TOOLS AND BOXES:

They also served.... The guitars that got away.

Every now and then I have sometimes not 'bonded' with a guitar, or for whatever reason come to the startling realisation that a guitar or bass hasn't been out of its case for a long time and that maybe it would maybe be of more use to someone else, who would enjoy it more and play it and it could make room in The Vault for another one. 


Fender Squier sunburst Precision bass guitar.

Fender Squier precision bass guitar

I bought this very early Squier bass (one of the very first issued under the Squier brand name, so effectively it was later recognised as being a very decent quality crossover product from Fender) and I was very pleased indeed with it until I bought an active bass, at which point it became surplus to my requirements.

Back then, I didn't really collect guitars.

I wasn't gigging regularly at the time and so I swapped it for a lovely Tokai lawsuit Strat replica, which I still have and use today. I did try to track the new owner down and ask to buy this one back, but when I finally found him, he had sold it on.


Squier Precision Bass guitar.

.Squier Precision bass guitar
I bought this one as a backup for playing live when I was in Go Crazy.

Like the sunburst one that I had previously parted with (above), it was a decent enough bass that, like a number of the others on this page, simply slipped down the ranks and out of use over the course of a few years.

WAL Pro 1e bass guitar.

Wal Pro 1e bass guitar

I bought this from A1 in Manchester and, on the way to my girlfriends house in Romiley, Cheshire, right after I had bought it, I was nearly mugged in broad daylight outside Stockport railway station because some bloody scrote saw me with the rather expensive looking bass case.

He decided he had seen me on TV and so I must have money and he wanted it. He had me at the edge of a steep drop on the station approach and threatened to push me over it, if I didn't give him money.

This went on (with people walking past) for about 20 minutes or so until a police car came along and I shouted at the top of my lungs and the bastard ran off.

I was hoping he would try to take the incredibly heavy bass case, then I could catch him and hit him from behind as he limped off down the road with it, but he didn't. He probably noticed that I was straining to carry it.

I later bought the new Fender Precision Lyte bass (see below) and it sounded far more gutsy than this one did, so I let it go to a guy from Liverpool. It's now worth a hell of a lot more than the amount that I sold it for, but it sounded so clean that it was not great for stage use. It was, however, a really marvelous recording bass. The action was to die for and it's probably the most comfortable bass to play that I've ever owned.

It was used on the Go Crazy 'Coz I luv you' 45 and also as my main bass on all of The Peppermint Dream recordings.

The volume knobs, quite amusingly, went up all of the way up to 11. I am sure there is a good, scientific reason for that, but even now, years later, I have no idea at all what it would be.


Fender Precision Lyte bass guitar (Charcoalburst).

Fender Precision Lyte Charcoalburst

The very same bass that had deposed the Wal. I had found and bought a second one of these at a very decent price and the new one had the best sound of any bass that I had played up until that point and made this really good one sound comparatively mellow.

As I got more basses, even this one sort of slipped down the ranks, so I let it go.

This bass was used exclusively during the recording of the Bad Habits 'Battles' album.


Fender HMT bass guitar

Fender HMT Bass guitar

Another one that I had bought just because it looked and felt like a really cool man's bass, only to find after a while that it sounded far better for studio recordings than it did in live use.

The Piezo pickup in the bridge gave it a great trebly sound, but onstage it was a bit of a nightmare.

The hollow body made it quite prone to feedback, which made the Piezo pickup whistle, so the spilt P pickup was best used in live situations. When you have to isolate one pickup on a bass onstage, it's not much use.


BC Rich NJ series Mockingbird bass

Ian Edmundson
New to me in April 2016.

It was a wonderful bass to play and it sounded really nice through a desk onto tape, but I didn't really bond with it, due to favouring other basses for onstage use regularly and so I sold it in March 2017.

Hamer Chapparal 12-string bass:

Ian's gear page

One of the more surprising sales I have made.

I really liked this bass but was not using it as much as it deserved..

I found it harder to play than my B12, because of the long scale and so, when I reluctantly decided to thin the collection slightly, this bass was a casualty.

More here.


John Birch SCDR bass (1976)

Ian Edmundson

Quite rare 1976 Rickenbacker-styled bass from the very respected Midlands luthier who made some great custom guitars for Black Sabbath, Slade, Roy Orbison, Roy Wood among many others.

The Hyperflux and Magnum pickups were handmade and engraved personally by the late John Birch.


Fender Squier 'Vintage modified' 50's Precision bass:


Squier VM 50's P bass
People have looked at it and pretty much spat out the word 'Squier' in disgust then have heard it cranked up and have revised their opinions.

This one comes with a matte finish neck and a large mudbucker pickup by Fender. Little in the way of twang, but a great, solid  bottom end that is just right for a trio.

I'm always happy to take the Squiers out as my main basses for the night.

Rickenbacker 620 12-string guitar:

Jingle-jangle, Hard day's night , Mr Tambourine Man...The list goes on and on...
The guitar I bought after a previous 'last' one, a number of guitars ago. Well.... I HAD to
.

Over a number of years I used this for home recordings, but in the end I wasn't using it enough and put it up for sale and it has now gone to a very good home in France. I was extremely sad to see this one go.

Rickenbacker 620/12 12 string guitar.


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If any guitar or bass manufacturer would like to send me something good that I would like to use, I'd be quite pleased to say lovely things in exchange for a freebie.

Please note that I am not prepared to lie and say something is great if it clearly isn't.