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FS: 80s Modulus BassStar - graphite neck, Fender-style headstock, P/J pickups, RARE!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by TimBosby, May 10, 2011.


  1. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    ****SOLD****

    Starting a new thread for this baby as the old one was getting cluttered.

    For sale is a mid-80s Modulus BassStar that I recently purchased. The bass is all black, right down to the hardware. The body has chips, dings, and mojo, but the neck is in excellent shape.

    I've read nothing but good things about these basses, but I'm not a huge fan of black basses or EMGs, so my plan was to:

    1) Have Pat Wilkins refinish it
    2) Replace the hardware with chrome
    3) Replace the pickups with Duncans as I'm not an EMG guy
    4) Add a pickguard
    5) Add a preamp

    When I began to add up the costs, I realized it would be at least an extra $500-$700 and that I probably shouldn't spend this much on a project bass. So I'm putting it back up for sale as I have other things I would like to buy instead.

    Features:

    -"Thousand Ladies Dancing" patterned neck - no truss rod. Nut appears to be graphite and is 1 5/8". Has the coveted Fender-style "lawsuit" headstock
    -Weight: 9 lbs 8oz
    -Black tuners by "Stars Guitars" (tuners appear to be the same as Schaller model M4S as near as I can figure)
    -Ebony fretboard (I was told ebony but it could be phenolic/composite) w/ abalone dot inlays and brass side dots
    -Black Stars Guitars bridge w/ Fender-style 5-hole pattern
    -EMG P/J active pickups powered by a 9V battery but no preamp. Older EMGs like these are supposedly a little warmer than modern ones.
    -Black industrial style Raytheon knobs
    -TKL gigbag

    There is no truss rod, and the neck has a pre-set relief curve, so ultra-low action will not be possible without a fret and/or fingerboard level. Previous owners described the action as "medium-low." Since I like super-low action, others' "medium-low" would probably equate to my "medium." Although, after some rough measurements, it's only a millimeter or two higher than my Fender Jazz, which I can play comfortably for hours. If you wish to lower it a hair, I would recommend a neck shim, lighter strings, or both.

    This is a pretty rare bass, particularly the P/J configuration. Modulus Jazzes, Quantums, Fleas/Funk Unlimiteds are fairly common, and fairly expensive (usually $1500-$2200 in the used market and $2200-$4000 new.) There is another 80s BassStar on Craigslist for $1200. I am losing money here but I need to get rid of this baby quickly so I can buy some other stuff.

    I will take $725 shipped lower 48 USA. Will CONSIDER shipping to Hawaii, Alaska, or other countries but you will pay actual shipping.

    Trade bait:

    -All-birdseye (fretboard and neck) Peavey Millennium (prefer 4 string) or similar ridiculously-figured birdseye maple neck+fingerboard bass
    -Status fretted graphite neck (must fit a Fender neck pocket)
    -Villex P/J pickups - prefer P with stacked J humbucker (would consider JJ stacked humbucker set)
    -Badass III string-through-body bridge

    The bass is at Pat Wilkins's shop in Van Nuys, CA, right now and he is out of town until May 19. The bass will not be available to be shipped until May 19 or 20. Or, if you want to have it re-finished, it's already with the best in the business, and I'm sure Pat would accommodate you.

    I prefer E-MAIL but you may PM me if that is how you wish to get in touch.

    Photos that the last seller took:

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  2. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Some more pics in the light of day (again, from the previous seller):

    Some nice mojo but nothing awful:

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    These are not scratches on the neck - just the light playing off the strands of carbon:

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    Tuners to me look exactly like the Schaller M4S model in case you wanted to replace them with a different color.

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    Horn mojo:

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    Brass side dots:

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    Old-school EMG P/J pickups:

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    More pics:

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  3. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Thursday bump.

    Updated trade list:

    -All-birdseye (fretboard and neck) Peavey Millennium (prefer 4 string) or similar ridiculously-figured birdseye maple neck+fingerboard bass
    -Status fretted graphite neck (must fit a Fender neck pocket)
    -Villex P/J pickups - prefer P with stacked J humbucker (would consider JJ stacked humbucker set)
    -Badass III string-through-body bridge
     
  4. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Sold.
     

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