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The end of my GAS? I doubt it but still....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Subculture13, Apr 7, 2004.


  1. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    It's strange really. I have tried literally thousands of basses, owned dozens and dozens. Brand name Custom shops, home made (small time luthier) customs, basses made in every country imaginable. Tried just about every possible pickup out there, most preamps and on and on. I work as a professional guitar/bass tech to alot of big name clients where budget is of no concern and there is always ample opportunity to get my hands on all sorts of things. I am often called on to design rigs for people who want certain features and conveniences, modify instruments and amps, build pedal boards... you get the picture....

    I have found many a tone that I love on a bass that I don't. Many a bass that I love with a tone that I don't, and all the in betweens. But no one bass/pickup combo ever made me reel back and go "Holy Crap! This is the one for me!" Just something about my newest bass works for me. The action is just the way I like it, the scale is ideal for my liking, the nut width, string spacing, EVERY aspect about this bass just fits me perfectly. The tone out of the Bartolini's J pups growls just the way I always wanted a bass to growl, but only when I really hit it hard, which is just the way I want it.

    I have paid $3500 for a used Alembic
    I have paid $8800 for a custom shop Warwick
    I have paid $3000 for a custom shop Ibanez
    I have paid more money for more basses than I care to think about.

    Recently I acquired this bass from a member here (forget your user name, but you know who you are BD) in a trade that was mutually acceptable as being fair, valued at about $400. With the exception of having "oddities" like a 12 string, or a fretless, or acoustic bass, things like that, that are different for the sake of being different, I don't doubt that THIS is the bass they will bury me with.

    After 15+ years of playing everything I can get my hands on, a MIM Fender Jazz Deluxe 5 in Sunburst with Bartolini pickups is the hands down ideal bass for me. Go figure. I have modded it by changing the nut to give me a C instead of low B, and will most likely change the bridge pup to a Bart MM style, and add a Seymour Duncan preamp. I know that to be an improvement over the passive JJ configuration, having much success already with that. I have also begun the "aging" process by using fine sandpaper to give it a more vintage look, and removed the pickguard, as that is just a personal preference, and helps make it more "mine." Not to mention degrading it's market value, thus increasing the likelyhood that I will never sell it, not that I am worried about that.

    Just thought I would share with you my complete happiness, and the fact that it is on what is otherwise considered a "low end" bass. You don't always need to spend thousands of dollars to get the bass of your dreams. A lesson I learned by having numerous custom shop basses made for me that I got bored of very quickly.
     
  2. Someones picky. :D
     
  3. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    God thats a lot of talk!

    Just say you like poo basses and be done with it! ;)

    Just kidding of course! I wish I could be just as happy spending $400 on a bass. Maybe I should talk to Nino Brown about dropping the price on his Valenti basses. :D

    Peace
    Nick
     
  4. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    Strange huh? Coming from a guy with the attention span of a Tse Tse fly that is alot of talk. :help:
     
  5. McHack

    McHack

    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    ROFLMAO...

    This is cracking me up...
     
  6. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ

    That doesn't mean your GAS is cured though! It just means you don't have enough GAS cash. :)
     
  7. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    *chris tucker's voice* "Dang Smokey!"... You ain't kidding.

    :spit:



    So instead of a "I'm really picky" rant-thread how about a "what do you think about my new modded MIM" -thread?


    just a thought. :meh:
     
  8. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    Now I remember why I don't post here very often. Too many people who have nothing better to do than insult others.


    Whatever happened to that rule about "If someone starts a thread to show off their new acquistion, it is considered bad practise to say negative things, an opinion of that nature wasn't asked for."

    The whole point of the thread was "You never know what gems you may find" One persons dream bass need not cost a fortune.

    I babbled on alot in the initial post that started this thread, I believe that is what was meant by "that is alot of talk." And even if it wasn't, are you going to run around and put down every single person who has ever claimed to own more than one bass as being full of sh*t? Yeah, I have paid alot of money for some basses in the past, the fact that I didn't bombard the thread with pics THAT I DO HAVE doesn't make it any less true. Why don't you jump on the throat of Bassart1 now? He named a bunch of basses he claims to have owned, without proof.

    Go crawl back under your collective bridges, I think there is some kids that will need scaring.
     
  9. justBrian

    justBrian

    Apr 19, 2002
    Kansas City, MO

    Hey! Glad you like the bass-- it always felt good to me too. :cool:
     
  10. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    I was hoping you would see this thread. Saying I like it is an understatement. It compliments my style perfectly. If you're PM I just read is any indication, sounds like the trade was a winner on both ends. :bassist:
     
  11. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I was just saying that was a long post. Im cool with this thread. :cool:

    Peace
    Nick
     
  12. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Good Catch 'bed'.
    :ninja:



    ....The 'Crawling of tab' awaits thee... :bag:

    Wasn't insulting anyone... It was 'just a thought' IIRC.



    Bring it :bassist: (pix), I really would like to see the bass, I play Fenders, had a MIM once... Prolly not as nice as yours from the sounds of it.


    ps, I mean no malice either.
     
  13. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    TX
    Please please PLEASE don't let the select few ruin it for you :(

    I think it was an awesome post myself. It can open someone's eyes to the age-old adage that money does not equal happiness.

    You can pay $30,000 for basses and still not be fully content. It's all about personal preference and YOUR sound!
     
  14. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    When I finish the mods to it I will post pics for sure. I will probably do that before adding the MM pup though, as I am still unsure if I even want to do it. (If it ain't broke...). But will definitely post a pic of it after I finish "vintage-ing" it. I haven't started that part of the process yet, maybe should do a before/after shot.

    To look at you wouldn't think much of it, it is a plain old MIM Jazz. But it just "fits" me, you know. Which is strange that I love it so much, it's not like it is the first Fender Jazz I have played, MIM, MIA or otherwise.
     
  15. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    Thanx :D

    In a way that was part of the morale of my story. I paid $8800 for a custom made Warwick, that when it arrived I absolutely hated. I paid (in trade) $400 for my perfect bass. Oh the irony.

    Sure, I don't have the income I once used to to afford those outlandish purchases, but I still like to think that I learned my lesson about buying anything to come along, the shiny new bauble on the beach. (Key word there... "I would like to think... :smug: )
     
  16. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    Yeah, cant argue that fact at all. I know my GAS isn't cured, never will be. I just think that I have found my true #1 bass, my main axe. I'll still play a fretless, or a 12 stringer, or a this or a that. I'll still acquire more instruments whenever I can, I don't doubt at all.
     
  17. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    You should do a play by play 'Progress Porn' thread, those have always gone over very well here on TB.




    There... Ty said it.


    here is one of the best basses that I have ever owned:

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    Granted it is a MIA, but it's unassuming look allows the stealth killer tone to have a greater surprise factor. :ninja:
     
  18. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    Not a bad idea. Too bad I didn't take a pic before changing the nut from being a low B to a high C, but that is quite the subtle difference (in a pic anyway), so no loss there.
     
  19. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Well, take your years of bass gear experience and almost double it..........that's how long I've been in the game.

    One thing - when you have so many instruments in such a relatively short amount of time --- you don't have the time to really get to "know" them, to use their idiosyncrasies to your advantage, and to adapt to them/tweak them to your needs.

    That deal about the length of playing time isn'tt my ego talking - because, bottomline - I totally agree with the message implied in your post - that is;

    - the gear doesn't make the player shine, the player makes the gear shine.
     
  20. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    No, it doesn't make you ego shine, it just makes you old :eek:



    :D