Which Would You Rather Have:

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MingusBass, Jan 30, 2023.

  1. MingusBass

    MingusBass Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Fort Wayne,Indiana
    A vintage bass that will almost assuredly go up in value, due to the fact it's old and in great condition but will never play or sound exactly like you want it to, and does very little to inspire you to play.


    A "new" bass that takes cues from a few iconic brands, plays and sounds better than the vintage bass, and inspires you to pick it up more often, but it will never reach the heights monetarily that the vintage bass will.

    Which would you rather have?
  2. ScottfromCalgary


    May 10, 2015
    Seems easy to me...as long as you enjoy playing rather than collecting...I'd go with the second in a heartbeat. I do love a nice vintage bass though...
  3. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Playability is first and foremost with any bass I own, regardless of whether it's new or vintage. That said, I can't see a situation where I could possibly justify a vintage bass in the foreseeable future.
  4. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    I'll take the vintage bss, sell it and buy 3 basses that "inspire" me. :D
  5. Wicked G

    Wicked G

    Jan 19, 2017
    Hell Paso Texas
    "New" every single time without a doubt. Vintage does nothing for me.
  6. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    This is TB, you'll end up with both.:D
  7. Snert

    Snert Suspended

    Oct 3, 2021
    Both of these, but if it were 1 only, based solely on playability / performance, then the newer model.
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  8. metron

    metron Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    New. For a variety of reasons including old instruments smell weird.
  9. ScottfromCalgary


    May 10, 2015
    good answer!
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  10. J-Mags

    J-Mags Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2018
    Durham NC
    I'd take the player. I ain't no museum curator.
  11. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I would keep shopping...

    The initial post suggests that a vintage bass cannot inspire one to play. Yes one can, and if you don't find it in this one and you really want one, then go look at more.
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  12. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    I'll take the '63 Jazz and a half-peck of parsnips (because I'm fed up with carrots and already have my "inspiration" basses).
  13. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    New bass. If you want an investment, put your money in an index fund.
  14. TrevorG

    TrevorG Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2012
    I could never find a vintage bass over here that inspired me and definitely none I could afford. But I think my "new" one is good enough to be worth plenty to someone one day.
  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Context? Can I only have one of these options?

    I pick new for all the reasons you listed and I choose it over vintage because your assumption that a vintage instrument will increase in value requires a crappe tonne of exceptions. A couple years of Fender, a couple years of Ric, a couple years of MM. Even the old Gibsons are leveling off. And despite the enabler culture of forums, even the pre CBS value will take a hard slide as rockers age out.
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  16. dbsfgyd1


    Jun 11, 2012
    Mascoutah, IL
    Considering I'm in the camp that isn't into antiquity paying an alpha for age, if I was going to spend that kind of money, I would buy a newer higher quality instrument.
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  17. Michael Stanley 2112

    Michael Stanley 2112 Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2020
    I own two Epiphone basses (one is my workhorse) as well as a few "desirable" types (P-Bass, SDGR SR2600 ...)

    The fact the AcuuBass is my main go-to tells the tale.
  18. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    I'd rather have "A "new" bass that takes cues from a few iconic brands, plays and sounds different than the vintage bass, and inspires you to pick it up more often, but it will never reach the heights monetarily that the vintage bass will".

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  19. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    No interest in any old bass guitars, full stop. Potential resale value means nothing to me.
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  20. Samatza


    Apr 15, 2019
    The fact that the bass is vintage doesn't really do it for me, I'll take the player.

    I have played some nice vintage basses though I can't afford any of them. If I could they would become players not an investment portfolio.
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