The one that got away.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tom Winter, Jan 26, 2023.

  1. Tom Winter

    Tom Winter

    Nov 21, 2022
    Lebanon, IL
    We all have the story of Basses we should not have traded, or sold, but which one do you miss the most? I let a 1974 White with Black binding and hardware, Rickenbacker 4001 get away. Stupid.
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Sigh. My brother's '54 Precision that I learned on... was never mine, but I still miss it... rumor has it it's sitting in Gene Simmons' collection now...
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  3. Tom Winter

    Tom Winter

    Nov 21, 2022
    Lebanon, IL
    I have others: A1973 EB3L in really good shape. Killer Vintage (music store) told me Jack White bought it to record with. Good home at least.
  4. Cave Puppy

    Cave Puppy "Humph Bo, he's wond!" - John Lennon

    Jan 13, 2015
    An OG Gibson Les Paul Signature bass supposedly used at Isle of Wight festival attended by Jimi Hendrix. One pluck of it was all I had to hear. Traded it for a Peavey Foundation of all things. The Epiphone reissues (I’ve had two) didn’t cut it for me.
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  5. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    My black Kubicki ExFactor. Think it was an 86 model. I bought it new and used it for years on the road and did a lot of sessions when I was making my living with music. Played it in a lot of places where TB people said “you can only have a P there”. It was so versatile and played like magic.
    I saved my money to put myself through school when touring got old, full-on “Triple Lindy” style. But tuition increases…. I sold that bass for a full semester of classes and books. My self-supported engineering degree is cool but not as cool as that bass
  6. Is there an interesting story behind the journey from your brother to Gene? Gene was never known for playing P basses and only did so on a number of occasions.

    It would have looked better had the guard been black.
  7. RustfeatherBass

    RustfeatherBass Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2022
    Haverhill, MA
    I miss every bass I ever sold. Except that Epiphone Expert 6. FTB :roflmao:
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  8. Tom Winter

    Tom Winter

    Nov 21, 2022
    Lebanon, IL
    Me too, but that '74 Rick was special.
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  9. The purple Peavey B-Quad five I sold to pay bills......
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  10. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    75/76 4001 Burgundyglo that I bought new. Like an idiot, I traded it away for some speakers for a cab I was building.
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  11. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    All original 1965 Gibson Melody Maker D. My first electric guitar, bought it for $125, later traded it for a POS Harmony arch top. Not much of a player (short scale, hard to set up, janky whammy bar). But sounded great and looked cool.
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  12. RGerhart


    Jan 11, 2021
    Portland, OR
    A Stingray 5 30th anniversary model I played at Guitar Center in 2017. I loved the bass but scoffed at the very idea of paying more than $2000 for a 5-string Stingray. Now they are going for around $3000 on the used market. Sigh
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  13. Here's a funny one but I miss my early 2000s samick jazz bass for one reason or another.
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  14. westrock


    Nov 18, 2007
    1980 USA Fender Bullet bass
    Fender Marcus Miller MIJ signature
    2001? Warwick Corvette LTD, one of maybe 50
    1960's Vox Sidewinder hollow body
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  15. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    My 1983 Squier MIJ P bass...ugh...and the worst part is that I had 2 of them...:(
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  16. dbsfgyd1


    Jun 11, 2012
    Mascoutah, IL
    ‘I had a late 60’s EB3 back in the mid 70’s I kind of wish I hung on to, but I had a newer EB3 at the time and sold it. No need for 2, and eventually sold the newer one as well.
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  17. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Forced to choose one, my first, a Guild B301A. Would unbelt for it in a second if we crossed paths (as long as the knobs were never changed, I'd know it instantly).
  18. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I had a mid-1980s ESP P/J fretless that I parted out. I still have the neck but, in retrospect, I should have left it on its original body. It was a really good combination.

    I’ve sold a number of other basses over the years but none that I miss all that much, to be honest.
  19. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    Triple Black Victory Artist and a Peavey Sarzo. Great sounding basses, I was young and naive when I traded them.
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  20. hieronymous


    Nov 28, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    My first bass - a Greco EB-3 copy. I went to jr. high/high school in Japan, don't remember how I acquired it, but an upperclassman (I was maybe 8th grade?) convinced me I should sell it to him. I didn't want to but thought I should? In hindsight, I barely got to play it, wish I hadn't been manipulated into selling it. I probably would have let it go at some point in the past 40 years but it would be cool to still have it.