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SOLD Killer FrankenFender 70s parts bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by dukeplaysbass, Jan 26, 2014.


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  1. dukeplaysbass

    dukeplaysbass Supporting Member

    This is my favorite parts axe….

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    Neck is a super rare maple cap black block Jazz Bass neck that dates to the early 70s. Body is a 70s Fender Precision that was refinished a couple of times, until I stripped off the color and found the natural finish underneath. Pickguard and bridge are unknown origin aftermarket (stuff I had lying around the barn). Pickup is a Nordstrand, I believe.

    The GOOD:
    Super light (8.25 lbs). Neck is really, really rare and has lots of birdseye in it. Tuners are proper early 70s nickel. Nordstrand sound fantastic.

    The BAD:
    Body was abused, but the cracks were repaired and have held up fine. There's a few non-original parts (pg, pickup, pots, knobs, jack, bridge, neckplate). Neck had some other tuners on it, but the proper-era Fender replacements covered the holes.

    The UGLY:
    I took this to Eric Chaz on Friday (1/24) in the hopes of having him set it up and make it a killer player. Eric is one of the best repair guys in Los Angeles. He says it needs the fingerboard planed (which will require removal of the frets, a refret, and then refinishing the fingerboard). His charge for this is $310.

    The whole restoration story can be seen at my blog: www.DukeVsBass.com Look for the link on the right hand side that says "70s Amber Surprise."

    I'm going to offer this for sale as-is for $800 shipped in the Lower 48. The neck, in good playing order, is worth close to $1000 on its own. This is such a great axe, I really don't want to part it. I'll consider trades for other axes, but could use the cash and will prefer that sort of deal. Will ship in a gig bag.

    Please note that I won't accept a crazy lowball offer on this so please restrain yourself. If you can give this the love it needs, it has the potential to be a lifer.

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  2. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
  3. dukeplaysbass

    dukeplaysbass Supporting Member

  4. the art guy

    the art guy Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2008
    Iowa
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  7. Exit1242

    Exit1242

    Jan 16, 2013
    If I had cash or if I thought you were interested in my trade, I would have this . It's a beautiful looking bass with the bass combo p body and j neck. :)
     
  8. RawOrange

    RawOrange Not really an orange Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Awesome guy, and an incredibly cool bass!
     
  9. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Godofthunder bassist for Knight Patrol Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
  10. dukeplaysbass

    dukeplaysbass Supporting Member

    I'm going to close this thread. I had Chaz to a fret level and set up and that cured the buzzing and made it playable. I'm going to wait a bit before putting it on the market again. Thanks for all the interest....
     



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