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Senior Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 573
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 5:33 pm:   Edit Post

i'm looking for an old american or japanese "beater" bass. something that has a great sound but just doesn't look fantastic. i'm in need of one because i don't want anything happening to my nice bass while just jamming and want to be able to jump around without having a big loss if anything happens to it(but still will take amazing care of it)

looking for something like a charvel 3b, jackson bass, any old american fender(precision, jazz, etc.), aria, westone, teisco, or just let me know if you've got something you can live without. also have a couple basses i may trade if it'll help make a good deal go through

i know this may not be the right place for this but don't want to pay to use talkbass :-)

Advanced Member
Username: afrobeat_fool

Post Number: 263
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 6:21 pm:   Edit Post

Taylor, I have a 81 Kramer that I don't use. E-mail me.

Senior Member
Username: ajdover

Post Number: 886
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 6:28 pm:   Edit Post

I've got an extra Guild B-301 and a Gibson Victory Artist Bass I don't use all that much. The Victory weighs a ton; the Guild is pretty beat but functional (I was thinking of having it restored and Alembicised when I got around to it if I kept it). I've also got a Peavey Dyna Bass that's pretty cool, and it's in pretty good shape.
Username: zemog59

Post Number: 35
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Monday, November 08, 2010 - 7:48 am:   Edit Post

Maybe you should contact this fellow with the
"snakeskin bass" http://alembic.com/club/messages/395/86756.html?1285616222
Username: smokinbear

Post Number: 100
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 8:27 am:   Edit Post

I have a good Persuader that has been played hard but not trashed that could be considered for this duty. Pm me for details, pics etc.
Advanced Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 370
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

I just found a good beater bass; it's a DeArmond Pilot. It has all the makings of a real cheap-o: made in Indonesia, minimal controls (pickup blend, volume, tone), fair-to-middlin' fit-and-finish, mediocre hardware, etc. But when I checked it out, it balanced nicely, and is very lightweight, the tuners work, and the truss rod works. I figured I could deal with it's shortcomings later. I put some black nylon tapewound strings on it and shielded the control cavity with foil tape, ensuring the ground wire to the bridge was secure. Then I did the usual set-up stuff, truss rod, intonation and string height, and pickup height. The bass is now quite usable and actually sounds very good. 'Twas worth the $100.

(Message edited by Benson_Murrensun on November 12, 2010)
Senior Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 579
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 12:40 pm:   Edit Post

pm sent to smokinbear

Senior Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 580
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 7:49 pm:   Edit Post

Bear, let me know if you got my email, I sent it through AOL so it might be in your spam

Advanced Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 324
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 1:18 pm:   Edit Post

An old Aria or Yamaha BB or TRB or one of the early Fender active basses like a Prodigy or Lyte or an early ESP (not a later one) or a nice Mexi Fender or a better yet Japan fender might go for not too much and still sound good.
Intermediate Member
Username: phylo

Post Number: 143
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

might check these out:

Username: tcube

Post Number: 33
Registered: 8-2007
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post

Phylo - Wow, those are some nice lookin' "beaters"! (That's what she said.) Wonder what do they sound like.

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