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Clement #181 FS; Fretless 5

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by neobassman, Mar 23, 2014.


  1. neobassman

    neobassman Supporting Member

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    I have decided to sell my beloved Tom Clement bass, #181. It has a redwood burl top, mahogany body, bolt-on neck, P-J pickups in a Bartolini 18V setup. This is a fretless 5-string bass with inlaid fret markers. All the hardware is black. This bass will come with a high quality SKB case. Everything is in excellent condition - I have babied this instrument. You can see this instrument on Tom's site at: http://www.clementbass.com/web/Gall...rip/1/Default.aspx?path=moderndouble/bass 181

    $1500 shipped CONUS.

    Here is what I posted in December 2009 when it arrived from Tom:

    "#181 arrived today in fine shape. I'm in love. First impressions: it's visually beautiful. the redwood top just glows, and the black hardware sets it off nicely. The build quality is really high - it was clearly made by a thoughtful craftsman. The neck is incredibly comfortable, even for a 5. It has almost no taper from 12th to 1st fret which took me a couple minutes to get used to - not a problem just different. It's comfortable around the neck and sitting (better than a J body), not heavy at all (will weigh it and report back).

    Tom, the action is unbelievably low. It really threw me at first; I'm used to digging in. This bass as set up requires a light touch. However, now that I'm getting used to it, it just may spoil me for my other basses! It is almost a revelation how fast and easy this thing is to play, and the action is flawless from fret 1 to fret 24.

    For tone, it has mwaaaaah that just won't quit. With the bridge (J) pickup, it just crys and develops a note for a few seconds, like wmaaaaooouuww, like Jaco was playing a fretted P-Bass by comparison. I have a PJ setup; the split P pickup at the neck is not really very P-like. It also has a growly mwah that I'm really going to have to figure out how to use to good effect. I can't see this bass standing in for a P-bass at all - it's got too distinct and unique a tone of its own. The sustain is incredible, especially for a fretless - I actually had to check to make sure I didn't have my compressor pedal on. I think the mahogany body has something to do with this? Absolutely Sick. The output was a bit low for my tastes but I tweaked the pickup heights and preamp trimmer which brought it more in line with my own preferences.

    Thanks, Tom, it is a great sounding and looking instrument."
     

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  2. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User Supporting Member

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    34 or 35"?

    I take it 24 frets says 34 but just in case...

    BTW, looked it up on the site and this is what it says...

    18-34-5 Kim.
    Mahogany body with Redwood top.
    Mahogany and Maple neck.
    Macassar Ebony lined fingerboard.
    Bart P-J set and 4.2 A/P Active system
     
  3. neobassman

    neobassman Supporting Member

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    24 fret markers (it's fretless), 34" scale, 1 7/8" at the nut. Thanks for your interest.
     
  4. atom1962

    atom1962 Supporting Member

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    whats the weight?
     
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  6. neobassman

    neobassman Supporting Member

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    My bathroom scale says 8.5 pounds for this Clement. For comparison, my MM Stingray 5 HH weighs 10.0 pounds and is more neck-heavy. I guess those frets weigh alot!

    David
    :cool:
     
  7. Hotblack

    Hotblack Pay the cost to be the boss. Supporting Member

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    Free bump for a really nice bass.
     
  8. Kevin Woods

    Kevin Woods Supporting Member

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    Looks like another home run from Mr. Clement.

    I'd love to swing a way to get one of these TC fretless basses that have come up, but I need some more lights for my video setup....whaaaaaaa!

    Cheers.
     
  9. tmoney61092

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  10. neobassman

    neobassman Supporting Member

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    (Bump) if you don't like my price, make me a reasonable offer. Sorry, I need the cash so no trades.
     
  11. neobassman

    neobassman Supporting Member

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  12. kesslari

    kesslari Supporting Member

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    That is a beautiful instrument. Bump!
     
  13. neobassman

    neobassman Supporting Member

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    kesslari,

    Love the Klezmer on YouTube!!!
     
  14. kesslari

    kesslari Supporting Member

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    Thank you and re-bump!
     
  15. piercer

    piercer

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    String spacing?
     
  16. neobassman

    neobassman Supporting Member

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    I'll need to check tonight when I'm home and will post.

    David
     
  17. neobassman

    neobassman Supporting Member

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    It's about 10-11 mm at the nut, or 13/32". That's measured center of string to center of string, which I believe is the typical way to measure. David
     
  18. xabicho

    xabicho Supporting Member

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    String spacing at the bridge?
     
  19. neobassman

    neobassman Supporting Member

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    11/16" or about 18 mm at the bridge. This appears to be adjustable at the bridge a couple mm either way. Thanks for looking!
     
  20. neobassman

    neobassman Supporting Member

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    (Bump) A recent inquiry prompted me to bump this old posting - still available. Priority would go to a current inquiry, but if that does not pan out this great fretless instrument is still available Mmwwwaaaaa.....

    David
     

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