Yard Sale Find!

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  1. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066

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    So on my way home from work i spot a yard full of guitars....so naturally I had to stop and take a look

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    I found a 1974 Penco 4001 Rickenbacker copy....

    These came out of the Hoshino Gakki factory which also produced Greco and Ibanez...

    Apparently Greco was a west coast thing and Penco was an East coast thing...

    anyway somebody stripped the body of it's paint...it's missing some of it's binding...and the pots appear to be frozen...

    but i figured for $40.00 it had the bones to be a nice project...
  2. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    Sweet! I would have been all over that and I have a real ric!
  3. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL A Hard Rockin Lover of GREENBURST Supporting Member

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    Fun story, all the best with it Man! :cool:
  4. Texsunburst59

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    AWESOME !! I love stories like this. That's a killer price. I bet with a little work, you can get that baby playing really nice.:)
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  6. TolerancEJ

    TolerancEJ

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    Aww... Lucky! I never see yard sales with instruments.
  7. Snakeman1066

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    this guy must have had at least 30 instruments for sale...even some douglas six stringers..lol

    he had this bass and another bass which i think was an axl of some kind...five stringer...color shifting paint..absolutely hideous...

    told me he got this in a trade and just never did anything with it...
  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice grab congrats.
  9. Snakeman1066

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    appears to be two very nice wood caps sandwiching a darker piece of wood....routes are really well done...
  10. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    Nice score! A bit of work and you will have a nice bass. I love deals like these and scored an old Mayfair beetle bass at a yard sale for $50.00 a few years ago..old school thump.

    Just this week I scored a 89' Squier II made in Korea for $65.00. The neck was bowed like a banana and the pots and jack were shot. I figured it was worth the parts alone at that price. The other day I got the nice maple neck straighted out perfectly, tonight I installed new pots and a jack. The bass is awesome and well worth the efforts. Good luck.
  11. Snakeman1066

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    now to decide what color to paint....i was thinking originally i would stain it but with the two different color of woods showing it's going to have to be paint...

    thinking sparkle white with pearloid guard?

    Shelby Blue with a racing stripe?

    Hard Candy Rootbeer?

    something you would never see on a Ric....
  12. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

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    Just did my 85 Jazz Special sparkle white. It has silver, gold and red flake in it. Here it is before spraying the gold and red.

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  13. GM60466

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    $40! wOW.
  14. Lowactnsatsfctn

    Lowactnsatsfctn

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    SnakeMan, I think your pretty close to me. A friend of mine wanted me to go with her to check out an acoustic guitar, but never called the guy. They sent me a link to a Craigslist Garage sale with a lot of instruments. The guy had acoustic guitars, a 5 string acoustic bass and a bunch of entry level Basses, But I remembered seeing a similar Ric copy in the line up.
  15. Spleenface92

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    I think shelby blue with a racing stripe would be delicious.
  16. christopherogut

    christopherogut Supporting Member

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    wow, what a sweet deal! i had a bolt-on Seville branded copy a few years ago that was so much fun to play... and I gladly paid 10x what you snagged this for.

    if that was my project i'd spray it sonic blue nitro, beat it up a little bit, have a nice brownish tortoiseshell pickguard made, and sand down the back of the neck.... or 'vintage' tint the back of the neck. mmm.
  17. Snakeman1066

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    If it was in Fresno near Dakota and West...Probably the same guy..he also had a five string squier with MM style pups in it...
  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    How about black?

    ;)
  19. dedpool1052

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    mary kaye white? never seen a ric wtih a trans white finish before. a black guard as well.
  20. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066

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    nope plenty of Jetglo's out there..lol and a black bass on a dimly lit stage wearing dark clothing..lol been there done that...

    I want something very unusual on a Ric Body style...

    latest idea is an American Flag motif...
  21. Snakeman1066

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    I thought about that..white with black hardware and black guard...but the neck is also bound in white...don't want to have to re-bind the neck....don't want to make more work for myself than i already have..lol

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