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Which of your basses have you had for the longest?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HalfPlayer, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. HalfPlayer


    Jun 9, 2013
    Show off your basses that you've had for the longest out of all of them!
  2. I've had my Ibanez SR885 for 20 years and it still sounds great.

    Here's a pic. Come to think of it, if the bass is 20 years old, then my Ampeg setup is 19 years old. I bought it the year after my bass. (I had an old Yamaha bass amp to work with until I bought the Ampeg.)

  3. I've had my Pedulla MVP since high school. And it rocks. smooth.
    Has plenty of road wear, but still sounds / looks / plays great.
    I mowed a lot of lawns to get that thing back then.
  4. I owned my warwick thumb 5 neck through longer than any others but its gone now. Great bass. But it had some issues with the neck bowing past the truss rod that wasn't anything I could fix. I also had been playing 5 strings for about 17 or 18 years and wanted to try something else. I've been mixing it up lately between 4, 6, and 7 strings but don't own any 5 strings anymore
  5. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    I've had my '68 P-bass since 1972 when I was 17. It was my one and only bass for 25 years until I acquired more disposable income and lost all common sense. That said, it was off the rack and on a stage this past weekend. It looks every day of its age but it still sounds magnificent.

  6. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Just a BassGuy! Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    My '59 P-Bass... since '75 (or '76... hard to remember... long time)
  7. Spent

    Spent Supporting Member

    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Bought this new in 1986 just as I switched from guitar to bass. I had no idea what I bought, it was on clearance at a local music store. I'll never part with it.
  8. The bass I've owned the longest is one of my 2 mid-80's, J-Bass Specials, purchased new in '85 (I think?). It's ragged & has been retired. The last bass I've purchased, was my '97 Carvin LB75KOA, in July of '97.
    In case you haven't noticed, I've been satisfied with all of my gear (check my profile) for quite sometime now. :D I've also been playing thru the same rig (Eden WT800, w/(2) XLT4X10 Cabs), since '96-'97.
  9. JBFLA

    JBFLA Roscoe FANatic

    Apr 8, 2003
    Jupiter FLA
    I've had this '78 'Ray since '83 - 30 years. My daughter told me that if I ever sold it, she'd dis-own me...

  10. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I bought this one in the early 90's for about $700US. Its value has more than doubled. It's the second bass I've ever owned. It's not my favorite bass, but it's damn cool. Like a Ferrari with strings. :smug:

  11. Wow. Beautiful pickguard. I just love wood, or see-thru plexi 'guards.
  12. What's the difference in yours, and the famed "red Ric"? I'm too lazy to do a search.:p
  13. ShirazBop

    ShirazBop When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    77 Precision in my avatar... Original owner.... Ain't going anywhere...
  14. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    The bass I have had the longest is my engelhardt C-1.
  15. I'll try to remember to post pics of my 68 Vox- got it around 82
  16. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    If you're talking about the legendary red Ric that supposedly makes people play brilliantly but go crazy, it was supposedly a 4001 manufactured in the 60s. Mine's a 1985 4003. Unfortunately, it doesn't make me play any better, and I was already crazy before I bought it. ;)
  17. 65 Mosrite Ventures bass that my parents bought for me in 65.

    Rick B.

  18. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I wish I hadn't sold mine. I hated the pickups and installed EMGs, and it was one of the best sounding and playing basses I ever owned. I just listed the neck on these in the favorite neck thread.
  19. Spent

    Spent Supporting Member

    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Back in the day, late 80's, I would have changed the pickups too. I'm glad I didn't know there were replacements. This one is like the day I bought it, I didn't play it for all that long. I played it through a Mesa 400, but when the Mesa neede retubeing I traded it for a Gallien-Krueger 200 RCB and a 1979 Ric 4001. The Ric sounded so much better, so I put the performer away and only took it out to shoot this picture for Wikipedia.
  20. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Still got this one - '71 Telecaster. Made a few mods. Bought it used in 1973, So it's been 40 years together.