One man's trash is another man's treasure...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Claymore, May 12, 2020.

  1. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    C1BDC91E-1D6B-4519-A532-D335D34B885F.jpeg Have you ever bought an instrument at deep discount because it had a flaw that you either didn't care about or was easily fixed? I bought a Player Precision off Sam Ash that had been returned. Within seconds, I understood what the previous owner's beef was... Horrible buzzing on the A string. The nut was cut incorrectly. I did a fix with super glue and baking soda which worked but ultimately just replaced the nut with a TUSQ. So, for $12 it became a perfectly playable bass. The other two pictured are a finish flaw (Telecaster Deluxe) and a dent (Performer Jazz), both of which are on the rear or bottom of the instruments. For a big markdown in price, I have absolutely no problem with that. Two questions... Is a rear blemish a deal-breaker for you?... and have you ever felt like you scored on an instrument purchase because of some defect that didn't bother you? Pictures encouraged but not necessary. :D
  2. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    I love blems. Blems are just cause for discount negotiations.
  3. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I play my basses, I don’t model them.

    What year is that black Guild on the wall?
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  4. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    That B-301 is about a 1978 but can't tell for sure because there's no serial# and can't tell by the pots... so going along with the theme of this thread, that's another example of getting a discount because of stuff that doesn't bother me. :thumbsup:
  5. I’ve done that with so many. One I’ve kept is an “offset neck” Alvarez Dana bass that I got for $50, a few years ago.
  6. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Whoa. What’s is like to play that?
  7. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    $50?? Wow. Nice job
  8. Very nice. The neck just sits angled up there all the time. Great action, great sound, and you don’t get tired holding it. I try a lot of guitars and basses that I sell within a year. (It had a few scratches.) This one is a “keeper”.
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  9. Got a good deal on a Rainsong acoustic guitar and an Ibanez 6 string bass because someone didn’t know how to do a set up and the respective owners thought something was wrong with them. Not sure if that counts as a “flaw.”

    In defense of the Rainsong owner the truss rod does work backward of the way you’d typically expect.
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  10. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass.

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I picked up my Rickenbacker 4003s from Sweetwater at a substantial discount. It has a ding on the edge of the body near the jack plate, otherwise it's perfect. The ding doesn't bother me in the least. I think I ended up paying $1000 for it . IMG_20190708_181835_520.jpg
  11. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    Blems are to basses what pimples are to humans.
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  12. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    MVC-001S.JPG Well... only in the sense that it's a white (actually, Lexus Pearl White), left handed '06 Carvin LB-20. Cost the original owner almost $1600 (I have the build sheet), but I got it, apparently never played, 5 years later for $360 off eBay. I was the only bidder. Plays beautifully; I've no idea why he got rid of it...:whistle:
    Last edited: May 13, 2020
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  13. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    My Aerodyne has one small chip on the back of the upper horn. I touched it with a black marker, and until this thread, I had completely forgotten it was there.
    Of course, when I bought it, I asked for a discount because of that one flaw.
  14. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    Of course you did! :laugh:
  15. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wow - I remember when these were first advertised years ago, but I never saw one in person.
    Interesting how Ibanez and a few other companies picked up on a similar “ergonomic” theme again over the past few years.
  16. Peteyboy


    Apr 2, 2018
    Los Angeles
    This one's a little dinged-up, I'm going for 20% off!
  17. Yes i bought my first "Sting bass" for a big markdown because it had fallen off of the guitar rack and it had a punched in strap button on the bottom and a chip in the head stock finish. I sort of fixed both but you can't see them from 10 feet away, at least I can't.
    Bring on the dings! They are the start of a relic finish for less!
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  18. basted


    Jul 22, 2017
    Hobart , Tasmania
    My American Standard P had a ding where someone had slightly damaged the finish plugging it in. They gave me two sets of strings as compensation. I didn't mind because it stopped me worrying about doing the first damage. Cleaned it up with some nail polish.
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  19. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I've only ever bought one bass guitar new, and it was flawless until I started gigging with it. Blems don't bug me, treating an instrument like it's made of crystal does.
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  20. filmtex


    May 29, 2011