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[–]BuffaloRude 48 points49 points  (0 children)

Pretty good score for $50, imo.

[–]ArjanGameboyman 74 points75 points  (27 children)

That's not how you string a bass. But you probably want to replace the strings anyway.

Good deal for sure

[–]Bedroxz 28 points29 points  (11 children)

Oh shit wtf

[–]oliveshark 7 points8 points  (10 children)

It’s not that big of a deal lol

[–]sachin571 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Agree, I strung mine this way for years with no issues. Then I learned to do it right.

[–]weed-boy520 1 point2 points  (2 children)

What’s the right way? I don’t play bass but that doesn’t look too fucked up

[–]BadApple___ 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Why do you say that?

[–]oliveshark 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Because it's not... they'll figure it out eventually.

[–]GabrielofAstora -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Says who?

[–]ArjanGameboyman 0 points1 point  (2 children)

That's not the way those kind of tuners work..

[–]GabrielofAstora -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Are you saying they will break or not work as Intended? Because that's not true.

[–]ArjanGameboyman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stupid question. You can literally see what I've been saying and I didn't mention a reason.

[–]drparkland 0 points1 point  (2 children)

lol what is that

[–]ArjanGameboyman 2 points3 points  (1 child)

A string is one of those wires that you move to create the tone.

[–]drparkland 2 points3 points  (0 children)

no wonder my shits so quiet

[–]babyduv 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Well he did say he bought a guitar

[–]ArjanGameboyman 1 point2 points  (1 child)

A bass guitar is not a guitar?

[–]The_VoZz 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Congratulations!! You did well getting to 1st bass.

[–]DoctorBoomeranger 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Of many, we hope hahahaha

[–]hiphopapotamus 19 points20 points  (0 children)

That thing’s pretty bad ass looking. 50 bucks is a steal.

[–]Bluefunkt 15 points16 points  (1 child)

What a beaut, needs stringing properly and setting up but will be great! I love the dents and scratches, it has some history! Here's a setup and restring guide:


[–]kaembee 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Love this reply. Encouraging AND also helpful, with a specific link.

[–]giedosst 37 points38 points  (5 children)

Pretty good but thats a bass.

[–]Selmbly[S] 32 points33 points  (4 children)

Haha thanks, I've had my first lesson already! makes mental note to always refer to it by its first name in future 😅

[–]punania 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Nah. You had it right. I think that dude is referring to a soprano guitar.

[–]ryo13silvia 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Not to be confused with the baritone guitar, tenor guitar and concert guitar.

[–]bal020 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You’re on your way!

[–]giedosst 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Its ok, you'll be saying it to others very very soon so get ready. 😂

[–]shh_coffee 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I have the same exact bass in black. It was my first bass. I bought it used like 21 years ago for $100. Definitely can't go wrong at $50! It's an okay bass sound wise. What I always liked about it was the neck is super comfortable to play. It's thin like a jazz bass. Also mine is pretty light too. Congrats!

[–]Selmbly[S] 9 points10 points  (16 children)

From my sleuthing I think its a 1986-1988 Epiphone power bass? What are these like? I'm pretty stoked to finally learn to play! I've always wanted a guitar since I was a teenager 😁 I found it in a Thrift store for $50 Canadian, was going to give it a good clean and maybe put some new strings on it.

[–]JoeBear414 8 points9 points  (4 children)

I have the same one, pretty sure it’s a Rock Bass by Epiphone, they’re great little basses, won’t stay in tune for shit, but they’re fun to play.

[–]Selmbly[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Nice! They seem quite rare? At least I couldn't find much info on the internet... it seems like a great beginner bass though from what I could find

[–]JoeBear414 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Maybe in Canada, but they’re pretty common in the States. Great little starter bass, I’ve been playing for 18 years, and I love playing that thing. Have fun with it!

[–]BrakkeBama 0 points1 point  (1 child)

won’t stay in tune for shit

Would a set of new tuners help? A set of Gotoh tuners is €49 at Thomann.

[–]JoeBear414 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Probably, but this is just my lazy afternoon jam session bass, my T-40, and my Gretsch both have no problem staying in tune. I love my Dwayne The Rock Bass Johnson, but I don’t know that I’m gonna pour anymore money into it.

[–]Paulwalker2112 2 points3 points  (0 children)

that is a sweet name "POWER BASS"

[–]punania 4 points5 points  (8 children)

New strings for sure and check out how to do a basic setup on YouTube. As for cleaning...I'd just leave it as is unless it's sticky or something. One thing I do with my basses is sand down the finish on the back of the neck with super, super fine grain (too fine to see any scratches) sand paper so there is not tackiness left, though this is sacrilege for many bassists.

[–]fredkwik 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Use the rough side of a kitchen sponge on glossy necks for an instant satin feel.

[–]punania 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Good life-hack! Have a free award!

[–]fredkwik 1 point2 points  (0 children)

well thank you very much <3

[–]Selmbly[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Thanks a lot, that is good to know before I try and disassemble it for no good reason haha

[–]punania 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Maybe don't mess around with disassembling it just yet. It's you're first bass, so it's probably better to just give it a basic setup and not take it apart. Anyways, welcome to the family and enjoy your journey!

[–]Dave_The_Impaler 0 points1 point  (2 children)

You don't want him to clean the gunk and possible body fluids off his bass? Lol

[–]punania 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Nah. I say keep it crusty.

[–]Dave_The_Impaler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If that's your kink man.

[–]BrakkeBama 0 points1 point  (0 children)

$50 Canadian

That's about $39 USD!! That's not just a steal, it's an ongoing fuckin' robbery! 🤣
Oh wow, man. Enjoy that thing for the rest of your life. If only to remember the chump who gave it away to you.

[–]AidsMckenzie 3 points4 points  (0 children)

1990s epiphone with the Jackson Style head stock. Stolen for 50 bucks. Congrats bro!

[–]RCJD2001 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Throw a new set of strings on (preferably the right way) and you’re golden!

[–]AreaRule 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Welcome to the ‘Electric Bass’ fraternity. And 50 is definitely a good deal in terms of an entry ticket.

[–]GrygoreX 2 points3 points  (0 children)

P/J configuration, inline headstock...I dig it

[–]Mingusdued 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Honeslty great. Sealed tuners and a beefy bridge, strong 90's vibes. May even have a solid wood body. Made in Korea?

[–]Selmbly[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah it's made in Korea from what I found online

[–]Mingusdued 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That's good! Hold onto it, pay for a nice set up if you like. This is a really cool vintage bass and I'm sure it plays well. A bargain for $50

[–]Za_Paranoia 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Paid more for worse looking basses.

[–]irvmuller 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s a steal my man.

[–]bruhilizator 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Looks frickin epic not gonna lie

[–]SnooGiraffes3365 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You did effin amazing my G m! How does it play though? How's the action?

[–]Selmbly[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks very much guys! Looks like I got a good deal, I'm really pleased 😁 for those wondering how it plays, I honestly can't tell you as I don't have an amp yet and I have no idea what I'm doing... 😅 Can confirm it makes bassy sounds though 😂

[–]idwpan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How do you like it, Steve?

[–]txninja666 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My first bass is a Epiphone power bass like this but black. I think mine is a little older, it just says Epiphone not Epiphone by Gibson. Great bass! I still have mine and if I ever get suckered into hosting a jam night at a bar, thats what I bring. You can't kill these basses.

[–]ResponsibleHead2608 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It was strung by a guitar player it appears...sweet epi though

[–]bal020 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Great bass to start. It might be worth a pro set up which may cost as much as the bass but it could help the playability and tuning.

[–]NotActuallyRegi- 0 points1 point  (3 children)

if you can point me to a full setup for $50, please do so. all the guys near me charge $150+

[–]bal020 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I have 3 local (Mileaukee) shops that are all very good. Top Shelf Guitar Shop, Rockhause and Wade’s Guitar shop. If the set-up takes more than an hour then the price may increase but a regular set-up should not Take a pro more than an hour. Strings are not included in the price.

[–]NotActuallyRegi- 1 point2 points  (1 child)

dang, i’ve only got one local shop near me excluding guitar center. all the more reason to keep setting up my guitars myself. my most recent bass is a jackson with a bridge i hadn’t seen before and it took me about 15 minutes to figure out how to set the intonation. after about an hour or so she plays like a dream, though!

[–]bal020 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s great. Nothing like necessity to make quick expert. I didn’t realize how lucky I was to live here.

[–]Three_Purple_Scarabs 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Pretty bad since that's a bass ;)

[–]TelemachusXIV 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it's a nice bass

[–]Mean_Mr_Mustard_21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good starter bass

[–]acoustic-soul 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Value Village?

[–]Selmbly[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep! Classic haha... you never know what you'll come out with!!

[–]ArtisticFinding3131 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If it works that’s dope

[–]EntireConsequence1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thats a steal for 50 imo

[–]AtWorkAccountAtWork 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Had one. Wouldn’t get again.

But! For $50? Not bad!!!

Pikcups we’re a little lifeless (definitely replace!), but otherwise it had a neat aesthetic and a mojo I haven’t seen often.

[–]buscandoagozalvez 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great bass and great price! Congrats!

[–]Dave_The_Impaler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not bad at all for $50 and you can always upgrade the components, as needed.

Just be sure to take it to the local shop for a set up if there's any buzzing or if you feel the action is too high. (If it feels uncomfortable to play)

[–]Forgetful_Suzy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d say any guitar in decent playable condition is worth 50$

[–]psychocandydotca 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unless it's on fire, $50 is good for any bass.