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SOLD FS/FT: LeFay Midas 5 (Work of Art!)...$1550

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Zooberwerx, Mar 27, 2009.


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  1. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Just picked this up from our buddy, macboy, before he returned to the Phillipines. I have a near-fatal attraction for the unusual and this is no exception. Here's what I know (and don't know):

    Model: LeFay Midas 5, date of manufacture U/K.

    Scale / String Spacing: 35.5" (90 cm) / 19 mm and adjustable.

    Weight: ~10 lbs. I'll verify at work this week.

    Body: Alder

    Neck: Padouak with Warwick-esque profile.

    Fingerboard: Ebony...but not 100% sure.

    Frets: 22 with zero fret and stabilized wood string guide.

    Tuners / Bridge: Schaller (recessed) / ABM with adjustable spacing.

    Straplocks: Dunlops (3).

    Pickups: 3 LeFay single coils (cool configuration!).

    Controls: Volume, 6-way selector switch, stacked treble / bass boost only. Push / pull treble for passive / active.

    Finish: Hand /brush painted by artist Michael Staats, durable high-gloss topcoat.

    Case: Gig bag in OK condition.

    Overall cosmetic condition: 8.5-9 / 10

    MidasFront-1.

    MidasBack-1.

    MidasBodyFront-1.

    MidasBodyBack-1.

    There are some minor issues and I'm a firm believer in full disclosure, so...

    *Minor paint chip at the tippy-top which my wife (also an artist) has touched-up. There's also a small wear spot on the inner curve of the upper horn.

    *The fingerboard demos some very light yet uniform fret sprout. Could be the weather...who knows? Anyway, this can be addressed, if desired, with a light sanding or partial dressing.

    *The controls are recessed which makes it difficult to adjust the bass boost with also turning the treble boost. I might also add that the EQ is the most subtle yet useful one I've ever heard. No boom on the low end, no hiss on the high side.

    How's $1550 shipped sound? As always, I'm on the lookout for nice 5 bangers and will do cash +/- for the right deal. PM me if you have any questions.

    Riis
     
  2. Riis:

    If this thing doesn't sell soon, I'll be wanting to trade of the Lull for it. I'm always ont he lookout for the cool and unusual; that piant job just screams "ME"!

    Best of luck with the sale!



    dcr
     
  3. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    The small access cover just above the neck pickup is the business end of the truss rod. Next to composites, this has got to be the stiffest neck I've ever encountered. The truss rod adjustment is a rather industrial looking spoked wheel assembly ( a la Music Man). To be on the safe side, I recommend doing the ol' manual flex-the-neck trick while tightening.

    BTW, the LeFay is 100% wife-approved. Susan (Mrs. Zooberwerx) digs it as did the ladies present at last Sunday's rehearsal.

    Riis
     
  4. PSPookie

    PSPookie

    Aug 13, 2006
    Ocoee, TN
    Beautiful.

    Time for me to get out of the classifieds before I get into trouble :D
     
  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Hey, friend! Doesn't cost anything to look. Which reminds me...

    If you drink a lot of cough syrup and stare at the finish without blinking, phantom images begin to appear.....like my neighbor Dave's house in photo #2.

    Riis
     
  6. jordanm

    jordanm

    Feb 24, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Oh man, I can feel the GAS pains setting in already
     
  7. grooveguru

    grooveguru

    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Riis:

    I almost traded for this right before you got it! Small world!

    Grooveguru
     
  8. Rapisme

    Rapisme Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    RAPISME
    Always wanted one of those..
     
  9. That's a sick looking bass!!
     
  10. Any sound clips, or can you describe the tone?
     
  11. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    ummm
    I see Dave's house in pic 2 & 4 and haven't had any Tussin; think I better lie down
    Typical Brits; take something simple like a bass guitar (or amp) and make it wacked
    Very nice
     
  12. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    No sound clips and I'm terrible at describing tone. I'm also kinda foggy about what the 6 position switch is actually selecting and the push / pull treble pot. I gotta e-mail Reiner at LeFay about this. Let's just say its very full in the low end, a little mid-scoop, and very articulate in the upper mids and highs. I played a 4 hour gig thru an RBI / Crest / Acme rig and the thing rocked. The selector switch actually gives you 6 distinct but useful tones.

    Riis
     
  13. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    What do the Brits have to do with it? The bass is German-made.

    Riis
     
  14. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Hey...I'll consider all cash, trade, and trade + cash offers. Will even do a two-for-one for the right gear.

    Also looking for a nice 2 X 10 combo.

    Riis
     
  15. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Bump. Make an offer, for cryin' out loud! This is one bass your wife / girlfriend / significant other will actually approve of.

    Wife: "We'll hang it in the den, next to our wedding pics!"

    You: "Shove off b%#&$....I'm gigging it Saturday night!"

    Wife: Beats you senseless with a fireplace poker....or a whiffle ball bat.

    Thanks for looking.

    Riis
     
  16. Holy god, I just looked these up, and according to the Lefay site:

    Midas 5 € 4100

    That's currently $5406.67! :^|

    Why, oh why don't I play 5?
     
  17. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I think my price is a little better than that. The artwork alone is worth a buck two-eighty!

    Riis
     
  18. PSPookie

    PSPookie

    Aug 13, 2006
    Ocoee, TN
    <sigh> PM sent
     
  19. Peredur

    Peredur

    Jul 7, 2002
    Wales
    It's just as well that the $/£ rate is down the pan otherwise I could be in serious trouble.
     
  20. Bump for my buddy Riis!



    dcr
     

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