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Owning a bass thats never gets played.

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Hi everyone i've just been noodling on my 1997 Warwick BO Thumb bass which i havent played for a few months now and its a great sounding bass. Once i pick it up i can never put it down! I gig with a Fender MIJ special 1986 jazz Bass which is the one i gig with mostly and i guess its my main bass at the moment....again a very nice sounding bass with a lot of varied tones and very verstile.
But lurking deep underneath my bed i have a Hohner b bass with a built in de-tuner which i havent played for around 15 years. I'd never get rid of as its not worth much but it holds so many great memories for me and its done loads of gigs.Its in mint condition although it needs a good service now.It was my main bass for about 10 years and its never let me down.Its not as nice to play as my other two but it was my first 'proper' bass. One day i will get round to servicing it and maybe even taking it out on a gig...if i remember!
This got me wondering how many of you have a bass that never gets played anymore? The bass that you will perhaps one day will get around to customising or playing or even selling? The bass thats been forgotten! Or am i the only one with such a bass! :happy:

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My Stingray, which was my main bass for about 12 years, has seemingly been relegated to retirement these days, since falling for my Precision, it has only been used when the P-bass was in for a set up.

It's not that it's not amazing, it's not that I don't love it, I've just gone over to the Precision it would seem. It's staying with me as I wouldn't be able to replace the memories it carries, couldn't get another in the same colour again, and more importantly, probably wouldn't get a good enough price to make me want to sell.

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My John Birch custom EB3 sadly.
By unfortunate coincidence it was the last guitar that he built. (He's famous for the weird shaped glam rock guitars of the early 70s but started in building making specialised pickups before Tony Iommi had him build his first two octave SG because no-one else would, Tony liked that guitar so much he financed the creation of John birch Guitars.).
John called me on a Sunday to tell me it was nearly done, he was found dead in his kitchen two days later.
Over the years it's insurance costs have gone up to the point where they won't insure it for playing out, just theft from home only & having put a couple of dings in it over the years I'm scared of putting any more in it. The last valuation I had was 6+ years ago and it was over £5k then, though I highly doubt it would ever sell for even half that.

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79 Stingray lives under the bed, I've used my Mustang for the last 6 years.

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I have my 1968 P bass, bought new, under the bed. Apart from 2 gigs about 10 years ago it's been there since the mid 90's. It was never a "classic". It didn't start life as one of Leo's gems and years on the road haven't been very kind to it. Too many parts have either worn out or broken and been replaced, and it's been extensively modded to overcome some of the inadequacies of the instrument.

We've been through a lot together so while there's even the remotest chance I'll play it again it'll be there waiting.

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I had a bunch of basses lying around and sold them last year. My favourite was a Jaydee roadie that I bought in the early 80's. However I knew that I would never gig it again as it is too heavy for my ancient shoulder, so moved it on. No regrets.

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For anyone who has an active bass that lives under the bed, a quick plea...
Please for God's sake [b]take the battery out[/b] :)

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My Squier MIK Precision doesn`t get much use at the moment. My main gigging bass is my 78 Precision and my backup for that is a MIM Precision - both same colour scheme. The MIM gets most use at home, 78 when with band so the poor MIK doesn`t get much use. Doesn`t help that I`ve put a set of flats on it which, whilst they sound great in the mix, aren`t that appealing for home use - imo of course.

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I used to have several lovely basses that never got played so I sold them all.
I now have only one bass, and that never gets played these days either.

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See my sig??? Pretty much everything on that list....It's what happens when you have too many basses.

My VC is my favourite of the lot, will be the last to go...I'm far too precious about the GB Rumour and don't want to let it get hurt and most of the others are on rotation. This means that some won't get played for 2 or 3 years...till recently I wasn't unhappy for this to be the case but it's dawned on me that they should be played not collected hence the cull...there'll be some missed more than others.

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No, any bass that's lying too idle for too long gets moved on, my own rule. If I'm not regularly gigging a bass then it becomes first choice for jam sessions or rehearsal to get use and the gigging bass stays at home. Now down to 3 decent quality basses and in truth that's probably one too many. Least used at present is the ric which is ironic as its the one I've had longest. It has been the main gigging bass in previous bands but not the last 3 or 4. I know if it goes the next band I join will need a ric for some of their set, sods law, so I keep it.

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[quote name='UglyDog' timestamp='1414928052' post='2594666']
For anyone who has an active bass that lives under the bed, a quick plea...
Please for God's sake [b]take the battery out[/b] :)
[/quote]

Definitely; "Energizers" are allegedly guaranteed not to leak but I wouldn't want to test that the hard way.

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My 1984 Westone Thunder III lives under the bed. I do occasionally drag it out for a play, but it's in excellent condition and I must confess to being slightly OCD about keeping it that way - so I rarely gig it.

I've considered selling it once or twice, but since I've owned it from new and it's not worth much money, holding on to it just seems the right thing to do. Besides; replacing it with a new bass with similar features/quality would cost a small fortune.

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[quote name='lojo' timestamp='1414930352' post='2594723']
Ive got 2 fender P basses, whats the point in that ?
[/quote]me also, I'm not using them at the moment tho' just my sg bass and squier p bass as a spare.

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Wow!.. Its amazing to hear of all the different types of basses out there just lying dormant for one reason or another. There seems to be some quality basses out there hiding away :P

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Stingray & Yamaha Bb1024 they both get played in equal measures. Probably never buy or sell another bass again. I went through the collection phase but now I see them as tools and the two I've got cover all the sounds I could want.

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[quote name='lojo' timestamp='1414930352' post='2594723']
Ive got 2 fender P basses, whats the point in that ?
[/quote]

Exactly lojo, it`s clear you need a third :D

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The American standard P bass in my sig rarely gets used. I mainly prefer to use my bitsa Squier instead. I think I,m a bit superstitious because when I use the US at a gig or practice it is never a very good one!
Having said that I have just ordered an Epiphone T Bird classic IV so watch this space! :D

Edited by Hobbayne

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1985 Wal hanging on the wall ,does that count. Also two 75 precisions one of which I bought new. Cant get rid we've been thru too much together. Gigging a 62 reissue jazz at the moment so it don't matter if it gets dinged.

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'78 P that was my only bass for eleven years hasn't been touched for about a year :-(
I couldn't get rid though. If I got, say, a grand for it, that money would just slowly vanish bit by bit until I'm left with no money and no beautiful bass. Besides, I'll need it in the future when I'm playing mediocre middle-aged pub dad rock.

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My Upton Prof DB doesn't go out these days 'cos it's just too heavy to carry about. It can't go under the bed so it stands up in the corner. The ply beater went to the SE Bash yesterday but now it'll stay in the garage until the outside gigs resume in the spring. The other three will do out tho'.

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Ok, so you really only need 1 bass.
I only do about 12 gigs a year atm, I try rotate my basses so they all get to come out and play at some point.
Right now the Precision (s) are getting the most use, if we go down to a trio I like to break-out the Stingray or Jazz. The fretless gets some studio use :)
I can always justify having more than one lol.
I have just moved one on that I wasn't using much, heartbreaking but it had to go.

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I have a 62 reissue fender jazz fretless (CIJ). First fretless i bought. Used it once or twice then got a five string fretless. So it never gets used. I should sell it really as i can't imagine using it, but its so pretty and my first so can't bring myself to.

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This has been a great read.

I have an acoustic bass I bought aged 16, for a cheap one it is surprisingly great and i was never tempted to upgrade. I did some gigs on it about 8 years ago which was something I'll cherish. These days though it just hangs on the wall gathering dust. I'd never sell it though, it's too good and has too many memories.

I've always quickly moved on electric basses that werent getting used in order to fund others I would use. If that wasn't part of my general philosophy I'd regret a few sales now, having said that I admire people that kept hold of them.

Edited by Chiliwailer

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