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Old 04-23-2011, 07:45 PM
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hey guys, my bass player's birthday is very soon, and i was wondering what could i get him? at christmas he got me a pair of sticks, so i wanted to get him a small something, but what i didn't know was what i could get a bass player that costed between 10 and 15 bucks. I thought about picks, but he doesnt always use picks and i dont know what thickness he likes. can anyone help me out?
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Does he have any strap locks for his existing strap? Those are easily around that price. Strap stays on better during performances, plus I think it's actually easier to remove the strap when you want.
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I was thinking about that, but do you have to take off the existing strap "nobs" to mount the strap locks? if so i dont know if he would want them, cuz he has a 65 fender p bass, and when you have vintage intruments, you want to keep it as original as possible.
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Shouldn't have to take them off. A '65 P-bass really is something of beauty.
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I was thinking about that, but do you have to take off the existing strap "nobs" to mount the strap locks? if so i dont know if he would want them, cuz he has a 65 fender p bass, and when you have vintage intruments, you want to keep it as original as possible.
Ah, yes, you do replace that part to make it work. But you can use the existing screw!

Heh, well there's not a whole lot aside from strings and such, but those are fairly expensive for a bass and not often in need of changing. There's always a $10 gift card to iTunes or Taco Bell or something if you're looking to reciprocate.
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ok cool, and ya is bass is a gem... what brand of strap locks do you recomend?
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Shouldn't have to take them off. A '65 P-bass really is something of beauty.
The few I've seen come with both a part for the strap and a part to replace the strap knob on your guitar, but of course I'm sure there are different types and I haven't really looked for anything like that in years. Any idea for what brand(s) would work?
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I'm sure I've seen sets that can go straight on, but I can't seem to find any when I look. Most interesting.
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I'm sure I've seen sets that can go straight on, but I can't seem to find any when I look. Most interesting.
well there are those little plastic ones which you can twist on and off but they're not really $10 each...
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well there are those little plastic ones which you can twist on and off but they're not really $10 each...
I'm sure I've seen some decent metal ones before. Never mind.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:50 PM
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What about strings? Picks? A metronome? A book of drummer jokes?
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Perhaps a metronome sends the wrong message...unless his timing really is poor.
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Perhaps a metronome sends the wrong message...unless his timing really is poor.
lol, no this guys timing is probably one of the best in the band!! I will probably look into strap locks, and see how much they are and whether or not i think he will like them.
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Sounds like gift card time at the music store. People buying me stuff for my musical endeavors is like people picking my clothes - I never wear them. $15 should be a nice lunch at a mid-priced restaurant, though....
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I like the strap lock idea. You defintely don't want a 65 P-bass falling. He can always replace the original button for selling purposes. I think it's a thoughtful gift. A heartfelt card recognizing his excellent playing and your appreciation of his timing would be nice too. Everyone likes a little recognition.
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Mmm I'll throw some ideas, maybe you like any:

- Music CD's / DVD's, some artist he's fan of?
- Music/Band merchandise, like t-shirts for example
- Bass books / DVD's
- A set of strings
- A Guitar polish, like Dunlop 65
- That stuff to keep strings clean and smooth (I don't know what it's called)
- A strap
- A six-pack of beers (always great)
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I don't know the price of all that stuff in the US, but well.. I hope it helps.

You could also tell your bandmates to each put maybe $20 so you have between $60 to $100+ to make him a gift card at the music store or something.

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Perhaps a metronome sends the wrong message...unless his timing really is poor.
Yeah...I thought about that after I clicked "submit".

You may be better off with the strap lock.
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- A six-pack of beers (always great)
LOL hes the one that usually buys the booze for the band!!! hes the only one that 19!!! but ya, alcohol sounds like a good idea, i guess ill just give him a booze store gift card!!! thats always great!!!!
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Gift cards. That's where you take perfectly good money and convert it to a form where you can only spend it in one place. Money is better IMO, he may need it for something more pressing. Besides, technically, alcohol is poison. Do you really want to give a form of poison as a gift?
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Gift cards. That's where you take perfectly good money and convert it to a form where you can only spend it in one place. Money is better IMO, he may need it for something more pressing. Besides, technically, alcohol is poison. Do you really want to give a form of poison as a gift?
+1 it always gets on my nerves when people send me gift cards, when really i'd just rather get cash money...
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+1 it always gets on my nerves when people send me gift cards, when really i'd just rather get cash money...
This must be some kind of "I'm entitled to" statement. It's a GIFT. Our OP is not required to give out GIFTS. You take whatever gift you get (if someone should deem you so worthy) and say THANK YOU and live with it. The idea is that you're gracious and you're lucky someone thinks of you enough to give you something. Have we forgotten that? Sheeesh.
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This must be some kind of "I'm entitled to" statement. It's a GIFT. Our OP is not required to give out GIFTS. You take whatever gift you get (if someone should deem you so worthy) and say THANK YOU and live with it. The idea is that you're gracious and you're lucky someone thinks of you enough to give you something. Have we forgotten that? Sheeesh.
No it's not an "i'm entitled to" statement, i'm just saying that i, like most people, would much prefer you just gave me money if you really can't think what you ought to get me.
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No it's not an "i'm entitled to" statement, i'm just saying that i, like most people, would much prefer you just gave me money if you really can't think what you ought to get me.
Think about what I said again and then look at what you just said again. I'm inclined to go with not getting somebody anything if I don't know what to get them - a gift is supposed to be like this special thing, isn't it? That's why he's asking. A gift card to a store that has something along the lines of music stuff is like saying "I haven't figured it out specifically, but this place might have something you'd like musically." Giving cash is something I do to the guys who mow my lawn, or the guy who delivers the pizza.
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Think about what I said again and then look at what you just said again. I'm inclined to go with not getting somebody anything if I don't know what to get them - a gift is supposed to be like this special thing, isn't it? That's why he's asking. A gift card to a store that has something along the lines of music stuff is like saying "I haven't figured it out specifically, but this place might have something you'd like musically." Giving cash is something I do to the guys who mow my lawn, or the guy who delivers the pizza.
yes you're right it's supposed to be something special- and people who know me well would know that I would like to have money as a gift ;-)
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lol i get both points of view here... and i think if i have the time, i will get him a gift card, but if not, ill just hand him cash at the next practice we have.
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Well you have the Dunlops...

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.c...ELAID=26024361

And the Schallers....

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.c...ELAID=36694363

Personally I prefer the Dunlops as the Schallers can poke you in the ribs. He'd have to change out the strap buttons but as they mentioned that can be easily changed. Great investment for your instrument.

Either that or beer. Yes it's poison, tasty tasty poison, just be sure not to partake in it in the alley behind the bar. Larry will tell you all about that...
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