Payment received and she is heading to Florida!
Edit to add weight: Only 7.6 Lbs!
Lots of big pics at the bottom if you wish to skip my rambling!
I bought this recently on a whim. It is a really cool bass, but here's the thing. I just can't get down with the tiny neck. It is both thin and short (32" medium scale). It sounds great and is very versatile, but I am used to playing 5 strings and wide spacing at that (34" or 35" scale). I have big hands and play hard. The best way I know how to describe it is that I play like thunder and the Stu bass is designed to play like lightening.
According to web folklore this is the very first signature bass Fender ever made. And also it is one of only a couple (if not the only) USA made two octave fret board.
If you look up the serial number most Fender data bases will tell you 1989. But this simply isn't true (from what I've read). They didn't come out until the early 90's. (Another one of those great Fender quirks.) If I had to guess I would say somewhere in the '91-'93 range. If it really bothers anyone I will take the neck off and check the pocket date.
According to my research (correct me if I am wrong) the preamp on these things is a Kubiki design. And it does both active and passive. You can pretty much get about a gagillion tones between the J pickups, P bass pickup, and active/passive. A few reviews on the interwebs mentioned some difficulty dialing in big bottom but I was able to get downright Motown using the Pbass pickup through either my V4 or Mesa Walkabout rig. I have not had a chance to run DI with it so I can't speak to that.
The finish is REALLY hard to photograph. It is black with gold metal flakes. I tried my best and hopefully you can get it. There are no dents on the bass. Any shapes in the pics are reflections. There are some tiny scratches here and there that can be seen in the right light at the right angle. For the most part it is in great shape. The guard looks white in most of the outdoor pics, but I included a good flash pic from inside to show that it is in fact pearloid.
Frets are great. Neck is clean on both sides (board and back).
Bass comes with the original hard case (in great shape), a fresh set of D'Addario XLs installed and also a set of chromes with plenty of life left in them (that I took off when I bought it). One knob was swapped out by a previous owner and I do not have the original. Should be a cheap fix but I will handle it for you for the right deal. (If I get time in the next day or so I may go ahead and order a replacement.)
Five string Fender(ish) basses. (I would love to get my hands on a '06-'09 American Precision Deluxe with the humbucker at the bridge). 5 String P bass. But anything halfway close hit me up.
Many Fender Aerodyne variations J or P (including the rare and elusive 5 string ones floating around).
A good quality IEM system with bass worthy buds.
I like black boxes with vacuum tubes inside them. (But will consider other colors as well.)
Try me with anything though. Who knows what might grab my attention?
Of course I can do +or- cash for the right item.
Cash price? Who knows? I have seen these things sell all over the place. I have literally seen them go from $700 (in worse shape with no case) to $1250 and everything in between. I'll start at $900 OBO (within reason) shipped in the lower 48. (Somebody OM me if this is way off in either direction. Not trying to rip anyone off or sell myself short.)
I don't need money or even gear. I'm in no rush. I simply don't feel as though I would get much use out of this really nice bass. So no low-ball offers please.
A friend of mine lives in Nashville TN and comes through here a lot. I can send the bass back with him if any of you guys out there are serious and would rather deal with a human face to face. I have done this several times with great success.
I don't have much feedback, but all of my gear was purchased from fellow TBers. Everything has always gone smoothly. I will go way out of my way to insure everything is done honestly and to the complete satisfaction of us both. I like it here and don't wish to make any waves. I'll be glad to talk on the phone with any potential buyer and answer any questions here as well. If need be I will get permission to share the names of some here from whom I have acquired gear.
Also, be advised. I am a 42 year old father of two young children and in school full time. I am as busy as I can be. So, sometimes it may take me half a day or so to respond to PM's. Please bare with me. I will respond in the order I get them ASAP.
CL ads are up locally so I reserve the right to yank this ad at any time. But, honestly, I have had better luck with TBers than local guys, so I'll try to do business here if I can.
OK, I'll shut up. Here come the pics!