A bit of pr0n-oh-graph-ee right off the bat:
For sale is a magnificent instrument, my Roscoe Century 3006 JB fretless. It honestly pains me to list this for sale, but the simple fact is it's not being played. So...let's see if the right home is out there somewhere. SPECS:
Serial # 6280
Ridiculous flame maple top
Transparent Blue (close to Lake Placid) gloss finish
Maple/purpleheart/maple neck w/ finish-matched headstock
Lined diamondwood fingerboard
35" scale, 18.3mm bridge spacing
Bartolini hum-cancelling J's in 'JB' placement
Bartolini NTMB-F 18v pre-amp
Layout: Vol | Blend | Push-pull Mid | Stacked Bass & Treble
Weight: ~ 10lbs
Roscoe Hardshell Case
Except for the JB pickup placement (identical to Zon Sonus Special, adjusted for 35" scale), this is pretty much a traditional Roscoe. In other words: articulate, warm, and punchy sound, magical balance and playability, stunning aesthetics, and absolute second-to-none build quality. Gard Lewis (Roscoe's GM) his own self took extra special care of me on this one when he hand-selected that amazing top. I don't have access to an accurate scale, but the 10lb estimate feels right. This isn't a lightweight, but it's not at all uncomfortable. Mahogany is as mahogany does, right?
Sonically, this bass is a beast. That same mahogany gives it booty and warmth, the top adds nice focus, the diamondwood gives it snarl and a nice point on each note, and that pickup placement...schawing. The mids really speak on this bass, and you can go from P-bass heft to Jaco snarl, all with the blend knob. Mwah for days, and a reasonable facsimile of upright-vibe, if you place your right hand over the fingerboard. It really is all in there. It is currently wearing Ken Smith Slick Round strings - which sound fantastic. However, I'll also include a very lightly used set of DR Nickel Lo-Riders, which obviously provide a much brighter tone. (You can hear the DR's in the video below.)
This bass was completed in early July, 2011. I'm the original owner, having spec'd the bass with a lot of assistance and feedback from both Gard and the kind folks at Gelb Music in Redwood City, CA. Here's a shot of weaksauce me the day I picked it up at Gelb:
And here's a video, with some sounds and a rambling narrative. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7OtGO1ZBac
I'll leave you with some more photos, but first....let's talk nitty gritty. TERMS
$2,500 via PayPal to me, lands you the bass, shipped CONUS via UPS Ground insured. Full disclosure: I'm looking to net as close to $2,400 as possible. Shipping cross-country usually costs me in the $85 range, and of course there are those pesky fees to consider. If you're genuinely interested in purchasing, and have a means to reduce the shipping expense, let's talk. I'm pretty firm on that net amount, but am happy to consider means of reducing the gross. Likewise, if you're local (SF Bay Area), the cash & carry price is $2,400. We meet, you decide you love the bass, and we trade...bass for 24 Benjamins.
Instrument trades? I'm not really interested. The main reason this instrument is for sale is because I simply have too many basses already. Nonetheless, if you have something really special, I'm happy to listen...just please don't be offended if I decline.
Thanks for your time, please hit me with any questions, and happy shopping! On to the pics..
Fresh from this afternoon:
(Your eyes aren't tricking you - the back does have a green tint to it...a result of blue on top of mahogany.)