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For sale or trade: Incredible custom Stambaugh 4-string J-style bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by TimBosby, Jul 11, 2013.


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  1. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    So, somebody shake me hard before I do something stupid.

    Like a lot of people, I built custom basses with the intent of keeping them forever and ever. And, like a lot of people, my tastes, financial situation, and physical abilities have changed, leading me to list those same custom basses for sale. Right now, my financial situation is not pretty. :crying:

    I think I must be insane because I waited a long time for this beauty and was ecstatic when I got it. Chris Stambaugh is an artist - he builds amazing creations that sound and play like basses 4-5 times the price. That being said, with some recent hand problems I've been having, I have found that chunkier necks feel more comfortable, and the Stambaugh definitely has a slim neck. Both a Jazz-width nut and a slim overall profile.

    The body is an amazing piece of African mahogany - look at that grain! The top is figured myrtle that I picked out from Oregon Wildwood. 5-piece neck-through with two purpleheart stringers. Chechen fingerboard. Special gold mother of pearl block inlays with white mother of pearl edges. I picked these so that the gold MOP would match the top wood and the white MOP would match the chrome hardware. Kent Armstrong lipstick style single coil J pickups, Bartolini 3-band preamp and all Hipshot chrome hardware. Recessed straplocks. This bass sounds amazing. It's also super lightweight and the satin neck feels awesome (despite being too thing for my gorilla hands.) Chris even put a macassar ebony binding around the fingerboard and did black pinstriping between the body/top woods and on the matching headstock. Gorgeous! Overall excellent condition. Pickups slightly scratched from strings.

    I paid about $2800 for this bass. I would consider $2300 shipped or best offer to be a fair price. This includes a TKL hard case.

    I am open to negotiation, within reason. I realize custom basses are a hard sell since they are specifically tailored to the original owner. That being said, there's always the off-chance that someone happens to thinking about a custom build similar to this one and might want to save themselves some money and a long wait by buying pre-owned.

    Here are things I am interested in, trade-wise. Four string fretted only, please. I cannot add cash to a trade, and would be more open to trades where cash will be added on your end.

    -USA Laklands (rosewood or ebony board, prefer birdseye maple dot inlays)
    -Xotic XJ-1T (maple board, prefer Luminova dot inlays)
    -Maybe a vintage Fender Jazz - all original
    -Maybe a G&L - just not L2000 or M2000 since I just ordered one of each
    -Anything else interesting. Run anything by me - I won't be offended. I would also consider a triangular (three person) trade/sale[/B]

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    ...and the obligatory picture of me rockin' the Stambaugh in a Uriah Heep shirt! (Sleeping on the job, apparently.)

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  2. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

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    She's a beauty. Chris is a true artist and his basses sound great.
    GLWTS
  3. joshmat

    joshmat Supporting Member

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    Free "Dayum" bump! :)
  4. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS Gold Supporting Member

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    Holy Mackerel, Tim ! You know I love it.
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  6. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    I keep closing and re-opening this thread...lol.

    She's still here. I will most likely keep her. You can get some Pish sounds as well as Jazzy sounds with these pickups/preamp.

    I found some sound clips of the Stammy, let me see...these are really sloppy but.... the tracks here were recorded with the Stambaugh: http://www.reverbnation.com/thecleverfellows. They were sort of off-the-cuff unrehearsed jams where we learned the song about an hour earlier that day, so they're rough. Please disregard all dropped notes/wrong notes/missed parts :D

    Back up to the top in case anyone has an interesting trade offer. An American Deluxe Fender Jazz. A rosewood board USA Lakland maybe, a maple board Xotic XJ-1T... maybe something else. Or maybe something plus a nice chunk of cash. Again, probably keeping, but I keep saying that. I guess I would let her go for an almost-as-awesome bass + cash to make up the difference in...awesomeness :)
  7. JeffplaysBass

    JeffplaysBass Supporting Member

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    Wonder what Brett's take is on this one?
  8. herrdruhl

    herrdruhl Supporting Member

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    Tim, I think if it is possible to do so, you should keep this one as a family heirloom.
  9. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    Thursday bump! Make an offer. Cash in either dirrection is doable.
  10. peteybass

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    A beautiful bass bump.
  11. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    The African Mahogany body may be the most stunning part of this bass.
  12. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    Probably going to keep it bumping continually out of curiosity. I've received a few interesting trade offers but nothing that has really piqued my interest yet. I'd be most interested in an Xotic XJ-1T with maple board and Luminova dot inlays. But I'm listening if you have a Lakland, a Sadowsky, or a really nice Fender. I generally like active basses but I'd be down for a nice passive Jazz. Nitro finish preferred.

    Huge points for fiesta red :D
  13. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

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    Sweet bass.
  14. peteybass

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    Nicer every time I look at it...
  15. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    Leaning heavily toward keeping this beauty...played her yesterday and she sounds amazing!
    But... bump just because I'm a bass-whore. :help:
  16. Low Main

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    Light toned block inlays on a warm-colored dark board with black binding - you can't say enough good things about something like that.
  17. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    I must be on some kind of drugs because after playing this a lot over the last two days, I can't believe I ever entertained the possibility of letting it go. If a Fodera, an old Alembic, and a Fender Jazz had a threesome... this was the result. Thread closed unless there is a layoff or medical emergency that requires me to liquidate it.
  18. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    Re-opening just for sh*ts and giggles. I'd possibly let this go for the right price, which is probably higher than I'd ever get for it, but you never know.

    This bass is incredible, but I'm starting to realize that my giant hands just prefer thicker, chunkier necks.
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  20. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm gonna keep bumping for now, even though I don't want to let her go. I'd listen to the right cash offer or trade+cash.

    If I could go back in time, I would have had this built with a 1.625" nut. :bawl: Of course I'm a freak of nature, and most people prefer ultra-fast, slim necks like this one! :bassist:
  21. smcgov

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    that bass sounds really chunky in a mix, kind of reminds me of the Stone Temple Pilots sound on bass, you're playing finger style on these clips?

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