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Brubaker Fretless 5

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by FunkyMcNasty, Nov 21, 2012.


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  1. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

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    Fretless Brubaker 5

    I am selling this bass for the second time. I sold it about a year and a half ago, then got it back not long ago in a trade even though I was not looking for a trade a the time. I just wanted to play this bass again, but now its time to free up some cash.
    This bass is a growl monster and the highs have the clarity of a piano. The epoxy fingerboard makes this pop. To me, it sounds like the Garry Willis bass, but can do the Jaco thing very well. The controls are mid, stacked bass treb, volume. The volume is a push pull mid scoop switch. (would be used as a slap witch if it were fretted)
    It’s in great shape with only minor imperfections. It has tiny surface scratches. The preamp cover on the back has bowed a little over time, so when it is tightened down it sticks up a little on one side. Some of the black paint on the bridge has come off. The case is a little banged up but works just fine. The epoxy on the fb has some scratching in it from round wounds but can barely be felt if you rub your finger over it. It does not effect playability one bit, only cosmetic and can be buffed out if taken to a good shop.

    1998 s/n 9809
    Tuxedo-Cerreuse finish on swamp ash body
    Maple neck
    Ebony board Epoxied
    34 and 5/8” scale (I only play 34s and this did not feel any different to me)
    Lane Poor pickup in the “sweet spot”
    Seymour Duncan STC-3 pre
    Hard Shell Case
    8.4 lbs
    It is also now wearing LaBella Deep Talk'n Tapes, the black on black looks great.

    [DEL]$1500[/DEL] [DEL]$1450[/DEL] [DEL]$1400[/DEL] $1350 Shipped


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  2. justBrian

    justBrian Supporting Member

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    Bump for a great bass (it was mine for that year), and bump for a great guy to do business with!
  3. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    None more black!
  4. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

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    Thanks Brian. Hope that P works out for you.
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  6. TravisBickle

    TravisBickle Supporting Member

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    What are the nut width and bridge string spacing on this bass?
  7. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

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    1 & 3/4 Nut
    18mm Spacing at bridge but is adjustable a little either way. Its a hipshot bridge.
  8. henry2513

    henry2513 Supporting Member

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    That's an awesome bass wow,
  9. The Professor

    The Professor Supporting Member

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    'Tis a great bass! I was the original owner, bought it in '98. Perfect for the Gary Willis sound, as well as being a great all-around, light-weight bass!

    Good luck with the Sale!
  10. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

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    Hey Prof. Thanks for the input, it is a cool bass.
  11. TRichardsbass

    TRichardsbass

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    Bumping this again. First, there is no other bass in the world with a finish like this. Second, this is one of the basses that helped really show off the Brubaker sound in a fretless.
  12. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

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    ^ Thank you sir. I appreciate the input.
  13. henry2513

    henry2513 Supporting Member

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    Is the pickup radiused? Kinda hard to tell.
  14. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

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    No. Thanks
  15. gruuv

    gruuv Supporting Member

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    Where are you located? I'm tempted but am a 34 in scale guy as well. I Bru's reputation though.
  16. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

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    I'm in Colorado. This is my only over 34" scale bass and its not an issue for me. It is 34 & 5/8 scale. It really is a dream to play. Let me know if I can help you anymore. Thanks
  17. 1steve34

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    Wow this is awesome wish I had extra money right now
  18. gruuv

    gruuv Supporting Member

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    Dammit... I never should've left Denver. I miss it. Also your Dane looks just like ours...

    Anyway, thanks for the info. How is the truss rod? Can you zero relief the board and get the action crazy low?

    Thanks for your help on this...
  19. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

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    Yep the truss rod is working properly and the action can be set as low as you want.
  20. gruuv

    gruuv Supporting Member

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    Stop making this more difficult.
  21. kcandme

    kcandme Supporting Member

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    Man that thing is trippy!
    What is the neck design? The attachment bolts seem to be spaced so far apart. I am having trouble seeing how the two in the center area of the body would...
    What's going on there with that thing???

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