SOLD 1985 MIJ Clifton (mega-rare) - Delano / Audere / Brubaker, etc (MUST SEE)!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Quadzilla, May 2, 2018.

  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    United States
    No Trades Please

    Expenses (new motor in son's car + taxes) force sale. This one is going to hurt as I love this bass.

    She is a vintage, 1985 MIJ Clifton (mega-rare). She was in need of a fret-board leveling and electronics replacement and general TLC, but I saw huge potential with this bass!

    Check out the crazy block inlays. Never seen anything like them. Body has a cool shape too.

    So I had my buddy Kevin Brubaker (Brubaker Custom Guitars) pull the original frets, level the board and refret her. He also repaired a surface crack on the back of the headstock and neck.. He said that the epoxy used is actually stronger than the wood and will never come apart. He also refinished the back of the entire neck (satin). The action is very low and she plays like a dream.

    Fretboard is cocobolo according to Kevin.

    I then had my good friend John Dahlman (TBer JKDahlman) gut the stock electronics and slap in an Audere 3-band preamp with dual master tone controls (one for each pickup). We chose Delano customs for the pickups. Talk about tonal options! This thing is a beast now! Fully copper-shielded too!

    Overall in great shape for a 30+ year old instrument. Very light (prob 8.5ish lbs, will confirm), extremely versatile, super fast neck (with new satin finish on the back).

    The great news is that nobody else owns anything like it. It's amazing....

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    Last edited: May 20, 2018
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  2. Jabba the bass

    Jabba the bass Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2015
    Neck and headstock binding is cool! What’s the nut/bridge spacing?
  3. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    At work now but can measure when I get home tonight. Feels a lot like my 78 Rickenbacker in terms of spacing, etc from what I recall .
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  4. jumbodbassman


    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    nice bass.

    K smith bass met a BC Rich at a bar one night. LOL

  5. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    I’d really like to know as well.
  6. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    That is awesome.
  7. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Sorry for the delay gents! Here you go!

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  8. raal

    raal Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Minneapolis / St Paul
    MiJ goodness right there. interesting characteristics such as fretboard extension, jazz pickup right by the bridge and reverse P.

    I bet she sounds modern (in a good way).
  9. swpyne

    swpyne Basses R Loaded! Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Centennial, Colorado
    34" scale?
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  10. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

  11. swpyne

    swpyne Basses R Loaded! Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Centennial, Colorado
    VERY tempting.....
  12. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Back up for grabs....
  13. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    New England
    That is a great looking bass!
  14. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Thank you!
  15. morguedoc71


    May 22, 2009
    Hot damn! Super tempted...
  16. 25 frets! That is one unique and beautiful bass.
  17. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    24 actually ;)
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