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For Sale Custom WOOD 5-String w/Bartolini Option - SOLD

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Nate74, Apr 6, 2014.


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  1. Nate74

    Nate74

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    This is a custom built bass I bought from a luthier in San Diego about 12 years ago. He did mostly repair work out of his garage shop but also built about 10 instruments a year. His name was Jim Wood so I've always called this a WOOD bass. Also it has several types of exotic woods on it so the name seems to fit.

    This bass had been ordered and the customer paid a deposit, but never came to pay it off so Jim was selling it at what he claimed was his cost, which was $1000. I was really into 5-strings, especially exotic wood funky looking ones so I bought it.

    Here's the particulars.

    - 5-string, 24 fret
    - 35" Scale
    - 12" radius fretboard
    - 5 piece neck, neck-thru design
    - neck is maple/padauk/maple/padauk/maple with a padauk veneer on the headstock and a tigerstripe maple truss rod cover
    - body has a book-matched padauk top, walnut veneer and alder back.
    - padauk control cavity cover
    - Wenge fingerboard
    - Gotoh Tuners
    - Schaller Bridge
    - Bartolini Music Man style pickup
    - Bartolini 2-Band active EQ system w/ coil splitter
    - Recessed Dunlop strap locks

    Weight is 9lbs 12oz.

    Here's a audio file of me playing this bass directly into an A/D converter. No EQ, Comp, Modeling, etc. Re-Amp it into your own setup to see how this would sound through your gear.



    I've posted pics here, but have a few more I can email any interested parties.

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    I was hoping to get what I spent on it but don't seem to be getting much beyond some compliments.

    (4/16) Lowering the price to $800 w/HSC.

    BTW, it probably has $500 in parts on it. Will ship on your dime.

    UPDATE 4/16 - I'm open to trade offers, but as my avatar suggests, I'm playing upright almost exclusively these days. Always open to small (micro) boutique amps, recording gear and maybe, just maybe, interesting electric basses.


    I'll offer a 3-Day return policy with a refund of the purchase price. You'd cover shipping both ways. Or if you're local to LA, come by and check it out.

    Feel free to ask any questions you might have. I'll do my best to answer them.

    Obviously, this bass isn't for folks hung up on name brands and mass produced instruments. But if you want a great playing, sounding and looking instrument that is truly one of a kind, this might be for you.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014
  2. Nate74

    Nate74

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  3. mfbolton

    mfbolton Freelance Bassist Supporting Member

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    Sweet looking bass - any interest in trades?
  4. Nate74

    Nate74

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    Thanks! Yeah, PM me and let's chat :)
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  6. pbasswil

    pbasswil Supporting Member

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    That's an attractive bass, very fine woodwork.

    Headstock is very close to a Stambaugh; whereas the body says ACG to me. Whatever, it's sweet.
  7. Nate74

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    Thanks! Yeah, I wasn't familiar with Stambaugh when I got this but I'm guessing that the maker was ;)
  8. Nate74

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  9. Nate74

    Nate74

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    Added a direct-out recording of this bass so you can re-amp it into your gear.


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