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FS: Rollins Band bass: '91 Warwick Thumb Bass- played on Rollins Band "Weight"

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Melvin Gibbs, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Melvin Gibbs

    Melvin Gibbs

    Nov 9, 2012
    In honor of Henry announcing that the Rollins Band won't be reforming:
    I'm selling the Warwick Thumb Bass I played on the Rollins Band "Weight" album, and on various Rollins Band tour dates.

    Price: $2500

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    Click on the link below to see a full set of pics of the bass :

    This bass has traveled all over the world touring, and is no longer in "mint" cosmetic condition. There are a couple of cosmetic issues on the front of the body of the bass (which you can see in the pics). The tuning peg for the "G" string is no longer firmly attached to the headstock, and there is about 1/2 inch of damage to the headstock in the area of that tuning peg. The bass can still be tuned properly though, and I've done both gigs and recording sessions with this instrument "as is".
    I decided not to get the instrument refurbished before I sold it so that whoever bought it could refurbish it to their own standard (or not). The frets are actually in decent condition, as are the bridges (top and bottom). and the electronics are fine.

    On the other hand, this bass SOUNDS GREAT! The wood has had 21 years to age, so the tone is mature. And, the MEC pick-ups have stood the test of time. It deserves a good home with someone who appreciates it, so I'm offering it here to the peeps on the Talkbass Forum first.

    $2500- Limited Time Offer
    '91 Warwick Thumb Bass- Neck Through- MEC Pick-ups
    This bass is one of the instruments heard on Rollins Band's "Weight".
  2. BobaFret


    Jan 22, 2008
    I don't have the need for this fine instrument but I just wanted to say that I dig your playing. Come in and Burn was really nice and something I still go back to after all these years.

  3. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    Great Album....loved it.
  4. Great bass record. And a beautiful bass. I wish I had the dough

    TALL&STOUT Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    San Diego
    Bump for an awesome bass player and bass! I saw Melvin play this bass in San Diego back in 1994 I believe.... so rad... NO SHOES!
  6. willyrep


    Mar 4, 2008
    New Orleans
    Bump! Awesome bass and great artist!
  7. Hotblack

    Hotblack Pay the cost to be the boss. Supporting Member

    May 20, 2002
    Provided content for Genzler Amplification
    Bump for one of my favorite bassists of all time.
  8. Melvin Gibbs

    Melvin Gibbs

    Nov 9, 2012
    Thanks for all the kind words. Here a (fairly) recent vid of me playing the bass live:

    You can hear how it cuts through the clutter.
  9. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    bad ass
  10. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Big fan of your playing Melvin. "On My Way To The Cage" is one of my favorite bass lines.
    Good luck with the sale!
  11. T Bassman

    T Bassman Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Wow! Somebody will be buying a killer sounding piece of music history here!
    Love your work Melvin! Your workshops at Calgary Folkfest this summer were outta' sight man! Good luck with your sale, wish I had the extra scratch!!
  12. phaneo


    Mar 14, 2001
    Fort Worth TX
    Don't have the cash but it would be an honor to own it! Melvin, I too saw you in the 90's in Dallas and oddly enough just pulled out Weight and End of Silence this week for a listen. Such an amazing player and the bass is always driving the tunes. Keep it up!
  13. Melvin Gibbs

    Melvin Gibbs

    Nov 9, 2012
    Thanks for all the PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)!
    Today's is the last day this bass will be a TalkBass "exclusive".
  14. Hotblack

    Hotblack Pay the cost to be the boss. Supporting Member

    May 20, 2002
    Provided content for Genzler Amplification
    Free bump.

    Please don't disappear after this bass is sold. I, and I'm sure plenty of other bass players, would love to get some of the benefit of your many years of experience. You were the guy that inspired me to get a 5-string.
  15. rulyongo


    May 5, 2011
    Carolina, PR
    Bump for a great bass!!! Wish I had the $$$!!!
  16. TheKingOfPants


    Dec 11, 2011
    Bump for Weighting. I've listened to that disc at least 400 times in the last 5 years.
  17. ialma

    ialma Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    South Italy
    I came to listen to you playing with Arto Lindsay in Bari long long time ago.
    And of course Rollins albums are amazing.
    Free bump for a great band, a great bass and a greater bass player.
    Yeah, don't disappear please, lots of people would appriciate your experience
  18. Markmarxon


    Feb 25, 2010
    I bought this bass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pics when it arrives!

    Thanks Melvin... I'ma gonna love her goood ;)

  19. Phantasm

    Phantasm I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.

    Sep 16, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    I had always thought it was a Tobias on that album. I guess I was wrong. Great tones, great tunes. I listened to that one a lot. Tunes like Disconnect made me want to play bass. It was so present and an interesting spin on rock bass.
  20. I know it wasn't a big release, but I always loved the Eye and I record.