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Purchased purely for "porn"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RicKee, Mar 29, 2015.


  1. RicKee

    RicKee Banned

    Mar 27, 2015
    Sorry, did not know how to title this thread. Being fairly new and soon to be upgrading I feel myself gravitating towards "It plays alright..........But look at her!" I was curious how many of purchased a bass for that same reason? Looks over tone? "I can make it work". Then the regret! Since I may even buy one off this forums, how can you make a decision if you can`t play the actual bass yourself?
     
  2. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    I think a lot of people buy Ric basses based on looks, Or thinking they will immediately have that Chris Squire/Geddy Lee tone, and are disappointed by the quirks and ergonomic issues. That was true with me at first, though I ultimately formed a seesaw love/hate relationship with them that has swung back to love. I think you are more likely to take care of an instrument you like aesthetically, though that can result in a Case Queen that rarely gets played for fear of dinging it.
     
  3. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    of course if she's a looker one will usually be attracted to her . For me it's gotta be a big hunk of poop to give up on ,9 times out of 10 if i move a instrument it's just for very minor reasons & usually to make room for some other thing that caught my eye . I like to think I have some real fine players these days that also look stunning .
     
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  4. For me it's playability first, do I like how it feels....then tone, then looks.
     
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I have a very few "just because they look cool" basses that I wouldn't have based on their sound or quality, but generally, for me, sound and playability come first, although looks certain factor into the "what grabs my attention" stage, but that's not the "buy" decision, it's the "check it out further" decision.
     
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  6. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    It certainly USED to be looks first for me. (Man-jewelry).
    Not so much anymore. There are basses I'd like to try because they look cool and different (Parker Fly, Lace Helix, etc.) but if they're not comfy to play or they have an inherently "odd" voicing, I'm not interested.
     
  7. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    A bass hanging up on the wall catches my eye.
    I grab it and plug it in.
    If it catches my ear...
     
  8. RunBeerRun

    RunBeerRun Banned

    Mar 10, 2003
    It's already been done. Why can't I purposely look bad? Am I just another.....
     
  9. lowsideonacurve

    lowsideonacurve

    Feb 24, 2011
    40 years ago when I was a teenager, looks were priority #1, so I've had a few RIC's, but now it's playability first, looks second, tone not so important because the right strings and eq will fix that and the name on the head stock means absolutely nothing to me.
     
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  10. HubbardsFate

    HubbardsFate Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Not to pick on Ric, but I have had the same experience as a couple of others who have posted in this thread. Bought one when I was young and foolish cause Geddy was/still is one of my heroes...absolutely the wrong bass for me, especially neck-wise. They look cool as hell and can get some interesting tones, but based on playability, I'd never own one again. :(
     
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  11. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles

    it's funny you mention it but Roscoe is the perfect ex. of stunning to look at with also an amazing feel and sound and I'm guilty of pulling the trigger on this one based on looks alone I had a feeling it was going to sound great too even with less a string .
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    she sounds like
     
  12. ScarfFace

    ScarfFace Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    La Crosse WI
    With all the available options out there today at every different price point, I see no reason why you can't have great playability, looks, and sound in any budget.
     
  13. singlemalt

    singlemalt Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2007
    White Salmon, WA
    Buying used, if you do your research on street prices, and get a reasonable deal, can be the way to go.

    If you can't live with your new beauty, you can get out of it without taking a huge hit. (Maybe)

    The classifieds are stuffed full of great basses, and it seems to be a buyers market.

    Would you not talk to a woman because she is "too pretty"? Take a chance, fall in love!

    Check out the Dingwall site for some serious bass beauty.
     
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  14. DredFetus

    DredFetus

    Nov 19, 2010
    as a carpenter i love the look of a nice bass, but i dont enjoy playing them, i like when the paint is warn off. I enjoy the shape of a unique bass, but i dont like nice finishes on my basses. even when im in the store i look at the $2000 basses but never play them because im always afraid of scratching them.

    thats why im currently playing a VM jaguar, i wanted something i could easily upgrade but wasn't a "common bass look" but also something that would retain some value. sorry off topic.
     
  15. Haha! All this talk about Ricks is cracking me up, because I feel just the opposite. I bought mine for tone alone (and I did get pretty close to the Chris Squre tone), and I have never really loved the looks of them.

    Now, take a satin blue 4004 with maple body wings, a maple fretboard, black hardware and put 4003 pickups and a stereo output jack in it... that would be a sweet-looking Rick!
     
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  16. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

    I always liked the looks of a Ric, and that tone was unique. I finally got one and was disappointed until I changed the strings, lowered the action, took off the pickup cover and lowered the pickups. Now it plays great, doesn't honk out wolf tones, and doesn't have a speed bump right where I pluck the strings. Oddly, the tone most associated with Rics isn't really there with the 4003. It's a 2004 and doesn't have the tone cap or push/pull pot. A few months after getting this 4003, I bought a fretless '78 Autumnglo 4001 just because of looks. Always wondered if they ever made a fretless in that finish. The neck is thinner than the 4003's. They put side dots for every fret, which is confusing. The tone is remarkable. All in all, I'm really happy with them.
     
  17. Hidesert

    Hidesert

    Oct 7, 2011
    Santa Fe
    Looks-wise, I like less ornate, traditional looking basses and particulularly those with playing wear. I guess that's am the target of "relic marketing", but I would not go out of my way to buy a relic'ed newer bass.
    That said, Modulus basses have caught my interest, and they often have fancy tops.
    Feel first, tone next, looks last.
     
  18. That's interesting. Would you care to elaborate on that?
     
  19. walkerwhatwalker

    walkerwhatwalker

    Mar 26, 2015
    Basses are like people.
    The ugly ones get prettier if you like their personality and what they have to say.
    The pretty ones...... if they have no charm and personality, lose their attraction fast.

    Hahaha, its on the inside that counts over time.
     
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  20. I have purchased several basses primarily for aesthetic reasons. But I have also been reasonably certain I could make great players of them, and so far between my techs and myself that has been the case.

    If I ever felt a bass could never be made into an instrument that met my standards for tone and playability, I'd never buy it no matter how attractive.
     

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