What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by riprorin, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. riprorin


    Jun 5, 2008
    I stopped at a yard sale yesterday and asked the seller if he had any used instruments.

    He told me that he had just sold an instrument for $500.

    After the sale, the buyer came back and showed him documentation that the instrument was worth over $20,000!

    It's one thing to take advantage of someone but to go back and rub it in?
  2. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    I used to know a stoner kid back in the early 90's. His mom was dead, and his dad gave him a buttload of money at the beginning of every month. He'd blow it on guitars, basses, amps, and a lot of pot. By the second week of the month he was selling off things to pay bills. He needed 5 bucks for gas money to bring his 2 week old crate full stack to a music shop to try to sell it. Afterwards I asked him when I was getting my 5 bucks back. He gave me his 2 week old ibanez exb 504 (the one my wife plays now) and a gig bag in lieu of the 5 dollars!!! about 8 or 9 years later he show's up at a party I'm playing at, and tells me he misses it and wants it back! what a dumbass
  3. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    and yeah, that was an extremely tacky move on the buyers part
  4. ibanez943


    Jul 2, 2008
    i got a brand new ibanez artcore bass for 300
  5. TheDarkReaver

    TheDarkReaver Inactive

    Mar 20, 2006
    Lincolnshire, UK
    my singer got an encore bass for 5 pounds.
  6. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    nice, which model? afb or agb 140 or 200?
  7. Lon86


    Jan 21, 2008
    Venice, CA
    I was working in a music store in 1987...

    A guy was in with a '72 P bass, wanting $400 for it, the store wanted nothing to do with it.

    I told him it was just an old used Fender, which it was at the time, and told him $250.

    Well, that bass has been my main instrument for quite some time and has appreciated a tad...:smug:
  8. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Ovation Magnum IV with OHSC for $50.
  9. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Hard to say which was the absolute best deal.
    Traded a 78 Precision (it was just a 5 year old used bass when I bought it) and a refinished Jazz master guitar straight up for my 64 Precision may years ago.

    $500 for a brand new Epi Jack Casady when the typical street price was $700.

    $800 for a brand new 08 American Standard Precision, typical street price $1100.

    I see stuff selling used for more than I paid for those new. :)

    Gigged the hell out of a $109 SX for over 3 years with just a few minor mods. Kind of hard to beat that deal. More shows than I can remember using that one. Yeah, that was probably the best deal, although I actually paid asking price for that one. ;)
  10. primussucks9126

    primussucks9126 Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2008
    Bronx, NY
    $800 for a Fender Custom Shop Jazz.
  11. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    My fretless G&L L2500 for $350. Near Mint Condition.

  12. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    I also have a 1988 HD28 Martin acoustic that I ended up with $0.00 invested.
  13. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    90s MIK ATK300 for $182.00

    $212.00 after $30 S/H
  14. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I picked up an F Bass BN6 for $1000. Thought that was a pretty good deal.;)
  15. Visirale


    Mar 23, 2003
    5 pounds of what?

  16. Green Mind

    Green Mind

    Aug 28, 2007
    BC/AB, Canada
    I guess the best deals I've gotten was $80 for a Peavey T-20 and a Yamaha short scale sg/eb-0 copy for free from my guitar class teacher. They were pretty beat up but I've refinished both.
  17. b_carville


    Jun 26, 2008
    A 1962 Fender 3 knob sun burst jazz wrapped in a sleeping bag for $35.00.
    It was in 1969 & the going rate used was probably only $125 to $150.Believe it or not it didn't sound that great,good but not great.It played nice though.
    Sure wish I had it now!
  18. ryco


    Apr 24, 2005
    You decide:

    $200 for a '75 P,
    $250 for an '80 4001, or
    $600 for an '83 Jackson Concert Pro V
  19. Got a Warwick Rockbass Streamer for $25 at a yard sale, I'm pretty sure the retail is about $700-800 on the newer ones
  20. Guest043

    Guest043 Guest

    Apr 8, 2008
    my first "real" bass was a late 90's american p/j bass. best sounding fender i ever had. got it for $600..ended up selling it when i got real into 6 string, about 2 years after getting so into 6 strings i started seriously regretting selling that thing..

    thinking about buying a used OLP stingray ripoff for $160..i guess thats not a bad deal either? any working bass for that much is a nice deal..