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Cool 60's basses (OTHER than main-stream brands)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JIO, Jun 7, 2018.


  1. davidprice

    davidprice

    Jan 1, 2005
    Magrabo Straps
    True. That was a lot then - though about the same as a regular stack knob at that time. For context, I bought a '64 t-bird right around then for $1,100. Also saw a really nice '68 pink paisley tele bass that I could have snagged for $700 but didn't have it.

    Well, as it's local, you might be able to save on shipping ;)
     
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  2. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I'm leaving to pick it up now... :rolleyes:
     
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  3. davidprice

    davidprice

    Jan 1, 2005
    Magrabo Straps
    PS I can't swear it was that same particular one - this was 25 years ago - but I know there were at least two. We talked with Albert Molinaro about it who was pretty much the most knowledgeable guy on Fender basses then. One of them is also pictured in his book "The Fender Bass" - and I think that's not the same one as in the Reverb ad.
     
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  4. Mark76

    Mark76

    Dec 1, 2015
    Leicester
    Less yap... More basses :p
     
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  5. SoulReflection

    SoulReflection Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2017
    NorCal
    And where did you say you were from? :roflmao::smug:;). BTW, I am Canadian and married to a Brit, so you may not have to answer!
     
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  6. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Hah! If you think yap is involved here, you should visit the Thunderbird Club.

    Another Egmund with a textured vinyl coat -

    s-l1600-11.
     
  7. From the people who gave you the WEM Copycat. May I present my Wilson Sapphire,1968
    Wilson Bass (1). Wilson Bass (2).
     
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  8. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Really cool bass - so what's up with "Fender Precision Bass" on the hs???
     
  9. My guess is some crazy person thought folks wouldn't see the Wilson name stamped into the bridge or on the little PG.
     
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  10. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    a victim of the cult of Fender
     
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  11. The poor deluded fools . Is it true the only cure is fatal :roflmao:
     
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  12. That headstock sure looks Magnatone X-10 ish.
     
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  13. At least one came in red.

    images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTELAGp9Jr1THI8woBFui1CmPhYe-IGXPUYzH6M5p4CupAbadkoXQ.
     
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  14. No, the mute pad is not missing; it's just aftermarket. And the pickup is not original.

    Okay; on the black sparkle the pad is missing and the pickup is original, but not on this white sparkle.
     
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  15. It cannot be easily rolled off. If you grit your teeth and scrunch your shoulders, it can be rolled off. It is the worst mute I have ever encountered. The only nuance it understands is brute force.

    The bridge simply is badly engineered. Besides the mute and the saddles, which are wobbly by design, you have thumbwheels to raise and lower the bridge. In my experience Gretsch and Magnatone are the worst for over-engineering.

    These things being said, the X-10 Hurricane is the closest you will come to a P-bass Lyte before there was a P-bass Lyte. And the neck is super-fast although subject to forward bow. Have some small washers handy.
     
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  16. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    There you go! :)
     
  17. HaphAsSard

    HaphAsSard

    Dec 1, 2013
    Italia
    I know you said no Guilds but...I think the Jet Star ticks the other boxes - '60's and super-cool:
    jetstarbass.
     
  18. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    No worries, I was just trying to keep it more focused on basses not usually covered. :) I also dig the Jet Star and have one of the early 2000's MII RI's by DeArmond, which is a really nice bass all the way around. The 60's guitar version (Thunderbird) had a retractable stand on the back which sounds like a good idea but was called the "crash stand" as it inevitably led to toppling because it was too short leaving it laid back at too slack an angle.

    1963guildthunderbirdguitar-l-931e018d8622db9d.
     
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  19. Love this Egmund. What's the headstock look like?
     
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  20. Ratatosk

    Ratatosk

    Jan 19, 2013
    And may I present my WATKINS Sapphire?
    Year of manufacture unknown and converted to fretless by me.
     

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