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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.
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 when 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
1981 Peavey T-40 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-40 parts.
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.
Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5 HH, (front), (back), (headstock back), (case). Very clean Stingray thatís an excellent player. A list of Stingray players is a virtual who's-who of the best bassists on the scene over the past 20 years. It's hard to picture "Flea" without seeing him slinging a Stingray. By virtue of it's utter simplicity, comfort, ease of play, and most of all tone, the Stingray became an immediate classic when first introduced in the 70's. With its characteristic large pickguard and oversize pickups, the Stingray is immediately recognizable as a veritable funk/rock machine. Although simple in looks, it's deceptively versatile by virtue of its dual humbucker design, combined with a 5-way selector and 3-band active EQ (bass-mid-treb), each with a center-detented cut/boost knob. With the 5-way selector you can get the classic Stingray humbucker sound, two single coils together (like a Jazz bass), both humbuckers together or individual neck or bridge pickups. This bass is very clean all around, well cared for since new 2 years ago. The set up is fantastic and it has one of the most comfortable necks you'll find on a 5-string with sufficient string spacing that even large hands can get around easily. For full specs, click here for Musicman's site. A new one in Natural lists at $2800, selling new for $1960, but you can get this clean used one for just $1175(HOLD-Bob H 3/14/19). Includes original Musicman case. I have another in Sunburst for a little more if interested (pic).
2017 Fender '50s Precision Bass Lacquer - Black, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). First of the latest Classic Series I've had...offered in "as new" condition and includes Fender tweed case. Fender's Precision bass, so-named because its fretted fingerboard offer a precise note rather than the earlier fretless models that depended on exact finger placement. Fender used a genuine lacquer finish on this model that will age beautifully as the years go by. All the 50's features including anodized gold pickguard, alder body with gloss nitro finish, C-shaped maple neck/fretboard with a vintage 7.25" radius, vintage frets and Alnico Precision pickups. We probably have pickup and/or bridge covers to fit this for additional cost. Just inquire. For this money you might expect a bass that's somewhat lackluster in tone but this bass is actually lively and sounds excellent. With a new cost of $899, save some bucks on this mint (played one time) example. $639 includes original tweed case, Sweetwater inspection list, and factory paperwork.
2013 Fender Squier Vintage Modified '70s Jazz Bass - Natural, (front), (back), (headstock). Get that classic Ď70s Fender vibe for easy money. You get that popular Natural finish over a maple body with classic black block inlays over a maple fretboard and neck. Good sounding bass via a pair of Fender-designed pickups with a master tone control and individual volume control so you can blend the pickups to taste. With both of them turned up it's actually a humbucker. Other features include slim "C"-shaped neck with vintage gloss tint, black neck binding, 9.5" radius fretboard, 20 medium jumbo frets, 4-ply tortoise pickguard, four-saddle bridge, knurled chrome control knobs, and vintage open-gear tuners. The set up is low and especially comfortable with a fresh set of tape-wound Black Beauty strings that are easy on the fingers. Collector owned and offered in mint condition. Donít pay $349 for an out of the box set up when you can have this one with nice strings and pro setup for just $259(HOLD-Santos M 7/26/18).
2008 G&L Tribute JB-2 Bass, (front† bridge), (headstock), (back), (gigbag/strap).† If youíre a fan of the classic Fender Jazz bass tone, hereís a very good quality G&L Tribute for a nice price. Itís called the JB-2 in reference to the Jazz Bass itís based upon. The similarities are certainly there: dual single coil Alnico pickups, same alder body with offset waist, 22-fret maple neck with nickel jumbo frets and good quality vintage open-back tuners. There are also some enhancements from the original Jazz including 6-screw neck attachment and Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock bridge. This bridge is tone enhancing, much like a Leo Quan, is fully adjustable, and will last much longer than a vintage Jazz bridge and saddles. This bass sounds very good and plays fantastic with a new set of flatwound strings for the vintage tone and low string noise. A new one will set you back $449 without a case or gigbag. Get this one for just $315 with a quality G&L gigbag.
2007 Fender Geddy Lee Signature Model Jazz, (front), (back), (headstock back), (serial), .† From the Artist Series† - a Fender Japan product, in nice condition and a great playing, excellent sounding Jazz.† This is a replica of the 1972 Jazz that Geddy Lee (of "Rush" fame) bought in a pawn shop that he continues to use to this day for both recording and performing, with the same black finish and maple fretboard.† Features 70's appointments including alder body, maple neck with slim profile (front to back) that feels different from other Jazz's I've played, maple fingerboard with black block inlays, 34" scale, 20 medium jumbo frets, black fingerboard binding, vintage tuners, and factory outfitted with a pair of USA Jazz pickups and a Leo Quann Badass II bridge.† Overall it's in beautiful shape, although the pics may show some reflections.† No issues whatsoever, great neck, very comfortable setup.† Sells everywhere for $899-$999 but if you don't mind one that's been played a few times, this one is set up better than anything from the super stores and a nice buy at $629. Includes original Fender deluxe gigbag. For the hardcore Rush fan I also have this mint American Precision with airbrushed graphic from the ďGrace Under PressureĒ album (pic1 pic2).
2006 Fender Mark Hoppus Bass - Surf Green, (front), (back), (headstock), (DiMarzio Straplocks), (case). Signature bass for the low-slinging bassman from Blink 182, Mark Hoppus. His signature bass is basically a marriage of a Jazz body with a Precision neck. Features include top-notch pickups with a set of Duncan Basslines Quarter-Pounders, Alder body with Surf Green or Olympic White finish, stripped down controls with simply a volume control, signature neckplate, and 3-ply white pearl pickguard. Excellent player and these Duncan Basslines are some of the best bass pickups made so it sounds as nice as it plays. Also features a cool bridge that works as a top loader or string-thru-body. It's in beautiful shape and has an excellent setup. One modification has been done: DiMarzio straplock system has been installed (strap included). This model sells new for $799 with gigbag but save big time in this beauty, with hardshell case, for $569.
1965 Gibson EB-0, (front), (headstock), (neck/fretboard), (back), (checking and pickup), (cavity), (case).† Desirable mid-60's era EB-0 in all original condition. Gibson has always chased Fender in bass guitars, never gaining the popularity of the P or J basses, but they have a cool tone and these EB-0's with their short scale and narrow neck width are great for guitarists making the change to bass.† When I was a youngster an EB was my dream bass, probably because Jack Bruce in his Cream days played one and he showed what a mahogany bass could sound like. This bass is 100% original with no touch-ups or overspray on the finish, all original solder joints, and pots both dated to mid-'65, which agrees with the serial number. It has the complete original bridge, including string mute. Please note that the bridge can be lowered if the mute is removed but it's still a decent player in stock condition. Other than finish checking this bass is in remarkably nice shape and hasn't seen a lot of playing time. The only real wear is a spot on the back where the finish is missing, but frets are perfect so I'm guessing it's seen little playing time. Heritage Cherry frequently fades to brown or a weak red but this finish is as strong as you'll find. Pickguard (pic) is missing a small corner and is cracked on another (we can fix for free). It has a nice set up and like the SG, the kind of tone that is sweeter by virtue of 50 year old wood. At $1399 it's a great price for a '65 in this condition and around the same price as a recent reissue. When it comes down to it, I can't imagine buying a new instrument when you can get a comparable vintage model at a comparable price.† Includes original semi-hard case with plush red lining, with one hasp missing but otherwise in nice shape.
2006 USA Fender Precision with Graphics, (front), (back), (detail), (headstock). Unplayed since new! 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 stock Highway 1ís with case sold for. This is an incredible deal for a graphic of this quality. Just $729 with original deluxe gigbag or $779 with a nice SKB Freedom case.
1976 Fender Precision Bass Ė Mocha w/Rosewood Board, (front), (pickups), (headstock), (back), (neck markings), (case). 1976, last year for the neck plate serial number and a rare year for a rosewood board. Perhaps 1 in 8 of P-basses were rosewood in the 70ís. Finish is the common Mocha Brown, probably the second most common finish after Natural. The story of this bass is that it isnít really a collector and has undergone a few mods over the years. Original electronics changed to EMG active pickups and 25 ohm pots; control cavity was slightly enlarged at one point (pic) to accommodate a preamp thatís no longer installed; there are 3 extra holes where strap pins were once installed (pic); and at one time the frets were removed to make it a fretless Ė and later installed to make it stock. Lastly, the neck had a common ailment of tipping up after the neck joint so Martin installed two small carbon fiber reinforcement rods (pic) to stabilize it. It now plays good and would make a decent utility bass for any vintage P-Bass fan on a budget.† Most mid-late 70ís Fender bases are over 10 lbs. but this one is a lightweight at 8 lbs, 2 oz; easy on the shoulder. Itís an excellent sounding bass with good sustain and the typical fat P-bass bottom end. If youíre looking for a clean vintage collectable for $2K and up, move on. If youíre looking for a vintage P with a cool vibe and nice tone for under $1K, here you go. Just $1050 takes it. Includes original Tolex case with silver badge with plenty of stickers. Two end latches were replaced with genuine OEM parts after pics were shot. It closes closes fully now.
2005 Martin 00C-16GTAE Bass, (preamp/side/label), (front/back), (headstock/neck), (case). Brand new condition; has sat in case since new. Fun to play and nice tone, whether plugged in or sitting on the back porch. Features a comfortable & thin 00-size cutaway body with gloss finish solid Sitka spruce top, satin finished solid mahogany sides and back, Fishman Prefix Pro system, rosewood fingerboard with only side dots, 1.58" nut, 34" scale, body depth of 3-1/4" to 2-3/8", black body binding, black chrome tuners, and original green-lined tolex/wooden Martin case. If you're a bassist and don't have an acoustic/electric, I highly recommend this model for the price. Its size makes it more fun to play than a deeper body but the tone is definitely as nice as many of the larger body models I've had. These sold new online for $1599 ($2199 list) but this bass appears to have seen little to no playing time and set up to our high standards and just $1050.
Michael Kelly Dragonfly 5-String Fretless Acoustic-Electric, (front/back), (side), (preamp), (headstock), (fretboard detail).† A beautiful example of "guitars as art".† The DF5-FL QN (Dragonfly 5 fretless quilted natural) is just sheer beauty from the natural-finished quilted maple, to the edge trim, of which are bound with multi-ply binding on top and back, and most notably the fretboard and headstock inlays. Reminiscent of various "tree of life" inlays, the DF5 features a "dragonfly" inlay that adorns the entire length of the fretboard, continuing on the headstock, and is painstakingly made of genuine pearl and abalone. Likewise, the wide soundhole rosette is made of genuine abalone. The all maple body features some of the nicest quilted maple you'll see and more than looks, gives the bass an improved attack and acoustic projection. Although you can play acoustically, the low string on acoustic 5's are notoriously unimpressive so it's better suited for plugged-in play and the DF5 has it covered with a Fishman active pre-amp and Fishman under-saddle pickup, which includes a side mounted 3 band EQ and volume control. This was a limited edition model, with only 25 made per month in each color so there are scant few on the used market. The run for quilted natural finish is long passed and it's usually the most desirable finish. This is an excellent quality Korean model, offering the best bang for the buck you can get. It has barely been played and offered in perfect condition. Quite possibly the best looking acoustic bass I've ever seen and a good value in a full body acoustic/electric 5-string at $439. Add a nice Tolex/wood hardshell for $499.
Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special HB - Black, (front), (headstock), (back), (bridge/controls). Fender's Vintage Modified Squiers take a classic model and make some radical changes, such as a Fender bass, with a Jaguar style body. The Vintage Mod Jaguar bass came in two different pickup configurations and the Jag Bass HB, new for 2011, has a sleek offset-waist body, ultra-slim fast-action neck, powerful high-output humbucking pickup and a three-band active tone circuit that delivers a versatile wealth of tonal options just right for any bass sound and style. Features include Agathis body, high gloss polyurethane finish, maple C-shaped neck, 20 medium jumbo frets, high output humbucker in the bridge with active 3-band EQ, vintage style 4-saddle bridge, synthetic bone nut, 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 $179.
Carvin LB70 Neck-Thru 4-String Bass, (front), (back), (headstock back), (case). Typically great playing, excellent sounding Carvin which remains the best value on the market for USA basses, each one is essentially a custom shop piece.† Upcharge features on this one include tung-oil maple neck† through with mahogany sides, mid-range boost, black chrome plated hardware, and Dunlop strap locks. This is a one-owner bass that has been babied since new so there are no flaws to speak of. Other features include Carvin premium tuners, 24-fret fretboard, dual J-style Carvin pickups, and high mass bridge with brass saddles. This is a nice, resonant bass thatís a nice light weight and easy to get around on. It has an excellent set up and is a good price for a pro-quality bass. $550 includes original Carvin molded case and Dunlop straplock system.
Burns Scorpion G2 Bass, (front/back), (headstock). The G2 (aka Scorpion Gothic Bass) is actually a new-old-stock model from 10 years ago and is fairly model produced during Burns USAís ownership of the name. Historically, Burns London, originating in the 60's, was always thinking outside the box including this baby, perhaps the most evil looking bass I've ever had. This model is 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 features 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 $459. It's hard to find a gigbag to fit this but I have a very plush EI gigbag (pic here) with leopard print lining that will fit it - for $29.
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'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 $399.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.