The best bass purchase you've ever made?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zachoff, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. talked w/ a bass player last week at a show & he picked up his 1968 Fender P for $500 from a garage sale in 1995. Insane, huh?

    Mine is the Yamaha BB800 I play right now from pmcd for $350. It just sounds and plays awesome. What more can you ask for?

  2. NickRich


    Oct 13, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
    For me it is my Lakland Skyline Bob Glaub (P-bass).

    I bought and sold many basses before sticking with this one.
  3. lx_night


    Sep 3, 2008
    Oklahoma city
    Sadowsky UV-70 5 string, that thing killed my fender deluxe! best bass i have ever bought.
  4. fredguy


    Dec 13, 2004
    First Alleva Coppolo I bought,




    I bought an AC 5 string pbass after this and sold everything else except my 72 franken p bass. No bass purchases for 2 years. :bassist:

  5. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    There have been a lot of best basses purchases over the decades for me. ;) If you want to see my most current best bass purchase check out the June 2010 issue of Bass Player and read the review on the fretless Martin Keith fretless Elfin I just received on Tuesday straight from Jonathan Herrera. :D I bought the bass from Martin at NAMM 2010. :)
  6. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    my MIM p-bass. the recent years have been good to the MIM standards, and it's precisely the color and fretboard I want. Perfect. And was a 'used' model at MF so i got a nice deal on a like new bass. it's definitely the kind of bass i will hang onto.
  7. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    My Carvin LB70s, both of them. Best feeling basses I've ever played.
  8. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Quilt top ModuLus Q5 in natural. Not because it was a killer deal or anything, but because I connected with that bass more than anything ever before or since.

    I sold it a several months ago in a fit of lunacy. I loved that bass. I'd seriously consider trading my Sadowsky straight up for it if I could find it. I think the guy I sold it to shipped it to Europe :( Oh well, another story of love lost.
  9. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    I just got a 57 reissue P bass there like 1450$ new, i got mine new but i have no case or case candy for 770$ mainly due to a small ding. Best bass i have owned and a great price.
  10. dinghy


    May 27, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    Economically? Bought a Variax bass for 350, sold for 450 a couple months later. Similar story with an ATK750, bought for 350, sold for 400ish.

    But the bass I use the most is also the cheapest, a MIM-pup'd SX P bass. It needed a bunch of little things, like pots, a couple of frets sanded, some steel wool on the neck, but nothing costed very much. Now it sounds, looks, and even plays great for next to nothing.
  11. K.Ross


    May 19, 2008
    My best purchase is my Birdsong Hy5. It cost alot, but is well worth it.
  12. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements

    No buy is a great purchase if you can't easily flip it at a profit.

    I guess mine is my stock 1963 Thunderbird II I got for $75 many years ago.

    Still have it. :smug:
  13. I'll give you twice that plus 10% interest per year since you bought it! :hyper:
  14. Bass-Adrenaline


    Jan 23, 2010
  15. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett
    By far: Spector Euro LX5
  16. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
  17. My first Reverend. Still around almost 12 years later.
  18. panama


    May 26, 2009
    Traded a bicycle worth no more than $400 to a dude for a 2006 Fender AV '62 Precision. Bass had been treated poorly (dings and such), but as a result has tonnes of mojo. The nitro and a little paint had already been rubbed away on the arm rest area.
  19. BigMacDaddy


    May 25, 2009
    Rochester, NY
    Easy. My first one. Not the best bass in the world, but it got me started.
  20. Jim Dep

    Jim Dep

    Dec 30, 2009
    Since 1973, it is the $75 used SX lefty P bass I got in January from a pawn shop. Like-new condition, changed the strings and she was good to go!