It is time to thin out the basses that I have not played in years and so it comes to the DROP DEAD GORGEOUS Bossa 5 string bass that was custom made for me.
While I was touring in Asia with a Broadway show, I met the luthier Toshio Setozaki. I had him make a 5 string bass for me with :
* 5A Exhibition Quilted Maple Top and Back
* Light Ash body, with semi-hollow option (which makes it ridiculously lightweight as well)
* Jazz width nut and thinner than jazz front to back profile
* maple fingerboard with abalone markers
* Brass nut
* Gotoh tuners and Wilkinson bridge
*Top of the line Bossa electronics package and pickups
It is a TRUE lightweight at 8.8 pounds and as close to MINT as you could get.
I toured with this bass for a couple of years and since I was sitting in an orchestra pit, there really is no signs of wear. While this bass has bass, mid and treble boost/cut, I wanted more flexibility to WHERE the midrange is being boosted. I had a great luthier in the US install a BARTOLINI double coil humbucker in each position and installed the 3 band preamp with 3 position midrange choice. (I believe it is 250, 500, and 800). I also requested a pull knob (on volume) to go to single coil pickups to get a true "jazz bass" sound. I wanted it all!
You will get 2 sets of pickups and electronics. The proprietary BOSSA hand built pickups and electronics can be re-installed by any competent luthier.....but I think that you will LOVE this combination.
This bass would cost over $3,500 and the Bartolini p/s and electronics is worth another $250-300. I will include a gig bag as no hard case came with the bass.
With my apologees to "RUMBLEFISHER" for using some of his links....hope it is OK with you
This bass would cost you about $3600 today (with the lightweight option and 5A top, etc...gold hardware). While this brand is not widely known in USA, it is the level of SADOWSKY, PEDULLA, etc, in Asia.
I will sell this bass for $1650 delivered to your door
in lower USA. For less than the cost of a used "Sadowsky Metro", you can get a $3600 bass!!!!
Some more info on these basses:
USA Distributor site: http://www.bossa-usa.com/
Home site (Toshio Setozaki's site in Japan, will need google translator unless you understand Japanese): http://www6.ocn.ne.jp/~bossa/
Real Bossa Design UJB-5 and vdrum TD12 - YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDGGCpKlluQ
Duran Duran - The Reflex - bass lesson - YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emj-tKB90l4
Price list: http://www6.ocn.ne.jp/~bossa/price.htm