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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Smallmouth_Bass, Mar 22, 2009.
Have you ever justified the purchase of a bass (or other equipment) based on a gig you do not have?
Justifying to yourself or a significant other?
I often buy groceries when I'm not hungry because I know sooner or later I will be.
same for buying gear..I don't need to wait for a gig to know I need great bass tone.
Unless someone else is paying, you shouldn't have to justify anything to anyone. You want it, you get it. Never quite understood the "justify my bass/amp/whatever" deal.
Yeah, the only justification required usually is to the girlfriend.
But honestly, i feel a little guilty when i buy stuff for a gig i do not have. I have counteracted this by doing more writing and solo oriented stuff
Justification breeds motivation
I can justify every purchase I've ever made.
That don't mean I needed it?
Be guilt free.
I dont have any gigs right now. I play for fun and jam with buds. I can justify everything I own.
Kinda yes, kinda no. I typically base my decisions on sounds I like personally. However, I'd never buy a particular bass for any specific band if I didn't want the bass for myself since I've done that before and the bands never got off the ground.
Well before I purchased my first instrument, I wasn't even in a band yet. Usually you purchase stuff and practice before you book gigs, not the other way around!
Well my justification is simple: A Jazz doesn't sound like a Precision and a Precision doesn't sound like a jazz!
That's why I own both and they're both great specimens.
Next up? Hopefully a Jack Cassady hollowbody (I'd settle for an Allan Woody)
Also, I would like to complete my Leo family with a G&L and a Stingray.
I think that would cover any and all basses gig or studio wise.
Hopefully by the time I'm 40.....
Oh wait! Gotta throw a Mudbucker in there, the ever popular EB-0/3. Whew!
How about if it's a bass that you would like, but don't need just yet (or may never need for that matter)?
While I still try to justify my purchases somewhat, my final justification is always that I buy it because I want it and I like to have nice equipment. Anything beyond that is just a plus.
Get the basics you need and be patient. Savings matters more than GAS, IMHO.
I have never gone into debt for gear, or stopped my regular saving. I put extra aside until I can afford what I need or want.
Pretty much every bass I've bought after the first one!
As long as YOU enjoy it, that's all that matters. I had been in a few experiences where it was suggested that they wanted me using other stuff and one required it. I have no objection to buying what I want, but in this case there would have a negative return on investment for something I wouldn't use otherwise.
I fall into that category....
Someday I'd like to buy a 5 string 20th anniv StingRay. But I have no need for a fiver.
I wasn't really thinking of someone else requiring it or justifying it.
I've seen a few bands play live and think to myself that that would be a good band to play in and imagine what bass would be best suited for the gig. Then I find myself GASing for an instrument that I don't have the gig for.
I don't have to justify anything to anyone. Granted, I don't have much gear anymore but unless it's getting in the way of more important stuff (like bills, etc...) I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Yep.. I have a complete setup for "future" gigs.
3-Rackmount Biamp w/Cabinets I've Made.
I know it's kind of silly... it's super easy blow the competition out of the water even before it's the gear is turned on.
Funny thing is that eventually I end up playing a $300 bass with a headphone monitor DI.
I can setup my rackmount in about 4 minutes.
Unfortunately some kids are attracted to candy.
Same here. Better to be gig-ready than passing the call on to someone else.
2 Ashdown Heads (MAG 600 and 300 EVO II)
1 Cab (Mesa-Boogie Powerhouse 2x15)
Summer's not far off...