Taking Stock And Just Playing What I Have

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I have spent more time talking about motorcycles in Off Topic than I have talked about basses. I think life has burned me out on bass GAS. There have simply been a bunch of things this summer that have sucked up money, so working towards any sort of boutique purchase has ground to a halt. The funny thing is that I could have my Carvin SB5000 or my Sire V7 and my Pedulla Pentabuzz and be happy just playing in the choir and home alone.

    The funny thing is that I have some other things that I love to collect, and I have sort of burned out on that too (no specifics because of TB rules.) I think the idea of always wanting the new thing has just gotten old for me. I want to enjoy what I have, and not worry about what else I can buy. This may just be a phase, but playing music, instead of worrying about buying another bass is a nice change of pace for me.:)
  2. it’s still spring.
  3. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I know what you mean.
    I tried out a dozen basses today, quite a few of them good basses, but not one came close to moving me.
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  4. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    With any luck my latest bass purchase will be my last. I may be gas free forever.
  5. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    I have learned to embrace sufficiency. I went from two Alembics to two Squiers . . . . . and although admittedly a little less hi-fi, I still sound like me. This was a life lesson I never imagined wrapping my head around, it almost seems un-American to appreciate 'less', but I really do. And truthfully, after living, sleeping, worrying, practicing myself to a bloody pulp for those many years, I find there are many other things I missed that I enjoy now. The Alembics broke me of going bass shopping (what the hell was I going to find at GC or Corner Music that sounded or was built better?), and now the Squiers are just for fun. And for a long time, fun and music . . . . . were mutually exclusive.
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    It’s not that there aren’t cool new basses out there, I already have decent basses, and I should never have sold my DJ5 because in hindsight, I sort of conjured up a reason to want something else. My Carvin and V7 are fine, and I am not trying to get another DJ5, I am just ready move on to another phase of bass. Of course, I don’t see me ever topping my Pedulla fretless. In other words, my gear is great, but it took a series of surplus income sapping events to make me see that there is no need to always be looking for the next thing.
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  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    I too, am at that stage in life where I have the few basses, and guitars (all acoustics) that I am quite content with. I still go to SA and GC to play around with what they have, but nothing is going to be coming home with me, It is, literally, "Come In And Play!" SA's slogan. I'm even done in the amps & cabs world. Thrilled with what I've got, these days - Tone Hammer 500 with two custom LDS cabs, and a Markbass Minimark.

    My money (what's left of it :smug:) has, in the past several years, been going into antique lighting (Bradley & Hubbard, and generic pieces), Arts & Crafts furniture (primarily, Gustav Stickley), and art from regional art shows or shops such as The Roycrofters Gift Shop where we recently bought a Yoshiko Yamamoto block print (no relation to Tsuneyuki Yamamoto, that I know of, who makes fabulous acoustic guitars; I own two of his guitars).
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  8. Sounds like a fantastic interior deco but your Rics might stick out a bit? :D
  9. I've had the same bass for the last 7.5 years. I like looking at/playing with new and different ones at the local shops, but I'm pretty happy with what I have.
  10. Appreciating what you have is better than longing for what you don't. Especially if you eventually get what you thought you wanted and it turns out worse than what you already have. Say that three times fast. :roflmao:
  11. Doc, we've heard this before. Your just one good Peavey away from GAS.
  12. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007

    My aim is to own what I can use. A go-to and a backup.

    I currently have 2 basses, 3 amps and 7 cabs. I'm planning to sell 1 amp and 3 cabs. That'll leave me with all the choices I need.
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  13. Felt this way for a while now. Still love the bass guitar but I just wanted to simplify it down to what I really needed.I even cancelled my bass guitar magazine subscription,as it has ceased to excite me to read it.
    So I am down to a 2014 Am.Std Precision with flatwounds a 1986 Peavey Foundation with roundwounds , & my favorite bass of all my 1964 Hofner Violin 500/1 with flatwounds.
    Amp wise it's a Fender Rumble 200 combo & pedal wise a Boss TU-3 chromatic tuner :).
  14. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Haven't we heard this before, just before you got another bass...?
  15. My bass GAS is solidly in check until it isn't.

    Thump on,

  16. I agree with the OP. I've got a bass and rig that go so well together, and will do it all, and more, that there is no "better". I even got a lightweight combo for smaller gigs, and it too overachieves and more. I really like my upright and how its setup, and I've tweeked the pickup system to be powerful and realistic. I've got a EUB that I did the same. All work better than good with my rigs. There's not much left, except to learn new music and just play.
  17. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Been enjoying what I have for some time, especially after coming full circle once already during the past 3 decades. However, I have been enjoying tweaking my basses & amps to look and/or preform their best.
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  18. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    The gig-playing Live situation is the factor that determines what gear I will own/use.

    I’ve been through the collecting phase and am just using keeping the reliable tools.
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  19. dmt


    Apr 19, 2003
    Orbiting Sol
    For something new to collect, try wanting the old things ;)

    Just kidding! Enjoy your mental/spiritual freedom
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  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings