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What was your very first bass? Share pics if you've got 'em!

#41 User is offline   eggs 

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 04:28 PM

Before my Gibby Grabber (circa 1976) I had what could only be descibed as an Ibby 'Shield Bass'

It was kinda a simplified '59 EBO* meets an Alembic style, & I've never seen another one like it since...

... but that sucker REALLY had dive issues [scared]



* 1959 Gibby EBO (modded tuners) [love]
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1998 Epiphone (Unsung) Ripper Bass - 'Crazy Chester'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) 'fenderish' Nighthawk - 'The Vulture'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) Sheraton- 'Honey'
2000 Epiphone (Samick Indonesia) AJ-100- 'Big Red'
2000(?) Lobo Mini G- 'The Mystery Midget'
1998 Epiphone Electar Tube 30 Combo
1999 Epiphone Regent Bass 50 Combo
Vox AC4TV Head & V112TV Cabinet
Yamaha P70 Electric Piano
Tascam DP-03 Portastudio


Recently Separated:
1995 Epiphone (Samick) Non Reverse Thunderbird Bass - 'The Weirdbird'
1997 Epiphone (Samick) Les Paul Junior - 'Junior' - Signed by The Man Himself
2007 Epiphone (QingDao) G400 Flame Top-'QingDao Lass' - Too young, but oh so pretty!
1981 Ibanez AR100BS Artist- 'Baby'
1981 Ibanez Ragtime Special w/ Barcus Berry Underbridge PUP
1994 Fender (MIJ) Telecaster - 'The Black Sheep'
Marshall G80RCD 80 watt Combo - I just needed some valves!


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A mid 1990s 'Blondie' Rivoli Bass with a Big Fat Mudbucker
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#42 User is offline   old mark 

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:58 AM

My first bass, and the one that went through 14 years playing in bar bands with no backup was a late1950's Danelectro Longhorn, copper sunburst long scale...came with a factory case, and I have never seen another case like it. GREAT sound great neck...paid about $125 for it in 1962...probably cost as much as my old car now, but I'd love to have another original...

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:54 PM

My very first bass is the Ibanez Blazer BL 700 NT (natural) # 823106 I bought new on April 6th, 1982. I added a serial/parallel switch what top-endorser Hellmut Hattler (Kraan) had done, too, as I found out years later, and a Fender thumbrest. This bass was a favorite among my friends especially for recording and TV gigs, and so it looks a little worn. In 1996, my later and meanwhile divorced wife threw a 2AA MagLite torch on it while I was practicing which left two deep scars on its top.

I still play it regularly although there is competition since exactly five months. When my drummer who owns a digicam will be back from his vacation, I will post pics.
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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:22 PM

My first and only bass that I've had before my Thunderbird was a black '87 Peavey Patriot. It wasn't a terribly expensive bass, but man, was it solidly built, and pretty damn good sounding with the Super Ferrite pickup. I only had a first gen Peavey Minx amp, but it was plenty to piss off the neighbors in the apartment complex. I ended up selling it when our kid was on the way. I would definitely like to have another one, or a Peavey Foundation. I also had a Washburn 5 string for a couple of weeks, mostly bought because I got an insane deal at one of the local pawn emporiums on it. I ended up using it for trade on the Tbird. I even doubled my money on it.
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 05:11 PM

A Royce
Was very nice with a through body neck.
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This shows the 6 string version of the bass
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Posted 10 January 2014 - 07:26 AM

kent......with a supro amp
WishI had them both now.......or at least the supro!


Found this old Kent on ebay and bought it.
After I got it I remembered how cheap Kent's were....
stll got it but I got a Allen Woody for something to play.


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 06:21 PM

Nice burst on that Kent [love]
Stuart

1998 Epiphone (Unsung) Ripper Bass - 'Crazy Chester'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) 'fenderish' Nighthawk - 'The Vulture'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) Sheraton- 'Honey'
2000 Epiphone (Samick Indonesia) AJ-100- 'Big Red'
2000(?) Lobo Mini G- 'The Mystery Midget'
1998 Epiphone Electar Tube 30 Combo
1999 Epiphone Regent Bass 50 Combo
Vox AC4TV Head & V112TV Cabinet
Yamaha P70 Electric Piano
Tascam DP-03 Portastudio


Recently Separated:
1995 Epiphone (Samick) Non Reverse Thunderbird Bass - 'The Weirdbird'
1997 Epiphone (Samick) Les Paul Junior - 'Junior' - Signed by The Man Himself
2007 Epiphone (QingDao) G400 Flame Top-'QingDao Lass' - Too young, but oh so pretty!
1981 Ibanez AR100BS Artist- 'Baby'
1981 Ibanez Ragtime Special w/ Barcus Berry Underbridge PUP
1994 Fender (MIJ) Telecaster - 'The Black Sheep'
Marshall G80RCD 80 watt Combo - I just needed some valves!


Lust List:
A mid 1990s 'Blondie' Rivoli Bass with a Big Fat Mudbucker
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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:55 PM

I bought a bass in 1985. It was made by Lado, a Toronto guitar maker. It was basically a Precision copy, metallic orange, white pickguard with a "hockey stick" headstock. I picked it up after my first band broke up and I switched from rhythm guitar to bass, we went from a five piece to a three piece. I was the singer in both bands. Like a fool I was young and stupid and sold it for drinking money after college and we all went our separate ways and I have regretted it ever since. I wish I had a picture.
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Posted 18 February 2014 - 06:36 AM

OK, as I said above, I wanted an old Danelectro Longhorn bass...but the few I found were far too expensive and many of those had been either modded or "restored", so I looked around and found this guy from a few years ago, made in Korea...

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I have to get used to the color but I guess it's no more outlandish than copper burst. It plays really well, and looks barely used.

And here is a GREAT pic of my old and long lost Dano Longhorn bass...Played one just like it for almost 15 years in bar bands, still working fine when I sold it.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:18 PM



My 1st bass was a 1964 Fender P bass bought in 1964.
My 2nd bass was my 1967 Rivoli Cherry Bass, bought in 1967 and still owned by me.
In 2012 I added a MIM J bass
In 2013 a Ibenez 5 string Soundgarden
In 2014 a Fender Deluxe J Bass MIM (sold the standard MIM)
Bought and subsequently sold a 2009 Standard J Bass Made in US but I preferred the MIM deluxe feel and sound
just added a 2013 Gibson EB

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:10 AM

My first bass was a cheap chinese copy of a Fender JBass made in the 1970s. After that I proved I could play my step-dad took me shopping and I got the real thing. Still very much a JBass kind of guy to this day, though I've enjoyed playing other basses here and there. Current bass is a MiM fretless JBass.
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Posted 01 January 2018 - 01:01 AM

Bumpity Bump... Let's talk about Thump [biggrin]
Stuart

1998 Epiphone (Unsung) Ripper Bass - 'Crazy Chester'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) 'fenderish' Nighthawk - 'The Vulture'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) Sheraton- 'Honey'
2000 Epiphone (Samick Indonesia) AJ-100- 'Big Red'
2000(?) Lobo Mini G- 'The Mystery Midget'
1998 Epiphone Electar Tube 30 Combo
1999 Epiphone Regent Bass 50 Combo
Vox AC4TV Head & V112TV Cabinet
Yamaha P70 Electric Piano
Tascam DP-03 Portastudio


Recently Separated:
1995 Epiphone (Samick) Non Reverse Thunderbird Bass - 'The Weirdbird'
1997 Epiphone (Samick) Les Paul Junior - 'Junior' - Signed by The Man Himself
2007 Epiphone (QingDao) G400 Flame Top-'QingDao Lass' - Too young, but oh so pretty!
1981 Ibanez AR100BS Artist- 'Baby'
1981 Ibanez Ragtime Special w/ Barcus Berry Underbridge PUP
1994 Fender (MIJ) Telecaster - 'The Black Sheep'
Marshall G80RCD 80 watt Combo - I just needed some valves!


Lust List:
A mid 1990s 'Blondie' Rivoli Bass with a Big Fat Mudbucker
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Posted 01 January 2018 - 05:20 AM

In 1976 I stayed over at a friend's house. Upstairs in a corner was a 1956 Harmony archtop with grossly distorted top, and a bass with a snapped off headstock. I bought them both for $10 each. The bass turned out to be a walnut Gibson EB-2, probably around a '69. I'm pretty sure it had an orange oval label. The headstock was nowhere to be found. It hung around under my bed for a couple years, then I took the pickup out and tossed the body in the trash. Stupid, I know.

Next bass didn't happen until 1984. I wanted a bass so bad... I had been listening to ZZ Top's "Thug" and wanted that sound. I found a Kent P-Bass copy with 30" scale and loud 3 color sunburst at a pawn shop for $100. I traded an old Kay archtop, a silver ring, and (I think) $20 for it. It actually wasn't bad.

A few weeks after that, I was at a friend's house and discovered a 1973 Musicmaster bass in very light blue (turned green). It belonged to a friend of a friend who left it there a year ago or more. $70 later it was mine.

Thought I had the world by the nads, then one day I played a brand new MIJ Squier P-Bass in 34" scale. It was like going from Schroeder's toy piano to a grand. I didn't buy it but it fueled BAS for sure.

I could go on.
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 07:44 AM

I was borrowing a no name bass from a friend in 1968. My first bass that I owned, was an EKO Viola in 1969. I played that for about six months until I saw a brand new 1969-1970 Gibson EB0 on the wall at a store I liked back then. [thumbup]
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