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

#21 User is offline   adam411booking 

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 04:17 PM

View PostRob R, on 29 September 2012 - 03:59 PM, said:

I'm glad to hear it. If you need any help, let me know, I'll see what you can do. Also if it turns out to be the pick up let me know, I have quite a few extras laying around. You may be surprised it may just be a loose wire.

I really appreciate that. I'll keep you updated on how everything turns out with it.
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#22 User is offline   Rob R 

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:40 AM

No problem. I know how happy I was when I got mine back. It brought back a lot of great memories, things like that you just can't put a price on.
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#23 User is offline   guitar dog 

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 09:46 PM

My first bass is long gone - sold it in 1969. It was a no name Fender copy. I got back into guitars many years later, this is the first recent bass that I bought. You can still see the 60's influence.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 04:21 AM

My first bass was an Eko Barracuda in natural/blonde colour.Similar to a Rivoli.I bought it in 1969 for ú15 after hearing Sgt.Peppers on earphones for the first time.I had been playing guitar up till then,but when I heard those bass lines,,,,I thought ,,,this is for me.

Sadly,it was pinched and I never photographed it,but it was similar to this.

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#25 User is offline   Parabar 

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 04:29 PM

The black Electra P-bass in the middle was my first. I bought it in 1983 for a recording project I was doing, and it has served well ever since. It came with a brass Badass bridge, and I replaced the original plastic thumbrest with a brass Fender one.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 09:11 PM

My first bass was an American 5 string Jazz Bass(the 5th string was only used as a thumb rest though [biggrin] )
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#27 User is offline   corson 

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 09:23 PM

View PostJon S., on 14 October 2012 - 09:11 PM, said:

My first bass was an American 5 string Jazz Bass(the 5th string was only used as a thumb rest though [biggrin] )

4 strings are enough for me.
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#28 User is offline   BatHead 

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:17 AM

My first bass was almost exactly like this Univox:
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It had a really nice deep ruby-red burst over a cool looking Foto-Flame top and back. It also had a pickguard, unlike the one in the picture.
Mine was re-branded (with a nailed on plastic name plate) a Maestro. Out of curiosity I pried off the plate, and it had the Univox logo underneath. I suspect it was a factory second because it had a couple of spots on the edge binding where paint had slopped over. It was a really nice playing bass, but I couldn't tell you what the tone was really like, I never got the chance to play it thru a good amp. Wish I had it now.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:55 AM

My first and only Bass. Got it last year. It's a 2005 Ibanez Trans-Blue Burst GSR200 FM. Got it on Ebay for $45 with case. Plays great. [thumbup]

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#30 User is offline   Lawnmowerman 

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:07 AM

My first bass was a Red SG copy short scale loved it.. for a while i thought it was a gibson even took it to a local dealer to find out he did have to look at it for a min. he said it didnt have any serial numbers was the give away. I wound up trading it for a black fender squire. and it was not a week when the guy had dropped something in the front and it put a big gash on the front.. wished i had never traded it.. I have not yet found another one like it. it had no name on the headstock but did have the crown in the middle and looked just like angus Youngs guitar. I loved it. and miss it...
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 04:45 AM

Loving your pics & your stories boys...

Pluses all 'round [thumbup]
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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


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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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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:15 PM

View Postcorson, on 14 October 2012 - 09:23 PM, said:

4 strings are enough for me.


Yep, me too.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

Wow nostalgia night. First bass was a 70's Epiphone Genesis. Bought it in a pawn shop in Salem, Oregon for $150. Black with some monster sounding double coils with tap switches and chrome hardware. Set neck. Looked like Gene Simmons Lebau bass from the early years. Weighed about 11 pounds so it was a grueling practice every night, not to mention gigging. So what did i do, traded it for a set of chevy small block heads for my broke down car and bought a Peavy T40, which weighed about 15 pounds. Now rocking an Ibanez BTB 400QM but awaiting the arrival of a Korean Thunderbird next tuesday. BTB is sold (if i ever get paid). Holding down the bottom end since 1986. cruzerjd
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

My first bass was a Silvertone Dolphin-head Danelectro as in the pic below. The picture is not of mine ... I traded in in on a Vox Cougar in '68. I sure wish I had it back. I've sold the Vox too although that was just 4-5 years ago. It was cool but I don't miss the Vox much.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:44 PM

Around 1972/73 I bought a used 60's Kalamazo blue bass single pickup , blue oolour out of a pawn shop in Killeen Texas. I was stationed at Ft Hood at the time. I have no idea what I did with it. I guess I traded it off to another pawn shop. Wish I still had it.
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:15 PM

77 black fender j bass
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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:28 AM

My first bass was a Gibson EB 3, bought through 'Hy's Pawn Shop" in Nashville. Hy ordered through Manny's in New York (if my memory is correct), which really pissed off Mr. Stone, the manager of Hewgley's Music Shop, which was the only authorized Gibson Dealer in Nashville at that time. I had tried to buy it at Hewgley's but they were of no help in getting it financed, and HY simply walked down Deadrick Street with me to Commerce union Bank, and basically co-signed for me to take a loan out for the bass (this was all pre credit cards).

It was a great bass, but as we started getting into recording, the recording engineer kept hearing intonation problems with the bass (probably was simply my playing!). We discussed that, and decided the short scale was causing the problems, so I went to Hewgley's this time and ordered a long scale Kalamazoo (USA) (about 1963/64?), because I liked the Gibson, but they didn't have a long scale at the time. I eventually caved and sold the Kalamazoo, and bought a Fender Precision...but always liked the EB3 the best.
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 01:06 PM

I got a Vantage something or another in the late 1970s. It was very heavy and had neck dive that wouldn't stop. It looked OK and probably sounded OK through decent equipment, but I didn't have decent equipemnt to play it through. I gave it to my youngest brother when I got the Free Bass. The Free Bass was a Coral Wasp or something like that, made by Danelectro, that had been found in a bathtub in an abandoned building. It got its name because I got it for free, and at that time, crack cocaine was called free base. I thought it was funny. It probably isn't so funny now, but when you are 19 or so, a whole lot of things are funny that turn out to be less funny later.

The Free Bass sounded awful, so I took it apart and discovered that the neck had been shimmed up with matchbooks. Eight cents of change made for much better shims, and it needed shims since the neck was non-adjustable. It weighed almost nothing and had a double octave, short-scale neck that was very narrow. Beats me what strings were on it, because I just left the ones it had on it the whole time I had it. It looked a lot like a Fender Mustang, and it was black, with a mother-of-toilet-seat plastic pickguard and about a dozen switches and knobs that did who knows what. The paint was thrashed. I played that thing from about 1979 to 1983, when I was living in New York. I just happened to have it with me in the East Village one day, and wandered into a guitar shop on St. Mark's Place. A guy there had to have it and offered me $300 cash on the spot. The bass had a bit of neck dive, and I figured I could do better anyway, so I took the cash without thinking about it much. Only problem is that it left me without a bass.

From there, I wandered over to the West Village and into another music shop, just to look around. I hadn't decided what to do about being bassless, or anything else for that matter. The shop had an EB-2 with two pickups that they said was a 1965. It isn't, but who cares. Nobody much wanted Gibson anything at that point, let alone an archtop Gibson bass. They were asking $350 plus tax for the EB-2, and I had $300. I offered them $300 including all taxes and everything else. They took it. I rode the subway up to 96th and then walked home to 102nd with that bass - no case, no gig bag, just the bass. I eventually got a gig bag and then about five years ago, I got a case for it. It's a miracle nothing bad has ever happend to it, since it got schlepped around all over the place in a gig back, my son "borrowed" it for a while, and I have played it a whole lot. It's probably one of about a dozen Gibson basses from that era that has never had a neck or headstock repair. The finish is work and dinged, but it is still very presentable and doesn't have any holes. I don't think I'll ever let it go, and it's original purchase price was the eight cents of change I used to shim up the neck on the Free Bass.

I don't miss the Vantage or the Free Bass, but they served their purposes.

The Free Bass looked like this guitar, except it had four strings:

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The Vantage looked like this:

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 04:37 PM

Those Vantage Basses fetch surprisingly good money these days, but I still think I would prefer to have your EB2 =P~
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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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#40 User is offline   Gaolee 

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 04:20 PM

Anybody who would actually pay real cash money for one of those old Vantage basses should have a quick trip to some kind of therapy, because it is a sign of some latent mental issue that could come out at an unfortunate time. Like, for example, paying real cash money for a Vantage bass that is like holding a stick with a boat anchor on the wrong end.
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