I’ll just be honest up front...I’m not sure I can whole-heartedly say that I wish I had this one back. However, it was definitely a very cool bass. Some people love instruments based on the way they sound, and the way they sound only. Or just the way they feel when you play them. I fall into a slightly different category. I am definitely concerned with how an instrument sounds and plays (otherwise I would have never sold this one), but I’m also very into the way an instrument looks. I have a feeling that more guitar players base their decisions on the way a guitar looks as much as I do, but no one really wants to admit it. I know people will say, “Well, I prefer certain colors over others, but I would never let that be the final factor in buying a guitar.”
I would not buy a natural wood Stratocaster with a black pickguard. Oddly, I would definitely buy a Telecaster with a natural wood body and a black pickguard. In fact, I would prefer it. I wouldn’t want any color of Les Paul except a gold top. Even if you gave me one. I’d just sell it and put the money towards the gold top. Or an orange Gretsch Nashville with the cool western inlays on the neck. But not a red Gretsch or a white one.
So, I decided that it would “look” really cool to have a hollowbody bass. I couldn’t really afford a nice old Gretsch or a real Gibson, so I sat down at the computer, started searching eBay and came across this 70s Japanese copy made by Electra. It was an exact copy of an old Gibson and I figured it would probably sound pretty decent. A lot of the Japanese copies from that era sound as good or better than the American instruments they are copying. Unfortunately, this was not the case with this bass.
The story was good though and I got sucked in. A lady was selling this bass that her recently deceased husband had owned for many years. It had sat in the closet for the last ten and was “in mint condition” according to the description. Original case and everything. Sweet! Just what I was looking for.
So, if you’ve ever bought anything on eBay you know the feeling...you get all excited about buying something, you bid and wait, and then, if you’re lucky enough to win, you get all excited again because you won. Victory! And then you wait. Some people are great about sending stuff right out and some people send things out when it’s convenient. And they pack it in ways I would never consider packing an instrument. That’s a different subject.