Buying a vintage bass.

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moik
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Buying a vintage bass.

Post by moik » 13 Nov 2018, 18:56

I’m thinking of pulling the trigger on a mid 70s Gibson for $5k

I can afford it. I don’t NEED it. I want it. Can someone please talk me out of it.

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Re: Buying a vintage bass.

Post by packrat » 13 Nov 2018, 19:00

Buy my late 70s surplus P instead! :p

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Post by noplanb » 13 Nov 2018, 19:01

It will be a liability.
You won't even be able to park at a supermarket for fear someone will dent it with a shopping trolley.
Or the slot-head will crack when you aren't looking.
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Post by slowlearner » 13 Nov 2018, 19:03

Well you better give us a little more detail than that. Model? Condition? Provenance?
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Post by veebass » 13 Nov 2018, 19:16

I have a number of 70s (and later) Gibson Basses and I probably won't try to talk you out of it, unless it is overpriced. Some of the nicest bass necks I have played are on Gibson basses. I might try and convince you to spend more money on an older TBird.
What mid 70s Gibson would be $5K? Maybe a nice Bicentennial TBird or a Les Paul Signature?
Rippers, Grabbers etc should be less than that. I suppose if you are bringing in from O/S the cost could start to stack up.

More details please. Seriously, if it is a model I am familiar with, I am happy to assist.
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Post by moik » 13 Nov 2018, 20:08

I knew someone would pick it. :) Yes it’s a Les Paul signature gold top.

When I first started drooling over these things they were $3k ish. Having said that I see it as more of “I just want one” rather than as an investment.

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Post by irvinz » 13 Nov 2018, 20:19

i fell in love with smelly old vintage gibson basses. mine is not in original condition, swapped out hardware mainly, has a slotted headstock, but it has yet to be broken. yet.

go for it :) i miss my old ripper too. don't let life pass by with regret!

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Post by veebass » 13 Nov 2018, 20:19

moik wrote:
13 Nov 2018, 20:08
I knew someone would pick it. :) Yes it’s a Les Paul signature gold top.

When I first started drooling over these things they were $3k ish. Having said that I see it as more of “I just want one” rather than as an investment.
Very attractive basses and obviously the model for the highly successful Jack Casady Bass. I have actually never played one so I can't help much with what they are like.
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Post by moik » 13 Nov 2018, 20:41

veebass wrote:
13 Nov 2018, 20:19
moik wrote:
13 Nov 2018, 20:08
I knew someone would pick it. :) Yes it’s a Les Paul signature gold top.

When I first started drooling over these things they were $3k ish. Having said that I see it as more of “I just want one” rather than as an investment.
Very attractive basses and obviously the model for the highly successful Jack Casady Bass. I have actually never played one so I can't help much with what they are like.
I actually have a JC because it was an affordable version of the real thing. Could buy this and the wife won't know the difference.

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Post by Veldar » 17 Nov 2018, 08:33

I guess it depends on what you want with it, if you're not the whole collecting thing than it'd probably suck having it and being too scared to gig it.

But dudes like Brian Cook have toured vintage Gibson's before and it survived for years before he retired them.

If I was that into it had the spare money I would get it and just play it, but I kinda look at my instruments almost as tools so...
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Re: Buying a vintage bass.

Post by BazzBass » 17 Nov 2018, 12:09

give me the $5k, problem solved
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Re: Buying a vintage bass.

Post by veebass » 21 Nov 2018, 06:08

Well did you buy it?
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Re: Buying a vintage bass.

Post by moik » 24 Nov 2018, 14:03

veebass wrote:
21 Nov 2018, 06:08
Well did you buy it?
Nope. Would have had to pay another $1k on duties and freight.

I didn’t want it that much.

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