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SOLD FS: Custom Wenge/Purpleheart/Walnut/Zebrano Five String!!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by MDBass, Feb 1, 2014.


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  1. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    Purchased by the original owner in '95 in Montreal, it was built by a guy named Mike Ostrzenski using pretty exotic woods:

    •Neck: wenge and purpleheart multi-laminate
    •Board: wenge
    •Body: walnut
    •Top: zebrano with ebony inlay

    The "pickguard" is actually a disc of ebony inlaid flush into the top, pickups are Bartolini J-J with passive vol/vol/tone controls, bridge is a Schaller recessed into the top and scalloped at the tail end, tuners are Hipshot Ultralights, and the whole thing is satin finished in tung oil.

    It has a very low action and plays incredibly well, in all honesty it's probably the best feeling/playing five string neck I've ever come across. The bass has a zero fret with a wenge string spacer, 34" scale, weighs 8.5lbs and is very well-balanced sitting or standing.

    As you can tell from the pictures, some of the finish work is a bit rough around the edges. The neck is really a work of art, but the rest of the woodwork is NOT what you'd expect from a top-level custom builder. Thanks to the folks at La Lutherie MF who spent a lot of time on fretwork, setup, and finishing, it plays and sounds like a dream, but if you want perfection look elsewhere.

    Priced at a very low $600 shipped, includes a Tolex hardshell case, Schaller strap locks, and custom suede strap.

    I'm really only looking for a sale, but I'd be interested in a 3LeafAudio You're Doom pedal as a partial trade ;)

    If you have any questions of course feel free to ask.

    Cheers!
     

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  2. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    Close up of the ebony inlay
     

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  4. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    Front and back neck close ups
     

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  5. boombloom

    boombloom Supporting Member

    I watched this one closely the last time it was on the market. It wasn't long ago. Beautiful instrument. It seems to be moving around a bit....
     
  6. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    PM's replied!

    I'm actually only the second owner, and the original had it for nearly twenty years.

    I just go through phases where I'll attempt to add a 5'er back to the stable, but I use a 4 string for all of my gigs and very rarely have a 5'er requested for session work.

    It's too nice of a bass to just sit in my studio, and I'm sure it's exactly what someone else is looking for :bassist:
     
  7. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    Sorry about the temporary absence folks! I hadn't read the thread bumping policy as carefully as I should have and was banned temporarily...my bad.

    Regardless, the bass is still available at the moment so grab it while you can ;)

    To The Top!
     
  8. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
  9. shorty4life

    shorty4life Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2013
    Any other instruments which you could compare the feel of neck and the tone to be in the same family as?
     
  10. shorty4life

    shorty4life Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2013
    Also curious about the neck assembly. Looks like a very long pocket with just 4 screws midway into the pocket. Is it actually a set neck, plus screws? Or is there some type of dovetail to help reinforce the joint? Its a bit SD Curlee-ish
     
  11. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    The tone is what you'd expect from the walnut/wenge/bartolini combo: killer finger style sounds with excellent punch and presence.

    Based on what the original owner told me, the screws in the neck are actually ebony plugs/anchors for the pickup screws and have nothing to do with the neck construction itself.
     
  12. I noticed in your profile that you use a lot of Spector basses, is the tone comparable to that?
     
  13. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    Not really....Spector NS basses have a very signature sound, partly due to their construction, and partly due to their preamps/pickups...

    If I were to compare this basses finger style tone to anything it would be Steffan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) when he was playing Warwick Dolphins (wenge boards & bartolini pickups).
     
  14. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Is this closer to a WishBass or a CT as far as construction and finish?

    Thanks
     
  15. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    CT most definitely.

    The neck is honestly amazing, both is terms of construction and playability, and the body itself is certainly well made too; it's really only some of the aesthetic finish work that you'll find wanting.
     
  16. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
  17. Smashsquatch

    Smashsquatch Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    I'm possibly interested
     
  18. Smashsquatch

    Smashsquatch Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2012
  19. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    On Hold pending payment...
     
  20. Smashsquatch

    Smashsquatch Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2012



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