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Old 01-02-2013, 05:47 PM   #21
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The Gumtree protection is going local and trying the stuff out. I bought my entire rig through Gumtree and everything is completely sound. Ibanez GSR200 - brilliant starter bass which I use for gigs regularly and Ashdown MAG 300 plus 410 cab. Previously bought an Ashdown Electric Blue 130 combo and, again, no problems because I met the sellers in person and I knew where they lived if anything went wrong! I know it's not the most desirable set-up in the world but it works brilliantly for me.



Precisely! You can personally check out the gear you're about to buy, just as you would at a shop or something. If you're younger then take an older friend or relative with you, if you don't feel comfortable. It'd help of course if you had a bass to take with you to play through the amp, if you're using gumtree to find an amp.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:34 PM   #22
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You can do that with a lot of things, yes. What I meant is if you later find anything wrong which you didn't spot at that time, you don't have a way to get your money back if the seller is less than honest. I'm sure most sellers would refund, but it's harder to tell in advance when there's no visible feedback or other note about the reputation of that person. If you make sure you check everything, know enough about the items to make sure they're genuine etc. then you should be fine. But the site has disclaimers about things going wrong and the staff in my experience at least seem pretty inept and dismissive when they respond at all. I haven't had a transaction go wrong through it personally but I am extra careful when using it for these reasons.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:53 PM   #23
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ebay is a good place to look. I got a Peavey Milestone III bass on there a few years ago for about 70, someone else on here found one recently for even less. They're a good solid bass, you won't find much better for the money.

As for amps, don't have much experience with bass amps but again, on ebay I got a Marshall B65 a few months ago for 50. Doubt it would be gigworthy, but it seems like a solid practice amp.


That might have been me with the one I got for 56 with an amp, and stand, and case and strap!

Good solid instrument. Quite nice to play.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:20 AM   #24
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That might have been me with the one I got for 56 with an amp, and stand, and case and strap!

Good solid instrument. Quite nice to play.

Yep

Just checked your threads, it was this one:
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1564924

Are you still happy with it?
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:56 AM   #25
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Yeah very happy, it's been great so far. It would benefit from better pickups but that goes for most off the shelf guitars. For what it is they're certainly not bad. The neck is pretty nice IMO and it feels solid enough that it could probably take some abuse.
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What about this it cost 107 GBP



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Old 01-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #27
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Does the ad specify model, year etc? I don't think I've seen a Fender go for that kind of price before. But then I haven't specifically looked.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:24 PM   #28
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Normally I suggest SX Basses for good "starter basses"

They are inexpensive, better quality than the Squires.

I believe (I maybe wrong, though) that the SX's are rebranded as "Jim Deacon" basses in the UK.

http://www.hwaudio.co.uk/shop/search.aspx?brandid=14
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Does the ad specify model, year etc? I don't think I've seen a Fender go for that kind of price before. But then I haven't specifically looked.


Fender jazz Bass 7th Apr 1965

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Old 01-04-2013, 06:54 PM   #30
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Does the ad specify model, year etc? I don't think I've seen a Fender go for that kind of price before. But then I haven't specifically looked.

Methinks that was the joke.
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Methinks that was the joke.


Partly, the price is what I paid brand new in 1966 in Cyprus of all places where I was stationed in the British Army

Here's a shot of me with it in1974

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Even adjusting for inflation, that's a steal. I thonk 100 would translate to 1500 now, less than the reissues cost.

Luckily its not one of those "hey guys, I found this in my granddad's loft, is it worth anything" *brandishes 50s Les Paul Goldtop* stories, they're just unfair.

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Old 01-07-2013, 12:06 PM   #33
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:20 PM   #34
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Even adjusting for inflation, that's a steal. I thonk 100 would translate to 1500 now, less than the reissues cost.

Luckily its not one of those "hey guys, I found this in my granddad's loft, is it worth anything" *brandishes 50s Les Paul Goldtop* stories, they're just unfair.


In the UK they were 175 in 66, my trade in the army was musician so I was allowed to bring it back to the UK as "Tools of trade", as long as I kept it for two years no import duty was liable.

Just thought I'd post is as tongue in cheek for interest. I sold it for 3500 GBP some years ago.
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