SOLD Ken Lawrence Chamberbrase Fretless 5 - Reduced Again!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Jeff in TX, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. Price:
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    I am thinning the herd as I am traveling a ton for work and not playing currently. Unfortunately, one of these two basses must go. If I don’t have the time to play them, then someone else should own one.

    I am a huge fan of Ken’s basses. Excellent craftsmanship, easy to play and sound fantastic. His Chamberbrase fretless basses have a wide variety of tonal options and an incredible “woody” tone with great sustain.

    The traditional cut with the Chechen top - I ordered this new late last year. It has never left my house. It’s in excellent condition.

    The single cut with the Brazilian Rosewood top w/ Spalted Sapwood top - I have had this bass for about 10 years. I’ve gigged with it but have kept it in very good shape. It’s my favorite fretless.

    If you’re a KL fan, you know the wait time and the cost for one of his instruments.

    My price: 6100 for either one plus shipping. No trades at this time.

    Here are the specs:

    Traditional cut with Chechen Top
    34" Scale
    Figured Chechen top/headcap
    Chambered Mahogany body
    Ebony Fingerboard with partial lines
    Three piece bolt on Eastern Maple neck w/new “integral" two-way truss rod
    Ebony/RMC Piezo bridge *New design bridge that couples to body
    Ebony Fingerboard, PU cover, Bridge, Tailpiece, Rear Cover Plate, Truss rod cover
    Nordstrand Split J magnetic
    Glockenklang 3-band pre-amp w/Bartolini Buffer for Piezos
    Oil and wax finish
    Single Cut with Walnut Top
    Modeled after Ken's personal fretless bass with his recommended improvements.

    Figured Walnut chambered body / Brazilian Rosewood top w/ Spalted Sapwood
    34" Scale
    Neck Thru Eastern Maple neck / African Pink Ivory fingerboard
    African Pink Ivory Bridge w/RMC Piezo saddles
    African Pink Ivory Tailpiece
    Brazilian Rosewood rear cover plate
    Custom Seymour Duncan magnetic pickup in Pink Ivory cover
    Custom Basslines 3-band pre-amp w/Bartolini Piezo buffer
    White Mother of Pearl/Blue Fibre-Optic side position markers
    Wenge/Chechen neck "heel plates"
    Hipshot Ultralight tuners
    Dunlop Straplocks
    "Vintage" bone nut
    Gloss Polyester finish
    Ken Lawrence Fretless.jpg
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2019
  2. Daniel Lenard

    Daniel Lenard Inactive

    Mar 19, 2019
    Nice price
  3. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    Killer basses I am a brace owner...
  4. Daniel Lenard

    Daniel Lenard Inactive

    Mar 19, 2019
    Chechen - Do you find the mini lines helpful with intonation ?
  5. The lines are very helpful! I don't get to play as often as I'd like so having the partial lines is great for playing in tune.
  6. Kevin Guin

    Kevin Guin

    Apr 5, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    Where does the rear strap pin attach?

    I tried for a few minutes to find photos on the net!
  7. Does this help?

  8. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Unreal....I imagine these to be two of the best fretless basses ever made. Ken is a master.
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  9. Ken really does make incredible instruments. I'm honored to have a few.
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  10. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    How isn’t one of these fine instruments not gone??? I don’t think people know how great these are. Or should I say spectacular!!! Ken Lawrence is one of the industry’s finest builders. Jeff is also great to deal with. One of these need a good home!
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  11. Thanks, Man!! I haven't been pushing them hard as I'm still conflicted on selling! lol! But I'm just not playing enough and they sure deserve to be heard.
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  12. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Central Virginia
    Wow, both are beautiful but the one on the left is exceptional!
  13. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    Contributor- Bass Musician Magazine
    Good lord man. These are exquisite, and Ken is the best of the best. GLWTS!
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  14. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    Nice basses. Looks like the 4th string on the right bass popped out of its saddle.
  15. Good eye! Lol
  16. GHOST AT

    GHOST AT Supporting Member

    May 24, 2011
    Love both of these basses especially the Chamberbrase! I used to own a ChamberbraseII with a Brazilian top similar to yours. How long are the KL build times now three years?
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  17. That's the last quote I heard. I was lucky enough to find one he had in process.
  18. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    Too dangerous. I gotta get out before I get in trouble...
  19. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays...

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I've seen and handled Ken Lawrence basses a couple of times, IRL... The quality of workmanship and tone was astonishing.
  20. Chung Man Lim

    Chung Man Lim

    Sep 7, 2019
    OMG.. so nice