What are the two oldest basses you have played?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Apr 17, 2024.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Yesterday, my teacher let me play his recently restored 1962 Jazz. It was fairly heavy, maybe ten pounds, but it had great tone and extremely high output pickups. I liked it, but I like my Tagima better (Brazilian made TJB435.)

    The absolute oldest bass I ever played may have been the best playing bass I ever touched too. I was a 1959 Precision with an incredibly fast neck and perfect tone. Whoever bought that bass was blessed.
  2. WG Plum

    WG Plum

    Apr 9, 2021
    The '66 Jazz I stupidly sold. That was a simply phenomenal instrument.
  3. coryr1000

    coryr1000 Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2024
    Cranford, NJ USA
    My drummer collects old plastic basses and I played his 1961 Goya-80. It's got blue sparkle finish. Other old one was my 1972 Fender Musicmaster.
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  4. A '52 or thereabouts slab P-Bass. Huge neck with a sound to match. Two of these at different times and places...many harvests ago.
  5. Whale

    Whale Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2008
    Portland, OR
    Sad yet true story… I had a 1960 Rick 4000 that my ex-wife sold while I was deployed. She had a gambling/drinking problem.

    On the plus side, I’ve remarried and life could not be better. :)
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    ‘66’s have quite the reputation. I am tempted to buy a 1966 Fender Reissue myself.
  7. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    This '66 Thunderbird II Non Reverse - it's not mine.


    This '64 Thunderbird II, it is mine, it plays and sounds amazing.

  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I hope it was not too difficult to cut her loose!
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  9. Slade N

    Slade N Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    A 60s jazz, was very nice but not worth the $, for me
  10. Me too. :crying: I had a ‘66 CAR Jazz w/ matching headstock.
    At the time, it was less than 10 years old. (No pics, pre-cellphone days!)
    The other oldest basses I’ve owned were a ‘67 Epiphone Embassy, and a ‘68 Fender Telecaster, and a ‘70 4000 Rick.
    The Embassy was amazing. And the Rick was my first, a great instrument.

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  11. heynorm


    Oct 21, 2010
    Omaha, NE
    IMG_9224.jpeg I played an original owner’s ‘62 P. Great tones! Lots of earned wear. I still have my ‘65 Vox Cougar I bought new as a teenager. Still have what’s left of my starter Kent that probably went back to the late 50’s. Aluminum pick guard, Tele style head.
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  12. Never been into vintage basses so the oldest basses I’ve played to date also happened to be the first two basses I owned. 1990 or 91 Peavey fury and an Ibanez TR5 (yes TR not SR) I kind of miss the peavey. Maybe one day if I find one in good shape for a reasonable price I’ll snag it and throw some flats on it. I don’t currently have a p with flats and I liked the fury more than mim fender p basses.
  13. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    Owned two 65 jazz basses way back when. Both played and sounded great long gone though.
    No interest in owning or playing anything that old now.
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  14. ravelax


    Apr 3, 2014
    Uppsala, Sweden
    The oldest one was probably a 1962 Gibson EB-0. I didn't like the baseball bat neck. Never plugged it in. Second oldest was a 1964 Fender Jazz, it was very light, played easily. I played both of these in a store that at the time (almost 20 years ago) used to have a very interesting and varied selection of vintage instruments, at prices that would seem very reasonable today. 15 year old me still couldn't afford the pre-CBS Jazz, however. But I was (and still am) very satisfied with my '02 MIM Classic 60's Jazz.
  15. MrAB4003

    MrAB4003 Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2023
    Orange County, CA
    I'm only including basses that I have owned here. There are others that I've played in guitar stores, but I don't remember them all.
    1) I owned a 1972 7ender Jazz Bass that I traded for my 2022 Satin Autumnglo Ric 4003. I didn't bond with that bass the way I thought I would, so I traded it.
    2) I also owned a 1980 Ric 4001 in Jetglo that I eventually traded for the aforementioned Jazz Bass. It was my first ever Ric and I regret trading it away. But if I didn't trade it, I wouldn't have my current Satin Autumnglo 4003.

    Honorable mention:
    3) The oldest bass I've ever played is a 1964 Gibson Thunderbird back in 2016. I played it for a few minutes at a local guitar shop, but I put it down because it was so fragile. I was afraid of breaking something and then having to spend $10,000 to buy it.
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  16. Same story but it was an early '65 L-serial number Jazz.

    Though the two Ps and the one J bass I currently have, that I built myself, don't seem inferior to that '65 at all.
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  17. MrAB4003

    MrAB4003 Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2023
    Orange County, CA
    I'm so sorry to hear that your wife did that! A 1960 Ric 4000 is a holy grail bass for me. Thankfully, you've remarried and are in a better place now.
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  18. Coincidentally, the second oldest bass I ever played was a '66 Epiphone Embassy, much like this one belonging to @woodyng2. It belonged to a friend back in the '90s. I would have loved to have been in a position to buy it from him.

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  19. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    I played a 1975 Fender Jazz Bass in a shop back in 1984. I could have bought it for about $799 and probably should have. The only reason I didn't purchase it was that it was close to 10lbs.
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    BASSDROID Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 22, 2007
    Port Huron, Michigan
    Oldest owned
    BG: 1966 Rickenbacker RM1999
    DB: German flatback 1880 (estimate)

    Oldest played
    BG: 1953 Fender Precision
    DB: Gasparo Da Salo ca. 1542-1606
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