SOLD Gecko Medium 5 with solid Rosewood neck / 1-piece Black Limba body

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by mikewalker, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    British Columbia
    Life is too short to wear clothes that don't fit, and for me the same philosophy now applies to bass guitars. I've recently decided to play MEDIUM SCALE basses exclusively, so that means I have eight very nice "non-32" basses that have suddenly become surplus to requirements.

    Here is the first: a super-woody five string bass (35 inch scale length) that I special ordered a couple of years ago because I had a fill-in gig requiring three songs with down-tuned 5-string.
    Total playing time is less than 2 hours, including the rehearsals! (I spent more time than that assembling it...)
    It is in nearly-mint condition (see the pics).
    It's a very nice sounding instrument, but I much prefer playing 4-string, and really have no interest in ever playing a five-string electric bass again. (even a medium scale!)

    The pickup is very bright, clear and articulate with the pull-pot up (What EMG calls the "jazz bass" mode) but push it down and you get this monsterously loud, fat and chimey wall of sound.
    There is plenty of room in the cavernous control cavity, but this came together two days before the gig and I just wired it as single volume control (EMG pull-pot).
    Finish is hand-rubbed oil/wax, which I cooked up myself from pure beeswax and food-grade mineral oil.

    Because I needed open D for one of the songs, it is currently down-tuned A-D-G-C-F with pretty heavy stainless roundwound strings (I forget what set exactly, but ball ends look like Rotosound colors).
    Gauges mic out to 50-60-80-95-130
    The low A is earth-shaking! :)

    The bass weighs 9.0 pounds, weighed by "digital bathroom scale" method.
    Bridge is Gotoh, string spacing is 18mm
    Machine heads are Gotoh Res-o-lite
    Pickup is EMG MM5 TW (Active dual-mode with pull-pot)
    The purple strat knob is all I had handy, (I had no black metal knobs to scavenge at the time!) but you can easily replace it with any standard knob that fits a standard split-shaft pot.
    Schaller strap locks are fitted.
    I didn't use a string ground, but the body is pre-routed for it, under the bridge.


    Model: Gecko Medium 5-String
    Orientation: Right handed
    Scale: 35"
    Wood: Black Korina
    Rout: Rear Rout
    Pickup Rout: Music Man 5 (Sweet Spot)
    Jack Rout: 1/2" (13mm) Side Jack Hole
    Neck Pocket: Standard Bass Pocket
    Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
    Contours: / Tummy Cut / Forearm Contour
    Additional Info: One Piece Extra Light Premium Black Korina

    Style: Gecko Medium 5-String
    Construction: Gecko Construction
    Orientation: Right Handed
    Neck Wood: Indian Rosewood
    Fingerboard Wood: Pau Ferro
    Nut Width: 1-7/8"
    Back Shape: Asymmetric
    Fret Size: SS6230 (Stainless Steel)
    Tuner Ream: GB7 (14mm)
    Radius: Straight 14"
    Scale: 35"
    Fret #: 24
    Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
    Pre-Cut Installed String Nut: Black Corian - Standard Nut
    Inlays: No Inlay
    Side Dots: White Lozenge Side Dots
    Stiffening Rods:Standard Steel Rods

    Deluxe padded heavy duty gig bag: front opening, 4 outside zipper pockets, detachable shoulder strap, side and front handles, backpack straps, hanging loop.
    Very nice matching adjustable soft cowhide strap with neophrene padding and suede liner, strap locks installed.
    I will also include two brand new five string sets, since I have no use for them!
    GHS Contact Core Super Steels, stainless 40-60-80-100-125
    Hartke Nx nickel light 45-65-85-105-125
    bonus: D'addario XL Bright roundwound .145 single

    Will ship anywhere in the world.
    Listed price is in US Dollars.
    Bass will be professionally packed.
    You pay only your actual shipping cost.
    If you have your own courier account, I can ship collect.
    If you want a shipping quote, please PM me or post your country/state/zipcode in this thread.

    Last edited: Aug 23, 2018
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  2. Acoop


    Feb 21, 2012
  3. That is a beautiful instrument.
  4. I want I want I want
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  5. G RICH 5

    G RICH 5 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    The finish looks darker in the pic with the bag. Which is a better description of the color?
  6. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    The "light" pictures are under bright LED studio lights ( to show maximum detail), the dark one is under muted fluorescents sort of in shadow. 'Real' daylight color is somewhere in between - on the lighter side IIRC... I have an outdoor stage shot of it somewhere, going to see if I can dig that up!
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  7. G RICH 5

    G RICH 5 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Cool, thanks
  8. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Okay, not hard to find, t'was the Canada Day party last year at SunPeaks ski resort...

    here you can see it in daylight (soundcheck in shade)

    and a couple of shots with sun shining on it...


    For visual reference: the sun on top of that mountain was seriously BRIGHT... :)
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  9. garytone


    Nov 26, 2011
    1.) Great looking instrument

    2.) Purple knob must stay - it's perfect

    3.) GLWS
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  10. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Purple knob aside....damn dude. Some Warmoths sound absolutely bitchin
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  11. Alivefor5

    Alivefor5 Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    Another vote for the purple knob.
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  12. G RICH 5

    G RICH 5 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Still saving my pennies
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  13. J Posega

    J Posega Cat Dad and Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Have you sorted out the CITES paperwork for this since it has a rosewood neck and you’re willing to ship it anywhere?
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  14. G RICH 5

    G RICH 5 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Excellent question
  15. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    In the event of an eventual 'out-of-Canada' sale, I have the CITES export application forms (and supporting documentation) all ready, but they cannot be filled out and filed until I know the actual buyer I will be sending it to. (CITES export form requires the receiver's name, address, phone number, and email... see the attached PDF)

    Attached Files:

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  16. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    PS: I guess I should add that all of my current 'rosewood' CITES items are already in processing with Environment Canada on file for pre-approval. So once I get a buyer's info, I just email it over to them and they mail me the cert right away. Incidentally, none of the other instruments I have listed in the classifieds here require CITES certs :)
  17. For goodness' sake would someone please buy this so I won't obsess about it anymore? bump.
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  18. Miracle


    Nov 8, 2018
    This is very much what I've been looking for in a bass, I think.
    Does the CITES licensing/paperwork cost anything?
    Shipping quote to 98270, Washington, USA?
    Thank you
  19. Al T.

    Al T. Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    Richmond, VA.
    PM sent.
  20. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Where are you in BC? Lovely looking bass.