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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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Stuart

1997 Epiphone (Cort) DC Junior - 'The Sweathog'
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'
xxxx J&D Luthiers Telecaster - 'Mate'
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 with JBL 3 Series Monitors


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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#44 User is offline   philpm 

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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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#45 User is offline   crust 

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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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#46 User is offline   sjl200 

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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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#47 User is offline   eggs 

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 06:21 PM

Nice burst on that Kent [love]
Stuart

1997 Epiphone (Cort) DC Junior - 'The Sweathog'
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'
xxxx J&D Luthiers Telecaster - 'Mate'
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 with JBL 3 Series Monitors


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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#48 User is offline   zeplin 

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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.

http://drowningingui...n-bass-4423.jpg
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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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#52 User is offline   eggs 

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 01:01 AM

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

1997 Epiphone (Cort) DC Junior - 'The Sweathog'
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'
xxxx J&D Luthiers Telecaster - 'Mate'
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 with JBL 3 Series Monitors


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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Posted 23 January 2018 - 08:47 AM

View Postksdaddy, on 14 September 2012 - 06:41 PM, said:

Weeeellll I'm not sure this counts but in 1976 I was at a friend's house and there was a late 60s EB-2 leaning in the corner with NO headstock. I bought it for ten bucks.

Wish I had it now. I think I stripped the parts off and sold them over the years.

But after that I didn't get another bass until '84 when I got a $100 Kent POS, then a '73 Musicmaster for $70, then that began a long line of them. One of note was a Hofner Beatle Bass formerly owned by Marshall Crenshaw. My only current basses are a 1983 P-Bass and a 1940 Kay M-1 upright.


Squire VM Jazz bass. loved it but I'm a guitar player, it was too big. sold it and now i have a Squire VM Jaguar short scale.
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Posted 23 January 2018 - 03:56 PM

Well....I dug through all my family pictures, took me a while but here you go....

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Big old large mouth.
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#57 User is offline   Grog 

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 06:31 PM

I had a Kent or a Tiesco that I had paid $7.00 for, Then I bought a '67 EB-2 used in 1974. I still have it 44 years later............

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 11:15 AM

Good morning!
My first bass was a no name EB-0 copy, short scale, crappy pick ups, and dirt cheap.
Second was a blonde Pbass. Stolen after six months!
After a multi decade absence, bought an 05 Les Paul Special bass in flame red!
Gotta say, well worth the wait!
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 04:32 PM

View Posteggs, on 01 January 2018 - 01:01 AM, said:

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

OK! We can do that!

My first bass was a Vantage something or another. It was like dealing with a broomstick with a bowling ball tied to the wrong end. It was 100% awful to deal with. That didn't stop me from playing it for a year or so. Then I got a Danelectro/Coral Wasp that looked a bit like a Fender Jaguar, only with a mother of toilet seat pickguard and a row of switches that did nothing much. It was free with the purchase of a bass amp that I eventually sold for the same price. It sounded awful, but reshimming the neck with $0.08 of change made it sound pretty good. So, the Vantage was surplus and went to my brother. I didn't miss it a bit. I don't know what he did with it in the end. He was in hardcore punk bands, so I like to think it got broken into a zillion pieces on stage somewhere. That would be a good end for that piece of dead weight. The Dano eventually went to NYC with me, where some guy in a shop on St. Mark's place waved $300 under my nose for it. It was 1983 and that bass looked about as punk rock as you can get. St. Mark's was about as punk rock a place as you could get, so there was that. I had never seen that much money in one place, so I took it. Then I realized I had no bass. That was a sinking feeling. Some small amount of time later, I wandered into a shop in the west village and found an EB-2 for $350. I had $300. They argued with me a bit, and I went to walk away without it, which was apparently the right negotiating tactic. I got it for $300 including tax, no case, no garbage bag, nothing except my hot hands to protect it on the way uptown on the subway. So, I just carried it around for a number of years, then got it a gig bag. It lived in that for a couple decades until I figured out that it might be getting vintage, then I got it a case. I still have it. It was my first Gibson anything, and I'll be keeping it forever. Unlike the Vantage, which was bad enough that it should have convinced me to take up theremin or something.
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