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#1
What are certain features on certain basses that make you not want to buy that particular bass even though without it you would splash your cash without a doubt?

My example is a five string Fender. The fifth peg just looks so out of place.
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#2
the scratchplate and controls on stingray 5. makes me wanna puke.
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#3
Usually I find gold hardware ruins a bass. Only a few basses can pull it off.
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#4
Stupid bridge design annoys me.

As do some pickup covers, and some control plates, scratchguards, and knobs and stuff.
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#5
Chrome knobs on butique basses with natural finishes. Wood knobs look so much better.
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#6
White pickguards.

I dunno what it is about them. Most of the time they just bother me. White pearloid on the other hand is 'mazing.
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#9
Owners who put stickers on them.

Owners who put stickers on them and say "don't judge me because of my stickers." To me it's like dressing as a pink flamingo and saying "how do you know I'm weird? You don't know me!"
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Owners who put stickers on them.

Owners who put stickers on them and say "don't judge me because of my stickers." To me it's like dressing as a pink flamingo and saying "how do you know I'm weird? You don't know me!"


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#12
If I see a bass in a store and it has colored strings that is definately a turn-off. I prefer the look of regular strings. And pre-worn instruments. I saw a guitar that was manufactured to make the paint look chipped...
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If I see a bass in a store and it has colored strings that is definately a turn-off. I prefer the look of regular strings. And pre-worn instruments. I saw a guitar that was manufactured to make the paint look chipped...


I have never been quite able to understand the allure of a relic-ed signature guitar or bass. The fact that someone has sat in Fender's build shop painstakingly recreating every scratch, ding and wear mark a famous person put on their instrument seems slightly insane to me. About as much as someone paying thousands of dollars to buy said instrument.
#14
Thumb/finger rests, p'up covers and stupid headstocks. I'm picky about my headstocks for some reason.
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I don't like thick necks, so whenever I see a nice bass, but pick it up and realize the neck is too thick I get mad.
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I have never been quite able to understand the allure of a relic-ed signature guitar or bass. The fact that someone has sat in Fender's build shop painstakingly recreating every scratch, ding and wear mark a famous person put on their instrument seems slightly insane to me. About as much as someone paying thousands of dollars to buy said instrument.

i agree with this 100%. a well seasoned instrument is cool, but "stressing" a perfectly good, new instrument, does not make sense to me. imo, it's like buying a new car, with dents and scratches on it, like a used car. i don't get it.
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Thumb/finger rests, p'up covers and stupid headstocks. I'm picky about my headstocks for some reason.


I dont mind p'up covers, some basses it looks great on. But i cant stand basses with aged looked / relic look as posted before, gold hardeware, and $1000+ basses with tuners that look like they are cheap and flimsy. I want my tuners to look like they are high quality and worth being on the instrument.
#19
What kinda kills me is that the relic finish is $2000 more than an NOS finish.

However, I've played some relics, and I must say, they look the part. Also, relic'd necks have a very distinct feel to them that some people have to play the instrument for 30 years to get.
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#20
Stickers, shiny contours (you know, that goes all around the body and has a flashy look), pickguards on a stingray, gold stuff and ofcourse uberlarge headstocks!
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#24
The long body of a Spector, they sound amazing, but I can't stand the body. I also dislike basses that just have the neck pickup. Stickers definitely ruin it, but my first bass has a sticker on the bass to cover up bucklerash
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I have never been quite able to understand the allure of a relic-ed signature guitar or bass. The fact that someone has sat in Fender's build shop painstakingly recreating every scratch, ding and wear mark a famous person put on their instrument seems slightly insane to me. About as much as someone paying thousands of dollars to buy said instrument.

I view a relic as an accomplishment, you know that the user has experiance when he uses a relic, every ding and scratch was made throughout countless experiances the musician has encountered. This is why I absolutely despise the trend of relics that has popped up, a relic is something you cannot buy, it must be earned!
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I view a relic as an accomplishment, you know that the user has experiance when he uses a relic, every ding and scratch was made throughout countless experiances the musician has encountered. This is why I absolutely despise the trend of relics that has popped up, a relic is something you cannot buy, it must be earned!

Yes, it must be earned, but if you're a collector who prefers the company of relic'd Custom Shop Fenders, this is a more visible way to make it "one of a kind." Three Surf Green relic Strats will look completely different, whereas three NOS ones won't - besides the serial number. I can understand the appeal; it just isn't for me.
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I complete agree Kranoscorp; and playing and paying for a relic-ed Jaco seems slightly obsessive and a bit creepy to me. I do think that Fender really pushed the envelope with the Andy Summer's tribute telecaster. A broken bridge, funky electronics not even original to the telecaster and the following relic job:



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#30
Relics are all personal preference. Some people like the vintage look but either can't afford a vintage bass or don't want to wait for their own bass to get beat up. Also, new basses aren't going to age the same as older basses. Poly doesn't age like nitro and can take more of a beating. I'm not a huge fan of reliced basses but some of them look pretty cool when done correctly. Some look like utter shit though.

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#31
dillys *cough* warwick *cough*
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Relics are all personal preference. Some people like the vintage look but either can't afford a vintage bass or don't want to wait for their own bass to get beat up. Also, new basses aren't going to age the same as older basses. Poly doesn't age like nitro and can take more of a beating. I'm not a huge fan of reliced basses but some of them look pretty cool when done correctly. Some look like utter shit though.

Bad Relic

The thing is that you are SUPPOSED to wait for it to happen. Owning a relic insinuates that you have been through a lot of shit, and that your bass has experianced all of it with you.

In my eyes, buying a relic is exactly like lieing about your past.
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#33
But something tells me that neck is easy to play on without the finish. That, or hard as hell. :?

For me, it's a crappy/gaudy inlay job, lame stickers (I HAVE seen good ones!), a talentless player, or those tiny tuners. I think one of the biggest attractions I first had to Fenders was the tuners- they look and feel like a man's bass (or a woman's), and you don't feel like it'll pop out while you're tuning.
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#36
I don't know bout you guys but the pick up covers look amazing on the right bass like this jazz bass

but colored fender head stocks look disgusting!
#37
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i think he means the long, straight, slender, phallic limb on most warwicks
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I complete agree Kranoscorp; and playing and paying for a relic-ed Jaco seems slightly obsessive and a bit creepy to me. I do think that Fender really pushed the envelope with the Andy Summer's tribute telecaster. A broken bridge, funky electronics not even original to the telecaster and the following relic job:



All yours for 15K USD!



$200?!
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