Re: Forgot one thing...

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Posted by Stinko Stanko on July 29, 2000 at 18:23:55:

In Reply to: Re: Forgot one thing... posted by El Pájaro on July 29, 2000 at 08:49:57:

: Hey there,
: Good point: aging DEFINITELY has an effect on basses. I'm not sure two years is enough to notice any changes, but if your friend noticed them, they must have happened.
: As far as I know, this is due to many factors, mains being both the gradual loss of magnetic pull in the pickup magnets (which makes the bass sound punchier) and the gradual wear of the neck and body finish, which allows the wood to "breathe" more, thus resonating in a different way.
: On the other topic, I think the prices you've been offered are fair, but maybe you just can cheat your other friend who has a 64 Jazz in the closet by saying something like: "oh man this old shit is worthless! I'll do you a favor and buy it for $100, that's as much as you would get" ;-))
: Now seriously though, your friend's bass seems to be a collector's item; I'd try with a vintage specialist like Elderly Instruments for an opinion on how much that's worth.
: Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,

: El Pájaro


Yo... Actually, it's mostly up to how much you play your instrument. Like, say, you buy two basses of the same brand, you put one in the wardrobe for 20 years, and you play the other one during the time. The basses will sound completely different from eachother, partly to this magnetic loss, but mostly I think the difference lies in the fretboard. All the time you're playing, sweat and fluids ,and God knows what kind of acids, are freed from the fingertips. This, apparently, affects the fretboard. And, naturally the more you're playing, the more will your bass sound character change. And as much as you, Stojan, have practised, I think it seems natural that your bass has changed its voice. The strings take the most of the fluids though.
Concerning your other question, about the three basses you should buy, I think it makes no bigger difference what bass you buy, if you don't know how much they have been played. I think the '62 sounds most interesting though. I mean, $1500?!? One of my friends bought one from '67 for $2500! Either is he a dumbass or you've caught a good one... If you're lucky, find a collector and make some good money... Maybe you shouldn't listen to me though, my knowledge about economical value concerning basses isn't what it ought to be...
But, seriously, as you said, try them out, if you wanna buy one. Some people like one sound, other people like another one. What I'm saying, don't get distracted by the year it's made. The sound is the most important. But, anybody who knows a lot about prices?

Keep the beat

Stinko Stanko

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