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What mistakes have you made?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by FrolicHoek, Feb 19, 2002.

  1. FrolicHoek


    Nov 14, 2001
    Dallas, TX
    Ok, so I got to thinking about some of the mistakes I have made over the last 10 years of playing, whether they were mistakes in the handling of people, gear I bought, or recording "I wish I could do-overs". One of the biggest mistakes i think I made was buying an ART Nightbass, thinking I would need endless amounts of reverbs, flangers, phasers, and comressors. Got rid of it, still wish I had never sunk the 800 bucks for it. Oh yeah, I also bought the foot pedal, which just compounded my frustration.

    <img src="http://www.jlomas.com/BassPlayers/Jon/Images/Nightbass1.JPG">

    I wanted to see what other mistakes you all might have made over the years, and maybe some others (newbies or oldbies) could learn from.
  2. bizzaro


    Aug 21, 2000
    Did you want a list, or the just the worst of them.

    It all started with my first bass. Being greener than green I paid 400 bucks for slightly used Fender Foto Flame P-bass made in Japan. It didn't even come with a hardshell case! Just a beat up gig bag! Today I wouldn't give 200 bucks for one.
  3. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
    Defretting my old Beginner Bass... now its trash, Buying the 5 String Fender that I bought.... it wasn't that great.... buying the acoustic bass I bought, too much money and I don't use it much...
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    No offense to anyone who likes these products, but they didn't work for me:

    All 15" or 18" bass cabs I've ever owned. They sounded great when my rig was soloed, but 10" works so much better onstage for me/my basses/my technique.

    Circa 1980 Fender Precision Special. I thought a preamp would improve the mighty P, but in this case it did not (IMHO). Besides, it was a post-CBS boat anchor. Oww.

    I bought a Gibson bass once (slaps forehead). (Victory Artist)

    Charvel star-body bass (half-V, half-explorer). Not because of the pointy headstock, or even the pointy body. The problem was MAJOR neck-dive. Ugh, life is too short to deal with that IMO.
  5. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Sold my 1978 Spector NS-1. Sounded great. But, I needed money for my 2nd Curbow. I don't regret getting the Curbow 5 string, but I wish I could have kept the Spector, too.

    Bought an ART SGE Effects unit. Big, giant piece of crap.

    Had an old Ibanez Studio 8 string bass. Very nice. Traded it for a fretless Fender PBass. The neck was really warped on the 8, but it probably could have been repaired.
  6. Prague77


    Aug 20, 2001
    Waco, TX
    buying a zoom 506...urgh
  7. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I thought CBS owned fender in 1980, and sold Fender in '85.

    I'll quote fender's site:

    "In 1965, because of poor health, Leo Fender sold his company to corporate giant CBS. Over the next two decades, Fender Musical Instruments experienced some tremendous growth. But as time wore on, CBS's lack of commitment and real understanding of music and musicians was becoming apparent.

    In 1981, CBS recruited a new management team to "re-invent" Fender. William Schultz was soon named President, and was supported by associates William Mendello and Kurt Hemrich. They had developed a five-year business plan based on the idea of increasing Fender's presence in the marketplace by dramatically improving quality and making a significant commitment to research and development. This association continued until CBS decided to divest itself from the non-broadcast media business.

    So, in 1985, a group of employees and investors led by William Schultz purchased the company from CBS. This sale put Fender in the hands of a small group of musically dedicated people who have committed their lives to creating the world's best guitars and amplifiers."
  8. i regret waiting until i was 36 years old before i started bass. better late than never, problem is i'll always kind of suck. all those wasted years i could have been locked in my bedroom playing, getting good. man i'm really depressed now, i should go home and annoy my family. "sounds good dad, do you think you can stop now?"
  9. HOLY ************* ****!!!!!!!

    And I thought I was late starting playing bass at 26 (or 27?) and then SERIOUSLY about less than a year ago!!
  10. No big foul ups yet! Unless you count starting at age 29 ... but then again, thats not that old.

  11. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Pretty funny, fretbuzz. I started bass when *I* was 36 and now my wife and son say just about the same thing - "Sounds cool. When are you gonna stop?" That's why I have to wait until my son and wife both go to bed before practicing or doing any recording. Usually I fall asleep on the sofa waiting for my wife to finally get to sleep, so it's easy to see the reason for my ability level.

    So yeah, waiting until I was in college to start playing guitar, waiting until my son was 3 before getting into recording, and waiting until I was an old man to start playing a new instrument are big mistakes - musical ones anyway. That's I keep telling my son (he's just about 5 now) to keep up with his piano lessons if he likes them because it's too hard to learn when you're a dad. I don't expect it to really sink in now, but I figured if I plant the seed he might think about it in 5-10 years and understand it better.
  12. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I wanted one of those soooooo bad. I knew they sucked... they had to... but guitarist always got to mess with all the cool stuff. It was our turn :D

    Biggest mistake had to be selling my green Carvin LB75, AMP 300watt head and my pair of BagEnds (S15-birch with corners added & S12 with black carpet).

    [edit] heheh.. I never finished my sentence...

    I sold them 5 years ago to go to school for pet grooming :rolleyes: Go ahead and laugh... I know I'm a chump [/edit]
  13. bizzaro


    Aug 21, 2000
    Buying a Carvin Cyclops.......What a piece of crap!:(

    Joining a new band with my old guitar player:mad:

    Snapping a truss rod:( :( :( Yep. Hard lesson.
  14. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    Some mistakes...

    buying korg ax1b

    buying kramer bass

    buying kramer amp

    buying squier b-15
  15. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Every bass effects unit I ever bought

    Selling my Traynor BassMate amp

    Playing in Top 40 bands

    Buying a B.C. Rich Eagle back in 1982 instead of a G&L L-1000 or a Pedulla Buzz
  16. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Giving up on my music in 1990, and then waiting 10 years to get back into it.

    Letting some moron steal my 60s Bassman 50.

    Not buying a new natural finish Fender USA P Bass for $700 last night.
  17. FrolicHoek


    Nov 14, 2001
    Dallas, TX
    Another regret I have is moving in with my singer of my old band. We thought it would be a great idea, us being in the same band. DON'T EVER DO THIS! About 6 months later, a better opportunity came up to join another band, and us living together caused a very strained relationship, and we are no longer friends.

    If you and someone in your band think that being roommates is a good idea, think again. It may work, but you never know who is going to get in between you.

  18. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    - Buying a Spector NS-II used - the neck was like a rainbow

    - Buying any cable made by Platinum - more scratching sounds than a pack of dogs with fleas

    - D'Addario strings - yawn

    - Buying a Washburn AB-20 - most unplayable instrument I've ever seen, although after that, playing upright wasn't hard

    - Not selling a few tickets and thus being able to open for Cannibal Corpse
  19. Shumph


    Aug 25, 2001
    On the move
    I started at 36 also. Better late than never. My kids liked it so much that now my daughter takes keyboard lessons and my son and wife take guitar. Soon we are goining to hit it big and make millions. Look for us at a concert hall near you :D

  20. just thinking about my wife playing guitar makes me laugh. i suppose if it was anything like moving a nail file back and forth she might not be bad. wait a minute, maybe she can learn cello!!

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