What's the biggest mistake you've ever made in selling off a piece of equipment?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gus Borden, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. I once had a Fernandes Vertigo Bass (these days, they only make it as a guitar). They made these for a few years in the U.S.A in the early '90's before shipping them out to be produced in Korea... The way you can tell the difference is that the American made ones have a single humbucking pickup. The Korean ones have two soapbox pickups. Huge difference, the American made ones are awesome. The Korean ones - not so awesome.

    Well, I had an American made one, it was modded out. Had the frets removed and the neck re-radiused so it was smooth and had no burs and played smooth. Also had a hipshot thrown in for a quick D-drop.

    Went through a period where I was only playing my 5-stringers - and made a very bad decision to sell the Fernandes - the moment I sold it, I knew I had made the worst sale I could ever make...

    I have had and sold a Korean version since - no comparison. I have searched for an American version - no where. THE most unavailable bass ever.

    Anyone has or has seen one for sale - let me know - you got a buyer! :)
  2. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    The cab I built back in my gigging days - I gave it to my landlord at the time to meet the rent.

    It had 2 JBL E140's in it. I build it out of good finish-grade plywood, the front panel was doubled and the whole thing had braces all over the inside of it. It was ported and I tuned it for resonance at about 35hz.

    Weighed over 100lbs but it sounded absolutely totally monsterous. Nothing has the effortless reproduction of JBL drivers.

    Yeah, I could build another one with 2225's or 2226's, but it'd be expensive and that one just had a monsterous sound....

  3. You know the sad thing is, I really don't remember.:rollno:
  4. Had to be one of the first run Paul Reed Smith basses from the 80's. I inherited $1700 and spent it all on a PRS bass that I had to order and wait 6 months for.

    I sold it two years later for $500 to pay the rent and last saw it on stage covered in bumper stickers in a bad metal cover band.


    Not this one, but like it. Mine was blue, like cobalt blue I think. Great bass.
  5. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    My '77 Jazz Bass and my Aguilar GS212 :(
  6. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Portland, OR
    My fender jp-90, it was my second bass and one of the best I've ever played. I pawned it to pay some bills and never got it back. She looked just like this... :(

  7. A 1972 Maple-Glo 4001 which I bought for $400 in 1980 was a starving student in LA in 1987 and let it go. Didn't replace it until a few months ago when I bought an amazing 1985 4003 Jet-Glo I feel whole again.
  8. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I bought 2 late '60's/early '70's P basses for $700 (total) and a 1979 (pre-EB) Stingray for $350 in 1984/85... actually $1000 all in for the 3 basses!

    I sold them all for approx double two years later, but I would like to see NOW what I really had then.

    Other than "could'a, should'a".... I miss my Bongo 5.
  9. eots


    Dec 18, 2004
    Cornell , IL.
    Had a Gibson L6, a dunlap Crybaby, a EH memoryman flanger.
    Sold all 3 for $100 at a garage sale. To top my stupidity, the guy was standing in line waiting to pay for them when my wife ask me the price on them. I'd had them marked at $140 total :rollno: but told her to sell it for the $100. All 70's vintage stuff.
    I had an Ampeg vt-22 that I sold to a guy for $250 back then also but wished I still had it back.
  10. chicago_mike


    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome - Dallas
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    Both my Conklin 7's. They have my name on the back of them....sometimes I can be very stupid...but only when I'm awake.
  11. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    Didn't we just do this? LOL

    My old Modulus Quantum 5. Sold it after hearing my Variax 705's Modulus setting back-to-back with the Q5 in the studio and liking the former better. The action was incogitable and I never had to tune it more than ± two cents in the year I owned it (aside from changing strings).

  12. Too many - too many!!!!

  13. I sold my 1979 Pre-EB Stingray for $500 back in '92 to a buddy that kept it underwater for months in his flooded basement. Worst yet, I used the cash to fund my attempt to re-ignite a relationship with an ex-girlfriend. I wish I never got rid of it...the bass...not the girl.
  14. realbadgroove

    realbadgroove Guest

    Apr 12, 2008
    1970 Gibson Les Paul triumph, it was like brand new in the case with everything the original hand book and everything original strings the thing had like never been played. So one of my good friends winds up in jail and for some reason I felt bad... so not having the cash and with promise of him paying me back I pawned it which was a really stupid idea and the pawn show burned down. I am still pissed about that. The first and last time I will ever pawn anything.
  15. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    I can't recall what year it was made, but back in the 70's I had a Ric 4001 that was built in the first couple of years of production.

    I sold it for $400 because I was young, naive and needed the cash as I was moving to another state. Dumb, dumb, DUMB!

    I also had a 60's P-Bass that I sold dirt cheap not even knowing what I had.

    I've had a few others that I got decent money for in later years, but still felt they were mistakes getting rid of in hindsight.
  16. JonathanD

    JonathanD Guest

    Dec 13, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Buying too much gear and selling it...all together. I should have kept my PA around. Bought it on the cheap, sold it cheaper :(
  17. wilsonn


    Sep 26, 2005
    New York
    I had a Hofner Beatle bass from the late 60s. Interesting thing about it was it had a longer scale than their standard. It was too long to fit in a Hofner case, too long for Hof strings. It really was an oddity. Sold it for far, far less than it was worth.
  18. This is painful still, but it helps in the healing process. Sold my Emerald green Spector Euro to afford an Aguilar GS412. It was a good deal cuz the Aggie just kills, but I miss that bass. Its still in the TB family though, I hope.

  19. bassforce

    bassforce Guest

    Feb 7, 2007
    This tube amp, sounded like a thunder...
    And these basses:

    I regret and miss them a lot :(
  20. my 78' jetglo Rickenbacker 4001,momentary lapse of reason.My second lapse was with a 70's Pbass,sold it to friend for $475.OUCH!!!