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Is this headstock a "Blem"? (P bass)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Playbyear, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Might be a blem that has been laqoured-over.
    Or not.
    Can't tell without seeing the instrument 'in person'.
  2. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    Not a blemish but you can't un-see it now either.
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  3. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Yeah it totally depends on who's looking at it. Some folks like unique grain patterns. Could always consider it another easy way to identify it's yours in case of theft!
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  4. Playbyear


    Nov 20, 2019
    My concern is if it negatively affects the value.
  5. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    ummm, no
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  6. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    It does not.
  7. What is the price? In this case that's what it comes down to with this imperfection. It does stand out.
  8. AboutSweetSue


    Sep 29, 2018
    Lebanon, TN
    Nature needs to get their act together.

    Edit: So does Gibson.
  9. EarnestTBass


    Feb 3, 2015
    Visual attraction and visual repulsion both fade with the dimming lights. In this regard "beauty" is fleeting and the eye of the beholder can be misleading.

    However, your hands will feel, and your ears will always hear, both day and night.

    If she feels good, and sounds good, she's a keeper.
  10. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    It a very unique and more special look. If your plan is to talk him down in price, you really should be offering him more than he's asking as you would, otherwise, be trying to cheating him out a a very special bass, otherwise. :thumbsup:
  11. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    No. Some may not find it attractive and choose another but it's not a defect.
  12. burgerdj


    Dec 4, 2006
    Would love to have companion photos of this - great info!
  13. Playbyear


    Nov 20, 2019
    Slight turn-off for me, but not a major issue. It's priced a little high for not having a hard case.
  14. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Burl or Spalt is natural "Blem", and it costs a lot more. Kinda like relicing. If you buy this, what you have is a piece of wood that is slightly naturally "blemmed", but not enough where they're going to charge you extra. It's a bargain, albeit a small one.
  15. DanBass

    DanBass Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2003
    Gainesville, FL
    It's nature. Mamma Nature's thumb print. She's a wacky lady.
  16. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    Only on TB would someone consider that a blemish.
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  17. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    My thoughts exactly. Is this really what TB is doing to people?
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  18. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    I assume that is a rhetorical question.
  19. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Here's my 2K Fender Elite J bass. The headstock is something I really love and it is what makes it "mine". If that headstock is something you don't like, do not buy it. Contrary to popular belief, and despite the money you see spent on things here, most folks here aren't rich. 800.00 is a lot for anyone to spend. It's completely up to you to decide whether you feel the instrument justifies the money you spent.

    Last edited: Jan 15, 2020
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  20. Playbyear


    Nov 20, 2019
    Yes, it's making me consider spending $800 or more on a used P bass. I need to have my head examined!
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