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FS: Custom Daniel Ransom J Style 5 string

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by bajocallao, Nov 16, 2012.


  1. bajocallao

    bajocallao Supporting Member

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    Hello all ... Up for grabs is a custom Daniel Ransom J Style 5 string

    A little bit about Daniel Ransom. Daniel is a luthier based in San Francisco and was the brains behind Geoff Gould & Modulus Basses for many years before moving into business for himself. His basses are in high demand by many players around the US including Gary Brown & Keanu Reeves (yes ... the actor believe it or not)

    This particular bass sports an ash body with highly figured maple top as well as a maple neck with figured maple finger board. Components include Bartolini hum cancelling jazz pickups paired with an Aguilar OPB-1 preamp (18 volts) with an active passive switch. This bass also sports a comfortable 34" scale with an ABM high mass bridge which can be adjusted to suit your personal string spacing needs. Asking $1550 shipped CONUS. Thank you very much !!

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  2. BrickBat66

    BrickBat66

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    Doesn't John Paul Jones and ZZ Top play his basses too?
  3. Joel Graham

    Joel Graham I Brake for Basses! Supporting Member

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    JPJ- Manson, Dusty Hill and Billy- Bolin... Dan Ransom is connected to Real Guitars in San Fransisco and is regarded as one of the USA's top electric luthiers...
  4. bpwb

    bpwb Supporting Member

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    I have a bass that I commissioned to be built by Dan Ransom and just wanted to chime in on the fact that he is a quality builder. Nice looking bass there. Good luck with the sale.
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  6. bajocallao

    bajocallao Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys
    I think with with all these replies the price is a steal.
  7. Abe Gumroyan

    Abe Gumroyan Supporting Member

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    What a cool bass !! The flamed maple is unreal !!
  8. Osman Alkan

    Osman Alkan

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    pm' ed yesterday....
  9. bearhart74

    bearhart74

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    How much for those awesome sneakers!

    sorry had to .. :smug:
  10. bajocallao

    bajocallao Supporting Member

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    Sneakers included with purchase of the bass :p
  11. bajocallao

    bajocallao Supporting Member

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    19mm 9lbs. SKB hsc
  12. gforcemusic

    gforcemusic

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    Hello all,

    I normally don't this, but I thought I'd add some commentary on this bass since I am the original owner who commissioned Danny Ransom to build it for me.....
    It is a beautiful feeling and sounding instrument, and with the tilt back headstock, stays in tune quite well and sets up easily. This instrument had probably the lowest action of any I've owned. The OP should know that it was PLEKKED which contributes to it's excellent feel. The neck profile I chose is a shallow 'C' shape with a flatter fretboard feel....not a real round radius like a Fender, but more along the lines of an MTD. I chose a medium/tall fretwire.
    Danny picked some really nice woods per my request, and the swamp ash is nice and light. The flame maple is gorgeous without being what I call 'pretensious'.....haha! I chose the Aguilar 18v two band preamp as I have always found it to make any instrument with this combo of woods sound natural. The humcancelling Bartolini J's sound big, but IMHO do not produce anywhere near the single coil tone if that is what someone is after....but this set is more modern sounding. I performed live, and recorded with this bass, and it sounds very deep and 'throaty' with some nice (but not obnoxious) highs (depending on EQ of course). I used DR 'High Beams' and D'Addario nickel round wounds....but definately preferred the sound of the D'Addarios. This bass records very easy, and sounded soooo good in any mix it was in.
    If it is still in great condition, I would encourage anyone interested to consider it....you would have a hard time finding a better feeling, sounding and looking boutique style 'J' bass. By the way, Bartolini does (did?) offer this exact pickup set in a single coil format. Danny and I were talking about switching them, but we ended up building another bass for me altogether. For what it's worth, he custom built seven basses for me over the years, and this one was THE best in terms of feel, and the one I still think about :)
    Best of luck with the sale....someone will love it.
  13. gforcemusic

    gforcemusic

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    Forgot to mention.....
    The OP's photos do not do the instrument justice. It is MUCH prettier in person :)
  14. Abe Gumroyan

    Abe Gumroyan Supporting Member

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    Weekend bump !!
  15. bajocallao

    bajocallao Supporting Member

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    pm answered
  16. p0k

    p0k I play the bass and design things. Supporting Member

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    bump for a great seller. still have that pink LEJ??? :)
  17. line6bassist

    line6bassist Supporting Member

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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what an awesome looking bass!!! :eek:
  18. bajocallao

    bajocallao Supporting Member

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    Yup
    She rocks. Wish I had money to buy another LEJ.
  19. Papobass

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    Absolutely gorgeous. Wish I had the cash, just put a for sale sign on my car (lol), would sell my soul for this. Kudos to whoever gets this one.
  20. Kwesi

    Kwesi Supporting Member

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    Jesus, if I didn't have a bass on order currently this would be MINE! That thing is BEAUTIFUL!!!
  21. bajocallao

    bajocallao Supporting Member

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    Pre-Turkey Bump!!!!

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