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When that new bass makes it past the Honeymoon phase and you're just not digging it

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by citizenchris099, Dec 3, 2018.


  1. I see a lot of advice to "go to your local music store and try out <insert bass>"
    That really just doesn't cut it for me. The only way I will know if I dig a bass is if I have it in my practice space for weeks and jam with it at meet ups (I don't really gig persay). Recording it as well is a big deal for me. Essentially take it through the honeymoon phase into reality.

    All that to lead up to the fact that I ditched my Stingray (Special) for a Am Pro P

    I just wasn't digging the SRS...at all. Could chalk it up to many factors....ultimately it just wasn't for me. The Am Pro P is decidedly for me....so far. We will see how it fairs past the honeymoon.
     
  2. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Banned

    May 26, 2010
    What will you buy when you stop liking the P?
     
  3. Scottgun

    Scottgun

    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    Easy. Find someone willing to lend you basses for weeks.
     
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  4. mouthmw

    mouthmw

    Jul 19, 2009
    Croatia
    It’s not unheard of. I tried to get on with a jazz bass twice this year but I always go back to a Stingray. That and a P bass. So at this point I’m certain of what works for me, but I did have to spend some time with the basses at home.
     
  5. Geri O

    Geri O Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    I think it’s a crapshoot

    I’ve been through that with a few basses, notably an AM Elite Jazz 5 a couple of years ago. I just knew I could make myself love that bass and was nothing about it to not love. But almost a year later, I traded it for a 2002 Stingray SR5. I always love those basses. But I wound up trading that bass for the bass that is now my heart and soul bass, a Mike Lull M5V Jazz-style bass. I do want another SR5, though.
     
  6. lol My wife asked the same thing.
    Traded a Tony Franklin Fretless for the SRS....when what I really should have done was hunt down a fretted TF (i just can't hang w/unlined fretless) or a "vanilla" P/J or P.
    The only switcharoo I see happening w/this bass is maybe ...the strings (I'm trying the rounds when normally I'm a flat guy etc...)
     
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  7. SpazzTheBassist

    SpazzTheBassist

    Jun 20, 2006
    Ive lost that loving finger with some basses over time....some sooner than others....Ive also rediscovered some of them later at different points.......Of course, its me thats changed, not the bass
     
  8. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Simple, sell it and find something else.
    I did.
    I used to try out 50 basses a year and I must've owned 20 basses over the last 5 or 6 years.
    Found the perfect one when I bought my USA-made G&L L2000.
    Only problem is, almost everything I try lately just doesn't do it for me. Sure, plenty of the basses I've tried this past year were good basses, just not good enough for me.
    That's why I'm going with another G&L after the holidays when I find just the right one.
    I'm talking about just the right color, because I already know it's going to sound and play great!
     
  9. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    Other TB-ers should thank you for eating the initial depreciation for them. Someone has to turn new basses into 6 month old used basses.

    On the other hand, if you want to save yourself money and time, think about what you ended up not liking about that bass and figure out why it took you so long to realize it. Eventually you'll be able to make a quick decision in a store.
     
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  10. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    When I got back into bass I bought and sold a bunch of basses in the $150-$300 range just to see what I really style of bass that I liked. This included a Jackson JS-40, a Peavey Dyna, a Schecter C-4 XXX, a Peavey Foundation, a Dean, a couple of different Ibanez, and a Peavey Fury. The Peavey Fury was my favorite out of those.

    Eventually I started buying more expensive basses from Fender, Rickenbacker, Music Man and Lakland. But I at least had a good idea of what type of bass would work for me. I knew that I liked P style basses, it took me a while to find a Jazz bass that really spoke to me. Surprisingly, despite what I've read from others I found Rickenbackers easy to play right away. And although I love Precisions, a Precision Plus P/J was a total disappointment. It didn't work for me at all.

    As I get more experienced I've had less that haven't made it past the honeymoon period. I've gotten better at identifying what does or doesn't work before shelling out the cash.
     
  11. lol right?

    I'd say the thing I didn't like was....down to tone and maybe the swiss army knife effect of the on board 3 band eq.
    I didn't ever like the overall the tone of the thing.
    I originally chalked it up to strings. Then after two different sets....still...not feeling it.
    Maybe its because it was active..maybe the pup && active...I dunno. It was too...clean(?) It was my first active bass.

    I was shedding a couple mornings ago and just not feeling it. I decided to put the SRS down and plugged in my Jazz. That sounded right...did the same w/the SB-2...that sounded right. Thats when I decided I was done w/the SRS.
     
  12. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i get your "honeymoon phase" experiences. but sometimes you have to "make it work for the kid's sake." (instruments which 'just won't work' have been easy for me to assess --- takes about 15 seconds.) i can make the rest of them work, even if they're not 'perfect'. with enough time, and possible alterations: they may become perfect. i'm guessing that you're not picking instruments which are good matches to begin with. good luck getting past the "honeymoon phase" and into the 'blissfully married' phase! :thumbsup:
     
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  13. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi citizenchris099:)

    No bassporn?

    No honeymoon!

    We want pics before you sell it! :D


    may the bass be with you

    Wise(b)ass
     
  14. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space

    Macho! :laugh:

    greetings

    Wise
     
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  15. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    I spent years (and big money) trying to like some basses (jazz, and ray mostly). They always disappointed me in some respects and eventually they disappointed me very consistently. Thats when I knew they were not for me. So I am very happy now to be able to ignore them, whereas before that point I was always dragging them back in, giving them more chances to work for me (and failing).
     
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  16. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    wise: more like older than rocks! :laugh:
     
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  17. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty

    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    A good solution, buy used - sell for the same price or maybe even more if you get a good enough deal on it.
     
  18. alanloomis1980

    alanloomis1980 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Ive been thru a lot of changes this year, bass wise. Its the first time ive actually cared about what my instrument "is." Before, id play any ol bass, and keep em until they got sold for a move , strapped for cash, swapped for a guitar, etc.

    Now ive settled that im bass for life, so ive been tweaking and trying. Jazz bass. Then new pickups. Then pickups in series. Then P bass. New bridge. New pots. New tuners. ...Now I'm playing the p bass with the jazz neck on it. (And Each time i make a change, i also go down to the music store, try a bunch of basses and dream of trading in again.)

    Its definitely felt like honeymoon period each time; i thought i had it, but found "flaws" after a while. My wife thinks im being fickle. I think im just being selective.

    We shall see how long this incarnation lasts (but for now its honeymoon bliss ;) )
     
  19. DrewinHouston

    DrewinHouston Not currently practicing Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Houston Heights, Texas
    Disclosure: I am not a great bass player
    It's easy. Own a bunch of basses, and by the time you get tired of one, it's a second (or third or whatever) honeymoon with another. Right now I own too many, but it's great to be able to pick up a bass that you loved enough to buy, but you haven't played in a while.
     
  20. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    Yeah...the bass usually picks you.
    Rock on.
     
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