Huge decision.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Davidoc, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. My Dad told me he would buy me a Stingray 5 if I got nothing below a B in any grading period this year.

    I havn't been making the grades, and don't think I will any time soon. My parents will buy me a new high quality bass other than the MM.

    I'm in need of a new bass (see profile), and I have some upcoming jazz gigs.

    I think if I'm going to get a American Jazz bass (not sure about deluxe)

    The local stores don't carry the cirrus or TRBs, Should I just buy the Jazz bass and forget about the Stingray, or should I go on with minute hope with my current bass as my main one?

    I can live without 5 strings (actually in a way I want to stick with 4) Don't need the fifth, don't like the sound, it's just that so many people here say you can't live without em.

    I know I'm not going to make the grades.

    Any drawbacks? Should I accept the gracious offer from my parents?
  2. Dirty Road Cola

    Dirty Road Cola Guest

    Sep 8, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    Well, if you personally don't feel you need the 5th string..don't. Sure, its nice, but don't go off of what others say if it goes against your own opinion on the said subject. IF you don't need the 5th string, don't get it.

    You could always negotiate to get a SR4 or Sterling 4, heck, they're cheaper than the SR5.

    But, I would suggest go for the grades anyways..they'll help you in the long run (IE: college).
  3. ChronicPyromaniac


    Jan 25, 2001
    Dude same deal here, except mine was a new amp (an Ampeg BA-115) and straight A's. I hate my chemistry teacher :mad: I wish my parents would buy me a Stingray. :p They thought Squier was expensive:rolleyes:
  4. liran


    Dec 18, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    This sucks! I get all A's every single time and I get 20 bucks, just study and get smart. For Christ's sake ITS A NEW BASS!!! STUDY STUDY STUDY !!!! THE SOCIAL LIFE CAN WAIT TILL AFTER U GET THE BASS! BE SMART!!
  5. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    yeah. if my parents said they would get me a new bass if i got good grades you know what i would do??? I WOULD GET GOOD GRADES!!!!!!!

    Your parents are getting you a bass anyway isn't that what you say???? so either way you're not loosing much are you?? :rolleyes:
  6. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    jesus parents would yell at me for a long time if i got stuff lower than a B.

    if they told me i'd get a new bass, i would have maybe done some homework!!!

    study - and get a nice 4 string of comparable worth to the stingray 5. maybe a sterling w/piezo. mmmmmmm....OR the 2 pickup sterling - whenever that comes out.

  7. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Ok, I'm not liking any of y'all right now!:)
    I graduated in the top of my class of a little over 400, and my parents didn't give me any gear! I got congratulations and that's about it! Geez! A new SR would have been great! It would have saved them money, if you think about! Now I go to a $22000 a year college, but only payed $45 in tuition this semester! Keep those grades up, and mayeb you'll find yourself in a similar situation. But maybe your parents will offer a little more reward than mine!
  8. Didel


    Feb 21, 2002
    As a high school drop out and a guy who just got a SR5 tonight, I would say work your ass off to get good grades. I went back and got my diploma at a local community college, but it would have been easier to just stick with school, getting good grades now will make it easier down the road. And a SR5 is easily worth a semester of straight A's. easy. Just have to work real hard for a year to get good grades, anyone shoule be able to get B's if they do the work. love this bass. though an american jazz isn't too shabby either. good luck.
  9. thanks for the replies!

    I have always been struggling with my grades. It seems like everyone around me gets As and I get C+s. It's been like this since elementary schoo.

    My parents have tried everything, grounding, taking away everything I've own.

    Now they've found bribing me won't work either.

    I think I'm gonna get the jazz (I can't believe they said they'd buy me one. I think they just get upset when they see me with my $30 junk bass.

    Is there any reason I shouldn't get the jazz? I'm not sure about American deluxe or American.
  10. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    no reason unless you don't want it.. its seems to me that alot of people get a bass just because of the name or because some one else plays on it... Well.. thats a bad Idea.... the Jazz bass may not be right for you.. The stingray may not be the bass for you.. You really need to play alot of theses basses and find out which one you really think plays and sounds best for you.

    I know that is over said here, but in your case.. your parents say they wont buy you a stingray but will get you an am Jazz bass.. Well they may just be wasting there money if you decide you don't like the jazz bass.. of course you may love it.. I'm just trying to tell you not to buy on impulse... look around and be patient
  11. ChlkDstTtr

    ChlkDstTtr Guest

    Feb 15, 2002
    Seacoast New Hampshire
    For some people the books smarts come naturally, but for others you have to really work at it. When you first started playing bass did you pick it up immediately, or did you have to work at it?

    If you work hard at studying (for example spend a couple hours doing school work before you practice or watch TV) you'll be amazed how well it pays off.

    It may not come easy, but if you work out good study habits then it will give you the right attitude about other things, like your bass playing.

    Instead of saying "This is too hard. Screw it, I'm not doing it." You could say "I'm going to do this anyway just to prove to myself I can do it." It'll get you better grades and make your bass playing better too.

    If you do well then sometimes you get rewarded (like getting a nice bass).

    Ok, I'm getting off my soap box now.
  12. Do yourself a favor and work hard in school. If you don't your only hurting yourself. Your parents shouldn't have to reward you for taking care of your business. That's ridiculous. That's like having to pay someone to look both ways before crossing a busy street.
  13. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    I say get the USA Jazz. Good resale. And dude, don't give up on the grades. Good grades are a degree of work and effort, not brilliance.
  14. Steve S

    Steve S

    Jul 26, 2000
    Isn't that the truth. You spend your first 25 years preparing for your next 50. Study habits, working hard, setting goals for yourself...all of these are important for your future. It's nice that your parents will reward you for earning good grades. I wish mine had when I was younger. High grades doesn't necessarily ensure that you will be successful in your professional life but it does get you into the best universities which in the long run will open up more opportunities for you.
  15. Wow...I get good grades (A to A+ range in honors/accelerated courses)...and my parents are like "Good job. Try harder next time, boy."
  16. Pea-NUT


    Jul 1, 2001
    Jerseyville, IL
    Yea..yea..i get A's B's and C or 2 here and there. But all I get is a "good job". I keep hearing "You want to do good now, if you dont your only hurting yourself" But i work my a** off and do the best i can and get a "good job", or "try harder next time".
    I wish i would get rewarded. My sister has my mom do her homework for her 2/3rds of the time. But i have to be fortunate for what i have though. Ive probably been just wasnt labeled as a reward.
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Do a good job in school now and you most likely will be rewarded... and it'll be more than just a new bass right now.

    Trust me :D
  18. Everyone I know acts like it's so easy. They taking getting Bs for granted. It makes me sick with people complaining about Bs. I'm utterly happy if I get a B in a class other than Jazz band. I can't even get about a C+ in health and driver's ed.

    I wish I could get good grades. I've tried so hard, I simply cannot do it. I wasn't made to be academic. The system is socialist. Being a white middle class boy, I'm screwed.
  19. I pay my kids for good grades.

    $20 - A
    $10 - B
    Nothing - C
    -$20 - D
    -$40 - F

    $200 for straight-A card.

    With 4 kids, only one hurt me with a straight-A card, and only once. I wanted more of that $200 pain.

    My 16 year old has a Gibson SG Standard that depends upon keeping her grades up. Crappy grades = no axe, and no band. There is no negotiation on this point, so she takes me seriously. No second offers, no lesser treats, no forgiveness, and nothing for crappy grades. Zilch.

    Getting the grades is very simple: do the homework when you get home from school. If your teacher is a dick because you talk in class and are tardy, then shut up and get there on time. Beat him at his own game. This is totally easy because he is predictable. Lottery tickets should be this easy.

    Socialist system, my ass.

    I don't have any sympathy for those who won't get the grades in public schools, because it isn't hard to do. And... I *know* where those who won't get the grades, finally wind up. They have their names on their shirts and say, "you want fries with that?" If you won't get the grades, you'd better learn a good trade, or you are going to poor as dirt for the rest of your life.

    I cannot imagine why the poster won't do the work for the grades... a MM is a serious prize, and so easy to get.
  20. thanks for the encouragement.:rolleyes: