And another one! (my "boutique")

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KrisH, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. KrisH


    Nov 6, 2007
    New Jersey
    I mentioned in another thread that the old Cort I gave to my son 15 years ago came back to me last weekend. Well, this evening we got a message from a friend of ours who needed some money fast that she was trying to sell her bass. She built it over 20+ years ago, using an old Precision neck from the late 60s/70s, and a poplar and walnut blank cut to her own design. It's a little odd, but the pickup configuration is even odder -- a P split-coil and 2 Js. But the Js are actually two separate wound single coils (like the P pu, but placed end-to-end), and little switches can change the configuration of each from series (straight single coil) to parallel (humbucking). Does that make sense? Plays nice, and lots of tonal variations.

    The price? $100. It's like these things are dropping from the sky!

    Anyhow, here it is (this picture is from her website -- I haven't even had time to take photos yet):

  2. kingpin2512


    Aug 9, 2008
    Wow looks nice you should send it here and i'll give it a try.
  3. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I like the look of the body, and you certainly have a few tonal options. Stew Hamm likes that configuration. :)
  4. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Dang, that neck is worth about 10x's that alone...assuming the truss rod is in tact, etc.
  5. KrisH


    Nov 6, 2007
    New Jersey
    That's what I figured (but maybe not 10x). The truss rod does work, and frets are nicely leveled and dressed. That, and the bridge, the tuners, the pickups -- how could I go wrong even just for parts?
  6. Wouldn't it feel wrong to part it out? Granted she needed money fast and it's now your bass to do whatever you please...

    Would it be more honorable to enjoy it for all it's worth and when she's in better times offer it back to sale to her for $100?

    not trying to be an was just a thought...
  7. TheBasicBassist


    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars

    it's a beautiful bass by the way..
  8. KrisH


    Nov 6, 2007
    New Jersey
    Well, it was never my intention to "part it out" when I bought it. But as to the value of the parts individually surpassing the purchase price -- I'm just saying . . .

    I seriously doubt she'll have any interest in buying it back, even if I was inclined to offer. She knows I'll get much more use from it than she ever would, and has tried to sell it before -- just at a higher asking price. Let's face it: it's not a name brand instrument, it's not made by a known luthier, and it has some flaws. Not really a high demand item. That said, despite these negative factors, I do appreciate the bass it for what it is, a decent quality, one-of-a kind instrument that has a quite versatile tonal palette.

    Here are some more pictures:



  9. Jaymi

    Jaymi Pink Bass Man

    Feb 11, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Ampeg , GHS
    it is pretty cool though!