Why Do We Sell Our Basses?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by rickreyn, Aug 18, 2001.

  1. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Why am I constantly on the prowl for new basses? Is it because I have a "regular" job and it's just a hobby? Or is it just that musician types are always tweaking their sound? Or is it effective marketing or product presentation on the part of the manufacturers and distributors? Or is it pure coveteousness? Help me out. I need psychological help!
  2. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Its called GAS(gear aquisition syndrome).We all suffer from it.The only cure is to keep buying more, and more, and more.............:D
  3. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9 Guest

    Jun 20, 2001
    i think we all want something new and more exciting after our gear isnt 'new' anymore. theres always going to be something out there that you want. a lot of people dont sell their basses, they keep everything. whereas some people on the search for the 'god of all basses' might get a new bass every week or so.
  4. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses

    I'm gonna think out loud here. Cuz this get's me thinking.

    Do people who don't sell their basses, but keep buying new ones have trouble letting things go? Do they want more and more and more? Will people who sell their basses ever be happy or do they think there is always something better out there? How much does the new bass syndrome correlate to other areas of ones life? Are those who are not satisfied with one bass, also not satisfied with one relationship? I have a great bike, but I want a new one. Are we, the people who suffer from GAS fated to a life of constantly searching for something that is unnattainable - OR, are we going to live really exciting lives because we need to constantly experience new things. Am I thinking too much. Do I always think too much.

    I wonder if people with one bass, fell in love once, keep their car till it falls to pieces (or buy the same one the next time around), live in one place, etc, etc.

    Hmmmmmm..... ?
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Interesting questions, Joe.

    I have everything I could possibly need as far as basses go.

    I have 3 great 4 stringers that I never play any more, plus I have a good 5 string, a world class fretless 5 string, a world class(IMHO;)) 6 string, and a 6 stringer that I don't play anymore (Ibanez) that might wind up getting defretted.

    But I would still like to have some of the cool basses that I have played or owned over the years.

    Westone Quantum(Steinberger copy, a realy good one), Westone Pantera 5, Gibson RD Artist, Peavey T-40, and a good P bass.

    I'm sure that if I ever get all of those, that there will be something else, too.:)
  6. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i've never sold a bass. i doubt that i ever will.
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I wish that I could say that, John.

    I plan on never selling another bass.

    All of the ones that I have sold in the past, I miss, and wish that I still had them.
  8. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I think people(including me :D) are just looking for the "right one". But I never plan on selling my bass. I don't think I could handle the depression that would follow.
  9. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    At least part of it for me is a problem with getting out of "acquisition mode". I've had a bunch of good basses (Stingray twice, Fender P Deluxe, G&L L2000/Climax/SB-1, Ibanez Musician, MTD Beast), any one of which should have been the "stopping point". But I still read Bass Player (bass porn), read the bass newsgroups, read TBL, read the bass websites, etc. And they have a lot of focus on gear. Getting the best, the latest, the perfect fit, etc. Once you start shopping, which I did the first time a couple of years ago to get my "first good bass", it's hard to stop and say "that's good enough, now go and play".

    Part of it is that I'm not independantly wealthy. If I could keep all the basses I've had that would be great. But I'm on a limited gear budget and there's always something else I want. And I'm not patient enough to wait to get it, I want it now. Immediate gratification, that's the ticket.

    Part of it is searching for "the one". I've learned a lot about what I like and don't like in an instrument. I've figured out the optimum neck dimensions & feel (4 string fretted with 1-5/8" nut, maybe 1-11/16"). I've figured out the kinds of sounds I want (two pickups required - neck pickup usually favored if not soloed but bridge pickup required for bite). Right now my Beast is the ultimate for feel, the L2000 was the ultimate for sound. Can I find something that combines the two? Should I risk getting an L2000 and putting a Moses neck on it? etc. I've found that I need to live with a bass for a while to really understand how well it does or doesn't work for me - as long as it's not way out of line with my preferences. I don't know if I'll ever find "the one" - but it's fun looking.

    I did have a similar problem with cars and PDAs. Not with relationships. The only two basses I regret letting go are the Ibanez Musician I had - it was the best feeling bass I ever touched (until I got my Beast) and I could get pretty nice sounds out of it, and my L2000 - great sounds but the neck was a little too wide, unfortunately G&L doesn't make an intermediate nut width neck or I'd have another and I was afraid of trying a Moses neck on it. If you shop wisely and sell carefully (ebay has helped a lot - you'd be surprised what some things sell for) you can do a fair amount of turnover without a lot of cost. But it's still cheaper to buy and keep, even if you buy new.
  10. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    I´ve only sold one bass, and I´ll never do it again.
  11. For me, it's been about 2 things - trying to find "the one" and the compromises I made along the way.

    I owned some nice basses and played most of the brands. Only with my last purchase did I finally bite the bullet and get what I've wanted all along. Since then, I've been very content with my 5 string and have no desire to ever sell it. I'm biting another bullet and getting a fretless from the same luthier.

    Of the many basses I've owned, I've only regretted selling one bass - a Zon Custom fretless. But I sold it to a great person who is a great player that will take great care of it. There's some consolitation in that! Plus it made room for another bass...;)

    I doubt I'll sell any of my current basses.
  12. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    that's exactly why i never will - i don't want to ever say that statement.
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Thanks, Jeff. That is a great compliment coming from a player and gentleman of your caliber.:)

    If you ever get tired of the Lightwave or the Sadowsky, let me know!;)
  14. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    I can tell you exactly why I sold a bass in the past......
    Temporary Insanity!!!!!!:eek: :D
  15. Muttluk

    Muttluk Guest

    Jan 19, 2000
    Oakland, California
    The only gear i've ever sold is an Amp (Peavey Basic 112). I was surprized i got $100 for it, but it was to help pay for a new amp which i had already bought. I thought about keeping it, incase i ever didnt want to carry around the 4x10, but thought, that the time i didnt use it, it would just lie around, and get in the way, and i really could use the cash, but i had a set price on it, and decided not to go below it, or i wouldnt sell it. I've never sold a guitar or bass, simply because if i sold my only other bass, i'd go WAY cheep (like $50), and i'd rather have a bass that i can remember as my first, pick up time to time, and say, wow, this bass really sucks, then its worth the $50. The reason why i've never sold a guitar is, simply i like all my guitars, and i can honestly say i have different uses for 5 different types of guitars, (which includes two stratocasters, and 2 acustics)

    I had a bad experiance with selling things, like 5 years ago, i decided it was "un-cool" to have nirvana cd's, so i sold all of them, literaly all of them, even the nevermind which had the hidden track (which aparently is harder to find then i thought). Then 2 years ago, i started wishing i had my nirvana cds, so i started buying them again. (once again, i never got back a nevermind with the hidden track), the out come? I orginialy bought them for $15, i sold them each for $3, bought them all again for $15. You do the math. Ever since that, i've never sold anything without HUGE consideration, i still have all my old cd's that i havnt listend to in ages (i.e Rammstein, and rob zombie, and Manson... hey it was a faze...)
  16. i don't think ill ever be able to sell my bass. I lost my first bass due to a fatal neck injury. That was just too tramatic for me to lose another.
  17. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    I have every bass I've ever bought, except for the two Precisions and the Rick that were stolen from me, and an old Epiphone that I gave to a young guy wanting to learn.
  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I'm a very compulsive guy. I've owned more basses that I can remember. Mostly because I worked long hrs in a Deli when I was in HS & had no life &/or bills!!!! :) I'll like a bass for a few monhts & get tired of it!!!! I'll upgreade it & sell it. There are 2 basses that I regret selling out of at least 50.

    1-'76 Music Man StingRay (sunburst slab body w/maple board in near mint condition)
    2-'72 Jazz bass (Blonde w/maple f/b & black block in near mint cond w/ohsc)

    I don't think I'll ever sell my Natural Sadowsky 5 or my Natural USA Spector NS-5. These are <i>MY</i> <b>HOLY GRAIL BASSES!!!!!</b> My L-2000 is in such bad cosmetic shape I won't get anywhere close to what it's worth & I would like to hold on to my Sunburst Sadowsky 5 & USA Spector NS-2, but if something better comes along thay can go. (It has to be <b><u>MUCH BETTER</u></b>) Everything else I could see my self selling if I needed $$$ for family or other basses.
  19. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    The original question was "Why do we sell our basses?"

    To be honest, I would never sell my ex-basses if I didn't have to - it's always about money and other financial commitments. I recently got married and I sold 3 of my basses because I had other priorities (mortgage, wedding, wife :) .) I miss all 3 of them. I still have my Ovation ABG 5 - but I dropped it one day, and cracked the neck - it's been strap-locks for me ever since...
  20. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    This would be "why do I acquire so many basses?" Of all the basses I've had, I wish I had kept the MIA Precision and had the wealth to keep my Warwick. But the Precision was the stepping stone to the Warwick, and the Warwick was the stepping stone to the MM. Plus, I will bequeath my Warwick to the prodigy of Victor Wooten, believe it or not!