Just fell in love with... My own bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chris1125, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    I don't play much electric bass during the winter, in fact in the last several month my nicest bass, a vintage Gibson g3 has been sitting in its case. I have picked up my japanese jazz bass a few times to play around but that's about it. The gibson has needed a neck tweak and I finally got around to buying a truss nut adjuster. Yesturday I set it up so it had nice medium low action to my taste. Today with it out of it's case, I picked it up because I wanted to see how a upright piece I was working on would sound on electric and after a couple of minutes realized how amazing the bass was. When I got it it was a mess but I cleaned it up, did some setup to the point it was okay but man with that neck adjustment it is just incredible. I never thought it would happen because I was planning on selling it or trading it for a nice fretless or stingray but this one is a keeper. Any of you ever realize your dream bass is already in the collection long after the fact? Or even worse, after you got rid of it? :eek:
  2. Yes. I had an early 70'S Japanese hollowbody I bought back in high school for $70. I was not initially impressed with it, and let my brother noodles with it for a couple years. Then, one day, I was in his room and picked it up... and it was just there. It replaced an $800 Ibby as my #1. I played it pretty much exclusively for several years before I left for the service. Just before I left, I sold/traded off almost all of my gear, including that bass. I miss it like crazy, and hope I can buy it back someday (traded it to a friend for an mxr-m80 :crying:)
  3. gabezylo


    Mar 16, 2010
    I feel that way about my bass now. I only have one, never want to change.
  4. edwinhurwitz

    edwinhurwitz Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, SMS
    My dream basses are in my collection right now. '67 Guild Starfire with '73 Alembic Series II guts, a short scale Series I, a Modulus Q6 and a David King fretless 5. Every time I play any of them, I fall in love all over again.
  5. Smilodon


    Feb 18, 2012
    I had a similar experience a while back. I found a guide at tunemybass.com on how to set up a bass. Turns out that that guide is pretty much useless IMO.

    That guide basically said to adjust everything until the strings stops buzzing. I was happy for a while. My newly built bass felt just like my Squier Jag. I assumed that it was correctly set up from the shop so that became sort of a "template" after which i adjusted my new bass.

    A few weeks later I borrowed a bass that had WAY lover action. I had to play very carefully to keep the strings from buzzing. Since i borrowed the bass I didn't want to adjust anything, so I stuck with it. After a while I discovered how much nicer is was to play lightly on a bass with low action.

    After some research I found that Fender have a nice guide with some actual measurements on a good starting point for various settings. After I had adjusted to that baseline my bass felt like a completely different instrument. It even sounded better since I adjusted my playing style. :D
  6. gabezylo


    Mar 16, 2010
    That Starfire looks unreal, how does it sound?
  7. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    I regret selling my Jerry Jones Longhorn... But I'm pretty happy with my mikro, just needs better pickups.
  8. My SX P bass is kind of like a wife. I know all of its flaws, but love it anyway. Although I don't have to worry about my bass getting jealous if I go off looking for new ones to try :D
  9. Your wife has flaws? Does she know you think this?
  10. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    I've been the owner of a cheap Ibby GSR200EX for almost two years now. I took her apart and optimized everything possible. I took out the active electronics, as this didn't add anything worthwhile. It only consumed batteries. :D I also invested in flatwounds. This bass plays like a $500 one, she's rock stable and produces a firm and well defined sound through the two humbuckers. I'll never sell her. I am looking for a fretless, not to replace her, but to give her a friend. :p
  11. Gibson G-3 basses are amazing, I should play mine more.
  12. skychief


    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    Dusted off this old '67 EB2 last November. Bought it almost 20 years ago. It had some bridge/intonation issues going on so I just stuck it in a closet and forgot about it. Wifey got me a HipShot bridge for Xmas. It plays beautifully now. Love the shorter scale. Retired all the J basses to the same closet this on came from. Its now my main player. :D

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  13. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    That's gorgeous, I hope you saved the original bridge though haha