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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Hey there folks -

    I just made the best trade of my life! I have traded basses a lot over the past three years, but this time I have hit paydirt. Check out these pics:


    For those of you who have never played one of these this is a Fender Roscoe Beck V. I know, I know, some of you are turning up your nose at the mention of Fender, but this one is different. Roscoe Beck has played with a lot of top artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robben Ford, and Eric Johnson, and he spent a lot of time with Fender designing this bass. Even the pickups are custom made for this bass. Here are the specs:

    Roscoe Beck Specs

    I love the tone of this baby - great vintage Jazz tone! The pickups have been specially designed for this instrument. Each pup has it's own mini-toggle switch that allows for single-coil, parallel, and series operation independent of the other pickup. There is only one volume knob (which I prefer for simplicity) and to compensate for the lack of fine tuning ability the tone knob is also a push/pull pot. Pull up and you decrease the output of the neck pickup a bit so that when combined with the bridge you get that classic Jazz Bass growl. I figured out that there are 24 different pickup combinations available and, although not all of them are great, this gives me a lot of flexibility in tone.

    The string spacing is identical to a 4-string Jazz Bass which is nice and wide giving my fat fingers a lot of room to move. The bridge is string through so that I get more tension and tone from the 34" scale B-string. I just love this bass and wanted to share my bass-induced joy!
  2. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000
    Nice bass, are you taking trade offers on it? :eek:
  3. Ilovepink

    Ilovepink Banned

    Nov 17, 2003
  4. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I don't think I'll be taking any trade offers on this bass. It's pretty much what I have been looking for all this time. Nothing is perfect, but I'm not going to find better in trade. I started with a Dean Edge Q4; traded for an Ibanez BTB405; sold that and spent a little more to buy a Carvin LBJ74; traded that for a Lakland Skyline 55-01; traded that for a MIA Jazz with Dimarzio Ultra Jazzes, Badass bridge, and a graphite neck. The Lakland was nice but I didn't like the active tone. The Jazz was nice but the neck gave it a more modern tone than I wanted. This bass gives me versatility of tone like an active and the sound of a passive.
  5. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I listened to on of the songs off that link - you guys sound great! I love the sound of the RB5! I traded a MIA Jazz with a graphite neck. The pickups were Dimarzio Ultra Jazzes and the bridge was a Badass. It had good tone but too modern for my taste. The alder/maple/pao ferro combo on the RB5 fits the bill perfectly.

    Believe it or not there are some chips out of the candy apple red finish and everyone I have spoken to has told me how hard it is to fix those because it is a three stage paint job, etc. I used some Testors CAR enamel spray paint with a small brush and it matched the color just right. Now all I have to do is apply some clearcoat, sand & buff and it should be pretty much unnoticeable.
  6. ric426

    ric426 In my defense, I was left unsupervised. Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    Nice bass! Did you get it from Jugghead by any chance? If so it used to be mine and is a *really* sweet bass. I just didn't use it enough and sacrificed it during a G.A.S. attack to get another fretless (that I'm *still* looking for). In fact the RB5 would probably make a killer fretless, but I'd never have the heart to do that to that bass.
    Where ever you got it from, congrats. You've got a nice one.
  7. Nadav


    Nov 13, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    That looks like a great bass! Sounds like it too (according to SMASH's videos which I really liked)
    :bassist: :smug:
  8. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    RB5's are rally impressive Fender 5's. Probably the only 5's that I like from Fender IMO.

    NIce Bass, congrats!

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    Very Nice, congrads.
  10. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000

    You look like you have become a true bass trader and the RB5 is a great bass but I was just kidding. ;) I just traded my Lakland DJ4 for a Bongo4 and I am through with trading for a while.
  11. Jugghaid


    Jun 28, 2002
    Denver, CO, USA
    Glad you like it Matt. It's a great bass, it just didn't suit my needs right now. I'm glad it has a happy home. :)

    BTW Adding the J-Retro to the Jazz made that an unbelievable bass. It's gonna be my main 4 string gig bass.
  12. MichaelScott


    Jul 27, 2004
    Moorpark CA

    How did you like the BTB? I played one a guitar center last week and liked it more then everything else they had in the store... except for the finish on the neck.
    They didn't have a Roscoe Beck at the store. I think I'll have to look for one.
  13. Senor SQUID

    Senor SQUID Guest

    Jan 11, 2004
    Congrats! Looks Killer!!
  14. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I am so glad that it sounds like you wanted it to! It killed me to trade, but it just wasn't the sound I wanted. The RB5 is definitely the sound I was looking for. Enjoy the Jazz!
  15. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    If you could find a RB5 used at a good price I would take it over the BTB. The BTB is a nice bass, but I like the vintage tone of a passive bass over an active one. They have similar string spacing and weight. They are also similar in tonal versatility. You should try both, but personally I would pick the RB5 over the BTB.
  16. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I did get this from Jugghead! This is such a nice bass! I can't believe I have come from a Dean Edge Q4 to owning this excellent intrument. I do believe that I will never trade it - now I am on the hunt for the perfect SX project bass! BTW - did this bass take a tumble at some time? When I got it I found three small chips out of the paint on the lower horn and a ding in the pickguard near one of the chips. There are also some scratches on the back of the neck and a long scratch/scrape on the back of the bass. Luckily there aren't any dents! I am having a fairly easy time fixing the chips since the shiny undercoat wasn't chipped. I'm not mad, I just want to know the history of my bass.