I have been scouring my local FB Marketplace, Craigslist, and LetGo for several days now looking for good deals on my next bass (I quickly realized they are pack animals and need friends). I came across a few deals that caught my eye and was wondering if I could get some input from the people that know:
Deal 1: ESP Ltd F4E (asking price $500; Retail seems to be around $600)
Deal 2: Listed as “Ibanez Bass guitar with Boss CEB bass pedal and Boss DS1 Distortion pedal. Also comes with soft case, cables, guitar stand, and strap.” (Asking Price $150)
Finally, Deal 3: Red is Ibanez, woodgrain is Washburn, Amp is Vox Pathfinder Bass 10. No other info yet. I asked and the seller said he could get me model numbers tonight. He did say the Ibanez had active pickups and the Washburn was passive. (Asking Price $315 for everything)
Deal 1 does not seem that that great of a deal, but it is a stunning looking instrument; the kind I think of when I think of what the coolest bass would look like. Deal 2 seems like more value (or at least a more palatable price), but also like a lower quality instrument. Deal 3 seems like it might be the best value of them all; two basses and an amp, but until I know what the models are, I don’t know how to tell if these are $150 brand new or not. Additionally, my current bass has double humbucker pickups just like the ESP, so I imagine that tone options would be quite similar…so will I end up wanting a P-Bass/Jazz bass/PJ Bass later on anyway?
And to make it more difficult, all of them are quite a distance away, so getting my hands on them before I go pick them up really isn’t much of an option.
I feel like I know what I SHOULD do…but I also know what I WANT to do…
WWJFD? (What Would @JoshFossgreen Do?)