2003 custom Jack Read 5 string bass. Aesthetically, the bass is in great condition, very minor wear. Sound-wise, it's a killer-sounding bass, thanks to the flexibility of the piezo-magnetic combo and the interior chambering (all hollowed out except for the middle section). Jack stopped making basses and left the instrument-making field altogether, but a search on Talkbass or on the web will show you how well respected a luthier he was. He also used to build the Read Purity Pre Amp, a fantastic tube preamp now much sought after in the used market. I recorded several albums and went on a few tours with this bass, but always managed to care very good care of it. I'll be happy to provide sound samples upon request. Features: - Mahogany chambered body, figured walnut top (very light-weight thanks to the chambering), thick maple veneer. - Maple neck, ebony fingerboard, 35' scale - Bartolini mm pickup and Bartolini preamp - Individual piezo saddles built by the great Rick Turner (amazing stuff, and a one-off build for Rick, according to Jack Read). - Wooden bridge and knobs - Hipshot Light tuners There's one issue: - The wooden crown of the bridge (cocobolo) broke in 2004. Jack glued it first and you could not spot the repair. The crown broke again in 2008 and I glued it myself, pretty roughly. So you can see the crack clearly now. Functionally, this does not affect the bridge: Matt from 30th Street Guitars in NYC recently confirmed that functionally the bridge has no issues. The crack can be re-glued by a professional or the whole crown can be redone (I'm guessing that a skilled wood-crafter can do it, not even a luthier necessarily, and it should be a cheap work which would make the instrument look perfect again). For this bass in 2003 I paid around $3300. There is a very similar 5 string built by Jack in 2002 for sale at Austin Bass Traders (austinbasstraders.com), at $2,395. My price is much lower, even keeping in mind the potential bridge repair: $[DEL]1050[/DEL] 900 OBO with a very solid nylon-leather Levy's gig-bag included, plus the shipping. Please ask me any questions regarding this awesome bass, which I don't play anymore as I got an endorsement and also switched back to 4 string basses only. Local pick-ups are also an option, the bass is located in Brooklyn NY. Thanks for reading. ps= No feedback issue: Yes, I have never sold/traded/bought gear on Talkbass. I have a 100 percent positive feedback on Ebay (ududebun is my name there) and I'll be happy to provide plenty of personal info on myself to anybody interested in the bass.