A question for guys who use vintage

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A question for guys who use vintage

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:43 am

Basic question - Are any of you guys looking to make any purchases in the next 6 months. Only reason I am asking is because of this... I'll be in Arlington at the show next week. I know big stuff is slow right now. Im just curious as to what folks are dreaming about (with reality potential). Im expecting to buy player gear for a change but may alter with correct feedback. Thanks, Kevin
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby Funkster » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:49 am

How about a Ric with a good E string? Any color! The more beat the more sweet,, lol
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby felig » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:40 am

I'm starting to think seriously about a mid-late 70s Rick 4005--Mapleglo preferred--that is in playable & reasonably priced (I know that "reasonably priced" is pretty loosely defined with a 4005).
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:38 am

Fred - 2 major flaws in the request
A) Finding a 70s 4005
B) Finding a reasonably priced 4005

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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby andrew » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:28 am

If you find any deals on lefty basses Kev I'm happy to mention them on the lefty board. We have a decent amount of European guys on there who are more ready to buy if you don't mind shipping overseas (as i know you love to [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif] ).
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby felig » Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:54 pm

Kevin Probass Borden wrote:Fred - 2 major flaws in the request
A) Finding a 70s 4005
B) Finding a reasonably priced 4005

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I recently found A) but the B) was definitely not there.
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby Rob Francis » Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:05 pm

Nothin new but I still need a pot set for a 62P [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif] [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby harleyyy » Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:06 pm

Rob Francis wrote:Nothin new but I still need a pot set for a 62P [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif] [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]


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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby Dean » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:17 am

Though I own several vintage basses, most recently I've been using Leo era G&Ls, Yamaha BB basses from the '80's, and Fender Japan vintage re-issues from the '80's and '90's. As you mentioned in your Premier Guitar article a few months back Kebo, the older G&Ls may be the next American made bass to escalate in price and desirability.
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby harleyyy » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:21 am

Dean wrote: Kebo, the older G&Ls may be the next American made bass to escalate in price and desirability.


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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:38 am

Dean - I will hang my hat on that statement about G&Ls. The bass market is cyclical it will go up, level off, come down a little and repeat.

Fender has been the big dog for years and are priced out of the market in certain aspects
Gibson has been spiking and dropping, but they are spiking. They are established
Musicman screamed for a few years now are level at a price at least double GnL
Ricks have been steady. They shot up and came back down and have been level. IMHO they are STILL under valued but not under appriciated.

That leaves GnL.. These early basses are better than ANY bass from the same era in the same original list price basis. The only reason they dont sell is because they are daughty looking. See my last years piece on 5 basses under the money. All it is going to take is 1 major player or 1 major collector to say GET ME ONE. It will happen. RD basses were door stops until Krist Novselic (did I get that right?) used one. Jazzmasters were door stops until Elvis Costello used one. Etc etc.. Trust me... I am throwing back every 81 to 84 G&L L1k and L2Ke models that are stellar. In the December issue I have my yearly state of the nation address. Keep an eye on it.
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby Dean » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:56 am

Kevin,

Always interested in your observations...thanks. What's your take on the neck-through Yamaha BB basses from the early '80's to the late '80's? Lot's of players were(are?) using them. I got a BB3000S two years ago for next to nothing, and it's quite impressive.
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:44 am

This reply has nothing to do with playability, tone or appriciation. Its purely market and dollar driven.

These are terrific basses but I do not think these will ever have $$ value on the vintage market. It has many things working against it

A) Its Japanese - Japan products never light up the vintage market
B) They made too many
C) They broke no new ground

Then you have this question - If you found say a 1975 Gibson Ripper, brand new in the box would a collector or player pay 3500.00 for it? The answer is yes and all day long. If you found a Yamaha brand new in the box would you pay 3000.00 for it? The answer is probobly no. Theres a bit of a stigma that if its not Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, Musicman, Martin or Gretsch......
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby Johnny Alien » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:19 pm

Definitely looking for a players grade Fullerton 62 Precision or any lower priced players grade piece like that with a rosewood neck. we already talked about that though!

I will make sure to PM you when you get back.
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Re: A question for guys who use vintage

Postby godofthunder » Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:52 pm

NR Thunderbird IIs
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