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  1. Zentner

    Zentner Supporting Member

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    Recently bought off Ebay. I'll be sending it down to Carl for him to have his way with it next week, and I should get it back sometime this decade. ;)

    Enjoy the pics.

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  2. Bulltrout

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    Sweet. does this make you a CT collector now?
     
  3. Zentner

    Zentner Supporting Member

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    Hahaha perhaps...

    Maybe one day I'll even be called a musician!
     
  4. phishaholik

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    I hope he can reattach the headstock and not have to replace the neck. I believe the other TBer waited close to 5 years for his repair. For something like that, you may want to consider another luthier that specializes in repairs to minimize the wait. At least that's what I would do.




    Sweet bass! Those vintage CT's are out of this world!


    Michael
     
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  6. Bass42

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    I tried to buy it ! LOL ! Congrats !
     
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    Yes ! But if you are a V.I.P. Carl's Customer maybe he will finish it in 3 years LOL ! This was the reason that I did not "Buy it now" the bass as soon as I found it on Ebay ! I 'd to think for a couple of hours before buy it, and when I came back it was sold !
     
  8. Spaldo

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    Am I rude in asking how much you got it for?
     
  9. Munjibunga

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    I thought it had a custom detachable headstock. Anyway, it seems I like Carl's earlier works. The simplicity kind of takes the edge off the ornate body shapes.
     
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    Any decent luthier could fix that but to have Carl himself fix it will ensure it holding its value. Really hope it doesn't take 3 years, though ;)
     
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    I had a left handed '76. Headstock also broke off. I'm a repairman so I fixed it- only to have it get stolen on the road in N.Y. Yours looks like a late 70's vintage...
    There are other luthiers that can repair that correctly, if Carl cannot get to it.
    The 'pedigree' of repairs done to it usually have no way of being carried forward with guitars and basses. I see repair labels in bass violins sometimes. What is MOST important, is the quality of the repair, regardless of who repairs it.
     
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    True about the quality, but if Carl repairs it and gives him a receipt from his shop stating the nature of the repair, I do believe it would be worth more to a collector. Maybe not today, but in the future. How much more is debatable, I'll give you that.
     
  13. Zentner

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    Not rude at all for asking my friend! If you do a search on the US ebay sites, I'm sure you can find it, but I won't post prices in the thread.



    I've decided to send it down to Carl, and he can do what he thinks is proper with it. After speaking with him on the phone about it, I decided not only would the instrument retain it's value better, but Carl was adamant about getting his hands on it and doing it himself as well. He seems truly passionate about making sure any of his instruments will still be around in 20, 50, even 100 years to be played- and he wants to make sure each one is as good as the day it left his shop.

    I mean... it is HIS name on the headstock, right? :D
     
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    Yes ! I'll do the same ! Send it to Carl and wait for it come back new and 100% Carl made !
     
  15. Zentner

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    Update time!

    I've sent the bass down to Carl's shop. He said he's got the headstock back reattached. He glued it back where it goes, had to build some bits where there were splinters missing, pinned it in place, and put new facings on the front and back. He's also going to pull the frets, level the fingerboard, refret, refinish the whole bass, and install new electronics.

    Should be done in about a week or so he says. It was eeeeexpensive, but it's a lot of work, and I'll essentially have a new bass when I get it back. I figure I should see it in 3 weeks... shipping takes it's sweet time up here to Canada. :)
     
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    Very good news ! Please post pics as soon as you receive it !
     
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    I'll have to drop by sometime soon!
     
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    Any notice ? I'm curious !
     
  19. Zentner

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    Talked with Carl this week, he had a customer come in from Australia and expected to walk away with a bass, so he's been going hard on that.

    Says it should be done next week, but as always I told him to take as much time as he needs. I'm patient. :)
     
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    Update time!

    Talked with Carl last week and he ran in to some issues with the truss rod. We decided to put a new neck on the instrument, 34" scale still, but we're going to leave the neck fretless and I might add a pickup in the bridge position. I'll keep you all in the loop as to what comes up next.

    All in all I'm actually really happy to get a fretless CT out of the whole situation... I was originally going to order a fretless when I heard Carl was done taking custom orders, but this should satisfy my hunger. I'd still love a 38" fretlrss, but financially it's not in the cards right now.

    Cheers,

    Kevin
     
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    Will he send any pictures of the neck before he attaches it?
     

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