Vintage Ampeg Big Stud bass, Modified

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  1. peterkidd

    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Heya

    Here is a modified Ampeg Big Stud Bass.

    When I got it, it was a 'project' someone had started in the 80's.

    They'd taken everything off the body, then started to strip it, then lost all the parts, then lost interest.

    They had not gotten to the neck, yet.

    Neck all original.

    I tried to recreate the feeling of the original, but not so much the sound.

    I had on back in the day, and, to Me, it sounded a bit thin.

    Not like I was going to find the original pickups, anyway...

    Unknown Humbucker in the bridge position, Seymour Duncan SCPB-2 for the neck.

    Found a 2 saddle bridge.

    Copper lined cavities, StewMac Vintage wiring kit (cloth, CTS).

    Body sanded & primed and sanded, 10 coats of Pearl Mist, wet-sanded,10 coats Pre-Cat satin lacquer, wet sanded. The lacquer is not as tough a finish as Poly, but I like it.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of good tones available w/ such a simple control set-up (vol/ tone/ toggle).

    Have included a video clip to give an idea of it.

    If you click on the picture of a chair it should work...

    Also included a picture of another one un-modified, for comparison.

    Not as heavy as I expected, about 10 pounds on bathroom scale.

    You can see marks where some dufus ( that would be me) initially had placed the bridge too far forward to intonate correctly. It is now in the correct position.

    neck is straight, action low, truss rod works fine.

    No case/bag, extra-careful shipping.

    $600.00 shipped to the conus

    Will consider trading for comparably cool 5 stringers or 5-string acoustic bass..



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  2. peterkidd

    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Forgot, Scale length is approx 33.5", perfect if your hands are approx 2% smaller than average....
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    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Model GEB 750

    And the frets have virtually No wear...
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    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    String Spacing, outside edge to edge:

    Nut 1 3/8"

    Bridge 2 1/4"
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    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Some Wikipedia stuff:

    "In the mid-1970s, Ampeg had a line of Japanese-made guitars and basses under the "Stud" name. The guitars included the Stud, Heavy Stud, and Super Stud, and the basses included the Big Stud and Little Stud. The Studs were knock-offs of popular Fender and Gibson instruments. Some of the Stud instruments were poorly built (e.g. the plywood bodies and necks on the Little Stud), while others had good-quality features (e.g., gold-plated hardware on the Super Stud)"


    This one has a 5-piece neck.
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    What's the body? Ply, Alder, Chip board ;-)
  8. peterkidd

    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Heya.

    Thanks for the question, guess the mic Is on..

    <g>

    It is a laminated body, 10 or 15 pieces of what seem to be wood veneers.

    The top and back have what look to be oak veneers on them.

    There is another gentleman here selling a Big Stud in a natural finish, if you look at his pictures of the sides, just like that.

    Best.
  9. peterkidd

    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Correction:

    Instead of a 5 piece neck,if you count the pointy corners on the headstock, it is a 7 piece neck.
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    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Found an extra gig-bag it will now be shipped in....
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    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Ok, now includes the bass, gig-bag & a Herco pick

    =)
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    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Darn, found something I want to buy This month...

    $495.00, shipped carefully to the lower 48...
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    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Still interested in 5-string acoustic-electrics..
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    peterkidd Supporting Member

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    Final trying-to-buy-something-else-this-month Reduction.



    $445.00

    Then it goes back to the warehouse for future generations to enjoy
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