I do not enjoy like-new basses. There, I said it.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Warpeg, Oct 19, 2021.

  1. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Weird title, right? Here's the deal. I currently own five electric basses. Two of those are in like-new condition, my Jazz Bass and my Ric 4003. The other three are a P-Bass, Thunderbird, and Glarry Ibanez-looking thing, and they have some bumps and bruises. Here's the thing - I find myself constantly playing the non-like-new basses, but I don't play the like-new basses that often. Why? Well, I've come to the conclusion that I feel compelled to keep the like-new basses looking like-new, so I don't play them as often. When I do play them, I treat them very delicately and never really let myself 'dig in', if you know what I mean. The other three - well, they get played hard all the time since I don't care if they collect more scratches, dings, or dents.

    Is this just crazy or does anyone else go through this silliness?
  2. Tvrtko


    Dec 27, 2002
    South of the USA
    Just think at this way - you play strings, not the bass. That will help you with emotional separation what is what.
  3. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    I totally get that, but I have no emotional attachment to my basses. I'm in that weird group that thinks of basses simply as tools of the trade that happen to look pretty. However, it's hard for me to play the basses knowing that things like my belt buckle, my wrist watch, or even the zipper on my hoodie will scratch up an instrument that does not yet have any marks on it.
  4. Do what your comfortable with. Doesn’t make sense to me but I’m not you. I may be careful with a pricey bass but I don’t own anything that I baby.
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  5. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Here's the deal, you must have seen my 6 string Fodera so that's bothering you.
  6. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I have quite a few basses and most of them would qualify as basses worthy of being pages in a bass calendar.
    I often play them hard, not Dee Dee Ramone hard, but I certainly wouldn't dream of not playing them, even if I had a relic in the arsenal.
    I don't think letting your basses "collect dust" is a bad thing, but I think if they're good basses, they deserve to be played.
  7. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Not sure that I understand this, but it sounds like there's humor involved?
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  8. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    My basses probably aren't as nice as yours, but I do make sure that none of them collect dust. When I say that I don't play my like-new basses as often as the workhorses, I mean that they still each get played 15-30 minutes a week, while the workhorses get played 2-3 hours each per week.
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  9. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Sure, that's why I put collect dust in quotation marks. I figured you practiced with them...hard not to puck up the Ric and play that, I'm betting.
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  10. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    I feel ya. When someone brings a really nice expensive guitar or bass to my place I don't even want to touch it. :)
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  11. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I get over it once the first ding happens. Basses are meant to be played so have fun with them.
  12. David76112


    Feb 19, 2012
    Unless i get a really spectacular deal on something brand new, just about everything i own is purchased used or open box. This saves me from buyers remorse from finding the little quality issues from manufacturers. I also mod almost every Bass in one way or another thus essentially bombing any sort of as new resale. I have been known to just tire of something and throwing it away. I guess if I were looking at gear as an investment of for collecting, i might keep items in more a newish condition. But alas, even a very worn and used instrument from back when now goes for how much?!
  13. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I used to feel a bit like that.
    Now I don't mind any more, if a bass shows where it's been.
    Worked foir every last scratch and ding. :)
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  14. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    I don't like to buy new stuff in general. I prefer used instruments.
    Actually I have never bought a new bass but from luthiers?
    As a general rule I think we should part with buying new stuff.
    There is more than enough existing general quality use items for pretty much everything.
    Point in case, there are many more basses available than there are bass players already.
    There really isn't no need for a new market or at least not at its current size.
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  15. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    You did see the reports about more guitars and basses being sold last year than ever, right? Even with COVID, it was a record year.
  16. teh-slb


    Sep 21, 2018
    Is playing bass your main source of income? If not, are you compelled to keep the tools you require for your main source of income in like-new condition?

    I work on a computer for a living and, every five or seven years, treat myself to a fancy new keyboard. They feel just right when they come out of the box but collect wear and tear and grease and dirt and all other sorts of stuff over time. I don't mind that, however I do get upset when there's a new nick in one of my basses. I wonder why that is.

    I prefer my underwear unworn, my toothbrushes unused, and my notebooks unfilled before I buy them :D
  17. themickster


    Oct 4, 2015
    I always hang my t-shirt over my buckles when playing.
  18. bassandboy


    Aug 24, 2018
    Honolulu, HI
    In high school I worked at a guitar store where one of the managers told me that every time he bought a new instrument he’d take out his pocket knife and put a gouge in the back of the headstock. Said that he did it so he could stop worrying about when he’d get the first ding, and could just move on to enjoying the instrument.
  19. PrairieThunder13


    Dec 21, 2015
    Haha yeah, i like the old beaters. Most of my stuff is vintage and none if it is less than 5yo, so inevitably theres wear through and dings all over the place. I kinda like that.
  20. Heck I went crazy buying gear in general since Covid took hold. I know a lot of other people who bought new toys. Some of them are *my* new-old toys now. Hehe.
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