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NBD garage sale find

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrianToska, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. BrianToska


    Jan 14, 2013
    Houston, TX
    I was on my way to the mall to do some clothes shopping with my girlfriend when I saw a garage sale sign and decided to stop and see what they had. My girlfriend got some vases and a quilt and I ended up with this ibanez for only $10. It's nothing special but for $10, you can't go wrong. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1396149572.755730. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1396149585.654960.
  2. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    Damn I will take that any day for a ten spot. They could have probably got $20 at a pawn shop haha.
  3. BrianToska


    Jan 14, 2013
    Houston, TX
    I know right!? I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet. Any suggestions?
  4. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I'd have bought it for $10, but I never see stuff like that and it probably would have been about 50 or 60 ay least around here.

    So cool find.
  5. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    For $10....

    Paint it entirely one color, pickups, fretboard, everything.
    Carve a virgin being sacrificed into a volcano into the body.
    Half-fretted, half fretless.
    Try carving an assymetrical neck profile.
    Multiple-Pickup experimentation test-bed.
    Make it into an eight-string, or headless.
    Make one of these:

    Heck, do WHATEVER you want, or don't dare try on a more expensive instrument. Go NUTS, have FUUUUNNNN!!!
  6. BrianToska


    Jan 14, 2013
    Houston, TX
    All are very good suggestions. I'm definitely considering the virgin being sacrificed hahaha. I was thinking about pulling the frets, since I don't have a fretless in my stable right now.
  7. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I would certainly look into what could be done with it that wouldn't be too expensive.
    But I'd have fun with it.
  8. TheAnalogKid

    TheAnalogKid Yer Doin' GREAT!!!!

    Dec 7, 2011
    Tacoma, WA

    Yeeeeahhhh...^^what he said! Go nuts with it. I especially like the half fretted/half fretless idea.

    Oh, wait, Cronos from Venom did just that!!


    "Welcome to Hellllllllllll" :):)
  9. pudgychef

    pudgychef Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    +1 to use it as a test-bed. Practice set-ups, different PU - heck practice dressing frets etc.

    OR - set it up and give it to a needy high school kid/band program..
  10. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    I'll tell you what I wouldn't do is change the body finish at all.

    Unless you know what the decal is used to say or have a cool word you can spell into what's left of it and want to "restore" it. (I think it says "Disclaimer"?)

    All kind of mojo oozing off of it as is.
  11. HosMan

    HosMan Los! Zum dritten Mal denn!

    Aug 24, 2009
    Northern CA,USA
    Dude! You could pull off an over-the-top physical comedy routine with that ten dollah Ibey!!

    Next time you have friends,etc. over act like you`re having issues practicing and such...then hop up,while cursing,and begin literally smashing the bass to pieces a la Pete Townsend !! Then feign regret,chagrin and intense contemplation over your "bass tantrum". :D

    Seriously?? Who finds a bass at a garage sale??? And for a ten??
    That is some cool sh*t!! Were the GSers wearing shoes? "Git off`n me,pa! Yer crushin` mah cigarettes!!" :bag:

    Beater bass or donate/gift it perhaps?
  12. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Throw a cheap or used bridge on it and play it as is for a month. Then decide later on if you want to do anything to it.
  13. Queue


    Jul 5, 2013
    DC Suburbs, USA
    Use it as a Mark Sandman tribute two string bass!
  14. I rate that bass a "10".

    Turn it into a Tenor, since you got it for a Tenner.

    What immediately came to mind was to introduce you to my friend, Dr Frankenstein...

    ...But M.R. Ogle beat me to it.

    I think Michael Anthony already covered the bass-falls-apart/Breaks trick.

    As (almost) always, Jimmy M weighs in with sage wisdom...
  15. BrianToska


    Jan 14, 2013
    Houston, TX
    Thanks for all the suggestions I'm actually still laughing at a few haha. The sellers were indeed a little reddish in the neck area of their body...

    I think I'll start to build it back up with a new bridge and strings and such and see how it plays. Honestly I'm not opposed to donating it to someone in need.
  16. CBNJ

    CBNJ Sorry brother.

    Feb 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Very cool. HNBD! Garage sale finds are the best.
  17. BrianToska


    Jan 14, 2013
    Houston, TX

    Thanks CBNJ! Every NBD is a good day, whether it's expected or not haha
  18. Nice!
  19. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    u cant buy lunch for 10 bux
    good find
  20. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Living in the Midwest, I see a lot of musical instruments in garage sales. Some garage sales themselves being out in the middle of nowhere. Let me tell you though, those are the best ones to go to! Usually there are few bassists around to know the old, dusty bass labelled "Fender" that Grandpa Joe used in the early 60s is actually worth more than $50. :)
    I've found some pretty good ones that I have bought awfully cheap and sold for much, much more. (admittedly no vintage Fenders yet, but I feel that happening soon..lol).