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What all comes with buying a bass online?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nic97, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Nic97


    Dec 14, 2012
    Virginia USA
    I'm thinking about buying a new bass from Musicians Friend online. My main concern, is that I cannot find out what comes included with the bass, such as a hardshell case. If anyone has information specifically regarding Epiphone or ESP/LTD basses and their contents, it would be much appreciated. :)
  2. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    I could be wrong but usually only your higher end basses come with a HSC. Otherwise they just pack it in bubble wrap and box it.
  3. Hi.

    I've only bought two instruments new on-line, and on the HB, there was the bass & 2 hex keys IIRC. On the Epi there was the bass, a poster, a brochure and 2 hex keys, IIRC again.

    HSC is never included unless it's listed in the description AFAIK.

    AFAIK again, even Fender and Gibson have stopped including the HSC as a default, at least on their budget models.

  4. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Yep. You're lucky to get a gig bag anymore. I got my Squier CV Jazz from them and it came in the original factory retaining box inside the Squier box. My Epi T-Bird and Casady came the same way.

    Unless you're buying American Standard or such there'll be no case or bag.
  5. What also comes with buying online is possibility of shipping damage, or not getting one that makes you happy, etc...although more rare these days.

    Honestly, if you are anywhere near a Guitar Center, go. I was in GC in Boston a couple of days ago and they are beating their online prices on a lot of stuff. I was stunned. And if you haggle a bit, they might even throw in a gig bag.
  6. jastacey


    Feb 8, 2009
    I've purchased a couple of basses on line, through Musicians Friend, the risk of not liking the bass is always there .....but they have a good return policy ...... as to what's included ... I'd go the the bass manufacture's site and see what's included ... my experience is most low/mid priced bass will come with nothing case wise, but some do ship with a soft gig bag ..... your higher priced basses will most likely have a hard-shell case ..... all the bass I've ordered came/shipped double boxed ..... did you call Musicians Friend and ask them if a case is included?
  7. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Brands like Epiphone, ESP/LTD mostly give gigbags IF they give away something to protect their gear.

    High End basses, signature basses and limited editions have HSC cases (most of the time).

    Btw, nice signature you have, Rammstein fan? :p
  8. As most of the others have said, higher end basses usually come with a hsc, but anything below about £800 only comes with a gig bag (if you're lucky).

    I think quite often it's down to the store rather than the brand of instrument, my thunderbird didn't come with any case at all, and I would have thought that out of all the body shapes, a t-bird would come with at least a gig bag since you need a t-bird specific bag to put it in.
  9. It depends on the particular model. At least with Fenders and Squiers it goes something like:
    MIA instruments and higher end Fenders get an SKB molded hardshell case, truss rod wrench allen wrenches for the bridge, strap and cord(and a bumper sticker!).
    MIMs and some other midrange models get Gig bags and Allen wrenches.
    Lower end Fenders and Squiers get no case, but (with my two Squiers at least) you get Allen wrenches for the bridge and truss rod.
    Understand this may not be entirely accurate as of this date, this is all based on me buying my Fender MIA Jazz, and two VM Squiers' all new, two of which (MIA JAzz and VM P) were purchased from MF, the other (VM J) from Sweetwater, in the past three years.
  10. Disappointment. I think it's a fools game. Total gamble.
  11. What comes with buying a bass online? Trouble, frustration, emails, phone tag. I love my local music shop!
  12. MyMusic


    Jun 1, 2010
    Dover, De
    I recently got a mim pbass from Musicians Friend and it came with a gig bag and allen wrenches. The advertisement listed the gig bag as part of the deal.
  13. I don't but cheep junk, am willing to lay down substantial cash for the good stuff but only after my fingers have massaged every nook and cranny of that piece. I know what I'm taking home!! Just bought a set of Yorkville Led4 lights, received with hidden damage in shipping, thru my LOCAL music shop they were replaced and in my hands within 48 hours. I filed the damage report with Yorkie on a Sunday nite and the replacement process was initiated even before my local store knew of the issue on Monday morning. Yorkville Rocks!! Buy Local!! Buy Local!! Try that with a free trade import!! lol
  14. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    I agree it's better to play before you buy but if you don't have that option then why not call or email MF to see what is included with the bass you want.
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    If you're buying from a company, why not ask them?

    I've had very good luck buying online, but I don't expect to get anything that's not explicitly listed as coming with the bass. That's really your answer - if it's not listed as part of the sale, it's not included.
  16. If it's damaged by transport, send it back. This seems to be the new business model, reminds me of looking into getting Fedex shares.
  17. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    I've bought maybe a dozen basses from MF. Only had a problem once and it wasn't their fault, instead a manufacturer defect (read about the Midnight Blue RIC debacle). They quickly took care of me and the issue. Just ordered a Stingray from them about an hour ago. If you have any questions on what comes with the bass, you could always call them. I find their customer service to be very helpful. If they don't know the answer up front, they will find it and get back to you.
  18. RipOffRed


    Dec 21, 2012
    I recommend you call and ask them. I bought my Hofner from Musicians Friend and a hardshell case wasn't listed. I wasn't too concerned about it, since I'm between bands, it'd mostly sit on a stand when not being played. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it came with one. A pretty nice one at that.

    If you must know and it doesn't say, give them a call or read the reviews and see if anyone mentions it. No matter what read all the reviews. If someone mentions any sort of QC issues, really consider purchasing from a store. Also there's a very good chance you're going to need to do some adjustments to get it set up properly.