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  1. '75 Ampeg Little Stud Bass, (front/back), (headstock/neck), (bridge/pickup), (case).  You may have not seen this model before.  In the mid-70's Ampeg began importing their Stud line from Japan, with the Big and Little Stud basses based on the Fender P/J basses.  Basically the body is like a P-bass body shape with similar pickguard and bridge/pickup covers, while the neck was like a J-bass with a bound neck and pearloid block inlays.  This is a medium scale bass, around an inch short of a full scale, and is an excellent player with a nice deep tone that's slightly brighter than a P, but slightly fatter than a J.  By the time this was built, Japan had been building good quality guitars for over a while.  Gone were the days in the early-mid 60's when "Jap junk" was a catch phrase, with action that was 1/2" high.  This bass has a comfortable setup, sounds good, and is in nice shape for 35 years.  The only mod I've noted is an extra strap pin hole on the lower horn, apparently used by a lefty at some point.  A good value for a utility bass at $399.  Includes 70's era hardshell case.
  2. B.C. Rich Heritage Classic Mockingbird 4, (front), (back), (headstock).  Top of the line NJ model with all the high end features.  The Heritage Classic is more than its killer looks, it's a great playing bass with a quality preamp to dial in a wide array of great tones.  This is a true neck-thru bass with hard rock maple neck, nato body wings, AAA quilted maple top, ebony fretboard with white binding, traditional Rich headstock - also with quilted maple veneer, 34" scale, 24 jumbo frets, "Cloud" fretboard inlays, deluxe bridge, and dual BC Rich P-style pickups.  Electronics suite includes active EQ for greater clarity and punch comprised of a master volume, treble boost/cut, bass boost/cut, and blend control.  Other than an extra strap pin hole (shown in pic of back), this bass is in beautiful condition.  The set up is superb and I was impressed with the variety of tones available through a pair of P pickups.  With a list price of $1100, these are running $699 new.  This used one is an excellent value in a quality neck-thru at just $450.  
  3. 2008 Breedlove Passport B35 Short Scale Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (labels), (gigbag).  Looking for a well-made acoustic-electric bass for a great price?  The B35 is a short-scale (32"), sporting a solid top, manufactured in Korea, with final inspection and set-up in their Oregon factory.  It uses a simple but effective active preamp that takes you from acoustic practice to amplified stage.  It has a solid Cedar top with Breedlove's bold bracing and is voiced for recording with the tonal texture of mahogany and concert deep body.  Other features include concert deep body with soft cutaway and Breedlove bracing, solid cedar top, laminated mahogany back and sides, 4" to 5" body depth, 15.25" lower bout, ultra-light Breedlove bridge truss, 3-ply rosette, Breedlove offset dot inlays, satin finish on body and neck, Breedlove Atlas rosewood bridge, 32" scale length, 1 5/8" nut, double-action truss rod, Passport active pickup and preamp, designed by Kim Breedlove and Peter Newport, Crafted in Korea with final setup & quality assurance in Bend, Oregon with separate QC label on interior.  This is a well-made instrument that sounds good and plays nicely.  Offered in perfect condition for $350, including well padded Breedlove gigbag. 
  4. Burns Scorpion G2 Bass, (front/back), (headstock).  (aka Scorpion Gothic Bass) New-old-stock and harder to find since Burns USA folded a few years ago.  Burns London, since the 60's, was always thinking outside the box has built perhaps the most evil looking bass I've ever had.  This one's actually an update from the 80's model and a very well made bass that was crafted in Korea.  Features P and J pickups with 3-way selector and mini-toggle for phase switching which allows a lot of cool collection of tones.   Also feature basswood body, hardrock maple neck with rosewood board, 34" scale, Scorpion headstock with Burns Deluxe tuners, Burns Deluxe tailpiece, pearloid neck binding, and deep cutaways allow for easy access to the upper frets.  Check out the Scorp in detail here.  With a list of $899, these sold in stores for $659 but this one is perfect with plastic still on the pickguard AND pro-setup prior to shipping - for just $475.  It's hard to find a gigbag to fit this but I have a very plush EI gigbag (pic here). with black/white spotted lining that will fit it - for $25, or it might fit in a Coffin brand hardshell case, for $65. 
  5. 1983 Carvin LB40 Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickup/controls), (case).  Collector's note - an honest to goodness time capsule piece.  Looks like someone bought it around 30 years ago, played it for a few weeks, and back in the case for the next three decades.  There is zero player's wear, no scratches, no hardware pitting, no finish checking, frets look new.  The only noteworthy flaw is a miniscule finish fleck on the back, smaller than a pin head, shown in the "back' picture above.  This is, essentially, a new bass.  Features include Eastern hardrock maple body and hardrock maple neck contoured into body, ebony fretboard, full 34" scale, copper shielded control cavity and control cover, Schaller tuners, solid brass nut, nickel-silver frets, and amp type knobs.  Pickup is the original M22B which was introduced in 1978, running through 1986, featuring two rows of 11 pole pieces which are adjustable with an allen wrench, controlled by single/humbucker switch, volume, and tone knobs with bead markers inlaid into body.  This is a very comfortable bass to play - nicely balanced, low action, nice weight for an all-maple bass, and it hangs perfectly when strapped on.  It has a deep mellow sound, but with a bright treble attack thanks to the maple, with a nice snap from the ebony board.  It's a tone that won't get lost in the mix the way many mid-mounted pickups do.  This bass should appeal to collector's looking for only the cleanest examples possible, specifically, Carvin collectors, bass collectors, or white guitar collectors.  The price, however, should also appeal to players.  You're going to pay $579 for a new Mex P-bass, and around $125 for a case.  For less money you can have this  with case, you can have this beautiful 28-year-old USA set-neck bass.  Just $599(SOLD-Doug 11/1/16), which includes original Tolex case with key, in similarly nice shape. 
  6. DeArmond Ashbory Fretless Bass, (front), (headstock), (back).  Don't let looks fool you, this is one serious sounding bass.  Although it might look like a toy with it's small body, 18" scale length, and rubber silicone strings, the tone sounds closer to an upright than most full size electric basses.  Some of you will remember the Guild Ashbory from '86-'88 and will DeArmond resurrected the Guild electric line in '99 it marked the return of the Ashbory.  The octave range is the same as a regular bass so it's easy to learn; just dial in your tone via the active preamp with bass and treble cut/boost, and volume control, maybe dust the strings with a bit of baby powder, and you're flying over the fretboard with some of the sweetest fretless tones you've heard.  Its solid one-piece Agathis body and neck is just thirty inches long, and weighs in at only two pounds.  Its small size allows for easy portability, and makes it comfortable enough to wear over another instrument.  It has a fretless, silk-screen fingerboard pattern with fret markers and "dot" inlays, and features a unique headstock design fitted with custom designed tuners.  For more info on everything Ashbory check out largesound.com, the best site on the web for this unique and wonderful bass.  DeArmonds from this era were made in Korea and the quality is as high as any import made during that time.  If you want to try something truly different, try this.  $279 includes gigbag.  
  7. 2009 Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV Bass, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (case).  One of the coolest body shapes of all time, based on the 60's classic Gibson model, complete with reverse body styling.  The Thunderbird Pro IV in Natural Oil finish has the looks and features of a high end bass including 7-piece walnut/maple neck with through-body construction for increased sustain.  It also features Epiphone T-Pro humbucking pickups with custom active electronics consisting of volume, pickup pan, bass cut/boost, and treble cut/boost, which let you dial in a wide variety of tones to suit the song, the room, or your personal taste.   Other features include black hardware, high mass bridge, classic 'T-bird insignia on pickguard, and upgraded locking Schaller strap pins.  This bass is setup with great action and it plays and sounds like a much more expensive bass.  Barely played and in flawless condition, this bass sells new for $588 with optional $89 Epi case.  If you're looking for one of the definitive rock basses here's a nice one for just $439 including case.  
  8. 2006 USA Fender Precision with Graphics, (front), (back), (detail), (headstock).  Rush Fans or anyone who likes pro airbrushed graphics - check out this beauty.  The artwork was inspired by the Album Cover to Rush's 1984 LP "Grace Under Pressure".   It's a total pro airbrushed graphic - as good as any graphic finishes I've had.  Entire body is sealed in a professionally applied poly clearcoat (same as they use at the factory only several coats thicker) so it will be just as durable if not more durable as any new Fender.  It was taken all the way down to 2000 grit for a finish that is like glass.  The graphic is front and back, and even wraps around the front and back (pic here).  This was purchased new for the express purpose of applying the graphic finish so it is a brand new bass, never been played, and the custom job was just done so its a virgin finish with no nicks or dings,  It comes with our great in-house setup that inevitably plays better than factory.  The graphic was hand-painted by Shadoe McKee at Beyond Custom Guitars .  Shadow's artwork has appeared on guitars by countless musicians worldwide. This is the current model Highway 1 P-Bass with CBS era logo, factory Badass II bridge, and 60th Anniversary badge on the back of he headstock.  Offered is a new SKB case that fits perfectly as well as a nice Sure-Lock strap with Sure-Locks that work on virtually any existing strap pin.  If you're looking for something truly unique and beautiful, this one's priced around what you'll pay for a stock Highway 1 w/case, which is an incredible deal for a graphic of this quality.  Just $750 original deluxe gigbag or $799 with a nice SKB Freedom case.  
  9. 1983 Fender Precision Gold Elite I, (front/back), (electronics), (headstock), (hardware), (case).  I get in plenty of Elite Strats and Teles, but the P-Bass Elite is an even more rare model, produced only in '83 and early '84, and a model that stood as the Cadillac of Fender's bass line.  The bass line consisted of the Elite I and II, with the latter having two sets of P pickups; the Gold Elite I and II, with gold hardware; and the Walnut Elite II, with a solid Walnut body, offered only as a II model with gold hardware.  Body on this one finished in Natural is ash.  Like the 6-string models, the Elite's featured new active electronics and new Schaller hardware including deluxe tuners, fine-tune bridge, and locking strap pins, as well as a new bi-flex truss rod.  Other differences between the Elite and the Standard models include wider spacing between the control knobs and side-mounted output jack.  The pickups single coils wired to be noise canceling, providing the fat P-bass tone, but with less hum and interference, wired to an active preamp with new tone circuitry powered by a 9V battery, easily accessible via its own cavity on the back.  In addition to the volume control, the Elite uses a TBX pot, which acts as a normal (roll-off) tone pot from the center detent turning backwards, or a treble/mid boost turning forward from the detent.  You've never heard a brighter sounding P-bass with the TBX engaged, while retaining all the fat bottom end you want in a P.  The battery access screws use brass inserts to prevent wood stripping.  A mini 2-way was installed as a kill switch to turn off the circuit and improve battery life, and knobs, which I believe should be the F-caps with ribbed plastic sides, are replaced with standard gold Fender P-bass knobs.  Otherwise, appears to be all original other than one of the saddle intonation screws.  This bass hasn't seen much use and is in very clean shape, especially for nearly 30 years, with minimal scratches or gold wear.  Frets are in great shape and it has a great setup.  The neck profile is shallow, with very small shoulders.  The case is in good shape except for the top of the center latch is missing, but the two end latches hold it just fine.  Case is the blue-lined tolex that I believe were used on Fenders destined for Canada back in the day so it might be original.  Some of these are excessively heavy and at 10 lbs. on the nose, this one's medium weight for an Elite.  All in all, a very lovely bass that should appeal to most P-bass fans, plus players looking for a Precision with more than one tone.  $1099.  
  10. Fender Squier Vintage Modified '70's Jazz Bass - Natural, (front), (headstock), (back).   Unlike most of the Vintage Modified, the '70's Jazz isn't really a "modified" model.  Other than the modern 9.5" radius this bass has the basic look and specs the original 70's Jazz basses.  One of the things I really like about this bass is the center seam construction.  Most of these, and many USA models, feature an offset seam and in the case of Squiers, multiple offset seams. With a center seam it just looks better and more like a one-piece body from the front. This bass features the bound neck with black block inlays found on the original 70's Jazz basses.  Features include maple body with a crisp high end and tight lows, glossy polyurethane finish, maple C-shaped neck, 20 medium jumbo frets, 9.5" radius, black block position inlays, black neck binding, Duncan Designed JB101 single coil bridge and neck pickups, volume-volume-tone controls with knurled chrome dome knobs, synthetic bone nut, vintage style 4-saddle bridge, vintage open gear tuners, chrome hardware, engraved neckplate, 3-ply pickguard, 34" scale, and 1 1/2" nut. Read the lead paragraph above, consider what you're getting, and I think it's a great value at $285.
  11. 2009 Fender Deluxe Active Jazz - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls).  For the past decade the Deluxe Active Jazz has been one of the real "bang for the buck" winners with high-end features at a lower end price.  Most notably, the Deluxe Active Jazz features Vintage Noiseless pickups and active electronics controlled by master volume, pickup pan, and separate bass/mid/treble boost/cut controls.  Other features include quality vintage-style tuners and bridge, Alder body with gloss finish, medium-jumbo frets, and satin-finished C-shaped maple neck with rosewood fretboard and 20 medium jumbo frets.  Beautiful condition, not a scratch anywhere and zero frets wear - could be sold as new and still has removable control label template mounted on controls.  With the Vintage Noiseless and the active 3-band EQ, your tone selection seems virtually limitless.  Plays great - sounds great, and with the new model Deluxe Active Jazz selling for $699 ($999  list), an excellent value for a clean used model at just $489(SOLD-Local 12/1).  Includes new deluxe gigbag.  
  12. 2005 Fender Squier Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V, (front), (back), (headstock).  Looking for an inexpensive Squier 5-string that plays like an American Standard?  The Deluxe Active Jazz V is loaded with tone-shaping capabilities and some of them will even set up with fantastic action.  This is one of those few.  Instead of the normal Vol-Vol-Tone used on a Jazz Standard, the Deluxe Active has active electronics as the name suggests, and features a Volume control, Blend control to select one or any mix of the two pickups, 3-band EQ for bass-mid-treb including a stacked pot, and a mini-toggle "slap" control.  This bass is also in mint condition with plastic still on the pickups and back covers.  If you're looking to step up to a 5-string without spending a fortune yet - or you want to add a 5 string for a few of your songs, this one is an easy recommendation for me.  It plays great, is in immaculate condition, and can dial in countless cool tones.  New cost is $329; this one is "as new" and just $250. 
  13. 1999 Fender Standard Jazz V Bass Fretless, (front), (back), (headstock), (extra neck  pic2).  Killer player with the classic mid-range Jazz honk plus the growl of a fretless.   This one started out life as a fretted bass but was pro-modded to fretless.  My customer's luthier removed the frets, filled in the fret slots, and planed down the fretboard.  If you're looking for a Jazz V but want a fretted model, we can change it to a brand new Warmoth Jazz V neck (shown above) with a sleek Ebony fretboard and even install a vintage logo with a nitro finish under and over the logo.  Features contoured alder body, modern C-shaped maple neck with rosewood fretboard and dot inays, 20 medium-jumbo frets, 9.5" radius, and 1 1/2' nut width.  Electronics are dual Jazz single coil pickups which are wired as a humbuckers with both pickups engaged, controlled by Vol-Vol-Tone.   Body is a high gloss, finished in Electric Blue.  Overall very clean shape other than a small paint chip (pic) that we can touch up if desired.  Sells online for $699 but this nice used one is just $450 with Fender gig bag.  We can swap out the neck with a new Warmoth neck at a slight upcharge.
  14. Fernandes APB-100 5-String, front/back), (headstock/nut).  Super nice high-end bass.  This one was custom made for a Fernandes endorser, with all custom options done at the Japan factory as the bass was being built.  It is a world class bass, in my opinion, at $1K less than most of the boutique basses.  Features include Swamp Ash body with trans blue stain and gloss lacquer, which is a striking appearance with the gold hardware.  Custom EQ'ed F.G.I Active pickups and electronics (Low freq. 85Hz, Treb. 3.5 KHz) 12 db boost and cut with center detent on both.  Controls are, vol/pan with center detent/bass and treble via a 9 volt system.  Rosewood fretboard on a 3-piece maple neck with gloss finish and light flame.  Brass adjustable nut for perfect intonation.  Prototype (at the time it was built) Gotoh Bridge, which can be a thru-body if holes are drilled and ferrules installed.  Quality Gotoh tuners.  34" scale with no floppy low-B string.  Lastly, it's a custom color, unnamed by Fernandes but it's a Royal Blue that allows the figuring of the ash to show nicely.  If you've priced Japan-made Fernandes, you know that none of them are cheap.  This one pre-dates the Gravity series which were still in the design phase when it was made.  A Gravity 5 Deluxe is going to run around $1099 but this one is in immaculate condition with the added benefit of being a true custom built bass.  How much more is it worth?  How much less am I selling it for?  Around $550 less.  $649 for this fantastic Fernandes.  Includes super nice gigbag or not super nice hardshell case.
  15. 2012 Ibanez Soundgear Mikro Bass 5-String Short-Scale GSRM25 - Black, (front), (back), (headstock/truss cover).  Flawless condition.  I've had several of these Mikro Basses in stock but this is the first 5-string.  Unlike a lot of short scale basses, which are lower quality, if not toys, the Mikro Bass has the same quality and backing as their full scale basses.  With a 28.6" scale, around 5.5" shorter than a full scale, the Mikro is a great choice for younger players or anyone small in stature, or a good transitional instrument for guitarists switching to bass.  Features include mahogany body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 22 medium frets, pearl dot inlays, high mass B10 bridge with precise intonation and height adjustments, quality sealed tuners, and dual Jazz-style pickups.  It also uses a new truss rod cover door that easily slides to the side - no more screw to remove for adjustments.  The body style is the same as other Soundgear series with the elongated upper horn, short lower horn, and deep cutaway for playing the high notes.  It's very well balanced, with a tone that doesn't sound at all "small", and has a very comfortable set up.  Looks as if nobody ever played it and a sweet deal on a quality short scale at $159, including shipping, and set up to perfection. 
  16. Ibanez EDB400 Ergodyne Bass, (pic2).  Looks blue in the pics but the color is actually dark purple.  The Ergodyne series has long been one of the best selling basses on my site.  They set up extremely well and, as the name would imply, they are designed with ergonomics in mind.  One of the most comfortable basses to strap on and play.  Has a very deep belly cut (pic) and all the body contours are designed for comfort and easy access to the fretboard.  Features include slender 2-octave maple neck offers fast and easy fretwork, strong passive pickups and active PHAT tone circuitry with one-knob control to boost the perfect balance of highs and lows, Basswood body with Maple neck.  For the money, you're not going to beat this bass.  Forget about a P or a J, unless you like one tone - this one does a lot more.  Just $279, set up to perfection and ready to rumble.  
  17. 1997 Ibanez SR406 Soundgear 6-String Bass - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls).  Excellent quality Korean 6-string in one of the most popular bass series of all time.  Ibanez Soundgear have stood the test of time and from my experience, they're the 2nd most popular basses, behind Fenders P and J basses.  The higher end models like the SR406 have higher end features than the vintage style Fenders, having been designed in the 90's instead of 5 decades ago.  Don't get me wrong, Fenders are fantastic basses but in terms of versatility, it's hard to beat Ibanez' active tone circuit with 3-band EQ, volume, mix, and DX6 pickups.  This allows you to dial in a wide variety of tones to suit the song or compensate for the venue.  Want the big bottom of a Precision - just boost the bass and cut the mids and highs; for a Jazz, boost the mids, etc.  With its body of light American maple with a clear gloss finish, this looks like a bass player's bass.  Add in a thin but very wide fretboard and deep cutaways and you have a neck that's very easy to get around on - from the first fret to the top.  For a bunch of reviews, click here for Harmony-Central where it scored a 9 overall.  This bass plays well and sounds fantastic.  If you're thinking about moving up to a 6, you don't have to spend 4 paychecks to get a quality one.  These ran around $900 new but this used one's in nice shape for its age and a bargain at just $399.  
  18. 2007 Ibanez SRX650 Bass, (front), (headstock), (back/side), (detail).   Super comfort, stunning looks, and a very good variety of quality tones make this one of the best values in an active-EQ bass.  Finished in Bright Blue with nicely figured ash with white binding, matching flamed maple headstock, and gold hardware, it's indeed a beautiful bass.  For comfort and ease of play it has a long belly cut and an extended horn on the bass side which puts much of the weight in the center and makes it hang at the proper position, neither neck heavy or body heavy.  One of my favorite features, and it's a very simple ergonomic design, are the small cutouts on each of the pickups which are made for resting your thumb - they keep your right hand in a precise playing position and are much more comfortable than resting your thumb on the sharp top edge of a normal pickup.  Tonally, this bass has passive pickups, but an active EQ circuit (Bass and Treble cut/boost) which lets you dial in many more tones than a passive "tone" control.  The bass is equally at home playing slap/funk or metal, and everything in between.  Features include a light ash body, bound neck and headstock, 2-band EQB-IIDX EQ active preamp, 3-piece SRX4 neck, 24 Medium frets, PFR (passive, full range) high output pickups with a PFR-AL4N (neck) and PFR-AL4B (bridge), large mass Accu-cast B200 bridge, and easy access 9V battery door on back.  Recently discontinued, this model sold for $549 ($733 list), which is a beginner/intermediate price, but this bass is seriously nice enough for pro gigs.  Super clean shape, extremely comfortable setup, and a value leader at $379.  
  19. 2000 Ibanez SR406 Soundgear 6-String Bass, (front/back), (headstock), (case).  A great playing 6-string in one of the most popular bass series of all time.  Ibanez Soundgear have stood the test of time and from my experience, they're the 2nd most popular basses, behind Fenders P and J basses.  The higher end models like the SR406 have higher end features than the vintage style Fenders, having been designed in the 90's instead of 5 decades ago.  Don't get me wrong, Fenders are fantastic basses but in terms of versatility, it's hard to beat Ibanez' active tone circuit with 3-band EQ, volume, mix, and DX6 pickups.  This allows you to dial in a wide variety of tones to suit the song or compensate for the venue.  Want the big bottom of a Precision - just boost the bass and cut the mids and highs; for a Jazz, boost the mids, etc.  With its body of light American maple with a clear gloss finish, this looks like a bass player's bass.  Add in a thin but very wide fretboard and deep cutaways and you have a neck that's very easy to get around on - from the first fret to the top.  For a bunch of reviews, click here for Harmony-Central where it scored a 9 overall.  This bass plays superbly, with action lower than many of the so-called boutique basses I've had.  If you're thinking about moving up to a 6, you don't have to spend 4 paychecks to get a nice one.  These ran around $900 new but this ones in nice shape and just $529 with a high quality Canadian wood/Tolex case (pictured above) or if you'd rather have a gigbag, just $489.  
  20. 2004 Ibanez SRX-500 Passive,  (front/back), (headstock), (pic4).  Wonderful player and killer looks, and if you want a nice Soundgear bass but aren't a fan of active electronics or like to have a 3-way selector, this one has been changed over to passive with installation of three CTS pots (volume, volume, tone) a 3-way selector in place of the volume, volume, bass, treb.  The stock pickups on these are passive so the only change was the circuit and I will add that these PFR (passive, full range) high output pickups are definitely quality pickups.  Other features include basswood body with flamed maple top, 3-piece maple neck with rosewood fretboard, high-mass Accu-cast bridge, pearl fret markers, and medium frets.  This bass has nice low action and the tone is remarkably nice for a bass in this price range.  Overall extremely clean except for a few scratches on the back.  Sells new for $479 but if you like passive electornics and a standard pickup selector, this one is made for your taste and just $329.  
  21. Ibanez AEB10 Acoustic/Electric Bass, very good quality import and a good quality bass for the money.  The AEB10 features a slim neck, feedback resistant body, and high fidelity electronics - very well suited for live performance.  It features all maple construction and a high-gloss black finish, Fishman Sonicore pickup Ibanez AEQ-SS Shape Shifter EQ, colorful abalone rosette, quality nut and Ivorez nut.  List price is $499 and although this one is a factory second--although we can find any flaws--it's nicely discounted to $269, fully setup and ready to your unplugged gig.  Nice TKL Acoustic Bass Case available for $65.  
  22. Kubicki Factor-Style Custom Bass, (pic2), (pic3).  I don't know anything about the history of this one other than what I can see and hear - very unique appearance, modeled, loosely, after an Factor bass with the elongated upper horn, very deep treble cutaway, and extra cutaway in the bridge area.  It's a fantastic player with quality features (pic here) such as DiMarzio DP-127 P-bass pickups, Badass II bridge, and quality Ping tuners.  Very comfortable unfinished neck with Ebony fretboard with perfect frets.  Finish is a thin brushed finish that reminds me of Gibson's black finishes from the 80's - not perfect but a nice job overall.  If you're looking for something truly unique that plays exceptionally well and sounds very good, I can easily recommend this one and at $399, it's around what you'll pay for a new Mex P-bass. 
  23. Lakland Skyline Series 44-64 - Ltd Ed Finish, (front), (headstock), (back), (bridge), (case).  Limited Edition model with Teal Green finish.  The Skyline series are Lakland's import line, offering some of the best imported basses on the market.  Formerly known as the Bob Glaub Signature Model, the 44-64 is based on the '64 P-bass, with a similar look, feel, and tone but with some minor refinements such as body cutout for access to the truss rod, improved hardware and pickups, and wood screws directly into body rather than into a neckplate.  Features include:  ash body,  flaw-sawn rock maple, 1.75" nut width, Delrin nut, rosewood fretboard with "clay" dot inlays, Hipshot Ultra-Lite tuners, aged white pickguard, Lakland dual-access bridge (through body or through bridge).  The stock pickup is Lakland Hybrid split pickup but if you want an exact Fender tone, a USA Vintage Series (pic) at no extra cost.  I was really impressed with the quality of this bass.  Like PRS guitars, Lakland has managed to produce an import model that stands out from the competition.  The Sklyine series are the best playing basses in their price range, thanks to each one receiving a Plek treatment in Lakland's USA factory.  This process, which evens the frets perfectly, is usually only found on guitars costing $2K and more and is a $150 option if you'd like to get a bass Plek'd.  It's a nice comfortable weight and sounds fantastic.  Sells new for $1224 (including $99 case) but this beautiful used one is set up perfectly and a nice deal for $850.  
  24. ca. 1974 Mansfield Telecaster Bass Copy, (front), (back), (headstock).  Another beauty from the land of the rising sun, and like the Teisco below, survived almost 40 years with very little wear.  It presents itself nearly as well as the Teisco, other than finish checking on the back (as shown here), four finish check lines on the front, and some light rubs on the edge of the body.  Frets are immaculate and there is zero player's wear.  Mansfield was a brand used by a Canadian importer in the 70's and the actual factory that built the is debatable.  You'll find claims that these were built by Ibanez but a customer informed me that, while Gakki was the supplier of Mansfield, they farmed out the build and this one was made by Moridaira at the Morris plant in Nagano Japan.  Morris also built Hohner, as well as the H.S. Anderson and Bill Lawrence a few years later.  Mansfield were fairly widespread in the UK in the 70's, branded as "Jedson", "Zenta", and others.  Here's link of an identical model branded "Zenta" in the 1974 Bell Music (UK) catalog.  This is a pretty cool copy of a Tele bass but rather than a dead knockoff, they based the lines, not on a Fender Tele Bass, but on a Tele guitar with a similar body style, pickguard, and control plate.  This is a short scale, 30", which is great for smaller players or guitarists converting to bass.  It doesn't feel as short as other short scales I've had so any bassist should be able to enjoy playing it.  It features dual single coil pickups with exposed pole pieces, located in middle and neck rather than bridge and neck.  Controls are on/off switch for each pickup as well as master volume and tone controls.  A bright chrome bridge cover conceals a Fender vintage style bridge with four stainless barrel saddles.  Pickguard and control plate are both 3-ply WBW, with a thumb rest attached below the G string.  It has an adjustable truss rod with access easily accessible via a cutout in the pickguard and a zero fret.  The 3-tone sunburst finish looks very close to the sunburst Fender was using during this era with a thin band of red between the black and yellow.  This bass has a surprisingly nice tone that can easily cut it in a band situation.  After Martin did his magic it also plays great as well.  Just a nice old short scale Tele style in lovely vintage condition for $275.  
  25. OLP MM-2 Licensed Musicman Stingray, (pic2), features the Ernie Ball/Musicman trademark headstock, custom shaped neck and classic shaped body profiles - the feel and vibe of a Stingray - at a fraction of the price.  Features Basswood body, North American Maple neck, Musicman style wide pickup, controlled by two volume and one tone controls.  Nice playing bass with good assortment of tones (each side of the pickup has it's own volume) and super clean without a scratch.  Offered stock as pictured for $199 with gigbag.  We will also offer this with an EMG circuit upgrade - an EMG BTC preamp which is a stacked pot with bass boost and treble boost - the other two knobs will remain volume controls.   Cost for the upgraded bass would be $299, which includes labor and the EMG preamp, which is a $92 list.
  26. Ovation CC-274 Celebrity Deluxe Acoustic-Electric Bass, (front), (epaulet sound hole), (headstock), (back), (preamp), (case).  Great looking, nice playing acoustic electric bass.  I was very impressed with the acoustic tone of this bass.  It definitely has the volume to hold its own in an unplugged acoustic jam.  The deep bowl design is very well suited for projecting the lower register, in a way that thinner flat-back instruments can't do.  Nicely appointed, with 5-ply top purfling and assorted hardwood epaulet sound holes.  I've played recent Celebrity's from China, and they just don't compare to the quality of these earlier Korean models.  The fit/finish is better and I'm certain most of these will still be in service 25 years from now.  Features include: deep bowl body with rounded cutaway, spruce top, gloss natural finish, Adamas-style soundholes, nato neck joins body at 16th fret, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, 1-5/8" nut width, 34" scale, pinless walnut bridge, chrome sealed tuners, gold Ovation logo, 5-ply top purfling, factory preamp and lower bout output jack.  It has a very simple preamp with just volume and 2-band EQ, but this bass doesn't need a lot of EQing to sound good.  A separate door is provided for easy access to the 9V battery.  Set up is very comfortable and unlike some acoustic basses, the low E string isn't floppy.  Just a really nice bass for this price range.  List price on this bass was $899, without case, which makes this a nice buy at $499 with a quality hardshell case.  
  27. 1983 Peavey T-40 Bass, (close-up), (headstock), (back), (case).  As I've mentioned before, Hartley Peavey revolutionized the guitar building industry with the introduction of CNC (computer numerical control) routers and the T-40 was the world's first CNC-manufactured bass.  Due in large part to this technology, Peavey was able to sell their instruments considerably lower than other major companies.  Today all the major manufacturers, and most of the small ones, use CNC routing rather than the manually-controlled jig saw of the old days.  Irrespective of any technologic advantage, Peavey has *always* represented top quality gear at the lowest price, making it the best value in USA guitars and basses in my opinion.  The T-40 is a heavy bass, built during the era when mass was thought to equal tone, thus the large, heavy ash body and massive metal parts including bridge, pickups, and knobs.  The tuners, oddly enough, are fairly lightweight Grover style which are the same one used on Fender "Plus P and J basses.  Features include Ash body with thin satin finish, brass nut, large sustain block bridge with strings thru body and saddles adjustable for intonation-height-slant, truss rod adjustment on headstock end, 20 frets, dual volume and tone controls, 3-way pickup selector, phase switch, huge 3-ply pickguard with 18 screws, two dual-blade pickups (humbucker/single coil depending on settings), tilt-neck adjustment on neckplate, 20 medium frets, and 34" scale.  The neck on this model is gloss finished with bilaminate construction - (two pieces of opposing grain - which produces superior stability.  The neck/fingerboard is one piece of maple, rather than a maple cap, and has the feel of a Fender P-bass.  One of the cool innovations of the T-40 (and T-60 guitar) is the circuit design - the pickups change from humbucker to single coils via the tone knob - at "7" and above they're single coil; below 7 they're humbuckers.  The bass is truly a tone chameleon and can closely emulate the sound of a P-bass, Jazz, or just about anything else, depending on how you dial it in.  Overall this bass is in nice shape for bass that has been used periodically for the past 27 years with the worst flaws being a ding on the headstock edge, some buckle scratches on back, and wear on the fretboard edge in the lower register (all shown here).  I wouldn't recommend this bass to anyone for whom light weight is consideration but if you're a manly-man, it's an excellent playing bass with good sustain and a great selection of tones.  One day, and I don't know when, the T-series will certainly take off on the vintage market and more than any other American brand, their growth potential is considerable.  Until that time, it's an excellent utility bass with a character all its own and nicely priced at $399.  Includes original case with plush brown lining.  For complete specs, Peavey has a copy of the original manual here.  
  28. Peavey Milestone 5-String, (pic2).  Note - this is the original Milestone series, don't confuse with the later Milestone II or III series.  If you've been thinking of moving up to a 5-string but don't want to spend a fortune - here's the ticket.  This Milestone is set up great, is in nice shape, and is an excellent quality bass for a great price.  Very flat 8" fretboard radius, extended horns on the Poplar body for great balance in any position, dual single coil J-style pickups that are humbuckers when used in tandem, and lastly just a cool looking player's bass with a glossy blue metallic finish.  Nice setup and ready to gig for just $229 with gigbag.  
  29. 1981 Peavey T-60 Bass Parts - Please note that I have another one - just like the one pictured - that I'm parting out.  Let me know if you need any T-60 parts.  
  30. Samick AB-1 Acoustic/Electric Bass, one of the new Greg Bennett designs and offers remarkable quality for a reasonable price, this one was a cosmetic second but it's easily in near mint condition - with a nice setup and good tone amplified or acoustically.  Nato sides/back, select spruce top, rosewood board, die-cast tuners, passive electronics, Abalone soundhole rosette, soft-cornered bridge, high-gloss finish, several available at $199 .  Nice TKL case available for $69.  
  31. Samick FB-15 P-Bass Style, (front/back).  I've had this bass since '06 and during inventory Brian discovered it had never had the benefit of being on the web site.  This goes a long way to explaining why it's still here!  This is a nice playing, good sounding bass with the feel and tone of the venerable Precision Bass, with the natural wood look of a real player's bass.  With a great in-house setup, this is a great way to get started - or add a P-bass to your on-stage tone - for just $129.  
  32. Samick 5-String Bass, (pic 2).  I haven't had time to look up model info on this bass but it plays great and this gold-leaf finish is fantastic.  I had a Tom Anderson with this finish and it remains one of my favorite.  Samick makes great guitars and basses and, in fact, they make probably 75% of the instruments in the world, although with many different names on the headstock.  Excellent sounding with active electronics and 9v easily accessible via the backplate (pic here).  One of the best playing 5's I've had for this price and a real bargain in the looks and tone department as well.  Just $299(HOLD-Ray C 10/25) with gigbag.  
  33. Warwick FNA Jazzman 5, (front), (back), (headstock/neck).  Fantastic higher-end 5-string from one of the most respected builders of professional quality basses, Warwick, Germany.  This one has it all - tone, ergonomic comfort, balance, and killer looks to boot.  Although specs are listed as only a AA flamed maple top, this top, finished in Honey Violin, is as fine as you'll see on this model, and would be rated at least a AAAA by most makers.  The FNA Jazzman took a great bass a step further by adding a Jazz pickup, yielding more great tones to an already great bass.  Features include bookmatched flamed maple top, USA swamp ash back, Corvette bodyline, Warwick's own MEC pickups with a massive MM style humbucking in the bridge and slant Jazz style in the neck, Basslines preamp with 3-band active EQ, 3-piece ovangkol neck, wenge fingerboard, 34" scale, 24 frets, 2-piece Warwick bridge, Warwick "Just a Nut III", gold hardware, and stock gigbag. The nut on this model is very unique, with a slot for an Allen key to let you adjust the nut up and down, with tension still on the strings.  This model is now only available via Warwick's custom shop but during regular production they carried a list price of $3849, selling discounted as low as $2599.  For $200 less than the cost of Fender American Deluxe Jazz, you can get a true bassist's bass, just $1499.   Includes choice of heavy gigbag or hardshell case.  
  34. 2003 Warwick Corvette Standard Fretless, (front/back), (headstock), (tailpiece/bridge).  The real deal German-made model, not to be confused with their import Rock Bass series.   For many, this is a bassist's dream bass with premium tonewoods throughout including a bubinga body,  3-piece ovangkol neck, and wenge fingerboard.  This is a passive bass traditional tone and incredible punch through MEC "Dynamic Correction" J/J pickups, controlled by volume, blender, and tone.  You can get a wide variety of tones from this simple passive system.  Other features include an excellent quality Warwick bridge and tailpiece that's mounted directly to the body, plus easy-access control cavity (pic).  List price on a new one is around $1799 but this used one is barely played, in beautiful condition with no discernable wear anywhere, and just $799.  Includes quality gigbag.  
  35. Warwick Rock Bass Corvette, (pic2), (pic3).  Excellent value in a Warwick as part of their import line.  Marketed to rock players, with the string spacing, active electronics, and a fast neck feel that lets you play hard-driving, powerful bass.  From a player's standpoint, it's extremely well balanced, easy to play, and loads of tonal options via the active preamp section.  As with all Corvette Basses, it features quality MEC "Gold active single-coil pickups and 2-band active electronics, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and nickel frets.  The body is alder with a transparent blue finish.  This bass sells new online for $549 and is a pretty good bargain for a bass with these specs.  Better still, this super clean used one for just $375.  
  36. 2007 Yamaha RBX375 5-String Bass, (front/back), (headstock), (pickup/bridge).  High end features in a nice playing 5-string.  For years Yamaha has been synonymous with two things - Pianos and basses.   For many decades they have built the best bang-for-the-buck basses, going back to the BB-series in the 70's, many of which are still being played today.  The RBX375 is much more high tech than the old BB's, with active electronics, newly designed bridge, and high output ceramic hum canceling pickups, but with a list of only $579, this is a lot of bass.  Features include: bi-level headstock, solid alder body, 24-fret neck, 2-band active EQ, master volume, and blend pot.  One of my favorite design features, are the notches cut in the pickups, which make a perfect anchor point for the thumb, whether you're fingering close to the bridge or in the mid-body position.  This is an excellent player in beautiful shape, and at $289, much more versatile than an import P or J-bass and less money.  Highly recommended for anyone who wants to try out a 5-string, or any beginner/intermediate player who wants a good quality bass without spending a month's pay.  I have a vintage BC Rich case (pic here) that fits well, 2 replaced latches but very serviceable, for $49 if desired, or inquire about other cases.  

Bass Accessories

        ca.'84 Scholz SR&D Bass Rockman, (panel).  Shortly after release of the popular Rockman X-100, came the Bass Rockman, especially designed to meet the needs of bassists.  I used one of these in the mid-80's, both on stage and in the studio, and I'm quite a fan of their tone.  They feature a quality analog chorus, 2 clean settings, distortion setting, Fat-Bright-Mid EQ settings, High Frequency Clip and Comp switches, Sustain level switch, Hi/Lo volume setting as well as a Gain dial on back, 1/8" stereo headphone/line out pair, and an Aux Input/Low Level Out 1/4" jack.  You can hook these up to a guitarists Rockman and get some great tones on a "silent" jam.  Quiet enough for the studio and on stage adds fatness and a pretty good vintage bass distortion for your Cream songs.  Works perfectly and $60 lower than it sold for back in the 80's at just $139. (Note: If you just need a nice headphone amp, I have the Rockman Bass Ace on my Effects page for $45).  

        Line 6 Bass POD XT Pro, (pic2), (back).  Line 6's Bass POD revolutionized sound reproduction for bass many years ago with the introduction of the original "kidney bean" model.  The Pro took it to the rack - the XT took it to USB for PC/Mac computer recording - plus loads more of everything you need.  Briefly, features include 28 amp models, 22 cab models, and more than 50 stompbox and studio effects, dedicated compressor and 6-band semi-parametric EQ. Versatile connections include 1/4" and XLR stereo outs, AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital I/O, effects loop, and analog re-amping in and out. Features biamp mode with selectable crossover and ability to mix direct signal with modeled output. Also 4 mic models, A.I.R. cab/speaker/mic emulation, MIDI, chromatic tuner, 64 channel memories, and USB digital I/O for Mac and PC recording.  Way too much to list here but if you want all the skinny, for complete specs, sound clips, forums, etc., click here for Line 6.  These sell new for $699 ($979 List) but this one is brand new with a few hours use and "as new" in the original box with manual, USB, and cable, for just $499. 

        EBS Multidrive, (pic2).  EBS is one of the premier builder of effects for bass and the Multidrive is their overdrive-fuzz-distortion effect, with a circuit designed specifically for the lower frequencies of the bass range.  It's a Class A pedal that produces tons of sustain, distortion, and tube-style effects. The mode switch selects flat, standard, or tube-simulation overdrive sounds while the Drive and Volume knobs control the amount of effect and output level. It use noiseless FET switching and is equally at home in the studio and on stage - and it's definitely built for road use.  Quality effect for the pro bassist for just $145. 

        EBS UniChorus Analog Processor, (pic2).  EBS is one of the premier builder of effects for bass and the UniChorus is their chorus/flanger/modulation effect, with a circuit designed specifically for the lower frequencies of the bass range.  It lets you switch between low-noise, studio-quality chorus, flanger, and pitch modulation effects.  Premium analog circuitry gives the UniChorus a smoother, warmer, and fatter chorus/flanger effect.  It has Depth and Rate controls plus stereo output.  It use noiseless FET switching and is equally at home in the studio and on stage - and it's definitely built for road use.  Quality effect for the pro bassist for just $145. 

        Boss CEB-3 Bass Chorus.  Why a special pedal for bass chorus?  If you've ever tried a guitar chorus you know why.  When the entire signal is "effected", you lose all of your punch and low-end thickness.  The CEB-3 design ensures that your sound retains all the power and clarity of the original bass sound as the low filter lets lowest frequencies through unaffected.  Has controls for level, low filter, rate, and depth.  New these are $90 but this one's perfect shape in the box for just $63. 

        Digitech BP200 Bass Multi-Effect, (detail-effects).  For stage, studio, or practice tool, the BP200 has just about any effect you'll need to get the sound you want - plus a built-in drum machine for use as a practice tool.  Description: 16 bass amp and stompbox models and a host of other effects (22 total) for creating your own signature sound. The built-in expression pedal can be assigned to control your choice of parameters in real time. Each effect includes up to 3 adjustable parameters giving you the flexibility to create the exact sound you are looking for. The 6 character alphanumeric display and 3-knob matrix based user interface provide simple, straight forward editing functions. The Rhythm Trainer is a great tool for polishing up your timing with your choice of different patterns, tempo, and adjustable volume level. A chromatic tuner lets you quickly check or tune your instrument to 1 of 4 different tuning references.  Here's a brief demo that runs through a few cool patches (link) and here's a bunch of Harmony-Central reviews. Sells new for $149 but this one's in nice shape for just $79.  

        Dunlop Bass Crybaby 105Q, (pic2).  The 105Q Bass Wah incorporates a new, proprietary potentiometer and custom EQ circuitry specifically designed for bass frequencies.  It includes Dunlop's celebrated Q control, which provides full control over the pedal's intensity and sound modeling. With the Q control, you can select the exact wah tone desired, from bright and punchy to warm and subtle.  Also has an adjustable volume control, allowing you to tailor the level of the wah from almost silent to a significant increase, providing extra gain for wah-enhanced solos.  Don't pay $120 when this one's in perfect shape in the box for just $85.  

        Zoom B2 Bass Multi-Effects Pedal, (close-up), (back).  A full-featured multi-effect unit packed into a small package. The B2 features Zoom's new ZFX3 processor loaded with 9 preamp/cabinet and 5 stomp box models that are very faithful to the original models. Features include 40 preset bass effects patches plus 40 more locations where you can store your own edited patches; 7 effect modules with 45 effect types; 32-bit processing, 96kHz sampling rate; 24-Bit A/D, D/A converters; and comes housed in a roadworthy metal chassis. It also has a built-in drum machine with 40 rhythm variations which is great for working on your chops, speeding up the tempo as you progress - plus a dead-on chromatic tuner. The specs on this are studio quality with virtually zero background hiss (120dB signal to noise ratio) and extreme dynamic range (120dB), With 45 different effects (you can use up to 7 per patch), you can choose from, for example, 3 types of synth sounds, a Harmonized Pitch Shifter, acoustic bass and fretless, 6-band graphic EQ or 2-band parametric EQ, the world's fastest patch change. Includes AC Adapter or can also operate around 7 hours on 4 AA alkaline batteries.  This unit scored an impressive 9.4 overall on Harmony-Central.  With a list of $164, you can find these as low as $89 but better still, this one's perfect in the box with power supply, manual, etc., and just $63(HOLD-Scott M 8/14). 

        Boss ME-50B Bass Guitar Multi-Effects, (close-up), (back). If you're looking for something more intricate than the Zoom B2, the ME-50B, current model from Boss, has it all and it's laid out much more like a bunch of stomp boxes with plenty of dedicated knobs for easy editing, plus an expression pedal. If you're like me, not a fan of LCD screens menus, and cursor buttons, with the ME-50 you just reach down and twist a knob! Effects are divided into six sections - Compressor/Limiter, Master, Filter/Tone, Drive/Synth, Delay/Modulation and Expression Pedal-giving bassists a range of unique and powerful BOSS tones. From there, ME-50B effects can be edited using 23 knobs and controlled via three built-in footswitches and an assignable expression pedal. It has some new stuff on it, like Octave-up effect plus wah, defretter, and the warmest overdrive sounds yet. You can also built loops and add kick drum patterns. For full specs, clips, etc., click here for Boss's site and here for Harmony-Central reviews.  There are a number of YouTube demo's; here's one to start with.  Sells new for $299 everywhere but this one's barely used and just $215.  Includes manual and power supply.