Your first three basses...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by One_Dude, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Sparked by the older thread about GAS purchases you have longed for but never realized, what about the first three basses you did buy.

    Here are mine;

    1. A late 70's Gibson Grabber purchased in the early 80's

    2. A Peavey T-40 purchased in 1986

    3. A late 70's Gibson Ripper purchased in the late 80's

    I still have all three plus several other various brands. I am firmly holding my GAS at bay until I see the next MUST HAVE unit.

    Thump on,

  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I still don't understand the automatic desire to own piles of basses. I was gigging over 20 years before I had a second bass.
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  3. When I was 18yrs old and first job I bought.....
    - ‘84 Ibanez Musician Fretless MC924. sold it coz too heavy (11.5lbs), own a Rob Allen Mouse (6lbs) and Maton JB4 Fretless (8.4lbs) now.

    - ‘82 Squier JV Jazz Bass 3TS/Tort. still own it, wears TI JFs.

    When I was 32yrs old I bought....
    - ‘94 Tobias Classic 5 string. Still own it.
  4. Ducerro


    Dec 6, 2018
    Yoakum, TX
    Keep in mind that I've never played bass before last November...

    1) Squier VM Jazz - Bought new last November
    2) Fender MIM Jazz - Bought new a couple of months later when a killer deal showed up. Now I have 2 Jazz basses (that look identical) and still don't know how to play.
    3) Fender MIM P - Bought new on the same killer deal as the Jazz bass. I mean you gotta have a P bass - right?

    So now I have 3 basses and I still don't know how to play! But I am learning...
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  5. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    1992 - Encore P-bass copy
    1995 - Yamaha RB-something PJ
    2002 - Epiphone EB3

    then i discovered Talkbass
  6. Admiral Akbar

    Admiral Akbar

    Mar 12, 2013
    New York
    My first 3:

    1. Gibson / Epiphone jazz bass copy in white (Xmas 1989)
    2. Hohner B2V headless Steinberger copy (1990)
    3. Fender MIJ fretless jazz bass white (spring 1995)

    I still own the Hohner.
  7. 1. Some variety of Washburn P-type. Had it for 8 years, never changed the strings. Traded it in on an...

    2. Epiphone EB-0. Decent little bass, fun to play, but gave it away and got a shiny, new...

    3. Fender Jazz MIM in Midnight Wine. Good bass, should have kept it.
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  8. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore?

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    Ibanez EX-series PJ (still have it)
    Samick Fretless PJ (donated)
    Warwick Corvette (german made - Long Gone - still miss this one)
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  9. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    first was a squier PJ that was my only bass for at least a couple of years

    second was a plain jane bottom of the line yamaha as a backup. no pics of that, but i used to carry it to rehearsals with no bag or case, and it never got even a scratch. it was also the backup i never used at shows.

    third was a.... was a... it might have been an acoustic electric carlo robelli... i think it might have been. plastic back like an ovation. but it could have been something else, too.

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  10. Hmmm,

    First bass was an 80's black Cort P/J of some description, bought by my mother in 1987; sold it to a guy I knew in high school.
    Second was a (70's?) El Degas Alembic copy thing on permanent loan from a friend's dad, which I used for most of the early 90's; mysteriously disappeared...
    Third was a 1979 sunburst Gibson Ripper closet queen I bought in Calgary for $400 in 1997; this was my one and only bass until 2006 when I traded it in towards a Rickenbacker 4003.
  11. acleex38


    Jul 28, 2006
    1.) A "Phantom" Korean p-bass-style (not the Vox Phantom - like this, but black and right-handed - Phantom Bass 80's Trans Blue | Yox Designs). Sold to a guy I went to high school with.

    2.) SGC Nanyo Bass Collection SB301 - flake fuschia (sparkly purply-magenta). Traded for #3 at Troubadour Music in Wayne, PA.

    3.) MCI Intertek Fretless w/angled PJ pickups. Non-wood (that's all I can tell) lined (supposedly defretted by prior owner) fingerboard and amateurish paintjob. It sits in storage, mostly untouched for the past 12 years.
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  12. BBQV


    Feb 13, 2010
    Uppsala, Sweden
    1. A no-name, plywood Jazz Bass
    2. Aria Pro II The Cat
    3. Fender Precision ’78
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
  14. bwildt


    Mar 21, 2017
    Wichita, Kansas
    Ah, it's nice to see some people started out with some decent instruments. As a poor college student in 1973, decent basses were out of my price range. Starter instruments were junk, mostly from Japan, who hadn't gotten their manufacturing stuff together yet.

    1) 1973 - a really cheap mail-order Japanese Hofner Beatle bass copy. The neck was just awful. Mile high strings. A truss rod that couldn't get the curve out of the neck.

    2) 1974 - another Japanese mail-order Jazz bass copy. It handled well, but the pickups were poor-sounding surface-mount junk.

    3) 1978 - Peavey T-40. Out of college and married. My first decent bass. Peavey was just getting into the instrument business and they did it right. It cost $325 (new), which was still about half of a new Fender (they were all American then). I did a lot of research before purchasing it and it was a good decision. It was my only bass for twenty years and I still have it.

    4) 1999 - My first Fender - An American Hot-Rodded Precision and the springboard into a modest collection.
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  15. Gunga Din

    Gunga Din

    Jun 22, 2018
    Number One was a Hofner HS 185 Artist Bass, CAR with some light checking and a beautiful smell from the plushined Selmer case.

    Number Two was an Ibanez 2388B DX Rick copy with factory-fitted EB3 copy pups!

    Number Three was an Attila Balogh B100 Odyssey bass.

    I wish I had all three back.
  16. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    In late1980 I was given my first bass, a Global student model. When Dad saw I was going to stick with it and was actually pretty decent he bought me a medium scale double cut Vantage in1982. Played that thing until I was asked to play with an original, touring new wave group. When I agreed to join in 1983, the band leader asked me to accompany him to Atlanta to do some gear shopping. On this trip he bought me a used 1973 mapleglo 4001 Rickenbacker for $299(which I later traded for a '78 Stingray).
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  17. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Not an automatic anything AFAICT.

    Some people are perfectly happy owning and playing a single instrument their entire lives. Others enjoy acquiring and playing basses for as many unrelated reasons as there are people who do so. I don’t think you can extrapolate anything from it other than that some people buy more than one while others don’t. :)
  18. Bikingbasser


    Oct 2, 2018
    My first bass was a Fender Performer. Apart from the string spacing, I adored it until I sold it to thin the herd.
    My next bass was a G&L SB2. Black on black with a maple fretboard. Utter sweetness.
    My third bass was a Washburn Bantham 6. It was my go-to for a number of years.
  19. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    first one was a fretted ric. don't remember what the next axes were. :)
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  20. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    1. Gibson Ripper - 1974
    2. Fender Jazz - 1975
    3. Alembic Spoiler w/factory custom electronics mods - 1986
    Still own and play the Ripper.
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