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Just picked up my first upright.

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by dmeador11, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. I just found this bass on Craigslist and had to drive 2 hours to go get it.
    She is a '56-'57 American Standard. The guy I bought it from acquired it in a package deal with a bunch of vintage guitars and he really didn't know much about it. He is only into guitars so I Picked it up for $800.

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  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    It's been refinished but you still got a great deal on it.
  3. Wow, congrats! Great deal! I just my 1957 American Standard through a trade plus cash.
  4. It really Thumps but I am going to get some new strings and a bridge adjustment tomorrow.
    I cant wait to play some Bluegrass with my nephews which have been learning Fiddle (8 years old) and Banjo (10 years old) .
    The 10 year has a new Cello that I would like to teach him to play like an upright bass.
    We could do a dueling basses kind of thing.

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  5. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High.

    Apr 1, 2010
    Sunny South Florida
    Hahaha. I just picked the brother(#2644) to yours last Tuesday for $700. I was told it had a replacement neck which didn't seem right, as the varnish and patina matched. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1400968627.321086.jpg
    I googled the name on the bridge, never heard of it before and found out through Upton's Directory it was a local retired classical/jazz player/luthier. Thursday after work I met him and he trimmed down the bridge and set everything up really nicely for $45 and looked at the neck. Told me that whoever repaired a very slight crack along the G side (couldn't even tell) did a REALLY NICE job (wink) and that the upgraded ebony fingerboard was equally as nice (wink wink). SCORE!!
  6. You guys both got great deals. I have a nice (but refinished) '51 American Standard. It cost more but it's great for bluegrass.
  7. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    Founder - Discover Double Bass
    Congratulations, they both look like great instruments! It's good to know theres still a few bargains out there :)
  8. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High.

    Apr 1, 2010
    Sunny South Florida
    Now I'm going to make you guys SICK.

    I walked in to Sam Ash today looking for a pickup for the 1956 American Standard upright I just bought ( LAST TUESDAY) and couldn't find one, while the guy was checking inventory and availability, I see this.....
    ImageUploadedByTalkBass1401046820.269833.jpg ImageUploadedByTalkBass1401046837.668005.jpg ImageUploadedByTalkBass1401046857.335384.jpg ImageUploadedByTalkBass1401046883.168395.jpg .... This one is a....1956 Kay M-1 in absolutely MINT CONDITION with a pristine fingerboard and neck and scroll. The bridge is missing and it has a really old set of gut strings with the G string missing. It's like this thing was sitting somewhere for a long time untouched. No chips nothing but a little rough edge. OMG. I put a $150 deposit on it as it wasn't even in the the system because of the mandatory 30 day police hold. $999. God is good. SO GOOD!

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