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Long lost bass recovered...20 years later

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by oddgrowth, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. 20 years ago, my parents gave me a Les Paul triumph bass for high school graduation. I was a **** up and finished a year late, and the 'rents were happy to see me pass that milestone. BUT - I was a kid into extreme music, and this bass just fell short in every way. The sound, the looks, etc. So I traded it away within a year on a wireless (and got raked over the coals). For the past 10 years or so it has constantly been on my mind, since I have come to appreciate Les Pauls so much. I kept saying to myself "What a stupid little **** I was...If only I had appreciated it then and saw it for the gem it was..." etc. So I looked one time to see if there was any out there. I found one in Jersey, was gonna buy it...but it didn't work out. So 2 weekends ago I'm looking at a damaged Gibson Thunderbird on ebay and I did another search for a Les Paul triumph bass. and found it...THE ACTUAL BASS - I owned and pissed away 20 years ago: It had a few unmistakable marks on it, so I knew it was mine. Needless to say I bought it and it is now hanging on my living room wall. I'm still sorta in disbelief I actually own it again. The stars were aligned, the gods were smiling on me, pure coincidence er something like that. Yes, it's the same house too.

    lpb. lpb2.
  2. Chinguschild


    Apr 17, 2006
    Chico, Cali
    Now thats luck. Thats awesome you got it back though!
  3. funkboy5

    funkboy5 19mm + 35" = :-) Bass'd on a true story Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Great story....
  4. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    awesome.. if the pics are any indication, from then to now..it looks like whoever had it did not beat it up at all, and the condition is still very close to when you got rid of it!!
  5. I had a black one, only it had a volume knob on the upper 'horn' area. I sold it for $220 in a GC parking lot(idiot). At least I got what I paid for it...
  6. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Different bridge?
  7. sarcastro83


    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Neat! Nice bass, too.
  8. ^ Maybe, but there's a different camera and angle as well...
  9. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Carpet don't match the bass. :ninja:
  10. wazoppi


    Jul 13, 2008
    San Diego
    Ha, you changed your carpet.
  11. Revvv


    Oct 31, 2007
    Rosewood on the fretboard looks different too. :confused:
  12. Madcity Fats

    Madcity Fats Supporting Member

    May 28, 2008
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Looks to me like maybe the cover has just been flipped around.

    Cool story. Not many of us get to make good on the stupid decisions we made when we were young and knew everything there was to know.
  13. :DCool story!
  14. That's pretty amazing! The pics really emphasize the "time warp"!

    I feel as you did about my first bass that I foolishly got rid of mostly because I thought P-Basses were for "old guys" and blues players. I didn't think a P could get that "prog rock" tone that I was so in love with... I was such a Rush fanatic I convinced myself I'd never be happy unless I got a Ric. I had so much to learn.

    Anyhow - congrats! Maybe I'll get lucky and dig up my first P-Bass. (Hitting Craigslist and eBay now...)
  15. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    OP, are your parents still around? If so, I'm sure that touched them.:)
  16. cmewhinney


    Jul 11, 2008
    Concord, NH
    I'll give you 50 bucks for it... :)
  17. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Funny, that's what I was thinking too. Especially if you ever told them how sorry you were for letting it go the first time. It's not often that we get to experience a happy ending after we make mistakes. I'm happy for you!
  18. 20-year-old flash camera. Different colored carpet. Totally expected, plus a few lemon oil treatments can do that too.
  19. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    That's a great story and I'm glad you've got it back. Beautiful bass by the way, I like it!
  20. cmewhinney


    Jul 11, 2008
    Concord, NH
    All kidding aside, that's a great story and I'm really happy for you.

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