That ain't fretless you dummy!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by TechZilla, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. TechZilla

    TechZilla Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Owensboro, KY
    First a disclaimer. this is not a Talkbass sale. I was trying to sell a bass locally on FB. I know, I should have know better but hilarity ensued shortly after the post. I've try to redact the names of the idiotic and other telling details but you'll get the general idea.

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    BTW Irl and Bryan are band mates just stirring the pot a bit.

    I had 2 additional private messages along the same lines, claiming that this bass has frets.
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Fretless basses don't have lines, you big dummy! (quoting Fred Sanford).:laugh:
  3. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    My favorite buyer issue was when I sold an old Jazz and the guy called me later that night demanding a "partial refund" because I sold him a "bass guitar, not a guitar as advertised". Apparently his girlfriend had expected him to buy an acoustic. It was advertised as a MIM Fender Jazz Bass and the word guitar was nowhere in the ad. :D
  4. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    Stooopid people are everywhere. I'm often amused when I encounter them, but never surprised!
  5. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    One day I was on the train and I overheard two youngsters talk about my gig bag. One of them correctly states: 'That guy plays the bass, look at the size of that bag!'

    And the other says, 'That's gotta be a guitar, you [email protected]$$. I know one when I see one'.

    To his defense, neither could look inside (and there was a time I carried a small keyboard inside my bags too, so you never could have guessed), but I found that funny.
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  6. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    More like ignorant. It amazes me that people aren't willing to learn, though.
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  7. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    I was carrying my upright bass on a very crowded Macdougal St. in the Village. At a street corner a little kid says, "mommy, he's got a bass!". Mom says "no, that's a cello". Yeah a six and a half foot tall cello.
  8. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Schrodinger's bass! Epic.:laugh:
  9. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I carry my short scales in gig bags that are just big enough to hold them. Everyone probably thinks they are guitars.

    I love messing with people without saying a word.:laugh:
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  10. TechZilla

    TechZilla Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Owensboro, KY
    Favorite part. On his profile his profession is listed as Musician.
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  11. Curious about the switch to 250k pots.
    Do you like how it came out?
    Is the tone significantly warmer? Any muddyness?
    Did you switch all 3 pots, or just the 2 volume pots?
    I have a fretless SX as well and considering that change as well.
  12. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    I'm just trying to figure out why you're selling a fretted bass as fretless. I see the frets. We all see the frets!
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  13. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Why bother interacting with these clowns? Just add them to your ignore/ban lists and move on with your life.
    Never argue with stupid, they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience
  14. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    I'll bet Dave van Ronk spun in his grave.
  15. John Freeman

    John Freeman Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Security guard at my place of employment made me open the rectangular case to prove I wasn't carrying a rifle in. This was before all of the workplace shooting nonsense. I was annoyed at the time but now wish it would happen more often.
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  16. Leo Thunder

    Leo Thunder

    Sep 27, 2018
    They are.
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  17. That ain't a Jazz bass. I only see one pickup and two knobs in the pic. Must be a Precision.

    Oh, nearly forgot. Erm... buffoon.
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  18. MichelD


    May 19, 2014
    Yeah. I was walking downtown one time with my upright in a case and one half-drunk hoser said to the other "Hey, have you ever stolen a cello?"
  19. Bryan's posts are the best!
    I do pose a philisophic question though -
    If a Fretless bass falls on a stage and noone is there to see it. Is it possible it becomes fretted (with frets)?
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  20. rodak


    Jun 14, 2005
    I have a friend who insists that what I play is not a bass, but rather just a guitar. He maintains that an upright bass is the only instrument that can be called a bass.

    He's not even a musician. :rollno: