Re: Great Deal or Junk-Gibson Nikki Six Blackbird

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Posted by anonymouse on January 21, 2002 at 12:07:48:

In Reply to: Re: Great Deal or Junk-Gibson Nikki Six Blackbird posted by splatbass on January 20, 2002 at 22:11:04:

The cost difference between the T bird and the Nikki Sixx is $2000, which - for me - is roughly half a year of Wednesday night gigs at $75 a pop. Does the NIkki Six bass have some feature that I can't get for less cost elsewhere. If I went to the club owner and asked for $10/night more cuz I played the Nikki Sixx, do you think he would give it to me?

Same way with old Fender Jazz basses (which I dream about). They sound great, but are they really worth $6000. Sentiment aside, I am sure I can find something on the street that sounds just as good for less than a third of the cost.

I also play upright. My current is a very good Engelhardt which I can easily sell for what I paid for it ($1000). I plan to drop $8000 in the next year for a quality carved top, with a minimum resale value of $6500.

IMHO, buy the best instrument you can afford, but realize the selling price is 1) only what it sounds like or 2) what you can get the next guy to shell out for it.

Sorry if I appear cynical.

: : Howdy,

: : I don't desperately need another bass or anything but I have noticed that a few web sites are listing the Gibson Nikki Six Blackbird(t-bird) signature bass at about $700, down from the outrageous list of like $2700. This is price with case also, I checked. So while I'm not a Crue fan the alure of a made in the USA, neck through body Gibson instrument at such a great price is tempting.

: : I've read a couple reviews out there and they are split evenly, but people either love it or hate it, most concuring that they expect a hell of alot more from a bass they paid $1700-1400 for.

: : Anyone out there have an opinion on this instrument or gibson basses? Gibson isn't well know for their basses and I'm thinking that's for a reason. At this price it's almost worth buying as an investment because in 25 years it will be rare (obviously unpopular) but still a brand name USA signature model instrument that someone with way too much money will just have to have as by then Motely Crue will be popular again. Crap, I think I just convinced myself.
: : Thanks in advance.

: : Kev

: I don't have any experience with the Nikki Sixx T-bird, but I own a 1976 Gibson T-bird (that I purchased new, damn I'm old...), and it is a great bass. The main problem with them is that they are neck heavy (as are most Gibson basses), but they sound great. Some of the other Gibsons, primarily the EB models, have a very limited sound, but the T-birds and Les Paul basses sound very good. Since I learned to play on a Gibson, I'm very partial to their necks, they just feel right to me. This is a matter of opinion, though. Many who learned to play on Fender style basses don't like them. They have a similar neck to a Fender Jazz, narrow at the nut, but a little thicker front to back. Probably why I have owned several Jazz basses. I have kept my T-bird in good condition, and today (26 years later) it is worth 3 times what I paid for it. I didn't buy it as an investment, and it was my main bass for about ten years, but it has gone up in value. I don't play it on gigs anymore, because I want to keep it in good condition, but I still sometimes use it for recording because of its sweet sound. I think that is a good price on the Nikki Sixx, but I would only buy it to use it, not just as an investment. Basses are meant to be played, not put in a closet and forgotten about.

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