Posted by Kenny on July 29, 2000 at 20:49:37:
In Reply to: Aging basses 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
I don't really know the science behind the aging of an instrument, but I have to admit that some of the best I've ever played were a little older. I owned a nice stingray that was about 8 or 9 years old and it just sounded so much better then the new ones I would try. One of my teachers had a 62 jazz and a pre-ernie ball musicman........both were just incredible in terms of tone and overall sound.
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