Aging basses

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Posted by Stojan on July 28, 2000 at 20:12:18:

Yo... Got some questions about played in basses. Two years ago I bought a Yamaha 4-string BBN4 direct from the factory, it had never been played when I got it. I got a friend who has been playing bass for like 15 years, and he is really awesome when he gets a bass in his hands. So, he tried the bass out, and said to me, that it was a bad purchase. Maybe it was, my ears was untrained, so at that time, I was thinking like "a bass is a bass is a bass"...

But now, two years later, I've had the opportunity to practice a lot, at least one hour a day during two years. I have played the same bass all the time. So, this friend of mine, who I actually had not seen since that day two years ago, came over and tried the bass. He wouldn't believe me when I said it was the same bass, because due to him, it sounded sooooo god, he even wanted to buy it from me...

So, I've been thinking about this a lot. Or tried to, actually I have no clue how this works. It's my impression that a bass only sounds better and better the older it gets. Any good thoughts about this?

I'm thinking about buying a Fender fretless, and I have got some offers on three basses, a '62, a '74 and a '79, for very good prices, about $1000-1500 each.. Which one should I head for? Of course, I will try them out before I decide, I'm not that blue-eyed, but... Well, what do you think?

One more thing... A friend likes to know, anyone who knows how much an almost unplayed fender (it's been standing in a wardrobe for I don't know how many years) with frets from '64 is worth?

Peace and wine


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