No longer available Devon J5 Modern -

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by RussT, May 9, 2021.

  1. RussT

    RussT Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Up for sale is my stunning Devon J5 Modern. Most Devon fans have seen this bass on his instagram and webpage and lusted over it. It is truly beautiful. I am the original owner although my friend had it for awhile until I took it back from him. (on trade not by force).
    It has perhaps the nicest quilted maple top I have ever seen.

    The bass is in fantastic condition with only two imperfections of note. There is a small chip on the top of the headstock and a small indent above the pickups on the top. Both can be seen in the attached photos.

    The original bridge is a 2tek. It currently has a hipshot kick ass that a luthier friend installed as a reversible mod. The 2tek is 17mm spacing and I wanted a bit more so it is now at 18.5mm with the Hipshot. The 2tek bridges require a route that goes completely through the body and then is attached with a brass plate on the back of the bass. My tech cut a piece of mahogany that fit the cavity perfectly. He then used the brass plate from the 2tek to secure the new piece of wood in place and attached the new kickass bridge to this piece of mahogany only. It is completely reversible with no screw holes anywhere in the body. Kind of ingenious actually. Both bridges will ship with the bass. It would take a matter of minutes to swap them back and forth.

    PHOTOS that show how to swap the 2 bridges are added in a post below. It is VERY easy and takes literally 5 minutes to swap them.

    I am selling only because I could use the cash so not looking for trades but you never know I suppose. I would consider a Warwick Streamer Stage ll or a Shawn May. I would also consider a yamaha bb2025x or a bb3000.

    Body - Mahogany
    Top - 5A quilted maple
    Neck - 3 Piece maple w/ vintage finish
    Fretboard - Maple
    Tuners - hipshot ultralight
    Pickups - Nordstrand Big Blades (my favourite pickups ever)
    Pre - Nordstrand 3b (2 mid frequencies, passive tone, push/pull active passive)
    Scale - 35"
    String - 18.5mm (adjustable)
    Weight - 9lbs 12oz's.

    Pricing includes shipping in North America in a nice TKL gigbag.


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    Last edited: May 23, 2021
  2. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Gorgeous bass. Folks these will compete with any brand out there in quality and tone.
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  3. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    As an owner of a Devon J5 bass I would submit it will surpass most brands out there.
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  4. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    The other thing you all might have seen on Instagram is that Devon has frozen new orders for the time being. He's got as much work as he can fulfill. So this could be your best way to get your hands on a Devon in the near or mid term. Price is totally on point.
  5. RussT

    RussT Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    What altitude said. Thanks for mentioning that. No new Devon’s for awhile. Also Sharon Cline who does his finishes is leaving the house industry and she is perhaps the best in the business. This bass is a fantastic example of Sharon Clines and Devon’s mastery.
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  6. RussT

    RussT Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Back up. Need the cash.
  7. RussT

    RussT Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Here is a look at how easy it is to swap the bridges. As mentioned in the original post no holes were drilled to put the Hipshot Kickass in. It is secured to a mahogany block that is then screwed to the metal plate on the back that secures the 2tek in place. Very quick and easy to change and zero holes.

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  8. RussT

    RussT Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    I may consider trades that net me at least $1000. Preferably more.
  9. RussT

    RussT Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    I will also consider a trade for a decent 4 string Pbass plus cash. I would love a tele style pbass but with regular split pickups. Warmoth, fender whatever.
  10. D. Matthews

    D. Matthews

    Apr 16, 2001
    Buy with confidence folks, RussT is a class act. That blue quilted top! :drool:
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  11. RussT

    RussT Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    I have updated trade options to include a Shawn May, a yamaha bb2025x and possibly a yamaha bb3000 or a Alien Audio. (all plus cash except the Shawn may depending on the instrument)
  12. RussT

    RussT Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Price dropped from $2750 to $2650
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