what bass did you start on?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by davec, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. davec

    davec Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 4, 2006
    Fort Wayne Indiana
    Owner; Cody Electric Basses ( Now Closed) sales @ Sweetwater
    I imagine that this thread has been done a million times, I search and didn't find it though. I add some additional questions.

    What was your first bass?
    What was the first bass you bought?
    Do you still own it?


    1975'ish Silvertone sunburst Jazz copy 30" scale black headstock chrome pick-up covers, used 95.00, I tried my hand at luthier work and killed it

    First I bought black Yamaha BB200 fretless, dropped a Duncan quarter-pounder in it, overpaid $350.00 for it about 18 years ago.

    I do not own either
  2. bassko

    bassko Guest

    Nov 10, 2006
    I started on a Yamaha rbx 260 and i still own it and play it but it will be replaced in a short time (i hope).:)
  3. El-Bob


    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    fender mim p-bass. before how i knew to do a setup or solder. i could make that into a great bass if i still had it, unfortunately i got rid of it, and it also turned me off bass for about 4 years.
  4. it was a godin Freeway 5
  5. tmw

    tmw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Delmar, NY
    1978 Fender P-Bass (purchased 5/22/79)
    See above
    Still Have it...
  6. I started on a entry level encore..
    For a beginners bass it was fab but I 'outgrew' it within a year or so and moved on to a shine 5 string
    ... then I sold my gear to pay debts (a sad, sad day). My 'return to action' bass was a cheap ebay job, a hot pink 'swift' (oh dear) 4 string P-bass,
    before flogging that in favour of my beautiful OLP traben tb4 4 string, and recently getting my new Shine SB 55 5 string :D
  7. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    Dad brought home a P-bass clone with a tree-trunk neck when I was 10 years old a few decades ago. I think it got sold to a beginner in the 70's to help me afford my first '64 T-Bird.
  8. demented6th

    demented6th Guest

    Sep 21, 2007
    Chichester, England
    Oh dear, this is a bit embarressing. I bought a Gherson fretless (JB copy) in 1980(ish) for 80GBP. I saw a bass player in a band having heaps of fun on a fretless, so bought one out of interest. I was a lead guitarist in a rock band at the time. Now I am using the very same bass 27 years later in a jazz trio, a rock band and in chuch most weekends. I seem to be in demand a lot more for bass than lead.

    Now, apart from the fact I have zero money, I love my bass and have no plans to upgrade. Nothing else plays like it and nothing else sounds like it. I did use a Fender jazz owned by the church for a while but went back to my own as it seems to have more character :meh:

  9. Njxt2

    Njxt2 Guest

    Nov 7, 2007
    >What was your first bass?
    >What was the first bass you bought?
    An horribly difficult to play cheapo Hohner PJ Bass that I bought at 16 years old with the money from a summer time job (arg, nearly 20 years ago ...)

    >Do you still own it?
    Kinda. Gave it to my little brother who never digged bass playing so it sits at my parent's and I play it from time to time, when visiting and wanting to remember good ol' times ;)
  10. K-Funk


    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    I had two basses, an Ibanez GSR200 in black that died within a month, so I borrowed a friend's 5-string Alvarez bass for almost a year until I bought my MIM Jazz, which I still have.
  11. maxiegrant

    maxiegrant Bassist in Transition

    Nov 26, 2007
    Sellersburg, IN
    The manufacturer was National, and the bass was a solidbody violin-shaped instrument. The scale was gigantic. Over 35" I believe. It was my brother's instrument and he still has it. There were two pickups, a humbucker and a piezoelectric built into the bridge. The thing sounded great, and about five years later I borrowed it to make a recording with so I was able to document its sound. The piezo has been broken since and I don't know for sure if it sounds as good as it once did.

    I'm sorry I don't have a good picture. Instead I have a camera phone capture of a bad picture. This is circa 1984 or so. I'm actually standing next to my brother playing that little tiny red guitar.


    My first actual owned instrument was a Hondo P-bass clone which I picked up for $140 in 1985. The neck action sucks and I still have it. It was recently dropped and the G string tuner broke off. I am thinking about replacing the neck and the pickups because the body still has that P-bass tone. I just don't use it much so it's a project for me.
  12. A Gibson RD thats all i know not sure what year or model i think it was an artist series.. i found it in a pawn shop... and was VERY happy because Krist Novoselic was playing one a few days ago when i saw them in concert... and i loved how it sounded maybe around 92'.. that was my first bass... its at my cousins house in New Jersey.. probably not getting any use... thing played great through whatever amp was avail.
  13. stingray56funk


    Feb 16, 2005
    I had a cheap Lotus P bass copy that my Dad helped me pick out...along with a 15 watt Crate amp. Pure junk...I ended up writing all over the Lotus in gold paint pen and then gave it to a friend so he could learn bass...never saw it again.
  14. 1.Some Type of Ibanez bass(dont know the model) made in 91
    2'Great bass nice sound for finger..but has an annoying hum that never goes away when you turn the tone knob up...even when you touched the strings or bridge it never went away so i just kept the tone knob at like 1/4
    3. Yup still got it even though i got my own MIM Jazz now

  15. chaunceytoben


    May 29, 2007
    Detroit, MI
    2007 squire standard jazz in 2-tone burst with tort pickguard. of course, i still own it, and of course i just started playing :)
  16. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Peavey T-40. Must have been about 1983 or so. Natural ash finish. I traded "up" to a B.C Rich Platinum warlock around 88 or so.
  17. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Godin Z1 in black and with four strings.
  18. orion7590

    orion7590 Guest

    Apr 22, 2006
    Austin, Texas
    A Silvertone P-Bass copy in tobacco sunburst. Actually not a bad bass at all, but I just grew out of it.
  19. srh

    srh saahweet

    Dec 8, 2006
    New Jersey
    johnson jazz bass copy in green :D I just fixed it up and now its playable
  20. Macron69

    Macron69 Guest

    Mar 24, 2000
    Puerto Rico
    My first bass was an old Kent bass guitar from the 60's that my uncle had when he was a teenager. It was in pretty bad shape but it was ok.
    First bass that i bought was a modded fender jazz. It's a Mexican standard but with an American neck.

    I still have both.