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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2008-06-19T14:17:33+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=12&t=7864 2008-06-19T14:17:33+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864&p=75764#p75764 <![CDATA[Re: Things to look out for when buying a cheap dawghouse]]> Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:17 pm


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2008-06-19T10:38:22+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864&p=75751#p75751 <![CDATA[Re: Things to look out for when buying a cheap dawghouse]]>

Oh dear...sorry, getting a bit demob happy, off for a long weekend in the arctic regions north of Watford

Statistics: Posted by grumpygroo — Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:38 am


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2008-06-19T10:04:18+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864&p=75750#p75750 <![CDATA[Re: Things to look out for when buying a cheap dawghouse]]>
It just feels cooler to say (or type) than double bass. And if all the sunglasses and trilby nonsense that comes with the blues is for anything, its for making me feel cooler while sitting at my desk in the morning trying to organise a medical inspection on an injured client. :-D

Statistics: Posted by JakeyVimto — Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:04 am


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2008-06-19T08:52:24+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864&p=75745#p75745 <![CDATA[Re: Things to look out for when buying a cheap dawghouse]]> Statistics: Posted by grumpygroo — Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:52 am


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2008-06-18T12:42:00+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864&p=75705#p75705 <![CDATA[Re: Things to look out for when buying a cheap dawghouse]]>
Esp thanks for the details there Oleman, if its similar to looking over a guitar, I'm starting to feel more confident about the whole thing.

My big thing was not buying a real cheap bass that would eat itself due to flimsy construction, but its good to know that it is possible to fix up.

Cheers,

j

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2008-06-18T00:21:32+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864&p=75693#p75693 <![CDATA[Re: Things to look out for when buying a cheap dawghouse]]> There are also some basses made in Bulgaria that are inexpensive and are GREAT. I also own one of those and it is my gigging bass.

As with any stringed instrument, look for cracked seams, separations, particularly in points of stress, ex. nuts, necks, and where the bridge sits and tail piece and end pin. Pay close attention where the neck joines the body!! Also look for previous repairs. European basses are usually worth repairing IMO.

As Rico mentioned, weed whacker strings are around 25usd and are great. Sound like $400 guts and are so much easier on the fingers than steels.

If it was me, I'd buy the bass and fix it if it had just minor problems. Good Luck!

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2008-06-17T12:55:47+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864&p=75643#p75643 <![CDATA[Re: Things to look out for when buying a cheap dawghouse]]>
MakaInOz wrote:
Strings can cost as much as you want - hundreds of pounds EACH is possible. Even cheap ones are going to be tens of pounds each...

Unless you go the weed whacker route, of course.

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2008-06-17T10:07:25+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864&p=75629#p75629 <![CDATA[Re: Things to look out for when buying a cheap dawghouse]]> Statistics: Posted by maxx england — Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:07 am


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2008-06-17T02:46:51+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864&p=75621#p75621 <![CDATA[Re: Things to look out for when buying a cheap dawghouse]]>
I spent a year hunting through used basses (sp?) when the eldest wanted to start. Its not unlike looking for a used guitar - the basic principles are the same: is it straight, is it damaged, does everything work, has it been repaired? Not just the fingerboard - every part.

Have a feel of the action - some require serious muscles! Check the accessories, starting with the strings. Strings can cost as much as you want - hundreds of pounds EACH is possible. Even cheap ones are going to be tens of pounds each, so see if there is any obvious damage/wear on the strings. Does it have a pickup? See if you can plug it into an amp to check it works. Does it come with a bow? And a quiver?

Best advice is to 'borrow' a double bass player to have a look at it for you. Even if it is a good bass, a well briefed expert can always find some ammunition to drive the price down!

Good hunting.

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2008-06-16T20:09:02+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864&p=75598#p75598 <![CDATA[Things to look out for when buying a cheap dawghouse]]>
Ive seen pictures and it looks in good nick, but is there any warning signs I should look out for when I go look at this thing?

£300 is cheap for a doghouse but expensive for an ornament, I dont want to mess this up. Aside from checking that the fingerboard is straight and not damaged, I'm not sure what to look for.

Your help, as always, would be deeply appreciated.

j

Statistics: Posted by JakeyVimto — Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:09 pm


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