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I am very sad

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by buldog5151bass, Mar 19, 2018.


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  1. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    My drummer has a friend who has to sell a 1961 Precision bass for $2000 for tax money. I was very excited to see the photos, which showed an original HSC and the instrument (natural) in very good condition. He said the serial number checked out.

    I then was NOT happy to take a closer look, to see a CBS era logo, and a thumbrest over the E string. I don't think the guy was pulling a fast one - I think he just wasn't informed. Still very sad. Weep for me.
     
  2. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    There is some sort of saying about if things sound too good to be true...
     
  3. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    So what year is it?

    And how does it sound/play?
     
  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Don't know - I just was texting him this morning. He says the serial number checks out to 1961, and has owned it for several decades. Either he was taken back then, or he is mistaken about the serial number. I suggested he take the neck off to get more information. Have not had a chance to look at it yet.

    He wanted 2 grand if he could sell it immediately, if not his asking price would be $2.5K. I don't need a bass right now, but to get a pre-CBS P I would find the money.
     
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  5. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah if he's that desperate he'll pop the neck. That's a lot of money for "not sure". Hope it all pans out.
     
  6. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Also check the pot numbers.
     
  7. fretter

    fretter

    May 24, 2012
    PA
    I thought this thread was about something sad. Glad it's not.
     
  8. Mark76

    Mark76

    Dec 1, 2015
    Leicester
    It's about someone having to sell a (possibly) pre CBS P bass to pay their taxes. Is that not sad enough for you? Would you like them to throw in some puppies and children as well? :p
     
  9. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    2K wouldn't be bad for a late 60's through mid 70's P. I got more for my 73...
     
  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I have had to sell great gear because of financial issues, including taxes. Personally, I found that I loved playing itself more than any particular bass, but there is nothing like that special bass or basses, whether they are vintage or not.
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2018
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  11. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    When I think about my tax liability over the last couple of years, I have come to realize that money would have been better spent on a pre- CBS Precision bass...

    ... but the road trip to get it would be a rocky one.
     
  12. Phlipper

    Phlipper

    Feb 5, 2013
    Fayetteville, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Old SS Peavey Lead Sleds and Peavey tube amps
    Possibly. Are the children big enough to eat immediately or would I have to fatten them up first?
     
  13. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    This gives me the blues. I am listening to SRV’s cover of “Taxman” right now.
     
  14. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    2k wouldn't be bad, depending on the year. The OP said it has a natural finish. so that says it's either a stripped finish if it's a 60's bass, or could be a natural 70's bass.
     
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  15. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Easy enough to guess that it's ~74 or later, with the top mount thumb rest, again unless there's a bunch of work done on it...
     
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  16. madbass6

    madbass6 Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2009
    I do not give consent to use any of my photos ! please respect that. thank you.
    ? Ok creepos enough with the kids and lets stay on topic please!
    I agree, Very sad indeed ! For both parties! Have Pictures by any chance ?
     
  17. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    I'm gonna hit him up for more photos and actual serial number.
     
  18. mesaplayer83

    mesaplayer83

    Jun 27, 2017
    Agreed - I got $1600 for a '74 P that was fairly road worn...
     
  19. mesaplayer83

    mesaplayer83

    Jun 27, 2017
    Yeah, just the fact that someone has to sell any instrument to pay taxes is sad, IMO...
     
  20. dan1952

    dan1952 Commercial User

    Jun 27, 2012
    Anderson IN
    Artist Endorsement with Supro Huntington Basses / Owner, Dan's Music, Inc..
    1. Sounds like a 70's bass. Lots of misinformed people out there.
    2. If one has to pay taxes at the end of the year, it usually means that not enough taxes were paid during the year. Must have made more money than expected, which is usually a good thing. Don't cry for me, Argentina...or, whoever...
     

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