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Fender Duck Dunn Signature Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LexD, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. LexD


    Aug 17, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: D'Ambrosio Guitars
    I'll be going to potentially buy one of the older Fender 1998 MIJ "Donald Duck Dunn" signature bass today I found locally.

    All I know about it is what I found on the Fender Forums :

    So, anyone have anything nice --or, not so nice to say about these basses? Any other owners here? I understand there were only 400 or so made.
  2. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    Duck Dunn switched to Lakland for a reason.
    Ken J likes this.
  3. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    North DFW, TX
    Sounds like a regular 57 RI MIJ P bass. If it sounds good and plays good then buy it. I dont think there's anything special about it becaude it says Duck Dunn.
  4. LexD


    Aug 17, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: D'Ambrosio Guitars
    Thanks, I already own a Lakland DD.

    Anything to add about the Fender?
  5. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Try it in person - It could be perfect, but all used basses have a history!

    CIJ/MIJ fenders have a reputation for good QC - if the bass is sweet to play and close inspection shows no issues I'd pick it up.
    It's a P bass. The Duck's name on it is just a nice bonus. :D

    I've read the Duck sig Laklands are great.

    Here's a few links about the fender sig:

    not much else I can find. Seems to be fairly rare.
  6. And many people switch back & forth between the 2 based on their preference at the time. Other artists stick with Fender for their whole careers. What's your point?
    AModestRat, j.kernodle and Midak like this.
  7. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    You already have a Lakland DD ?

    You're just toying with us aren't you ? :)

    Maybe bring the DD with you when you check out the fender and A/B them, if the fender isn't 4 lbs heavier than the DD buy it and put flats on it and keep the DD with rounds.
  8. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    would be an interesting comparison.
  9. LexD


    Aug 17, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: D'Ambrosio Guitars
    Not at all. Big duck dunn fan here. I purchased the Lakland after months of searching for the fender sig. to no avail. Frankly, I figured they were all in the hands of collectors by now.

    I'd venture to guess the fender (with Alder body) will be close to the same weight, maybe even a bit lighter than the swamp ash Lakland made DD.
  10. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Just to muddy the waters further: For those who may not know, when Duck originally moved to Lakland, they made a Duck sig bass with the '57 cosmetics (two-tone burst, anodized gold guard, maple board). I think there's only one run of 30 basses out there, though.
  11. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    If you're a real Duck lover, why not have both? You can always justify it to yourself by putting different strings on each, as mentioned above.

    Just play it and make sure you like it first.
  12. 30 out there??!!!...Really ???...Jeez,if that's so,I had no freakin' idea that's all there were...Here's my lakland skyline Duck Dunn...Sorry for the crummy pics...took em' a few years ago//
  13. mgbass


    Mar 31, 2004
    Northern KY
    I have one of those! Love it
  14. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    What are the neck specs on that version of the Lakland Duck Dunn? Same with the Fender for that matter?

    I know the specs on the "current" Lakland Duck Dunn.
  15. I wanna say the same as the Bob Glaub ??? I never played a Glaub so I really can't compare them...I believe though that the only difference in this DD and the same period Bob Glaub was the cosmetic appointments...I could be wrong though...
  16. oddly, there's one on Phoenix craigslist right now as well for 650.
  17. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    Obviously, the current Lakland DD has a much thinner neck profile that the Glaub.
  18. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Yeah I just got one of the Fender ones recently. It's as good as I'd hoped it would be. Very good build, exceptionally nice finish job, the CAR gleams like a ruby. Arrow straight neck.

    The Skyline (2nd gen) is a great P bass itself, the Fralin sounded terrific in the one I had. Going from memory, I'd say this Fender feels more solid somehow, and seems to have a bit more highs on tap than the Lakie did. (TI flats on both)

    I'm kinda mystified with the Fender pickup, tho. It has one raised pole, instead of two like an original 57-58 P bass would have. Not sure what the intent was with that, or if it's a mistake. If you get one, please post about this aspect on yours.

    Not a Dunn-o-phile here, but I don't mind at all that it has his sig on the headstock. I just like the cosmetic feature set, and that it's a well built bass.

    You don't see many Fender Duck's on ebay. Oddly, another nice one did pop up a week or two ago. BIN was $750, sold quickly.

  19. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Well, the operative word there is "think"--sometimes a weak point for me.:p I could be wrong, but I check out Laklands up and down the 'net and I haven't seen a lot of these. My understanding is that Lakland was dong Skylines in runs of 30 at the time and that they only did one run of these. Very nice, congrats!
  20. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Yeah, pretty sure the necks on the first DDs with '57 cosmetics are 1.75".