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John Kallas Appreciation/Owners club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sneha1965, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Supporting Member

    May 4, 2002
    New Mexico
    Last year John fixed the neck on my 62 Jazz. This neck hadn't moved or needed to be adjusted in 30 years until last year when the neck laid back and was too straight with no relief and no tension on the trussrod. John put it through a couple a heat treatments and it's back to perfect again. I am very grateful.
  2. Great stories so far. Makes me wonder how is it that no one thought of doing a thread like this for John before? Anyway better late than never!
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  3. nagarjuna


    Dec 10, 2006
    The Gunks, NY
    Subscribed, John is the best.
  4. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    That looks amazing!
  5. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    Thanks, Mark! John already had a lot of irons in the fire (he stays busy for good reason) when it arrived, so it took a while. It was worth the wait. :cool:

    I second Mastermold's notion. I've seen individual posts of John's work(s), but never an appreciation thread before this one. He deserves his due. :)
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  6. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
    Agreed. For those who don't know about JK hopefully will get turned on to the goodness.
  7. +1! Subbed to fuel the GAS
  8. Not an owner of a Kallas, would love to be someday (if he would just get rid of that pesky 25% upcharge for lefty!) but I'd like to chime in that in the cases where I've PM'ed John for advice on this or that he's always been quick to respond and very courteous!
  9. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
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  10. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
    Great! Thanks for sharing.
  11. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays...

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Add another preacher to the quality of John's work.

    I bought a CIJ '75 RI a couple of years ago. When I got it, I noticed that it looked like the black paint on the headstock had clouded the decal a bit (you can see the bottom of the F is a bit less cloudy). Also, because of the black on black, you couldn't read the "Jazz Bass" portion of the decal unless you looked really closely, at the right angle/light. John re shot the headstock with black and added a new logo, one that I think looks a million times better. He did a fantastic job!




    I'm also having him build me a Stingray body, to assemble with a nearly completely OEM collection of pre EB Stingray components I've been saving up for 20 years. It's been a long time coming, but once he's done, I have no doubt it will be worth it. I'll post pics once it's finished. In the meantime, here's a picture of the headstock:

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  12. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
  13. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Shouldn't have looked at this thread.;-)

    All great examples but those Jags are amazing!!
  14. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    its still not done:eek::D

    in the time that you hooked up that neck plate for me, ive gone through 2 dan ransom bodies, sold both and picked up an original 79 body off of ebay!:bag:
  15. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    If I had an irresistible urge to own another bass with a Jag-shaped body, I'd go for one of John's "Jazzmasters":


    The reverse blue burst finish on the three pickup Jag is cool, but the single coil precision type pickups don't float my boat.
  16. SwansonEricJohn

    SwansonEricJohn Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2010
    I'm a huge fan, too. Not to brown-nose (I'm visiting him tomorrow!), but I've had basses set up by a dozen people over the years and his setups are nothing less than perfect; the best I've ever had. His restoration work on my '75 Precision bass was flawless. He turned a "beater" of a bass into my dream bass. Next up - a custom-made '55 P Bass with the largest possible neck west of the Mississippi on it (I've been playing a lot of upright bass recently!)
  17. SwansonEricJohn

    SwansonEricJohn Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2010
    My 1975 P Bass before and after. The paint was falling off and the neck finish was flaking and sharp. Amber-tinted clear coat applied and the neck was sanded and re-sprayed. Some pickup issues fixed as well.

    Attached Files:

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  18. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    The full Lafawnda...cell phone pic.

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  19. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
  20. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    Over the top!

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