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FS: Kawai KRB. Flamed koa body, carbon-fiber neck, and case. GORGEOUS

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by LanEvo, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    This one breaks my heart to sell. It's a Kawai KRB-105 bass. Made in Japan. It's got an absolutely stunning flamed koa body. Not just a flamed koa top...but solid block of flamed koa. Carbon fiber neck with a subtle (but visible) weave.

    This is the one I jokingly call my "poor-man's Fodera Monarch." The electronics have been swapped out for EMG P-J pickups and 2-band EQ. Strings are Fodera Vic Wooten sig nickel-rounds. Super low action and very responsive. The sound is deep and round. Very even, balanced tone.



    Schaller bridge, tuners, and strap-locks:



    Phenomenal grain in the body:



    Visible carbon weave in the neck:


    Comes with Tolex case. The case is designed for a Pedulla Raptor, but the Kawai fits perfectly.

    Asking $575 shipped anywhere in continental USA. This is on the higher side for a Kawai bass, but this one is worth it. You'll never see koa with flame like this. The neck is a dream. The playability and tone are nonpareil. And the upgraded EMG electronics and case sweeten the deal.
  2. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    The bass does have some wear. The neck is perfect, but there's some playing wear on the body. I'm going to post close-ups of all the little dents and dings.








    Light buckle rash...


    This is the worst of the damage. A small gouge on the back...


    Worn clearcoat around edge of headstock and some superficial scratches on the face...


    Just trying to give you a clear picture. It looks mint from arms length, but there's some wear up close. Nothing that affects functionality.
  3. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    These are drastically underrated basses. I had one with EMGs as well and it was one of the finest sounding and playing instruments I've ever had. Man, do I wish I could pull the trigger. That koa is insane.
  4. Beautiful bass bump.
  5. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Very cool.
  6. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    This thing is super, super cool.
  7. PMed.
  8. Clearwave


    Sep 29, 2011
    The Future
    A sleeper bass for sure.
  9. bassman28

    bassman28 Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    North Carolina
  10. Hidesert


    Oct 7, 2011
    Santa Fe
    Sent a few non-motorsports questions about your bass guitar.
  11. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Look at that body! I never thought I'd be taking about something with out two legs like that
  12. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    ^^^ lolz. It's true.

    I'll post pics of the case when I get home from work later tonight.
  13. Would you happen to have any sound clips? I must say, sir, that you have given me some very serious GAS.
  14. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    Sale pending.
  15. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS

    Congrats to whomever pulled the trigger. Nice photo by the way ! All those little dings and dents make NO difference to me. It's MOJO and tells a story ; It's what gives a used bass it's soul. The "kids today" (Gosh I'm only 44 but I sound like an old man) want all their gear to be perfect so they can sit in their room and never let the bass or amp see a stage. They are missing the whole point !! :bassist:
  16. bassman28

    bassman28 Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    North Carolina
    All my others were good but I have to ask.Is the neck straight,any bow?Thankyoi
  17. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    Straight as a laser.
  18. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
    is this sold?'
  19. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    I've had tons of interest, but I'm pulling this off the market for now.
    There seems to be a problem with the wiring: the battery drains too quickly.

    I'm not comfortable selling an instrument that isn't 100% functional.
    I'm taking it to a luthier to get it sorted before selling.
    Thanks for your time and interest.
  20. ksukev

    ksukev Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2004
    Are you in Manhattan, NY or Manhattan, KS? I loaned my KRB to a guy named Dwayne in Manhattan,KS over 20 years ago and both he and the bass disappeared. I had just done an EMG swap before he swiped it. How did you come across yours if I might ask? Not accusing you of ANYTHING, mind you, just looks very familiar.

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