Help to identify Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) Bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by riot100, Mar 3, 2014.


  1. riot100

    riot100

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    Hello,
    I am at present researching and collecting information regarding the Guitars and Amplifiers that the "Sex Pistols" used between 1975 and 1978.
    Glen Matlock played a Fender Precision Bass in 1975/76.

    I'm seeking advice and information (Colour, year, pickups, etc) of this particular guitar.

    "Am I correct that it is natural ash body, 1-piece maple neck/fretboard and a 4-ply tortoise shell (Brown) pickguard".

    Video: First 30 secs


    Any help in identifying this Bass would be most appreciated.

    All the best.
  2. Jah Wobble Fan

    Jah Wobble Fan

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    Why not just ask Glen directly? He's seems cool, approachable and ubiquitous.

    https://twitter.com/GlenMatlock


    Love the vintage Pistols shots! Legendary band.
  3. riot100

    riot100

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    Hey thanks for the reply 'Jah Wobble Fan', worth a try.
  4. smcd

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    That doesn't look like an ash body. Ash would have a more prominent grain. It's probably an alder body that was originally painted a solid color when it left the factory.
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  6. KyleSerlington

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    if only you posted this yesterday, i saw him do an acoustic performance last night with Syl Sylvain form the new york dolls, i could have asked him
  7. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

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    Looks like a strip-finished alder body to me.
  8. riot100

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    Many thanks for all your replies - much appreciated.

    I've also been told it may be originally sunburst and the body was stripped to natural, that was a trend back then.

    All the best.
  9. TyKao

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