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SOLD FS/FT Nordy VJ-5 Classic + A Survival Story and a Great deal, Remember Carey's Bass?

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Montanamike, Mar 10, 2013.

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  1. Montanamike

    Montanamike Mike Atkinson Commercial User

    Dec 23, 2009
    Havre, Montana, USA
    Own a Music Store
    Then: Last winter I was in a bind, I had a bunch of Christmas shows to do and didn't have a 5 string. I called around a bit and ended up talking with Carey Nordstrand. I told him what I needed and he told me he didn't have anything and so I moved on.

    He called me back fairly soon and told me he would sell me his personal Jazz bass because he was really digging the P bass thing at that time. The color is a one off and Carey called it Mazda Blue. I guess he drives a Miata this color and he had it matched. The color is a one of a kind. It also has a very rare one piece birdseye neck and a “prototype” Nordy 2 band preamp.

    So here it is, Carey Nordstrand’s personal jazz bass. Now with a story. I bought it as new and the condition was flawless. The sound is full, articulate and it plays flawlessly. The fretwork is impeccable and the action is very low. I currently have a set of 70’s wind single coils installed in custom covers, built by Nordstrand. I also have a set of big singles for this bass. Both sound amazing, I prefer the little less aggressive tone provided by the Jazz Pups. I will sell with either set installed and if you want both, add $125.

    Last July "the Saga": So I sold the bass and it was headed out to its new owner in LA. Then I received the dreaded call when the bass arrived. The neck was damaged during shipping and it blew out the skunk stripe. See the pictures. The paint also cracked at the v of the neck joint, nonstructural.

    Well I got the bass back and got a quote for a new neck from Nordy for about 1200, non birdseye. I decided to give a repair a shot so it was refit, glued, clamped and the finish was filled in. It worked great. BTW I am a trained repair tech. It has been perfectly stable for 7 months and it plays great. The only noticeable difference is that the skunk stripe is now flat with the neck back not radiused. It feels like a ding. It doesn’t bug me and I’m anal.

    Here are the specs. This bass is $4,550 new.
    *Nordy VJ-5 Classic
    *Custom Mazda Blue Metallic Paint
    *34” Scale
    * 1.81 nut width
    * Bone Nut
    * 19mm string spacing
    * High-gloss finish on neck
    * One piece birdseye maple neck with skunk stripe 9”-14” compound radius
    * Vintage size frets
    * Hipshot vintage bridge
    * 2 pick guards, 1 pearl white, 1 Black w/ play wear
    * Nordstrand 2 band preamp. Frequency id selectable on the board
    * Vintage tone control
    * Currently set up VVT Bass/Treble
    * 70’s position
    * 9 lbs. 13 oz.
    * Dunlop strap buttons

    $1,200 OBRO shipped and insured in the ConUS. Add 125 for extra PUP. No case.
    Paypal is fine or a USPS money order.
    International is OK if the Buyer pays all additional fees, taxes, shipping, tariffs, etc.

    Trades: Hit me up, I’m a bit of a sucker. I can always entertain other ideas, ya never know.

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    Neck damage.

    Neck repair: The milky part of the crack is where the finish was damaged. It is flush with the neck also, the milky appearance didn't go away though.

    Neck Joiny v finish crack. Both sides
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  2. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Thomasville, GA
    put me in line
  3. Montanamike

    Montanamike Mike Atkinson Commercial User

    Dec 23, 2009
    Havre, Montana, USA
    Own a Music Store
    Sold pending payment
  4. Hans Gruber

    Hans Gruber

    Jun 18, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Dang it!
  5. Unreal.

    Why do I always find these threads next day?

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