TRADED 70s P-Bass Goodness

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by ArenW, Apr 10, 2020.

  1. ArenW

    ArenW Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2004
    Quincy, Michigan
    It pains me to do it, but I need a good 5 string for a project. I really love both basses. They each have their own sound, and I love em’ equally... Free cash is in short supply though, so I’m looking to deal on one of these beauties. I can’t decide which one to offer up, so I’ll offer up both and let you decide which one stays with me!

    They both date to 1977 or 1978. I think the sunburst is very likely a 77, and the black one likely a 78.

    A little bit about each bass :

    The black bass weighs 9.5 lbs. I’m the second owner. Currently strung with DR High Beams 45-105. It had a hideous replacement pickguard, Leo Quan bridge and tuning keys when I got it. I went through Real Life Relics and got “relic’ed” replacements to try to restore it to a nearly original condition (I had to do a little work to get the profile of the G string tuning key plate to fit the headstock-see pic-works perfectly and looks fine IMHO). The pickups are not original. I’m 99.9% sure they are late 70s vintage Dimarzio’s and they are amazing - bright, clear and have so much output!!! They are the hottest passive pickups I’ve ever had. The original owner also wired in a series/parallel switch. This bass has as much high end as you want, but still all of the classic P-bass bump and growl. Plays great. No issues. Lots of little dings, scuffs and scratches as would be expected on a 42 y/o instrument. I’ve gigged it lots and it has always been a joy to play. Trade value - $1900.

    The sunburst bass weighs 9.0 lbs. I’m the third owner. Currently strung with DR Legend Flats 45-105. As best as I can tell, this bass is completely stock/original. It sounds and plays great. Exactly what you would expect sound wise: fat, warm, woody and growly. Throw some round wounds on it and it snarls with the best of em’! No issues other than dings, nicks, scratches and checking as should be expected. There are a couple long checks in the finish on both front and back. They are not related only superficial and have never worsened in the years that I’ve owned it. Once again, I’ve gigged this bass a lot and it has always been a champ. It has always given me exactly the sound I needed! Trade value - $1700.

    Both basses feature standard mid seventies P-bass dimensions and profiles: 1.625” at the nut & 19mm string spacing.

    As pictured, I’ve got a set of ashtray covers and a thumbrest (not original to either bass) and
    I’ve got the original case to the sunburst. It is old but in working order. I can include this stuff in the deal if there is interest.

    Lastly, what I’m looking for:
    As I said earlier, I need a good 5 string. I could sell one of mine outright but a trade for the right 5er may be easier. I could do +/- a little cash but prefer to stick pretty close to this range price wise. I’m pretty open to offers. As far as instruments that could trip my trigger for my upcoming needs- I would really be interested in Dingwall/Keisel multi-scaleness, Spector(not Korean), Warwick(gotta be German), maybe even a EBMM? I’ve got plenty of Fenders so I’m not really interested in standard P or J bass type designs. I’m looking for something different.

    I’m not super interested in 4 strings as I’ve got that area covered already, but the right Rickenbacker may be able to lure me as well.

    I’m open to offers. Whatcha got?

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    ...and now, the 77 sunburst.
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  2. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    Nice pair! Yep, that looks to be a DiMarzio Model P in the black bass ... the go-to '70s P Bass replacement pickup with sound characteristics like you describe.
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  3. That’s about a quintessential pair of ‘70s p basses anyone could ask for. Very nice. Get em both for less than a custom shop replica.
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  4. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    I like em both, but that black one pleases my inner Phil Lynott
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  5. BigDanT

    BigDanT Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    Hey man, that's quite the pair. Rippin' 70s action you got there. Hey, where in Indiana are you?
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  6. ArenW

    ArenW Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2004
    Quincy, Michigan
    Thanks BigDanT! I’m just north of Fort Wayne.
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  7. ArenW

    ArenW Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2004
    Quincy, Michigan
    It’s definitely a rocker!
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  8. 6and5

    6and5 Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2016
    San Diego
    Oh, that ‘77. Been wanting a birth year bass that isn’t a boat anchor for a while. Seriously gassing for that one.
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  9. Mildew Jones

    Mildew Jones

    Dec 18, 2014
    Beautiful basses! Good luck with the sale.
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  10. dusterdan70

    dusterdan70 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2014
    So Cal
    very nice, PM sent on sunny for more info
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  11. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    A roller too honey...
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  12. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    If you're going to list them as for sale as well, you'd need to list a sale price, not just trade value.
  13. ArenW

    ArenW Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2004
    Quincy, Michigan
    Wow! I can’t believe all the interest!! Things happened really fast and I’ve got a deal pending. I’ll keep you all posted.

    Thanks for all of your interest!
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