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FS: Johnson AEB-2 Scroll Bass SN#68

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by larry heinemann, Mar 31, 2014.


  1. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    I am selling my Series lV Johnson Scroll Bass with a JV softcase asking $3450 shipped in the CONUS. Before you ask, while Bruce's website has these listed for $1900, the site is extremely outdated and he was charging $3900 for this series. I am the second owner. It is very good condition, the electronics are fine and cosmetically there are a couple of dings and scuffs but only on close inspection. The Series lV is a run he did about 5 years ago with the magnetic pickup and the old Ampeg style pickup built into the actual bridge. Here is a reasonably in-depth description Bruce himself posted on a FS listing for SN#66, part of the same run about 2 years ago:

    Just to clarify some things about the pickup system:
    There are two pickups in this bass. They are all my own design, and completely hand made by me. I call them the "M-pickup" and the "P-pickup". My P-pickup has no relationship at all to a P-Bass pickup of any type.

    The M-pickup is the group of four units in the middle of the body. There is a separate coil for each string, each surrounding three 1/4" Alnico V magnets and independently adjustable. The four coils are wired in series, with alternating wind directions and magnet polarities. The group is fully humbucking and fully shielded. It's designed for a warm, thick sound with the flatwound strings, very much like the original Ampeg AMB-1.

    The P-pickup under the bridge is quite unusual. It's like a 3-D version of Ampeg's old "Mystery" pickup, as in the old AEB-1 basses. Essentially, the bridge is mounted on a suspension system of spring rods. When you pluck the strings, the bridge physically bounces and rolls side to side in a controlled motion. Underneath, a pair of special coils pick up that movement. The sound is a percussive pop and warble on the beginning of each note that can be controlled with your plucking style, and blended in with the M-pickup's tone. The output from the P-pickup by itself is very close to the sound of an Ampeg Baby Bass.

    There are three output jacks. One is the Normal output, with Volume, Tone, and Blend. The other two are direct outputs from the two pickups, which isolate each pickup from the rest of the circuit. In the studio, you can plug in two cords to record the two pickups into separate channels in the board, fully isolated from each other. That way, you can record the track once, and during mixdown, decide how much of the P-pickup effect to blend in. It's all passive; no preamps or batteries.

    Other notes: This is a 35" scale bass. The fingerboard is 4" radius, much rounder than most basses. This allows you to dig in harder with the right hand. This bass is designed to be plucked hard with lots of right hand technique. It's not for everyone. The strings are special length D'Addario Chromes flatwounds, which typically last about 10 years.


    These are truly singular, beautiful and amazing instruments! Sadly, circumstances dictate that I must thin out my collection.

    I am hoping to keep this transaction within the CONUS. If I do ship internationally, it will only be fully declared and insured via FEDEX or UPS.

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    Last edited: May 14, 2014
  2. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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  4. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    This bass is beckoning!
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  6. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    Be the first one on your block with one of these!
  7. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    Still available.
  8. AndyCotton

    AndyCotton Gold Supporting Member

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    Larry showed me this bass last week. I'm afraid I can't swing it right now, but I will vouch that this is a truly superior instrument in every way.
  9. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    Once more around the block.
  10. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    Still here, might entertain a reasonable offer!
  11. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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  12. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    Still available!
  13. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    It appears to be still available!
  14. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    This is a beauty!
  15. 77PBass

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    Any audio samples?
  16. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL A Hard Rockin Lover of GREENBURST Supporting Member

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    Temptation! Got to ponder this!
  17. bluesblaster

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    I played one of these at bruces shop a couple years ago, really cool instrument. Magnetic pickup is fine for normal amplified music, the mechanical pickup is better suited to acoustic style music, combined its pretty punchy. These are well built with an elegant look and quite a long backlog of orders, probably several years if you were to order one today. If your serious grab this one and be the first kid on your block to have one.
  18. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    I have a crazy week, let me get through it and then I'll make some audio samples.
  19. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL A Hard Rockin Lover of GREENBURST Supporting Member

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    Looking forward to hearing them!
  20. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    Still available and open to offers. I apologize, I will endeavor to get clips recorded soon!
  21. larry heinemann

    larry heinemann Supporting Member

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    Still available!

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