I was thinking lately that it'd be nice to be the first one to own a bass. It'd be cool to walk into a store one day and buy a new MIA Fender or something; It's like the history of the instrument is completely unwritten and I'm the first entry. But I also realized that the vast majority of the NBD threads I see concern used instruments. There doesn't really seem to be any good reason to buy a new bass, anyways. So regarding my taste for a new instrument, I'm thinking I might be a weird sort of materialistic. Which is why it interests me as to what condition people get their instruments. Do you guys buy used basses just because they're cheaper and you're essentially getting the same thing as if it were new? Or would you rather be the first one to own an instrument (and why?)?