Pawn shop find, early Vaccaro X-ray!!!

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  1. Reptileroundabo

    Reptileroundabo Polka till you puke.. Supporting Member

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    I have seen this bass for quite literally about 5 years at a local pawn shop, and never really gave it much more than a second glance. Well, i had a little money burning a hole in my pocket so i was out at the pawn shops again and decided to finally pull this thing off the rack and play it. With the exception of a little bit too much relief in the neck, old dead strings, and not very good intonation, i really liked it, so i took it home. after giving it a nice little set up, this thing plays amazing! I really dig the sound. From what i can tell, it is all original, with maybe the exception of the tuners? They are sparzel locking tuners, not sure if they would be what it came with. Serial number is 005xx, Anyone have an idea of a year for this?. The pickups from what i can find are the duncan basslines? It is all passive, and the pots are nice and quite. Might hang on to this one for a while.
     

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  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    I dig my 5 string. Mind you I modded it to hell and back, but the neck feels great. I have to wonder if early Kramers would have been more popular with a full wood sleeve on the neck (I'm pretty sure Travis Beans would have been). I tried replacing the tuners with Hipshots to bring the weight down a little, but the headstocks are very shallow compared to wooden headstocks, so the machine head threading couldn't close all the way.
     
  3. steelbed45

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    Nice bass. I'm not certain if the sperzels are original on this, either, maybe someone else can pipe in. I do know that sperzels were original to the Hartke XL-4 I used to have.
     
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    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Black Sperzels on a bass that didn't carry them and has a chrome bridge? Unlikely original. Actually the bridge may be aftermarket as well.
     
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    Perhaps. The XL-4 was made in the same time frame at the same NJ plant and featured black sperzels with a Schaller model 2000 chrome bridge.
     
  7. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

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    Is that an ebony fretboard?
     
  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    I think it's a phenolic material, fake wood. The neck sleeve should be maple.
     
  9. EduardoK

    EduardoK Gold Supporting Member

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    Like Kramers, these aluminum necks have no truss rod... so how did you adjust the excesive neck relief?
     
  10. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    It's a Hartke but same difference. It should have adjustment at the heel of the neck. It's not a Kramer; Vaccaro owned the patents and the machining and released his own instrument based on the Kramer, but's updated. Traditional neck mounting to body instead of the elongated way the old Kramers used to attach as well.

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  11. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

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    From the facebook page....

    "Ebanol synthetic fingerboard"
    Same material as Steinbergers apparently. Did the Kramer metals use the same material?
     
  12. Luthier Atlanta

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    That is one sharp guitar.
     
  13. BruceWane

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    Yes, they did.
     
  14. Reptileroundabo

    Reptileroundabo Polka till you puke.. Supporting Member

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    It does in fact have. Truss rod, adjusts at the heel :)
     
  15. Reptileroundabo

    Reptileroundabo Polka till you puke.. Supporting Member

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    Swap bodies ;P love that paint
     
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    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Unfortunately not mine, and I like it as well. I just Googled a quick image to show the truss rod access. My own is modified a bit...

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  17. Reptileroundabo

    Reptileroundabo Polka till you puke.. Supporting Member

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    What electronics are you using? Looks like a pretty hefty active system?
     
  18. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Bartolinis from a Roscoe (I have GAS for them, but my wallet won't cooperate), an Aguilar preamp. Sounds best with the neck pickup solo'd.
     

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