What Bass Gear Did You Get For Free?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Frankie Fender, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. This could be rather interesting, or not. I'll start. I got this rig totally free from a drummer friend of mine who had it given to him, and he had no need for it.

    Mesa Boogie D-180 and two Road Ready cabs.

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  2. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

  3. DoctorZee

    DoctorZee Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2018
    New York / New Jersey
    Never anything permanent... but I learned to play bass using a borrowed Squier Affinity P Bass and a Trace Elliot combo amp. They belonged to the guitarist in one of those classic, “okay, who is going to play the bass?” scenarios. I played with those guys—-using that rig—- for a couple years, and then took some time off, so technically I had played bass for nearly ten years before I bought my own gear.
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  4. PolkaHero


    Jan 5, 2002
    1966 Ampeg B-15N and a '70 Gibson EB-3.
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  5. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    My first upright. It was in pieces, and I restored it to playable condition, then played it hard for more than two decades.
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  6. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    A photographer friend from back East passed a brand spanking new Darkglass AOM pedal on to me a, few months ago. She got it in trade on top of whatever else she agreed to when she did a job for somebody, who just "threw that in on top."

    Same gal also sent me a fuzz pedal for my birthday, from a small builder near her (Noisekick FX, although it's a reeeaaally high gain guitar pedal so it's not getting any use other than looking cool on my board >^..^< :))

  7. No prize or anything like that. I received various gifts.

    My parents gave me my first electric guitar Stinger X12 (Strat copy) by Martin guitars and my first bass a blue Vantage Flying V.

    From my wife (married 17 years), she's given me a few over the years for Christmas. Nothing too expensive but it's the thought that counts and I'm a sentimental person.
    Three basses: Squier Katana bass, Bassfish by Goldfish Guitars, Donner UBass copy. And two guitars: BC Rich warwbeast, Jackson JS32RM Rhoads
  8. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck

    Sep 19, 2006
    Chicago Illinois
    A brand new 2005 Fender American Standard Jazz Bass.

    Received 2, bought at the store and they shipped me another one.

    When I called no one knew what was going on and they said they would get back to me.

    14 years later and............
  9. ive fortunately gotten several pieces free.. my first bass amp and head.. ampeg cab ampeg head and ibanez sr800 bass free.. then i got a brand new gator 8 space rack mount. a cliff burton fuzz and wah, peavey 215 eq.. tama swingstar drum set.. complete all matching in near mint...ibanez sr 655 ibanez sr 605.. fender mia 95...
    the mia p bass in my pic.. its a rare honey burst.. free.. a singer i played with got it from his dad for a present. he hates his dad and dont play bass..
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin Estimator Extraordinaire

    May 13, 2015
    Greenville, NC
    53 years and nothing yet. Still waiting.
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  11. Papazita


    Jun 27, 2008
    In 1993 I got a free pick from Britney Fox's bass player. Used.
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  12. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Some hand-me-downs from a friend of mine, which includes a strap, two pedal boards (sans stuff of course), one pedal board power supply, and two pedals mostly guitar related. One Korg pitch black. He switched to Multi-FX units only, so I got his old stuff.

    If you count presents, my trusty candy apple red P-Bass was a graduation gift from my parents. It should actually be around its tenth anniversary staying with me right now.


    Oh, and I got that BBE Opto Stomp for Christmas around the same time. Still using it.
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  13. rollie 55

    rollie 55

    Oct 1, 2018
    lost in space
    this was given to me by a friend at work he does not play himself i think it used to belong to his son who emigrated to the us many years ago. its a morley wha wah i love it. its nice when people have something and they think ie rollie would love this :) IMG_20190626_185254.jpg IMG_20190626_185309.jpg
  14. Cave Puppy

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

    Jan 13, 2015
    Bass equipment I got for free (not gifted): A Roland DB-500 combo amp that I used for 20 years, and a tricked out Carvin Bunny Brunel 5 string. How I got them I will not say. I also won a mixer in a Sweetwater Win-It-Wednesday.
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  15. dalkowski

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

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    My dad bought me my first bass, a Guild B301A, to get me started. Decades later, my guitar/keys player gave me a Boss Stereo Chorus pedal.

    I'd gladly surrender the pedal to get the Guild back.
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  16. In late summer '96 I was given my '78 Fender Musicmaster for free.

    But keep in mind, it had been recovered from a barn, in only the crummy broken down chipboard case and it was in abysmal shape. First I'd ever seen or heard of a short scale bass. Still with me now after a couple rebuilds I've probably stuck $300 into it since getting it. That's it in my avatar.
  17. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Got a pick from Spire Studios at a musician's convention in Nashville last year. Also polishing rags from GearTree and TalkBass, but they came with purchases... um... that concludes my list.
  18. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    none unless you count gifts from my husband. well, and free picks, but i don't play with a pick. and all those free cords that come with every cheaper bass, guitar and amp and no one uses them. i bet we have more than 40 of those lying around the house :D

    but the first bass i played was a custom 5 string - a huge heavy bass i couldn't reach across the neck - that had had the electronics ripped out. i had it for just over a year as the only bass i played. during that period and beyond, my friend chris let me use his kustom 2x15 combo for over a year, as well. it was cool not only because it sounded good but i could sit on it during rehearsals :D
  19. stigbeve


    Sep 24, 2014
    A set of LaBella Hard Rockin' Steels.
  20. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Over 40 years ago I was given an early 60's Fender blonde Bassman amp w/ 2 blonde 2x12 cabs. No idea what I ever did with them since I wasn't playing bass [or any other instrument] at the time.