FS: 1967 Ampeg AUSB-1 [Fretless] Devil Bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by MCK_BASS, Apr 20, 2012.



    Jan 18, 2011
    Here is a very rare and special bass. I will not repeat the history behind it but simply point you to ASB-1 where Bruce Johnson maintains an excellent site about these unique and extremely rare instruments. Bruce is a leading expert on Ampeg basses, especially the scroll basses and he estimates less than 25 fretless devil basses to have been made. Including mine he is aware of 4 or 5 to be in circulation...

    This AUSB-1 is in great condition for its age. All original with some gorgeous finish checking. The fingerboard is in perfect condition with no damage or wear what-so-ever. Back of the neck is also in great shape. Mystery pickup in place and operational. Most of the Ampegs from this era were apparently fitted with precision pickups etc but mine is all original down to the mute installed over the bridge.

    Comes with non-original hardcase custom made for this bass. Literally brand new.

    Selling for $5250 PayPalled & shipped to your door (anywhere in the world) with fully insured express service. If you are able to pickup in person then I will discount $250.-

    Price DROP - Now Selling for $4500 PayPalled & shipped to your door

    Thanks for looking. If you have any questions please let me know.





  2. lpcarter

    lpcarter Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    absolutely sick...wow!
  3. Earache


    Feb 3, 2012
  4. Tony Delgado

    Tony Delgado

    Aug 7, 2009
    Wonder what it sounds like.
  5. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2009
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Nov Shmoz Ka Pop?
    I wanna play salsa wit yo bass man!
  6. jbossolo


    Sep 22, 2011
    WOW!!! That thing is sick!!!!
    I just got me one of Bruce's AEB recreations.
    If I played fretless I'd be all over it!
  7. CultureSliver


    Sep 23, 2006
    Eugene, OR
    that is my DREAM BASS, all I can think is you sexy devil you. AND ITS FRETLESS TO [email protected]!!! I want it in a bad way, I'll get back to you after I sell my kidney lol.
  8. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    That is just ridiculously cool.
  9. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    I had an ampeg scroll bass I sold a long time ago... Bump for an awesome group of basses.
  10. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Ah, heart, be still! Yep, that's the real thing, in about as nice condition as you'll find. The only prettier ones around today are the ones I've restored. If I had the money, I'd snap it up for my own collection. But I don't. So I hope it finds a good home.

    Here's what my fretless Devil Bass #1060 sounds like: www.xstrange.com/ASUB-1.mp3
  11. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I believe thats whats refered to as a "Rare Bird" ,and a darn nice case to boot.
  12. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Beauty! I had a fretless AUB-1 for a couple years that I will always regret offing...
  13. MCK_BASS


    Jan 18, 2011
    Thank you very much for all your kind words and interest. Special thanks go to Bruce for his amazing post. He is a true gentleman.

    I am very sorry to have to let this gem of an instrument go. I know I will never find another one but life happens and it needs to go. If you have a serious interest but find the price to be a barrier please feel free to hit me with any reasonable offer. Not interested in any trades unless it involves gold or silver.

    Wishing you all a very good weekend. All the best!

    EDIT : Serial Number 1141
  14. MCK_BASS


    Jan 18, 2011
    Bump. Have a good weekend ahead. Thanks for looking.
  15. spufman

    spufman Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    Yowza, man-o-man!
  16. MCK_BASS


    Jan 18, 2011
    Price DROP - Now Selling for $4500 PayPalled & shipped to your door - Ready to go.
  17. MCK_BASS


    Jan 18, 2011
    Bump - Moving to a smaller flat sale... Bass will go into storage on 5/28 unless sold by then. If interested please approach me with your best offer. Thanks
  18. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Man, does this bass bring back memories!

    I found one in a PawnShop in Charlseton, SC in '77 for $199.00. Mine was Fretted, and played like a Truck! I ended up trading it for a Mosrite Ventures Model bass at Freedom Guitars in San Diego. Last I heard ('87) it was still hanging in there...

  19. Man that is KILLER.

    Too bad you're not interested in trades- I'm bass rich and cash poor right now!
  20. bajocallao

    bajocallao Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2006
    Woodside, New York
    Endorsing Artist: D'addario Strings, Aguilar Amplifiers