"No new basses for 1 year" - the sequel

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by craigb, Dec 29, 2001.

  1. craigb

    craigb Supporting Member

    After a failed attempt in November (see that debacle here) I am starting over. I am going to try to not buy a new bass for the entirety of 2002. I have a setup that lets me do everything I'm capable of and provides all the challenge I can handle. Here's the stable (notice that nothing is the same as what I had in November):


    This is the main guy. A 4-string L2000 with #6 neck. I'm a dedicated 4-stringer (neck width & hand/wrist issues). This bass covers all the basses. It's my favorite sounding bass I've tried (over Stingrays, Precisions (am deluxe, hotrod, am std), other G&Ls (SB-1, LB-100, Climax), MTD Beasts and other less interesting axes). It can do a lot of sounds with the pickups/control setup and I can always find something I like. I'll probably add a Hipshot to it this year to add flexibility.


    Dearmond Pilot Pro 4: I couldn't pass up another one of these at the closeout price. 2 piece ash body, 5 piece maple/walnut neck, 35" scale, active w/dual humbuckers. It sounds pretty good (not as good as the L2000, of course) and will be strung up BEAD (and DGCF and other variations). The 35" scale doesn't bother me. It can also be a generic 4-string backup in case of problems with the L2000.


    Dean Rhapsody 8: This is just for fun. The neck is wide but not too thick. The sound is interesting and as long as I don't play it a lot it doesn't bother my hands/wrists. I can see some songs where it sounds very good and a bunch where it sounds wrong. It's well-constructed and fun to play with. I may end up putting better pickups (Barts?) in it at some point and may try a blend pot & vol instead of dual volumes.

    With my pair of Genz Benz 1x12 combos (lots of uses: as powered stage monitors, as a bass monitor, as a 335W 2x12 stack) and assorted other stuff I'm in good shape. I have some small things I may get in the next year (a Raven Labs master blender, a better headphone amp) but I am basically set up.

    So now I need to get through 2002 without churning my stable - that should get me out of acquisition mode and I can just have fun playing.

    My only other resolutions of interest to the gang here are to becoming a supporting member here and at the Pit after I pay off this current round of gear churning.

    Ack - a year without buying a bass. I can do it. I know I can. I even let my Bass Player subscription lapse so I don't get the bass porn in my mailbox every month. Wish me luck
  2. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Best of luck, Craig!! Let's start a support group, eh? My 55-94 ebony board fretless Classic will be here in about a week. I am shooting for the "One Year Plan" after that. I just hope to God a Jack Bruce Warwick doesn't show up cheap somewhere while I'm on the wagon.
    Happy New Year,
  3. you don't own a fretless? you'll never make it.
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  5. craigb

    craigb Supporting Member

    For some reason I've never been bitten by the fretless bug. Fretted is plenty of challenge for me for the time being. I don't think I have enough practice time to work on fretless intonation - at least that's what I tell myself. My band plays alt rock/pop/funk/classic rock covers and blues-rock originals so fretted has been fine. Maybe I'll get the fretless itch at some point but for this weekend hacker fretted is enough.

    Thanks for the good wishes all - for now I'm feeling good with no GAS to speak of. The real question is how will I feel in about 6 months.
  6. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    would selling one of your current ones and then buying another one count?
  7. craigb

    craigb Supporting Member

    Yes - selling one and buying another (what I affectionately refer to as "churning") is definitely not allowed. That's what I've been doing for the last couple of years - I've never owned more than 3 basses at one time but have gone through a ton. That's what I'm trying to stop. If I make it to 2003 I may reward myself with a nice bass or I may be satisfied and not want anything new (the preferred goal).
  8. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I've said it before, I'll say it again:

    You'll never make it :D
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I agree w/PacMan. I have 11 basses & I want to buy more!!!!!!!

    -Sadowsky 24 fret 5
    -Warmoth 5 string
    -Warmoth 4 string
    -Spector NS-5
    -Spector NS-2
    -Spector NS-4CR
    -G&L L-2000
    -Dean Rhapsody 8 string
    --same as yours. X-mas present to myself
    -Rickenbacker 4003
    -Essex Jazz Bass copy
    -Jay Turser StingRay copy

    I have a Sadowsky 4 string on order
    I'm on the Warmoth thrift shop at least once a week
    Lakland SkyLine is looking mighty sweet
    Ibanez BTB 405 is playing pretty sweet
    I'd still like to get a Spector NS-2A

    I'M NUTS & FULL OF GAS (My wife calls it $H1T) ;)
  10. craigb

    craigb Supporting Member

    Pacman and Nino are probably right. If I don't make it this time I'm going to give it up. I only lasted one day last time I tried so my track record is not good at all. I may have to sell another - a bass I ebayed at the beginning of December may be coming back (the seller thinks I misrepresented the color?). And I have to watch the 8-string, it bugs my wrist if I play it too much.