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Advice on buying a bass

Postby PertHJ » Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:33 pm

Yo so I'm in the market for a new bass, I think I want a classic P style bass, but other than that I have no idea what I'm looking for.

Could either buy new or second hand depending on price/condition etc

I had a quick look on rock shop's website for Fender P basses to get an idea on price and they seemed to range from $1500 - $4000, I'm assuming this is largely to do with where they are made (USA/JAP/MEX)?

So yeah basically what should I be looking out for in terms of quality and price?

Also I'm going to Australia next month, do you think it's any more viable to buy one there and bring it back?

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby blastman » Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:43 pm

Hey Pert,

Not sure if you know about this website but prices are VERY COMPETTIVE compared to Rockshop prices:

http://www.musicthingz.co.nz/advanced_s ... ss&x=0&y=0

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby iquit » Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:50 am

I'd keep well away from Musicthings... dude is dodgy as and has been banned from trademe more than once. Check out the nzguitar forums for more of an idea what he's like if you're interested. I just ordered a new guitar from the rockshop and got $200 off a $1500 guitar by using the price check thing on their website and comparing their prices to the aussie ones - might be worth a go??

If you did buy in Aussie, you can actually claim back the gst at the airport - but only on-carry on luggage - dunno if you'd get away with a bass as carry-on though??

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby ghetto ninja » Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:19 am

Ive got away with a bass as carry on so long as its been in a soft case.
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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby iquit » Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:34 am

http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=4366 is where you'll find the deets on the tourist refund scheme if you do decide to go that way...

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby general » Fri Oct 02, 2009 2:51 am

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=244370946

$800 is the most you'd want to pay for it i'd say. good bridge/pup combo.

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby general » Fri Oct 02, 2009 2:54 am

also, if you want to spend less, there are often ibanez blazer precision copies from the early 80s on trade me regularly. good bang for your buck. one failed to sell for $550 last week.

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby Holiday Menthol. » Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:57 am

GO TO BRISBANE PERT AND GO TO TYM'S GUITARS

Seriously, sorry for writing in capital.

You can get a Japanese P-Bass for like, 1/3 the price that the idiots on TradeMe want for their pieces of shit.

http://tymguitars.com.au/forsale_guitars_02.html

One on the first page even!
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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby PertHJ » Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:19 am

Thanks for the info thus far, I think I'm prepared to spend a bit of money to get something really nice.

On;y going to Sydney and Melbourne I'm afraid

keep the ideas coming.
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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby general » Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:11 am

Check out Gallins Guitars on chapel st in prahran, Melb. last time i was over they had some nice vintage basses at good prices. if i recall they do mainly gibson stuff, but had a nice 70s precision so maybe worth a look if you're in the area.

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby Nathanael » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:57 pm

Pert, ill take you to The Music Swop Shop in melb. You will find a well priced gem there.
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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby [Tim] » Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:14 am

ghetto ninja wrote:Ive got away with a bass as carry on so long as its been in a soft case.


Really? Fuck I didn't know you could do that. My bass got pretty hammered in a hard case on a trip to Wellington the case looked like the baggage people threw it around CUNTS :?

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby Dixon Cider A.C. » Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:36 am

[Tim] wrote:
ghetto ninja wrote:Ive got away with a bass as carry on so long as its been in a soft case.


Really? Fuck I didn't know you could do that. My bass got pretty hammered in a hard case on a trip to Wellington the case looked like the baggage people threw it around CUNTS :?


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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby cleetus » Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:53 am

Music swop shop...as was earlier suggested. they have a website too, pretty good prices, and you might just find the gem you want.

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby punch-up » Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:58 am

ghetto ninja wrote:Ive got away with a bass as carry on so long as its been in a soft case.


yup me too. stick in the overhead and all. soft cases only though

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby PertHJ » Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:16 pm

Nathanael wrote:Pert, ill take you to The Music Swop Shop in melb. You will find a well priced gem there.


Sweet I'll take you up on that

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Re: Advice on buying a bass

Postby Nathanael » Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:30 am

Dang! Im touring a show at the moment for work so might not be around then, maybe one day.

http://www.musicswopshop.com.au/

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