SOLD FT Feeler...1988 Modulus TBX Prototype 5 String

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by adam clinton, Oct 17, 2011.

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  1. This is a pretty light FT feeler...this bass KILLS but I would prefer a 4 string. I kind of knew when I bought it I may want a 4 again, but couldn't find a 4 string so picked this up...

    Per the previous owner "1988 Modulus Quantum 5 TBX prototype. Quantum 5 neck thru-body, with poplar wood body halves. The poplar is unusually colored. The pickups are custom Bartolini’s. The bridge was made by Stars Guitars, tuners are length is 35”from Modulus who described It was built by Modulus in late 80's in San Francisco"

    I will get some new pics this week (these are from when I bought)...but these give you the idea. Very clean bass for 20+ years old. Plays and sounds amazing so not much else to say.

    Trade wise a 4 string TBX would be fantastic! I am a realist though so throw anything my way. In general I like older and more obscure basses (80's in particular) and am more into traditional/passive tones (although I don't mind active if like the Modulus which has a fairly tame circuit).

    PM w/ any questions...not sure how long I will keep this up but always like to test the GAS with fellow TB'ers

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  3. GlassOnion

    GlassOnion 1.21 Gigawatts

    Apr 4, 2011
    Tempe Arizona
    I do not know what to think.
    I am in love.
    /bump for your sweetness
  4. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    This thing is like the sun. I know I shouldn't stare directly at it but I have a hard time turning away! Any interest in a modulus flea 4?
  5. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Also, any more pics? This thing genuinely has my interest because I've never seen one before.
  6. Yep will try and get some more pics today if I can....

    Will probably pass for now on the Flea 4, but thanks for offer!

  7. GlassOnion

    GlassOnion 1.21 Gigawatts

    Apr 4, 2011
    Tempe Arizona
    May I ask what perks your interest in trade?
  8. 4 strings and preferably a bit older...some things that may "perk" interest...

    - Modulus TBX 4 string
    - Spector or Ken Smith (mid or early 80's)
    - Carl Thompson (70's or 80's)
    - F-Bass (older one)
    - Any other more obscure type of bass (Citron, Leduc, etc)

    For the right deal I have no problem adding cash

    Thanks Adam

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  12. Is it set up passive? Also, is it the usual Modulus 17mm string spacing?
  13. mr. zero

    mr. zero

    Sep 21, 2001
    Lansdale, PA
    Crazy thought, but with that really tight string spacing (16 mm?), could you just replace the bridge, get a custom nut, and convert it to a four string? That's all Modulus did when they came out with the 5 Wide models, use a 6 string neck.
  14. turbine

    turbine Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2007
  15. String spacing is tight would have to measure to be exact 16mm or 17mm I assume.

    It is active electronics, not sure of the pre-amp but could check. The 3 switches turn the P/U's on or off and it is master volume + a stacked active bass/treble.

    Thanks Adam

  16. Hmm..that is interesting thought!!

    I probably almost could, but so nice as is hate to do it.

  17. Few potential deals I am is some detail also directly from Geoff Gould on this bass...

    "It is the original Quantum bass. After developing the Quantum 5 SP bolt-on bass, the thru-body became the Q5TB. The bass I play is from the same mold. The wood is a unique piece of colored poplar, cut into quadrants (if it’s the bass I think it is.) The pickups are probably Bartolini (do they say bp on them?) with the bridge pickup being a humbucker, the middle a split-coil, and the neck p/u a single-coil with hum canceller. There is a simple preamp (usually was a Bartolini TC1)."
  18. PM sents
  19. bump..
  20. sharkwagon


    Aug 13, 2009
    Dallas TX
    This would be a great candidate for an EADGC 5, someone who likes a narrow neck should snatch this up.

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