Window Shopping

After school, I went window shopping for a new bass guitar at Cubao. I didn’t want to travel too far as I was just window shopping anyway and I knew that I won’t find anything that would suite me for both price and sound. There were two major retailers that I was planning to go to, Perfect Pitch and Audiophile that are conveniently located in Ali Mall. To my disappointment, Ali Mall’s renovation was still on-going after months now and had temporarily removed Perfect Pitch. Because of this, Audiophile was the only shop I went to today. The second floor, which housed the guitars and basses, was vacant as usual. More interesting was that every single bass guitar I picked up to examine was literally covered with dust. There were a few basses that could my eye. All of them were Ibanez since that was what the shop carried. I finally was able to sit down and properly examine a 6-string bass for the first time. As an initial impression, the fretboard was way too chunky for me. It was nice playing the bass though since the action was low and tight, but not too much for tapping. And that was it for basses. They didn’t carry that much basses as their inventory’s about to change soon. What I did discover though was they did carry GHS Boomer bass strings. and that they had a branch here around Marikina that does repairs on guitars. I got the address and phone number after a prolonged wait since the guard of the store didn’t have the address and telephone number of the branch. Waiting was fine with me, especially since some of the staff in the shop was listening to Dream Theater.

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Woes Of A Bassist In The Philippines

Being a bassist and living in the Philippines is hard. No one pays much attention to bass guitars locally as compared to guitars or to some extent the drums. When you enter every music shop, there will always be a significant difference between the number of choices available. Luckily, there are some shops that pay appropriate attention to us.

Yupangco is one of them. They carry a multitude of mid to high end bass guitars that will satisfy my crave for a new bass. I recently e-mailed them to inquirer the price of the new 2008 Fender American Deluxe. This is exactly how I e-mailed them:

Hi. I’d like to inquire if you carry the new Fender Deluxe Jazz Basses (2008 model) for retail.

They did reply 3 days after, but the problem is it wasn’t what I specifically asked. The important parts are quoted directly from their reply:

Model			Description			Regular Price

Fretless Jazzbass	US Standard Fretless Jazzbass	P52,950.00

Package Jazzbas		Jazzbass Package w/ 15w amp	P18,750.00

Well, I tried to be as specific as possible but still some people don’t understand. The Standard is very different from the Deluxe. I no longer want to resend an inquiry due to their high prices. They’re asking for 52,950 Philippine Pesos (approximately US $1261 using $1 = P42) which can be bought for 48,300 Philippine Pesos abroad. Yeah sure, shipping is an issue but that’s a different issue. I asked for the Deluxe damn it.  Even though it was just an inquiry, it was incorrect with what I asked.

EVERYMUSIC is a store, that imports all sort of goods regardless of being music instruments or not, which I discovered online. They do have a brick and mortar business at Cubao but I am hesitant to visit their show room since I’m afraid of creating another episode of a misadventure when I go exploring to some destination I’ve never been to before. Again, I e-mailed them using the power and convenience of the internet and their reply came in less than 24 hours:

Good day sir,

Geddy Lee Jazz Bass ; p49470

Thank you.

That’s a lot for the bass. After conversation, the cheapest available Geddy Lee Jazz bass is avalable for Good day sir, 35,700 Philippine Pesos. If you want tax on some US shores, it amounts to 39,270 which is distant from their asking price. Of course, I am aware that there are other complications to the price boost such as single shipping and local tax but that’s still a lot.

After deliberating, the best decision I have then is to buy it abroad in some music store or online and have it shipped at home.

But the main concern here is the lifespan of Stella (my Washburn XB120 Bantam Series). I fear that she might not last until I get to actual buy a new bass guitar. Those reasons are enough to be explained on a separate entry.

The End In Mind

I remember that we used to have reflection periods back at high school and during this time we’d listen to some inspirational story of advice that would hopefully alter the course of the day. One of the reflections I clearly remember back then was our moderator telling us to “begin with the end in mind.” What she meant was that we should have an end goal as early as now and work our way towards it. And so, this is my end goal for now:

Fender Geddy Lee Jazz

I’ve used the same bass guitar for the past 3 years and it’s really starting to age. I need a new bass guitar, something that is an essential and external part of me. This is going to be a long saving fund but in the end, it will be worth it.

The Bass Blog

I’ve decided to turn this into a bass blog rather than a tech blog. It’s just that I have more to say about music than technology especially with how fast it changes and I don’t have the luxury of time right now.