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SOLD Ernie Ball BFR Old Smoothie Stingray roasted maple neck with bindings.

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by JohnThomasson, Aug 17, 2020.


  1. JohnThomasson

    JohnThomasson Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, DR Strings, Source Audio,& Fishman
    Price:
    1900
    Strings:
    4
    Location:
    Tennessee
    This is an Ernie Ball Old Smoothie BFR edition. Trans Buttermilk finish with a roasted neck and white binding. It is 1 of 90 basses from the January 2018 BFR series. This one is #42 of 90. It is in great condition. You can feel a tiny bit of the skunk stripe behind the first and second fret. The rest of the neck is smooth. I don't even think about it when I'm playing. You can't see it and there is no way to photograph it. It's a gloss finish and you could probably use something to smooth it out. It just never bothered me.

    Here is a link to the series.
    Ball Family Reserve | Ernie Ball Music Man

    I can make sound clips if needed. I'll take a few of my own pictures later today. I have attached pictures of the actual bass that Sweetwater took. It is in the same shape other than the usual super minor stuff on the pick guard you get from gigging on the bass. The body and neck are flawless and the mutes are in great shape. I wish more basses did a design like they do with the mutes. I used them quite a bit. I'm the original owner, and the bass weighs 9.2lbs.

    I would really prefer a sale over a trade. I am also about to list my 30th anniversary 5 string Stingray that matches this bass. White/roasted neck. I am thinking about taking this one down when I list that one.

    $1900 shipped
    Sweetwater's pictures of the actual bass.
    C30989-angle-xlarge.jpg C30989-back-xlarge.jpg C30989-backbody-xlarge.jpg C30989-body-xlarge.jpg C30989-detail1-xlarge.jpg C30989-detail2-xlarge.jpg C30989-front-xlarge.jpg C30989-serial-xlarge.jpg
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2020
  2. mcclurer16

    mcclurer16 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2012
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Beautiful bass! I have a chocolate burst non-reserve old Smoothie from 2014. I love the tone. To me it sounds somewhere between P-bass and Stingray. Someone is going to be happy with that bass. Good luck with the sale!
     
  3. TLicksBass

    TLicksBass

    Mar 16, 2009
    North Carolina
    What trades would you be interested in?
     
  4. JohnThomasson

    JohnThomasson Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, DR Strings, Source Audio,& Fishman
    I don't know. I have lots of Fenders, so probably not any newer Fenders. A Roscoe Beck Fender would be cool. I like Fender-ish ones like Sadowsky, Lull, Lakland, Moollon. Oddballs like Serek. I wouldn't mind an older Music Man 5 if it was plus cash. I am mostly a 4 string, passive guy, but I wouldn't mind a vibey 5.
     
  5. JohnThomasson

    JohnThomasson Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, DR Strings, Source Audio,& Fishman
    Here are some pics that I just took of the bass. IMG_20200817_143713.jpg IMG_20200817_143723.jpg \
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2020
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  6. JohnThomasson

    JohnThomasson Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, DR Strings, Source Audio,& Fishman
    I can't photograph what I am talking about where the skunk stripe starts by the 2nd fret. It's such a small thing.
    IMG_20200817_144012.jpg IMG_20200817_143958.jpg IMG_20200817_143935.jpg IMG_20200817_143929.jpg IMG_20200817_143920.jpg IMG_20200817_143803.jpg
    IMG_20200821_185224.jpg
     
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  7. byoung93888

    byoung93888 Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    That neck looks fantastic!
     
  8. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Wow. That's beautiful.
     
  9. bdeaux

    bdeaux Bass, the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2002
    Salt Lake City based
    Branden Campbell
    Why are you tempting me like this?!! This bass is at the top of my bass bucket list.
     
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  10. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Trade ya straight up for this.
     

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  11. JohnThomasson

    JohnThomasson Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, DR Strings, Source Audio,& Fishman
    I'm pretty good on Sting Rays. Thanks for the offer.

    Branden, it's a great bass. I've used it with flats and rounds. It drives a band. I think I had it when we played that show in Utah on July 4th that you couldn't make.
     
  12. MrJamesBass

    MrJamesBass

    Oct 7, 2019
    I have #11 and it has the same problem with the skunk stripe in exactly the same place. I would be curious to know if any more owners notice something similar. It has not been an issue so far and I have never played a nicer bass. Plus, it’s a deal as far as I can see. Limited edition and hand made...hard to find that under 3k.
     
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  13. JohnThomasson

    JohnThomasson Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, DR Strings, Source Audio,& Fishman
    That's interesting that it is the same for you. My BFR didn't come with any special certificate even though I bought it new from Sweetwater. What part of the serial number tells you which number it is in the series? Mine is C30989.
    It's a great bass. I'm just trying to downsize and recast my bass collection.
     
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  14. MrJamesBass

    MrJamesBass

    Oct 7, 2019
    I took a hard look but other than the certificate that came with the bass, nothing seems to indicate the number 11. My serial is C30934. You could probably email EB and they could look up your number. They've patiently entertained some oddball requests from me in the past lol
     
  15. TLicksBass

    TLicksBass

    Mar 16, 2009
    North Carolina
    I keep looking for that 5th string cause I keep seeing 5 pole pieces but look again and see it's a 4 :D
     
  16. JohnThomasson

    JohnThomasson Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, DR Strings, Source Audio,& Fishman
    I found my COA and the bass is 42 of 90.
     
  17. 707GK

    707GK

    Jun 13, 2013
    California
    Oh my!
     
  18. lala

    lala Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2014
    Outstanding version of the OLD SMOOTHIE. Beautiful neck, great color. These basses sound amazing. I'm sure it will soon find an appreciative new partner in crime. GLWTS
     
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  19. Danny C

    Danny C

    Oct 31, 2018
    I have a Lull PJ passive in excellent condition. I love it but I’m always looking to try something different and this is a brand I wanna try.
     
  20. jdwinva

    jdwinva Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2005
    Leesburg, VA
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