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I Gave Away My Precision!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tr4252, Jun 4, 2020.


  1. tr4252

    tr4252

    May 27, 2013
    I've had a "70s" Precision Bass for 20 - 25 years, and never really fell for it. Natural ash, maple board, gold plated hardware. It had an active circuit board, which I bypassed after a year or so, when it malfunctioned. Heavy, not in very good condition, I recall paying $125.00 - $150 for it, from an ad in the local Pennysaver.

    The woman in my life has been using my car a lot lately, and I sometimes find myself without a ride home from work. There's a guy in the shop, a machinist, who gives me a lift whenever he can. Won't take any compensation.

    We've talked a lot over the years; he used to play a little bass, among all the other war stories.

    On the ride a couple of days ago, I had an inspiration. In fact, I blurted out "I've had an inspiration!", told him about the bass, and asked if it was anything he would be interested in. When he answered yes, I said "OK, I'd like to give it to you". So I ran inside and got it. It was in a gig bag. When I pulled it out, he really got enthusiastic and said it was beautiful. He seemed overjoyed, even. I made somebody happy, and it made my day.

    Tom
     
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  2. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    That's a wonderful story! Need a ride? ;)
     
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  3. MCF

    MCF

    Sep 1, 2014
    US
    That is cool. When I was a teen in the seventies, we only wanted pre-CBS Fenders. The new ones in the stores weren’t worth the price and most were too heavy. At least that was what the “conventional wisdom” was at the time. I don’t get the adoration (or the prices) for a lot of seventies Fenders today, but there are certainly some nice ones out there from that period. Yours wasn’t being played, was heavy and kind of beat. Good on you for giving it to someone who’ll make good use of it. Good Karma will come from your generosity.
     
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  4. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    I like your story, OP.
    Good one!
     
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  5. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Post of the day!
     
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  6. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Yes, pay it forward. Last weekend I gave my mint Squier Cabronita bass to my wife's coworker to give to her son on his birthday. She sent a photo of him opening it. The smile on his face was priceless.
     
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  7. RSBBass

    RSBBass

    Jun 11, 2011
    NYC
    Excellent idea kudos to you.
     
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  8. jeffb28451

    jeffb28451 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Leland NC
    Good on you! You have given me a bright spot for today during a week of big disappoint about the human condition.
     
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  9. TheGreatSealof

    TheGreatSealof Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Deptford, NJ
    good karma.
     
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  10. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    The joy of giving.
     
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  11. roycroft_88

    roycroft_88

    Dec 9, 2010
    That was really cool of you, I've gifted some nice gear in the past and I get how good it feels to make someones day. And Thank You for mentioning the Pennysaver! I forgot all about that publication, I think I got my first bass amp through that! You made my day!
     
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  12. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Exactly.
     
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  13. S.F.Sorrow

    S.F.Sorrow

    Dec 6, 2014
    It's things like this that restores a little bit of my lost faith in humanity. You actually just inspired me to do something similar. Thanks for sharing! :thumbsup:
     
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  14. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico

    Mar 17, 2004
    That was very kind of you!

    although I thought this thread was going to be about you defretting your bass :laugh:
     
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  15. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    hi tr4252 :)

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    :thumbsup:

    greetings

    Wise(b)ass
     
  16. spvmhc

    spvmhc

    Apr 14, 2011
    Generosity is a wonderful virtue.I used to think that giving things away had to be difficult-something done through gritted teeth. As I age, I've found it's pleasurable. You can choose who receives the gift. And giving things away lightens the load of all of these possessions.
     
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  17. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Very nice. Some things are more important than money, material possessions, etc. People (family members, parents of deceased friends, etc.) have given me bass-related items over the years. If I'm ever in a position whereby I can can "gift" someone a nice bass or amp or effect pedal, I will absolutely do it.
     
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  18. booch29

    booch29

    Mar 27, 2013
    israel
    Nothing compares to an act of giving from your heart! I wish more people(including me) would learn to let go Of material stuff and focus on giving onto others- for free.
    Keep on giving man, you will get a lot!
     
  19. 210superair

    210superair

    Sep 10, 2019
    I also give away a bass or guitar every year around Christmas time. The old lady and I post an ad on CL for someone whose kid wants an instrument but they can't afford it for whatever reason. Been doing it for man, i dunno, maybe 6-7 years now? Gave up a full rig this year to a family affected by cancer. I don't donate money to causes, this is generally my cause, and it's been a cool one.

    I applaud your giving nature.
     
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  20. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Québec
    ATTA BOY!!!!
    Share with your fellow man. A good deed never goes unrewarded in the long run.

    It was made to be played, you made someone smile. That’s precious during these hard times.

    Take care of good people.

    The not so good ones, well......they can go &*($# off.

    :)
     

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