8, 2012
    I'm looking for a way to get cheap or free gear on good brands. Eg Fender, Ampeg, Ashdown?

    Is their any conpetitions or places that are selling them cheap?thanks
  2. Freez


    Nov 8, 2008
    Me too!:hyper: I'd like to add Rickenbackers as well!
  3. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    Cheap = Used
    Free = I doubt it.....
  4. TwinBass


    Oct 5, 2007
    Spokane, WA
    Watch Craigslist and wait for some sucker that doesn't know what they have to sell it cheap/give it away. Barring that, save your folding money.
  5. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Aren't we all! :eyebrow:
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Sweetwater has been running a sweepstakes.
  7. Andy_D


    Nov 28, 2009
    Corpus Christi, TX
    Craigslist as posted above, Spending many hours searching eBay on a regular basis and putting in lowball bids on gear that you like (sometimes nobody else bids), Watching on Amazon for deals there, regularly checking the Hot Deals section and classifieds on TB, and finally being willing to jump on a deal as soon as you see it because if you hesitate someone else will snap it up.

    Bottom line there is no free ride, if you want cheap it will take some work on your part to find it. I've found a lot of great deals (most of my gear) but I can't count the number of hours I've spent searching for them.
  8. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Craigslist is a great place to look for used gear. Sometimes you luck up on people not knowing what they have or needing fast cash for something. However, there is no website where you can click to get a fender bass and ampeg stack for free. If there was, we would've ransacked it long ago. If you're looking for free gear, get a rich, generous friend.
    From the dropdown menu, select bass. Enter the maximum dollar value you will spend. There are basses of pretty much any dollar value. However, you will basically get entry-level basses. You get what you pay for. Usually they will need work.
  10. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Ask them real nicely.
  11. evilt70


    Feb 6, 2011
    Pekin, Il
    Buy from Crackheads!!!!!!!!!
  12. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Try this,
    1) Study hard in school then learn a skill that is in demand.
    2) Get a good job and work hard.
    3) Save your money and don't blow it on crap, live with in your means.
    4) Walk into any music store and buy whatever you want with the money you earned and saved.
  13. sitonafender


    Dec 14, 2012
    Craiglist, and eBay are great suggestions. For my area pawn shops are often a good resource. There is a bit of waiting for the price to drop. Which adds a bit of a chance that some one else may snatch it up, but if its not priced where you want it then walk away. There will be other deals. If it is priced right. Then talk him down lower as they are obviously desperate to sell at that point.
    Much luck man, and if do walk away. Let me know ;).
  14. ojo

    ojo Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    Round Lake
    In my experience, two things come to mind. Get to know everyone you can, and be the nicest, most genuine, and most generous guy around.

    I've been the recipient of some really cool gear because of my relationships, and yes, one of those was a $100 Rickenbacker 4003.

    That reminds me, I've been neglecting that upright for too long . . .
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    And he only wants the "good" brands ? Remember son you don't have to smoke it all in one day.
  16. Hi.

    One "channel" comes to mind, but be then prepared for the aftershock of the very enthusiast "fan" who has had his eye on You the whole time asking You after the set: "why are You playing MY instrument/rig?".
    Usually the fast,correct answer to avoid repercussions is very hard to find...

    So, do as we all have done, search and wait.
    The deals are there, You just have to find them.

  17. Wise words!!
  18. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Um.......... BINGO
  19. soulman969


    Oct 6, 2011
    Aye, and leave it to a Scotsman to ask this. ;)
  20. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010

    My wife's lineage hails from Dun Eistein and even she'd have to say "eint ya blerdy werk fer it."

    Or sumpin like that.