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NBD! There are many like it, but this one is mine (first P bass)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ThinCrappyTone, Jul 6, 2020.


  1. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Hi TBers, just wanted to share my NBD joy with y’all, and thank everyone who has been answering my questions and helping me narrow it down to a decision.

    I had been obsessing over getting a P for some time. In 30+ years of playing, I have never owned one.

    Because of the sheer amount of potential directions one can go in when selecting a P, I was overwhelmed. Squier, MIM, CIJ, MIA? Which MIA? PJ or straight-up P? Some other brand? Is the $400 one really as good as the $2,000 one? Color? Neck profile? Vintage style? Gah… I was losing my mind looking at P basses. Must have looked at 100 of them online, over the course the holiday weekend, and was completely baffled by the end.

    Since I hadn’t tried most of these in person, I figured that was the next step. So I went to the dreaded Guitar Center in Danvers, MA (actually not a bad one as GC’s go), and tried out 5 basses

    • A 90’s MIM with EMGs
    played great, incredible price, but had dented frets and I didn’t want the EMGs

    • A 2020 Special Edition PJ Deluxe - the green one that was on sale over the 4th
    Just a really nice looking, very well put together bass. This one was heave AF though, and I wasn’t sold on the green, or the PJ config, since I was really looking for a P

    • A used Fender Aerodyne
    Shweeet bass! Man did this thing play and tone for days. But for me it had a tragic flaw; the binding dug into my forearm :/

    • A 2020 American Performer in some sort of sparkly blue
    played amazing. incredible tone. Fell in love. Hated color. But set it aside, ready to buy, until…

    • A 2020 Player Series (MIM) in traditional sunburst
    I was pretty much set on the MIA, until I tried this. First thing, it was so light, I almost threw it over my shoulder when I picked it up. Loved the finish, and then when I started playing it, I got “lost” In it, and realized it was the one. Also it was $500 less than the MIA s

    Funny thing is, when I went to buy it, I said “I assume there is a case or gig bag with this”, and the employee looks at me like I’m a noob and say “no, pretty much nothing under $1,000 has a case or gig bag anymore”.

    Oh, GC. I’m sure that’s not true. Or maybe it is. But no worries, I don’t want another case. Just thought it was kind of interesting. So I drove home with it seatbelted into the front seat :)

    Anyway, NBD! Woohoo! My first P bass. Now I must begin the journey :)

    Thanks for all who advised!
     
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  2. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Right... pix or it didn't happen :)

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    ***edit: here’s the board after oil (thanks to all who suggested it)***
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  3. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Thank you my friend!
     
  4. Craig T Vector

    Craig T Vector Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    Liberty Hill, TX
    Love it! Classic. The Player P is next on my list. I need a P with rounds in my stable.
     
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  5. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    Congrats on the bass!! I have almost died pulling out of the parking lot of that Guitar Center many, many times!

    Tough to tell by the pics but I'm thinking a little lemon oil might make that fingerboard pop.
     
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  6. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Great advice! And even better eye! It does seem pretty dry.
     
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  7. Congratulations with a very nice bass!

    You won't regret settling for a lighter (weight) one.
     
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  8. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I love that fretboard!
     
  9. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Thank you!
     
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  10. Nice bass. He was right about the case situation btw
     
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  11. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Thanks for the advice! The oil helped :)

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  12. Eighthnoterock

    Eighthnoterock Supporting Member

    May 25, 2018
    Lynden Washington
    Nice. Congrats!:bassist:
     
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  13. DiscoRiceJ

    DiscoRiceJ Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2018
    Nice Bass. I was there doing the exact same thing on Saturday. There was a used Chrome Red or Candy Apple Red Deluxe Special with a tort guard and maple neck. It was hard to walk away, but I did and promptly washed hands....
     
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  14. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    nice catch, OP! that board does pop! --- it looks beautiful --- the whole enchilada looks great! i'm sure you'll appreciate the lightweight-ness. congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
     
  15. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    I saw that one, I think! Your willpower is strong my friend :)
     
  16. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Thanks @JRA !
     
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  17. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

    May 3, 2020
    It will not be your last p bass.
     
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  18. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Those words just resonated in my mind like a dark prophecy:woot:
     
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  19. ... true, the Pau Ferro there is truly chocolatey, not dark nor orange .. quite peculiar and nice! :thumbsup:;)
     

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