Is everyone on TB loaded?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jaxom, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. jaxom


    Aug 31, 2008
    New Castle, PA
    Does everyone on TB spend way too much on gear or is everyone (except me) on here very well off?
  2. Yes and no.
  3. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    I'm on my second beer....trying ta get loaded.
  4. goldenglory18


    Nov 30, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Your Mom.
    I buy almost all of my gear used and deeply discounted. I'll let someone else pay full retail....
  5. We all spend too much on gear.......There are a quite a few members on this fourn who are very well off and have everything, but the majority are in the same boat everyone else.

    I do not have that much money, but I have quite a bit of gear. I know I am in a decent place in my life, so I am stocking up while I can. I think a lot of other members have done the same thing as me, some of them maybe even regretting it....
  6. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tampa, FL.
    Yep. Buying used will definitely get you further along than buying gear new. I actually remember reading the comment section on a Youtube video once, and one guy was asking about the differences between a Modulus Flea and an EBMM StingRay because he was wanting to buy one new. I told him that for the price of getting a new Flea he could buy BOTH a Ray and a Flea used.
  7. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    +1 but not regretting it yet...:D
  8. Trayster2


    Aug 13, 2012
    One bass, & one amp here.
  9. FunkyMcNasty


    Dec 4, 2010
    Some are rich, some are well off, some just save their money for quality gear.
  10. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    I buy most of my gear after I've had a few glasses of wine... so I guess I am loaded... and I spend way too much on gear :bag:

    Hmm... I only received 1 bass this week... and I have one coming in next week... I better have another glass of wine while I peruse the classifieds :ninja:
  11. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    I have spent tons of $$ since my folks bought my first electric guitar setup for me in the spring of 1975. And every instrument and piece of equipment has earned its keep back in gigs over time.
  12. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    Like life in general, everyone is at a different level. Some TB'ers have more disposable income than others.

    I am dumbfounded at how much gear I have bought and sold over the 40 years of playing bass. It's almost embarrassing! In my case, BASS seems to stand for Buy And Sell Stuff.

    If I was independently wealthy, I would have just kept all of the gear I ever bought, but since I am not independently wealthy, I use the money from prior sales of gear to pay for the next gear choice. So, I guess you could say that I "recycle" my money.
  13. if it's an addiction it's not expensive, relatively speaking.
  14. ReIgnition

    ReIgnition if you are the big tree, we are the small axe... Supporting Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    I don't think we as a group collectively are richer than anyone other group of folks online sharing the same passion for something.

    - Some people collect instruments

    - Some guys are so busy playing they can't keep gear working from gig to gig.

    - Some guys are older... played all over they way they wanted to. Have kids, house... maybe no mortgage even. They may have more time and money to invest in nice gear.

    Just different stages in life.

    Being 14 with a Squier is not a bad thing.

    ps... Rich spoiled brats with piles of new basses collecting dust keep the New/Used Bass market plentiful. New Old Stock they call it. Great prices, stock strings, several years old and not a scratch... still got the hang tags. Like Jack Daniels. I wish I could track these guys... they always blow stuff out cheap.:meh:
  15. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    It's a constant struggle. Right now I could buy a new bass, some new pedals...but noooo stuff just HAS to come up...
  16. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    You only spend too much on gear if you can't afford it.
  17. It took me 31 years to build my arsenal of gear. If I haden't started playing bass back in 1981, I'd have a lot more money now or a lot of other stuff that cost that much instead. Right now, I'm flat broke, living check to check but I'm not selling any of my gear anytime soon. If I sold all of my gear, I'd have a decent chunk of change, but not "loaded" by any definition.
    What's "loaded" these days? I'd think a million or more in disposable cash, depending on your age.
  18. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Every piece of music related gear I own has paid for itself many times over.

    Spend a couple of grand on a bass so it can sit on a stand at my house? No way. Spend a couple of grand on a bass that will probably make me 8k or so in the first year or two after it's paid for itself? Heck yeah.

    Claw hammer? Ball peen hammer? Get a tool that you like and get to work!
  19. KissThaRing


    Nov 3, 2012
    Is anyone here a "hobby" bassist? I'm not in a band, nor do I do this for a living, but my god if I had 2 grand laying around I would buy a rickenbacker or a warwick at a drop of a hat, I've only been playing bass for 4 months and I'm already drooling at there tones. oh well, my Ibbi will have to do for now, lol.

    /goes back to practicing "Smoke On The Water" :p
  20. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Nope not loaded.I have one Bass and three amps. One amp I am trying to sell, the other is a tiny Ampeg I keep in my living room for whenever the urge hits me. I love my 50's Precision and GKMB115. So far those plus a tuner and a metronome had been all I need. I only play once a week in church though. I did just buy a Delta Labs Multi-Effects processor on sale for $60 but I am probably going to return it. I don't really need all effects for my bass. I might try going direct in from the pedal, if that doesn't work out, back it goes.