SOLD FS: Roscoe SKB-3005

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Bassmanbob, Dec 1, 2012.

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  1. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    For sale is this near mint fretted Roscoe SKB-3005. I purchased it from another TBer in 2009. It was supposed to be a temporary bass until I had a custom bass made. I liked this bass so much that I ended up putting off the new build order for two years. This is an extremely versatile bass with many tone shaping abilities.

    This bass has been gigged about 50-70 times and about as many rehearsals. At home I primarily practiced on my fretless. It has been kept in air conditioning about 11 of 12 months a year and has never been rained on at a gig. I've had the action and neck adjusted by a professional/ nationally known guitar tech, and it's been a beautifully playing instrument. The only reasons it is not completely mint include: minimial fret wear[Edit 12/5/12: With a closer look, there is no fret wear. The frets look 'polished' where the strings touched the frets. There are no indentations on the frets from the strings], the smoothing of the back of the neck due to my left thumb, minimal surface oxidation at the body/neck screw heads and added Schaller strap locks. There are no scratches or dents.

    Here are the specs:
    Built: 2008 or 2009
    SKB-3005 Fretted # 5714
    35" scale
    Standard Roscoe string spacing
    Body wood: Swamp Ash
    Top: High grade Quilted maple; Amber stained
    Neck: Standard SKB Maple/Purple Heart/Maple
    Fretboard: Pau Ferro
    Pick ups: Nordstrand Dual Coil
    Pre-amp: Aguilar OBP-3 with a push pull midrange shift (Thanks for clearing that up, Jerry)
    Switches: Two (one for each PUP) Series/Parallel/Single Coil
    Weight: 8/6 lbs.
    Schaller strap locks included (black)
    Price: $2,200 (firm) Shipped CONUS included

    Eye candy:

    Thank you for looking!

  2. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    More pics:




    I predict that you will be more excited about this bass than Duke.

  3. Bipslapper

    Bipslapper Well Ahoy, Paloi Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Cape Cod, MA
    Bump to the beautiful Roscoe and Duke! I love this bass. Too bad I already have 3 Roscoes.....
  4. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    You know what's better than three Roscoes? Four Roscoes! :D
  5. Trades? If not enjoy a free bump
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification

    I can personally attest to the truth of this statement.
  7. Moooon


    Nov 15, 2011
    Oh cool
    and the bartolini pickups here?
  8. What a beautiful bass. Duke is pretty darn handsome as well. Reading down the specs, and seeing quilt...amber...pau ferro....I just knew I'd love gawking at the pics.

    Looks like the last knob is stacked, so I'm going to guess this has the OBP-3. Probably worth confirming for the ideal buyer. Simplest way - is the bottom knob a midrange boost/cut control, likely with push/pull for frequency?

    Good luck with the sale - the Nord/Aggie combo with ash is a really popular way of adding serious bark to the traditional Roscoe tone. I'd love to hear this one!
  9. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Mooon: It does not have Barts in it. The pickups are Nordstrand Dual Coils.

    Jerry: Thanks for the clarification on the preamp. It is the OBP-3. And yeah. "Serious bark" is a good way to put it. The first time I brought this to a gig, my guitarist said, "Wow. That's got more balls than a Christmas tree!"
  10. Moooon


    Nov 15, 2011
  11. JBFLA

    JBFLA Roscoe FANatic

    Apr 8, 2003
    Jupiter FLA
    It is, and I have heard it - pure Roscoe-ness!

    Hey Bob, Good Luck!
  12. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Beautiful Roscoe Bob! Very nice quilt top! Nice amber tint on the ash too!

    Good luck with the sale!
  13. Sywannab

    Sywannab Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Alameda, CA 94501
    do you consider trading Duke for a bass? :)
  14. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Um... no. But thanks for the bump.

    BTW: I received a request for clarification about the "fret wear" I mentioned in the original post. I looked at the bass again and took pictures for the person who made the request. There is no fret wear. If you pull the strings away, the frets look "polished" where the strings touched the frets. There are no indentations on the frets.
  15. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    It's Sunday: "Give us this day our daily Roscoe."
  16. Bardolphus

    Bardolphus Put some stank on it... Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Man, oh man that sure is purdy! Free bump :bassist:
  17. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Very beautiful. I'm guessing very versatile from the pups and switches.
  18. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Yes. It's very versatile. I get a great P bass on steroids, a nice round tone to sound more like a stand up, a cool J bass growl and obviously various modern tones.
  19. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    So those that know and have experience - what's the difference between the Bartolini 3 band preamp and the Aguilar 3 band preamp? I've always used Bartolini, but am I missing out on good used basses because I ignore ones with Aguilar preamps?
  20. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    The Aggie sounds good with the Nord DC P/u's. The Bart pre is a bit more compressed sounding while the Aggie is more aggressive sounding. Still, both good preamps and both have the push/pull mid switch. I've only owned one Roscoe with the Aggie 3-band and Nord DC's but as I remember it sounded real nice.

    Regardless though it shouldn't be a deal breaker Roscoe could build you up a Bart 3 band for less than the $200 and you could get ~$100 for the used Aggie 3 band. Simple transplant too.

    Beautiful Roscoe Bob! Had this one been available a few months ago I'd have snatched it right up!


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