Show me some natural wear on your new/vinatage bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by light blue bass, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. light blue bass

    light blue bass

    Apr 20, 2020
    Just in that mood to look at some old vintage basses I guess... ;)
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  2. How's this? ’62 Fender Bass VI bought from roommate for $250 while in college (theory/comp major) in ‘75, a nosebleed to learn on from scratch and still my main bass after several decades of epic sessions and great memories. The ‘antique’ is my forearm wearing through the sunburst layers over 45 years.

    Original pickups, a drop-in Dan Armstrong hotwire for series/parallel, a drop-in Staytrem bridge, had the neck re-planed once and a couple of re-frets.

    Still playing this one 6-10 hours a week. I want to be Pablo Casals “…when Casals (then aged 93) was asked why he continued to practice the cello three hours a day, Casals replied, "I'm beginning to notice some improvement...".
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  3. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass.

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    FB_IMG_1586105126734.jpg My main stage bass, beat yo snot '66 Gibson Thunderbird II FB_IMG_1596902515613.jpg
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  4. See that little white mark next to the pickup? I beat the hell out of my basses.

    Rick B.

  5. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    Astoria, NY
    The original owner bought this '66 brand new and proceeded to install honest mojo onto it across many years. There is some serious funk under the bridge cover from sweat and beer during all those gigs. I am the proud second owner of this amazing example. The front offsets the nearly pristine back. He installed a Fender body guard when he bought it.

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  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    How about new.

    Took delivery of this NG3 in January of 2018. That's not dirt or grime...that's wear through the fretboard finish. It's also had north of 200 shows and countless hours of home practice in that time. Also, I'm not a 'vice grip' heavy player.
  7. 2014 American Vintage Series '64 Jazz FSR in Daphne Blue with matching headstock. Just playing and gigging it a lot. My all time favorite bass.
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  8. Peteyboy


    Apr 2, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Such disdain. You're an inscrutable nihilist. ;)
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  9. ELG60


    Apr 26, 2017
    Here's my 1969 which I've owned since '79. Most of the damage was caused by my own mishandling and/or carelessness:
  10. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    IMG_20200908_172915.jpg IMG_20200908_172931.jpg IMG_20200908_173019.jpg IMG_20200908_173046.jpg 76 P. Main road bass in the 80s, but it too most of this wear in the decade before I owned it. It never leaves the house anymore, not because I'm protective, but because I never play a P bass anymore.
  11. Here's my '74 Fender Jazz.

    The majority of all the bruises and scars were all lovingly done from years of gigging before I acquired it.

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  12. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie

    Aug 21, 2013
    '67 Guild Starfire, with modifications.

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  13. This old thing, again :)
  14. pbass74


    Sep 19, 2015
    Sunland, CA
    My mother who was a violinist and a music teacher and who lived during the great depression taught me to take good care of my instruments. Here's my one owner '75 Precision. Oops there's that broken tip on the pickguard! And a bit of buckle rash on the back which might have happened when I loaned it out. And a ding on the neck which happened when it fell over on stage before I could afford a stand. And usually the chrome isn't on there. And what about those pots I had to replace? Oh well, it's still in amazing condition. :):bassist::) 20200307_143307.jpg
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  15. bassicg

    bassicg Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2006
    Muskegon, MI
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  16. MVE


    Aug 8, 2010
    Thats too bad, you really hate to see a vintage instrument all hacked up and modded. Lol ;)

    Seriously, do you know how many Alembic Starfires actually exist? Can’t be more than a handful, right?
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  17. pbass888

    pbass888 Up the Irons! Westham United FC--mile high irons Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
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    The jazz on the left and the fretless mutt in the middle have been on a lot of gigs and lots of tours.
  18. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    You're digging in a little bit when you reach for that G string Ed. Seems like the paint doesn't like the acid in your sweat near the F hole too.
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