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Impulse bass purchase

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by purfektstranger, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. purfektstranger


    Apr 10, 2003
    How many of us have walked into a music store or went online and dished out dough on a bass, solely on impulse?? You might have had no intention of buying anything in the store or online but then 'bammm'.....impulse hits and the wallet comes out.

    I walked into a local music shop for some strings and ended up walking out with a MIM Fender Precision. No regrets but really weird when you stop and think about how strong a force impulse can be sometimes......Kind of like GAS with no warning.

  2. More times than I care to count. And I no longer own any of them.
  3. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    That's how I came to own my Jazz. It was jsut there for a great price. Can't say no to a good deal. ;)
  4. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Well, my ESP was a definite impulse. That's ok though, still a rockin' bass, no regrets in buying it. Though it may go for sale soon, as my Spector is a much better bass for me.

  5. useless

    useless Guest

    Mar 11, 2004
    For my 17th birthday my grandma said she would buy me a bass. We went to guitar center and i really had my mind set on an Ibanez BTB 405, but they didnt have it. The wonderful GC salesman ( :spit: ) highly reccomends a Musicman 5 string and I tried one. At the time I had a dislike of musicmans.... but next thing I know my grandma is buying the bass for me.
    In hindsight, Musicmen basses are nice, but the bass my grandma bought wasnt for me. I sold it about 1 1/2 years later and bought a bass amp with the money.
    My experience taught me not to impulse buy. I decided to build my own bass instead.
  6. Nadav


    Nov 13, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    Never, but that doesn't mean I'm not impulsive - it just means I don't have any money.
  7. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Oh yes. My OLP was complete impluse, my warwick was impulse, and my alembic is also an impulse.
  8. Andre_gt7


    Jan 4, 2005
    Atlanta - GA

    Yep...i am very impulsive too
  9. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I bought my American Deluxe P-bass just on impulse, it was used and was a good price, my only other bass at the time was a squier, so I jumped on it. about 4 months later I traded it in for a Stingray. I would like to try out the newer models with the 18v preamp though, I hear those are much nicer than the old 9v that I had.
  10. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    My Brownsville ABG was an impulse buy, in NYC looking through Sam Ash for no apparent reason, find two sitting there on clearance. Dropped a Benjamin on the counter and walked.

    Other than that, my new Yamaha BB404F is definately an impulse buy.
  11. Bought a Stagg fretless as my first fretless

    I just HAD to have it

    took it back the next day. I was so impulsitve I didnt even notice that the pickup would move visibly back and forth when you would move the bass slightly.
  12. My Geddy was a total impulse buy. I went to check out the new GC in my area and buy a mike stand.

    Came out with the bass (after, of course, the check-in call with the boss...)

    Helped that I talked the guy down to $525.00. I think he was new. :p
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    It has happened to me a couple of times.

    The first time, I guess you could call it an impulse buy. I had looked around the D/FW area for a Jazz bass for a couple of months. Tried a lot of MIMs, and quite a few MIAs, and none of them spoke to me.

    A few weeks after I stopped looking, I walked into a local shop(2 miles from my house!) and saw a tuxedo finish Jazz with maple board and black blocks. I have always loved that look.

    Took it down off the wall, loved the neck, so I plugged it in. BAM! It sounded great. This bass had what all of the other Jazzes that I had tried were lacking.

    I asked about the price, and the guy says 'Oh, that Geddy Lee signature model?' I was like 'What?!?!?' He showed me the back of the headstock. I didn't even know there was such an animal. They had only been out a few months when I got mine.

    The other time, I went to GC for one of those massive NOS clearance sales they have. Saw a Hamer CH12 for $299, and had to have it. Took me an hour to get them to find me a battery(place was a madhouse!) so that I could make sure the preamp worked.
  14. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA

  15. :help: Very guilty here, I've been very impulsive buying and selling instruments over the years. I don't have any of those impulse buys anymore. But luckily the dust has settled. The gear I own nowadays was very well considered, and will stay with me forever, or at least a very long time... :)
  16. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Very much guilty as well.

    I don't know if this counts, but when Mars music when out of buisness they had some insane deals, so I just took what I could. Ended up walking out with a Modulus Genesis 5, a Spector czeck 5, a Heritage Les Paul (whatever they are called), Mesa 400+, Mesa Bass Buster, and a gk 700rb.

    The only thing I have left is the 700rb. But I do remember that day as the day of excess.
  17. Amen to that brother. :crying:

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I bought my last Sadowsky by going into the For Sale forum here at talk bass :help: . I had Just Sold my Sadowsky Tokyo and my Warwick Infinity to help finance my Sadowsky NYC 5 being bilt for me and i really missed not having a Sadowsky so o got this at a great price to help with the wait.http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=16226
  19. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    JUST LAST WEEK!!! I bought a bass that when I first looked at it, I thought there is no way. I ended up buying it for $50 more than another of the same basses and I still feel stupid. I love the bass though :eyebrow:
  20. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    High end stuff is all planned out and wife-endorsed. :rollno: Pawn-shop deals, close outs and seconds I am susceptible to. If its less than $200 or $300 I get the urge.

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