No longer available Custom built 1954 style Precision bass - celebrity tour bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by don21480, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    North Carolina
    United States
    After a period of uncertainty this bass is back for sale. I've got back, neck and hand issues and have finally accepted that I am a short scale player from this point forward. I'm open to reasonable offers or possibly even some trades like a Danelectro or Jerry Jones short scale bass. I also play guitar so a Nash or Fender Road Worn Tele or Cabronita are also possibilities. Here are the specs:

    Custom built by Todd Nichols (guitarist for Toad The Wet Sprocket and builder at Nichols Custom Guitars) for Dean Dinning (bassist at Toad The Wet Sprocket) for the 2018 Tour. I bought the bass from Todd at the end of the tour. I’ve used it for both gigs and recording and it plays like a dream and sounds fantastic too. Top quality parts, hand built, excellent fit and finish - Todd is very particular and it's a top quality instrument that he hand signed and numbered.

    It will ship well packed in a Mono M80 gig bag. $75 shipping in US48 - no other locations.

    Specs as follows:

    BODY: 54 P Bass with arm and body contours, string thru made by Wildwood Manufacturing in California

    FINISH: Lake Placid Blue metallic from MJT (Mark Jenny) medium aged with checking etc (color has a lot of variation due to metallic paint)

    NECK: All Parts TBRO, heel adjust, rosewood fretboard, finished in nitro lacquer amber tint, hand cut 1 5/8 bone nut with a vintage correct 50's U shape

    TUNERS: Gotoh Res-O-Lite Tuners GBR-640 Reverse Gearing 1:28 Gear Ratio

    BRIDGE: Gotoh BB-3575 Chrome Heavy String Through Bass Bridge

    PICKUP: Lindy Fralin Split ’51 P Bass hum-free pickup

    HARDWARE: Rock Rabbit Titanium Neck Plate and control plate. Dome top knurled knobs w/setscrew. Vintage style string retainer. Handmade wood thumb rest. Hand cut single ply pickguard

    ELECTRONICS: Electrosocket/Switchcraft output jack

    GIG BAG: Mono M-80

    WEIGHT: 8 pounds 5 ounces

    Watch the video starting at 1:10 - they discuss this bass and you can hear it in a song

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    Last edited: Dec 13, 2021
  2. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Wow, cool. Love that band and Dean's great bass lines.
  3. engedi1


    Sep 16, 2005
    sweet! I love Toad and wish i could buy it!
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  4. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    Hot dawg! I almost bought this when they came off tour and Todd put it up for sale. Wish I had the funds now or had a bevy of gigs to offset future income. GLWTS.
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  5. Very cool instrument!

    Does the B001 serial indicate that it's the first bass he made? It looks top-notch.
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  6. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    @phillipkregg yes - B0001 means its the 1st bass he made! After the tour was over we talked about how I like my basses setup and he sent a ton of photos then had Dean Dinning come in and play it before shipping to me - really a top notch build and a lot of care went into it.

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  7. bass08053

    bass08053 Supporting Member

    May 8, 2008
    New Jersey
    Would love to hear this bass in action!
  8. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    @bass08053 Start watching at 1:10 - they even talk about the bass before the song!

  9. Mediocrity Man

    Mediocrity Man Master of Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2014
    Wantage, New Jersey
    Sweet bass and great band. Wish I had the cash!
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  10. thats pretty cool,,,that wont be for sale for to long.. great band too!
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  11. TTWS is awesome!!! GLWTS
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  12. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    I just need to add the same the band and that is a killer looking bass. Wish I had the cash. Someone is going to be very happy.
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  13. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    Appreciate all the kind words - TTWS is a great band, Dean Dinning is an awesome bassist and my experiences with Todd Nichols confirmed he's a really nice humble guy who builds a nice bass.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2020
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  14. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    Price just reduced!
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2020
  15. I would sooo love this! Big fan of Toad and Deans playing! :)
    Good luck with the sale and free bump!
    Best wishes,
  16. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    @BrentSimons wish you would get it! I would sure feel better knowing it was going to a big Toad fan - thanks for the bump!
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  17. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That bass is a real beauty. It makes me wish I had a spare $2K.
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  18. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    Back on the market - PM me if interested
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2021
  19. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    Changed to OBO - I'll consign it at the local guitar store Monday if its still here. Comments welcome
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2021
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  20. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    OK -as promised - I've consigned at local guitar store -