Pandemic (Bass) Babies

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lpcarter, Oct 14, 2021 at 9:23 AM.


  1. lpcarter

    lpcarter Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Did anyone else stress-buy a bass over the past year and a half? Or simply find yourself at home more and as a result… surprise! New (bass) baby!

    Here are the three I bought, all FCS, though I just sold the Pino. Always wanted a Hurley, and impulse bought the Abuelo, telling myself it was a birthday present to myself.
     

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  2. CallMeAl

    CallMeAl

    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Yup, little bit! :roflmao: Cue photo dump…

    At the height of my pandemic restlessness, I sold a lovely Squier PJ and set out to get a Jazz. After several failed parts builds, I landed on a Peavey Milestone
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    Bought a NY 121 extension cab; told myself I needed it for the 5 outdoor gigs I played in 2020 :laugh:
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    Bought a Squier Tele and a Champion amp last winter for the days I had no bass motivation. Honestly I had doubts about returning to gigging and playing with other people in general- luckily I snapped out of it! :D
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    Recently picked up an SB2. Actually had a good gig year in 2021, and this was fully funded; IDK if I’d call it a “pandemic stress” purchase. But the decision to get it was born out of missing the PJ I sold at the beginning of the pandemic
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    And that doesn’t count all the books and strings! :woot:
     
  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i may have done the same, but i was into the glarry "$65 basses" excitement just before the pandemic hit and i just continued with it during the lockdowns. i ended up with 4 axes from that 'spree', and 3 of them are keepers, without a doubt!

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  4. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    No gigs during lockdown added a lot of stress to an already stressful time, so I compensated with these. Each was a bass that was desired but always wound up on the back burner and supplanted by others. I got each for a good to great price and I'm glad I did. I am enjoying them all! In order of purchase:

    '79(?) Ovation Magnum IV

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    '86 Yamaha Motion MB-II

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    '87 Gibson IV

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    2014 Rickenbacker 4003

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  5. DirtDog

    DirtDog

    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Yep. Working backwards - a Les Paul Jr kit guitar, a Squier Bass VI, an 80s Ibanez Roadstar guitar, a Sterling Stingray 4, rebuilt a CV tele. Also some studio gear, an Arturia synth and some modular synth gear.
     
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  6. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    No new gear that I wouldn't have bought anyway. I did get a whole lot better at playing and recording instruments other than bass. Mostly meaning drums. Apparently, the pandemic caused my intelligence to decrease, but I am far better at drooling now.
     
  7. MYLOWFREQ

    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    I bought pedals even though there are no gigs coming up :cool:
     
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  8. So many bass babies!

    Actually it was the pandemic that rejuvenated my love for bass. I have always mainly been a singer, but started as a bass player/singer.

    But I'd been in this long phase of Americana stuff and I couldn't find good people to play some of the instruments I needed - accordion, banjo, and it was easier otherwise for me to play those w/ guitar or keys. And I found a great bass player. Then I got long stuck playing guitar and keys.

    During Covid-19, I realized how much my motivation was driven by playing with others. I got rusty, not so much on the keys themselves, but the whole Ableton aspects of the setup.

    I was there realizing I was rusty after the guys got vaxxed and wanted to get back together. Feeling down on myself.

    Picked up a bass just because I needed not to suck for a minute. :p

    It was like falling in love again. My 1st instrument, my 1st love.

    And the stars aligned for me. A former drummer also moved back during this time, one of the best I've played with.

    So, new band and several requisite babies! I had only had 4 basses before. 2 fretted, 1 fretless, 1 electric upright.
    • Warwick $$
    • Reverend Mercalli
    • A Warmoth'd Jazz bass
    • A new GK/Hartke rig
    • A new bass pedalboard
     
  9. shnapper

    shnapper

    May 1, 2005
    I didn’t stress buy per se’….

    I looked for deals from people stress selling, I found 2 good deals so far….
     
  10. muggsy

    muggsy Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
    Working from home for a year, seeing the basses hanging on the wall, I started to think “if I wanted to sell one, which one would it be?” Once I could answer that question (30th Anniversary SR4), the next was “what would I replace it with?” Never had a five string before, figured I’d have time to get acclimated. So not a stress buy, but the pandemic was a contributing factor.

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  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I never stress buy anything. But I did buy a Yamaha BB235 for fun on a whim.
     
  12. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    For a number of reasons, I decided to try the short scale thing. Through several trial and error major parts changes, I arrived at my perfect Mustang parts bass. I had a lot of fun swapping out parts, now on third (and final) neck, different wiring options, pickups, tried to get some lightweight tuners, but Hipshot is backed up months (saved me a bunch for an ounce or two; has HB10s on it anyway).

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    It's over there, on a stand behind a couple of precision basses.
     
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  13. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

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  14. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
  15. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    While I ordered this Super J from Dingwall pre-pandemic, it arrived during the height of the alpha strain.

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  16. Everything in the photo was bought since the pandemic started.

    Mesa TT-800
    Two Mesa Subway 1x15 cabinets
    GR Bass Aerotech 212 Slim cabinet
    Used Quilter BB800
    Ibanez Mikro Bass
    Ken Bebensee lefty five string fretless 23" scale semi hollow uke bass (started pre pandemic)

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  17. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I wouldn’t say I bought these under stress, but I did buy two basses during the pandemic. I’d been thinking about getting a Jazz Bass, and last year I got a Fender Player Jazz. It was nice, but it wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for, so I eventually sold it, and replaced it with an Aerodyne Jazz.

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  18. andruca

    andruca

    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    Oh yes, I got my (Korean) ProSeries Star Bass 5 in 2020. Gorgeous, fat sounding, awesome sustain and warmth. Cost me a little over half of what a the current Chinese RockBass version goes for new 'round here.

     
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    This bass was my pandemic project when purchased it had a shot preamp, ratty gold hardware and didn't play all that well. I'm happy with the Midnight Lady now.
     
  20. Fernando Costa

    Fernando Costa

    Aug 4, 2013
    Lisbon
    Who "no" bought some gear in this pandemic?

    Fender Jazz 75th MIA.

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    Fender Precision Player MIM (to mod.)

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    Sandberg California TM5

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    Sandberg California Nighthawk Plus

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