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1937 American Standard

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by abracadabra, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. abracadabra


    Apr 21, 2011
    Well I'm taking offers on this bass as it seems its going to need more work than I can afford, it needs a better home!

    Here's a bunch of pics:


    Serial # 370

    The known issues are of course the neck (its not physically loose, I've checked, but does seem to be a shoddy repair).

    Other things I can see are:

    bridge is warped, badly fitted, needs to go
    soundpost is in cockeyed
    top is slightly sunken under one bridge foot
    crack in top ply near F hole (seems one ply deep)
    endpin housing is original but rod is gone, now there's a dowel for temp usage

    Overall I think the body is pretty good for the age, top and back are tight to sides all the way around, peghead and tuners are okay, no loose or missing braces etc inside.

    Any other questions hit me up with a PM.

    I'm really taking any offers, its possible I may just keep this one around if I can't get what I paid.

    I've never shipped a bass before and I can't imagine its something I want to do. I'm in Maine but we can figure out a meeting place for pickup, thats best.
  2. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    As per the classified rules, you must list a price for any item for sale, even if you amend it with "OBO".
  3. abracadabra


    Apr 21, 2011
    Ah, I didn't realize I needed to be specific, but, this may help with offers.

    I'll say $1000 OBO, I know its high, but gotta start somewhere!

  4. abracadabra


    Apr 21, 2011
    Okay folks I have some new info on this bass.

    I removed the neck from the pocket and discovered a threaded rod which had loosened. I cleaned up the heel, re glued, and re tightened the rrod. It came out well and the neck was installed back in the pocket.

    I also steamed the warped bridge straight and added shims to the feet for more height.

    The tailpiece wire was changed from a coat hanger to 3/32 wire.

    Currently strung with Velvet Garbos.

    Tons of potential here for a slamming bass with a little more work.

    Please no lowball offers, I have talked to a number of luthiers and feel that $1000 is more than fair.

    Attached Files:

  5. abracadabra


    Apr 21, 2011
    Bump, any interest? I've had some offers but too low...I'm willing to give someone a great price on this, but not $500....

  6. What is the mensure? Eb or D neck?
  7. felixthecat64


    Aug 2, 2011
    Hi Mark,

    Where in Maine are you? I'll come take a look if you're not too far from Portsmouth...
  8. M Ramsey

    M Ramsey

    Mar 12, 2005
    North Carolina
    Factory string length on American Standard basses is about 43". D neck.
  9. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Is this the bass that has been on ebay for a week?
  10. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Yeah, definitely.

    Man, that's one FUGLY bolt repair - right through the button...
  11. abracadabra


    Apr 21, 2011