Should I get this bass?

@TheHorse (52725)
Pleasant Hill, California
December 5, 2017 11:12am CST
I'm the best bass player in Contra Costa County who doesn't own a bass. Not the best player in Contra Costa County. Just the best who doen't own a bass. In Debbie's swing band I play Michael's upright. In Scott's rock band, I play the lead guitarist's daughter's bass. How do I get away with it? Well, it turns out that the bottom (musically speaking) four strings an a guitar are the same as the notes of a 4-string bass, just an octave higher. For the record, they're E, A, D, G (Eat a dog, good!). So I practice bass runs on my guitar and then use those runs at practice and during gigs. But I really should own my own bass. A couple of times, I've had to lug Michael's big ol' upright around for days when he couldn't make a gig. How's this one look? It's an IIbanez, plays well, and costs only $200. Think I should go for it? It comes in red, black, and the walnut shown. As an acoustic kind of guy (and a walnut speaker refinishing guy), I'm drawn toward the walnut. What do you think?
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@JolietJake (41074)
5 Dec
I would. By the way...I was taught this mnemonic to remember guitar strings: Easter Bunny Gets Drunk At Easter
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@FourWalls (9889)
• United States
5 Dec
I needed your guitar teacher....
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@JolietJake (41074)
5 Dec
@FourWalls Kevin is a pretty wicked player. And a bit off the wall, but a great guy.
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Dec
That's going from the high E string down. My bass mnemonic goes from the low bass string upward. I think a mandolin (as well as a fiddle) has the same notes as a bass, but in the other direction. Mandolins are tuned with fifths between each string, rather than fourths.
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@FourWalls (9889)
• United States
5 Dec
Sure, why not. I don't think you can find anything of quality any cheaper. I don't know about their basses, but I know Steve Miller used to play Ibanez guitars (I used to have a promotional poster from them/him). (Don't know if that's an endorsement or a turn-off, either. )
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Dec
I think they have a good reputation overall. This bass has good internet reviews.
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@MALUSE (32662)
• Denmark
5 Dec
I think you've already made up your mind and don't need our approval. Use your myLot earnings for it! :-)
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Dec
But I'd have to push my MyLot Porsche delivery date back to 2717!
@MALUSE (32662)
• Denmark
6 Dec
@TheHorse Sometimes a man has to make choices . . .
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Dec
@MALUSE OK, if I get the bass, it's back to late 2717 for the Porsche.
@JudyEv (100439)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
Go for it - the walnut one. I sometimes wished Damian had played the flute, much easier to transport. This was when we were carting him around.
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Dec
Heh heh. Had I grown up as a singer, I could have brought my instrument with me wherever I went.
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@RasmaSandra (13379)
• Riga, Latvia
5 Dec
Just by looking at the photo I say go for it. Nice looking you could say handsome bass.
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Dec
I think so too.
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@LoriAMoore (9949)
• United States
5 Dec
Go for it!
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Dec
I will! It's just a matter of which and when!
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@sharon6345 (110238)
• United States
5 Dec
If you will make good with it. I say yes and 200 seems good. So Yeah.
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@teamfreak16 (36311)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 Dec
That sounds like a great deal. I would get it if I knew how to play one.
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Dec
I MAY get to play the walnut one tonight. It wasn't at the Guitar Center in Emeryville yesterday. But I DID get my Martin set up a bit.
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@andriaperry (32926)
• Anniston, Alabama
5 Dec
If it will make you happy, then yes buy it.
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Dec
I think it would be fun to have around.
@DEMI12 (591)
• Guangdong, China
6 Dec
very nice guitar?
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Dec
It seems like a pretty cool bass for the price.
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@DEMI12 (591)
• Guangdong, China
6 Dec
@TheHorse i think so
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Dec
@DEMI12 I may get to test drive it tonight. It wasn't where it was supposed to be yesterday.
@just4him (91511)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Dec
It looks like a very nice bass and you should go for it. Especially at that price.
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Dec
Yep, I think I will. I still haven't gotten to play the walnut one. It wasn't in Emeryville yesterday when I went there.
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@just4him (91511)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Dec
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@CoralLevang (40639)
• United States
6 Dec
Walnut or red....or both
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Dec
Both...heh...
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@CoralLevang (40639)
• United States
8 Dec
@DaddyEvil (22314)
• United States
6 Dec
I believe you are a big boy and if that bass interests you, I say go for it, pony. So you might have a new "lady" falling asleep in your bed now, huh?
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Dec
I might. I DID fall asleep last night with my Martin guitar In my arms.
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@DaddyEvil (22314)
• United States
8 Dec
@TheHorse I wonder if your Martin will say anything about you two-timing her, pony? (grinning at you!)
• Quezon City, Philippines
5 Dec
Hey nice to hear that u are also a guitarist.!
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Dec
I really enjoy playing guitar. I'm not that great, but I am a dependable rhythm player, and I enjoy finger picking in alternative tunings as well. What kind of stuff do you play?
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• Quezon City, Philippines
6 Dec
@TheHorse ohh thats great my friend, i am a rhythm guitarist in my band. and i love also finger styles. its awesome .
5 Dec
Definitely the walnut one. The price sounds great too.
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Dec
Woo hoo--thanks!
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@Corbin5 (81315)
• United States
5 Dec
Looks good and the price seems just right. You deserve that bass. I like the walnut too.
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@TheHorse (52725)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Dec
Cool--thanks!
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