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What bass would you like to try out but can't where you are?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hrodbert696, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    One thing that bugs me - every music store in range of my home carries the same old stuff - Fenders and Squiers, Epiphones, Ibanez, the occasional Schecter or Dean. One store has some Spectors and G&Ls, too. A few cheap Jay Tursers and such.

    I can't get my hands on a Musicman to see if I'd like it as much as some people seem to. Nor a Warwick. I took a chance buying a Yamaha BB online based solely on TB recommendations, and luckily enough I love it, but not one store carries it. And I just saw yet one more post about the "Rickenbacker mystique" that led to disappointment when someone finally bought one. I'd love to try out a Ric in a store - not gonna happen around here.

    Is this a common experience where you are? Are you satisfied with the range of brands the stores around you carry, or are you stuck buying blind on the internet?
  2. Matvei


    Feb 12, 2010
    Now, imagine being a lefty...
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  3. Catbuster

    Catbuster Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    I've yet to be able to find a Warwick Thumb. And I really want to play one.
  4. I always wanted to play a real Rickenbacker, but I havent foundt it in ANY music shop in Poland. Only Fenders or "luxurious china guitars" (I call the guitars that are still made in china, but for most "proffesional players" they are worth the big money). The importer of MIJ guitars didnt had one either. Even the specialist store, where they sell seperately parts to build your own guitar, they only have common necks and bodies - PB, JB, strat, LP ...

    So when I was visiting London I took an occasion to visit Denmark Str. where I foundt what I been lookin for. At least. Having a Rick is very difficult here. Always you can order a Ric copy from Germany or China, but in first case you have to have loads of money, and in second case a bit of luck that it wouldnt be confiscated on border ...
    For many years I been searching for Jolana D-Bass, but its even more difficult.
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  5. LowNotes1


    Jun 8, 2008
    Rics are scarce in the big stores here in northeast Florida, although they had a used one I played the other day, some special edition they wanted $2K for.

    I've been wanting to try the new SBMM SUBs, but they're even scarcer than Rics.
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  6. Laklands. Specifically, the Decade, the Hollowbody, the DJ, the DD...basically anything other than the -01/-02 models.
  7. Status Graphite. There is a used 6-string at the music shop a while away, but no 4 (even 5 strings). I really want to try a graphite neck :bawl:
  8. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    Adamovic. I can't afford one, but they look stunning. Made in Holland. Some amazing fusion musicians coming out of Holland currently as well.
  9. FerK


    Dec 11, 2011
  10. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Warwicks, Laklands, Uprights, fretless versions of basses the store has in stock.
  11. Marginal Tom

    Marginal Tom

    Apr 28, 2010
    O'Fallon, IL
    My local GC has had several MM Stingrays and a few Sterlings around, but I've never seen a Bongo or a Big Al there. Now even the Stingrays are gone. I did have an opportunity to try a Ric at another store, but the bound body was a deal-breaker for me.
  12. bassman7365


    Aug 30, 2010
    If you don't care for the bound Ric's, try a 4004 series. With the dual humbucker pick ups, you might find that it gives you a lot more modern sound with the advantage of a easier fitting body
  13. Wagz


    May 2, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    Gibson RD Artist
  14. Gibson RD, a Warwick Infinity (I think they might be build to order only) and any nice fretless.
  15. Dan80sMan


    Mar 8, 2011
    . . . Paul's.
  16. bassmahn


    Mar 14, 2007
    Minneapolis MN
    I would love to check out a Dingwall
  17. Kmrumedy


    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
  18. TomCHunley


    Jun 12, 2011
    Bowling Green, KY
    I practice a lot but still suck.
    I've never seen a bongo in a store, and I would sure like to try one out before plunking down the kind of money that they go for.
  19. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    Stores in my area are pretty much limited to one or two MIA Fenders, a few Ibanez, Warwick Rock Bass, Epiphone, and one or two Musicman. Mostly MIM Fender and Squier.

    I would like to try a Lakland, Rickenbacker, Sadowsky and Zon.
  20. Lakland Decade
    MusicMan Sabre
    Ampeg AEB and AUB.

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