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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jul 29, 2020.
Doc, you have a Ric? Pics?
No I let the Ric go during the mid Eighties.
My reading comprehension suffers. Will you ever get another Ric?
I am thinking about that. Bucket list bass, But first I think I am going to pull the trigger on a Fender JMJ Mustang. This GAS has been tormenting me for a year.
I probably won’t get another unless I find a Ric 4000 (single pickup) like the one I had, and it would have to be cheap. I like the Ric sound, but Fender and Music Man style basses are what interests me most these days. I also like that Cirrus/Ken Smith sound too.
Doc, have you seen this?
Sterling RAY343ASH Electric Bass
It is sweet indeed!
I had a bad 2018 wherein I was in a hospital most of the year. Credit shot. Zzounds didn't care. I pay my cell phone bill. They hooked me up twice with easy payment plans. It's kinda like what you do with your layaway deals, but with Zzounds you get the bass / amp / cab while you pay.
I don’t need that temptation.
You and thousands of others.
Your bass preferences change as you become a more experienced player IMHO. To start with you don’t really know what sound you like. You hone in on “your tone” after years of playing and trying different gear. It can be expensive. Not sure if there’s a short cut! As my bass playing improved my preference was for simpler basses. After playing many basses I realised I love the tone of a passive jazz with both pickups full.
You'd be living "the glamorous life!"
Here she is back in the day:
To answer your question, there's a guy on youtube named Constantine Isslamow who has a lot of instructional videos (very helpful for people like me ) and respectable chops. He's often playing some type of Squier or MIM Fender in his vids. So if a person of his caliper can do what he does and still kick it, it tells me that expensive gear isn't necessary.
That being said, I have no way of knowing if he's modified the electronics, swapped nuts or had the best luthier in Canada level and dress the frets on those otherwise inexpensive, pedestrian necks. That would change the equation somewhat.
Really, I am not so much worried about owning an expensive bass as I am about understanding that regardless of the gear, I have to put in the work. If a $5,000 bass and $3,000 rig work for me, cool. If a $300 bass and a $500 rig do the trick, cool too. I just want to get the most out of my ability either way.
I completely understand. And at your skill level it makes more sense to have nicer gear. At my skill level it isn't practical. I don't feel as though I've "earned" that right of passage. Maybe someday.
I may be missing the point on this discussion, but what any of us choose is really the "correct" answer. It's unlikely that anyone is going to have a frame of reference other than their own.
Or a $150 bass and a $100 rig.
I went back and reread some posts and I definitely missed the point as I thought it was a "gear" thread.
What do we need?
Supportive friends, family, spouse
Basic needs already met (food, shelter, etc.)
Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.
I did talk about gear, but talked about what do we need to reach goals. We all need more than material things to reach goals.