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What's the most surprising bass you've bought?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassAgent, Dec 23, 2017.


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  1. BassAgent

    BassAgent Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    Sometimes you buy or trade bass and think "well we'll see what happens here" because it's not your type of bass or you don't know anything about it, and it turns out the bass was made for your hands. What's yours?

    I've had that experience lately. Little story here. I used to own a beautiful Celinder, which was based loosely on Marcus Miller's bass:
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    And it is an amazing bass. The sound, neck, everything is superb. However, somehow the bass and I couldn't become friends. I couldn't get it to work in a band, it just somehow didn't work for me. So I sold it.

    But a 70's Jazz kept bugging me. It already started when I got my '66 Jazz eight years go when I was doubting between a '72 and the '66 and I still liked the sound of the early seventies Jazzes. I owned a couple of Jazzes in between but couldn't catch that feeling that I had on the Celinder.
    Until I played a Geddy signature: the neck is exáctly how I remember the Celinder neck and the feel is very similar. Plus: somehow I evolved as a player and it works! I upgraded it with Antiquitiy pickups and there's a threaded saddle bridge on the way. I never thought I'd own a seventies (themed) Jazz again but this has made it all up. What an instrument.

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  2. DirtDog

    DirtDog

    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    For me - a short scale, hollow body, double humbucker bass. And boy do I like it! I've mostly owned Js and a couple of Ps or PJs.

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  3. mojomike001

    mojomike001

    Mar 28, 2013
    South Florida
    I dig this little light-weight way more than I thought I would.

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  4. SR1800E

    the timbre just blew me away & still does
    I just tried it with a pick for the first time the other night** & it sounded like the lasers from Star Wars, where they actually hit a telephone guy wire with a wrench:

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    This was the sort of sound I was expecting the first time I picked up a Rickenbacker!

    ** I've got SS Elixirs on it & the pick probably helps destroy the coating.
     
  5. andawun

    andawun

    Jul 13, 2009
    Peavey Milestone P/J. Lightweight sounds great!
     
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  6. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    I've owned & played a bunch of Rics over the past 30 years, but none of them ever felt so good right out of the gate as my recent Ruby 4003. :bassist: IMG_0846.JPG
     
  7. Aberdumbie

    Aberdumbie

    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    I always got what I expected... Except for the Ibanez Roadstar (my avatar) I purchased in the mid 1980’s. I was working the road full time then and the Ibby was affordable. I kept trying to play my other basses but always came back to that Ibby. It played and sounded superb. The neck was out of this world. And it was built like a Sherman tank. I finally stopped toting multiple basses and spent the next four years on the road exclusively with that Ibby.... I still don’t know if it was a uniquely built well or just what it was. But that bass had all the right stuff.
     
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  8. shawshank72

    shawshank72

    Mar 22, 2009
    Canada
    Squier Classic Vibe Sonic Blue P Bass
     
  9. This (stop looking at these polka dots, it's the thing above). The cheapest bass I ever bought new, around 100,-. A keeper and fun to play:
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    And this (it's one of the Korean Pro Series Warwick Star Basses. A wonderfull instrument, build quality and everything, but not very comfortable to play for me). Still can't decide if I keep it:
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  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    This. I knew the electronics would be good. I figured the looks would he good. I had no idea how sweet the neck would be.

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  11. Algo

    Algo

    Dec 3, 2008
    Santiago, Chile
    I guess I can't say I've been truly surprised because I haven't actually made any purchase blind or deaf, without having sort of feedback on the bass be it first hand or not, but my TMB 100 would be the closest to that because it's my cheapest bass, yet definitely the best I have.

    It's not like I'm comparing it to a boutique bass, but an SR 505 kinda should be better but isn't quite, they're probably just as good but differently.
     
  12. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    Epi Jack Casady 20th Anniversary Re-issue. Comes from the same factory in China as the Gretsch hollow bodies, so phenomenal build quality. Thing’s a tone monster as well.
     
  13. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Man, that's pretty!
     
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  14. nixdad

    nixdad

    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    +100
    I have my strung with TI flats and play it with a pick.
     
  15. My 98 Warwick Streamer LX. I'd always been into the traditional types of things, Jazzes, Ricks, Gibson/Epiphone, but I'd never played anything with what one might now call a "modern" configuration. It was nice enough in the store, but what really happened was that it kept surprising me as I got to know it better and figured out what strings it liked.
     
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  16. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    California
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    I played a used and abused Pentabuzz over 10 years ago and knew I wanted one. I did not expect it to have such a dramatic impact on me as it has. I love playing it so much, it feels weird to pick up anything else.
     
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  17. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Regarding @BassAgent's thread title, I based my decision on my Sadowsky MV4...

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    ... this is a pro pic of my actual bass, before I snagged it from Midwood Guitars, in NC. I love my other basses (especially my '80 4001), but I really meld with this one. Love the quality, finish, and playability of it, as well.

    (I'll never get tired of these thread types, as I love seeing all the bass porn... :laugh:)
     
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  18. ivorytower

    ivorytower He's just this guy, you know? Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2012
    Chicago Suburbs
    Seconding this--great tone, great neck, great color. One of my top 3.
     
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  19. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Love that finish, @Element Zero!
     
  20. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    California
    Thanks! I’ve yet to take a picture that does it justice.
     
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