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Weird Fender/Squire frankenbass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Precision345, Jul 16, 2013.


  1. Precision345

    Precision345

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    Went down to my local pawnshop today to visit my friend who works there and came across this little beauty, It's a weird frankenbass thing, not quite sure exactly what. I think the neck is from a squire, not sure about the body.

    Plays and sounds pretty good, I like the way it feels, nice n heavy instrument. The pickups are vintage-y style lipsticks. They don't have a lot of output but sound pretty good. The bridge is a nice beefy little guy, not sure if it was stock to the body or added later on? Good maple neck on it with the pretty block inlays, feels good. I think the neck was on a squire maybe? Not sure. They've sanded the face of the headstock for some reason, maybe to remove the logo for whatever purpose.

    Not a bad little bass. They're asking $300, might pick it up.
     

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  2. Precision345

    Precision345

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    The serial number is ICS10126252 if anyone knows how to narrow down it's production whatever info
     
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    The bridge is an aftermarket Gotoh 201 knockoff. The bass looks cool, $300 seems a little high for a pawn shop parts bass.
     
  4. superHEAVYfunk

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    Lipstick pups on a bass sounds like it could be cool. I sure love the sound of them on an electric guitar.

    If you pick it up, be sure to throw up a demo for us, will ya?
     
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  6. wooheehaa

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    squier neck, made in indonesia 2010
     
  7. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

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    With that serial number, I'm pretty sure it's a Squier made in Indonesia and was probably made in '10. If memory serves correct, I think they use a six-digit number after the production year.

    I gotta agree with Hopkins, $300 seems a bit steep for it, especially with what you can get for that much nowadays. But if you really dig it that much, I would see if you can talk them down a bit. Who knows? It just might work.
     
  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    I would not even consider shelling out $300 for that thing, you could buy a different used one and do the mods for less but if you really like it, it is your money.
     
  9. superHEAVYfunk

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    This doesn't seem like sound logic.

    First, how can one be sure that they could get a different used one that feels as good as this one might to the OP? Second, how can you be sure that it'd be cheaper? Third, how can you know that the mods would be cheaper? We don't know what the pickups are and if you can't do the work yourself, you'll have to pay to have them done.
     
  10. Precision345

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    Thanks everyone for your input. What would be a reasonable price to pay for this bass? I thought $300 was fair but maybe not..
     
  11. superHEAVYfunk

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    Even if you think its a fair price, being that its at a pawn shop, you can usually talk them down. I'd try for two hundred, myself.
     
  12. Precision345

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    Maybe I will offer $200 or maybe try and meet in the middle somewhere. The dude who works there is a good friend of mine and i'm always lowballing him on basses. This would be the 4th bass I've bought from him
     
  13. bolophonic

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    If it plays nice, then you should try to get a deal on it. Personally, I would not pay that much for it, but I'd be interested in the bass.
     
  14. FourBanger

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    Kent Armstrong makes the only lipstick J pickups I can find that look like that, otherwise it looks like the Squier Vintage Modified '77 Jazz, which comes black on black with the maple/white block neck, plus the aforementioned bridge replacement.
     
  15. Precision345

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    Coolio. I should have mentioned that the tuners are black so not sure if that's stock to the '77 jazz reissue
     
  16. FourBanger

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    Chrome stock, but if someone went to the trouble to upgrade the bridge they might've done the tuners as well. Guitar Fetish does knockoffs of the better bridges and tuners, could be where they came from.
     
  17. Hopkins

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    I would offer them half of what they are asking. If they wont take it I would walk away, I would be willing to bet they didn't pay more than $75 for that bass.
     

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