1981. Made in USA. Gibson. Flying-V. Bass. According to the seller, this is probably the last V-Bass in Transparent Blue. The Flying V bass was only made in very small numbers, and the blue versions were even rarer. And it’s 100% original. Sure, that’s going to push up the price – but this much?!?
The bass was allegedly stored in a case for 35 years. And is supposed to stay in the case forever, seeing as each time it comes out the price will drop. The seller recommends that prospective buyers see it as an investment, as the value is due to rise, he/she says. At that price, no one in their right mind would play it live, anyway. Or even take it out of its air-conditioned presentation case.
The asking price is – hold on to your hats – €175,000! Onehundredandseventyfivef***ingthousandeuros. Just take a moment to savour that. (These days, that’s 150,821.34 of your British pounds! Ed.) I’m not sure, but I think that’s the most expensive bass I’ve ever seen.
Would you pay that much for a bass, regardless of how rare it is? Are you a collector of musical rarities like these? Please explain to me what it’s all about, I want to understand. I get a guilty conscience if I take a guitar I paid four figures for to a gig. How about hanging this kind of thing on your wall at home? For that money, I’d buy myself a house, a bigger car (that will fit a bigger bass speaker) and ten Prestige basses. 😉
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