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SOLD c1949 American Standard double bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by FiddleFixr, Jul 10, 2018.


  1. FiddleFixr

    FiddleFixr Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ontario
    Luthier - Jan's Fiddle Farm
    Price:
    1400
    Strings:
    4
    Location:
    Ontario
    IMG_2197.JPG IMG_2204.JPG IMG_2198.JPG American Standard Bass in very good playing condition. Calling it players grade because it has had repairs to the upper neck, button and also looks like some of the outside veneers have been re-glued. Also looks like overspray on front and back. The bass feels solid and is structurally sound. There is no buzzing or rattles and it sports a huge warm tone. Was previously played professionally. Long string length of about 43" with gut strings.
    Label is intact with serial # 1869.
    No case or bow.
    Thanks for looking
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    Last edited: Sep 18, 2018
  2. igor kondur

    igor kondur

    Jul 28, 2004
    NYC
    Pmed
     
  3. These are highly sought after and the problems you mention are common. I would post some specific photos of all repairs and special mentions so folks can get a fair assessment of the condition. Looks like a beast!
     
  4. The long mensure and neck issues can be cured with a Condino Mechanized Scroll Graft for not much money.

    If the ribs are intact...boy. Killer bass.
     
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  5. igor kondur

    igor kondur

    Jul 28, 2004
    NYC
    Yes...
    We need more pics
     
  6. FiddleFixr

    FiddleFixr Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ontario
    Luthier - Jan's Fiddle Farm
    Happy to post more pics. Here's what's on my HD. Please say if need more detail in any specific areas.
    KungfuSherrif - thanks very much for your post. I'll have a good look at the ribs to make certain they're intact.
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  7. FiddleFixr

    FiddleFixr Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ontario
    Luthier - Jan's Fiddle Farm
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  8. FiddleFixr

    FiddleFixr Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ontario
    Luthier - Jan's Fiddle Farm
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  9. FiddleFixr

    FiddleFixr Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ontario
    Luthier - Jan's Fiddle Farm
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  10. FiddleFixr

    FiddleFixr Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ontario
    Luthier - Jan's Fiddle Farm
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  11. FiddleFixr

    FiddleFixr Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ontario
    Luthier - Jan's Fiddle Farm
    This is the spot where the veneer bubbling is worst. Its been previously repaired and there's no movement to the touch. I've also gone around the rims and seams to make double certain all is intact. Then found upside down saddle which I knew about but never got around to flipping around.

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    Has anyone else noticed this? lol. I'll correct it this aft when I get a chance:)

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  12. CayGee

    CayGee

    Feb 21, 2018
    Massachusetts
    nice. She's got many stories to tell.
     
  13. The neck and scroll do not look to be original American Standard. Perhaps some other owners want to chime in here, I could be wrong. The delaminating is not a big deal.
     
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  14. The delaminating is a big deal.

    HN White put too much, um, urea in the glue or something because ahead of neck breaks, the ribs falling apart is probably the most common uh-oh.

    Can be fixed. Costs. Too bad. That’s a proud bass.
     
  15. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Great price & great sounds. Play the $#!@ out of it and don't worry about the cosmetics!!!

    Ontario is beautiful this time of the year...
     
  16. FiddleFixr

    FiddleFixr Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ontario
    Luthier - Jan's Fiddle Farm
    Here's a new pic with the saddle seated correctly.
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  17. FiddleFixr

    FiddleFixr Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ontario
    Luthier - Jan's Fiddle Farm
    Urea eh? Can that be flushed out with hot water?
    Here's a couple more pics of the ribs in an effort to show the extent of the veneer bubbling. Looks like the entire upper treble side rib veneer has been previously re-glued. Also section of the lower bout closest to the C bout on same side.
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  18. FiddleFixr

    FiddleFixr Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ontario
    Luthier - Jan's Fiddle Farm
    Drivers side has been re-glued where neck meets but otherwise looks fine.
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    jmain likes this.
  19. Yes, mine has been glued multiple times. I am not disparaging the instrument. It is very typical. Most have had their issues. The necks were too thin at the heal and they often broke. It's possible that your's has been replaced which is also not a bad thing.
     
  20. PMd
     

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