My old Sorento Beatle Bass Guitar

Back in the early 70s.

I had hinted to my dad that I wanted to play the bass guitar. He came home one Friday after work and we went to a furniture store in town that was selling a few musical instruments. He bought me a Sorento Bass guitar with his last fifty dollars. It was a Beatle style bass like Paul McCartney's...his was a Hofner.

A couple of weeks later he bought me an old AMPEG amplifier. Every free minute I had...I was thumping on my new bass. I played along with the radio and sat many nights in the kitchen with dad and he would play old country songs on his guitar while I accompanied him on bass.

Within six months of practicing, I auditioned for a job in a local Country music band. A girl named, Sharon Jansing was the lead singer. The band's name was, "The Primrose Ramblers." We played lots of Catholic wedding receptions, parties and a few clubs.

Sharon was a great singer and a beautiful young woman. Tommy Slayback was the lead guitar player...I loved hearing him play. We went through quite a few drummers. One drummer we had only had one leg....we called him,"Coconut." I never did know his real name.

After about a year of playing, Sharon for personal reasons decided to quit performing. Tommy Slayback and I checked out joining a few other bands but only came across losers. We jammed together a few more times and then just lost touch.

I decided that I wanted to sing and play six string guitar so my old bass began collecting dust. I got into songwriting and recording. The old bass always came in handy for the bass tracks. Every song...out of of hundreds...has the old bass thumping in the background.

I have it set on a stand in our bedroom. I see it and sometimes think of all the music I played on it and all of the people I played music with. I know it is just wood and isn't considered valuable as far as instruments go....but my dad bought it for me. He gave me something I could earn money with and enjoy throughout my life.

My bass guitar is almost 40 years old. I still play it sometimes...there are many memories in music...many good memories.

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Nice to have all those musical memories, Tom.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Terrific hub Tom, chock full of great memories and good music.

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sheila b. 6 years ago

Lots of feeling in your memories.

John 6 years ago

Great looking bass guitar. Our bass player in The Public Good uses a Hofner like McCartney's -- some good photos at

Diana 6 years ago

I love listening to your family play music and I miss Uncle Russell playing.

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

I had a Hofner fiddle bass once. Swopped it for something - don't know what. Wish I hadn't now.

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Sween 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Thanks for sharing this; great story.

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Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio Author

Sween....thanks much! :)

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Kosmo 6 years ago from California

Back in the middle 1970s when I first learned guitar, I had a room full of old guitars, including one bass (don't remember the make) and a doubleneck that had cheesy action on the six-string. I'll never forget that roomful of guitars. Thanks for the good story. Later!

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Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio Author

Kosmo...I wish I would have bought some of the guitars I came across.....and had the opportunity to buy back then. It's pretty amazing what some of them bring today. A guy that I know here in town sold a 57 Les Paul for $105,000.00. Thanks for stopping by.

ralwus 6 years ago

Nice to have such warm memories Tom. One day I hope to see you play and sing in person.

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Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio Author

Thanks Charlie...hopefully this summer we can have a hoot"N"nanny!

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