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Killer Garage Sale Score

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brian Wright, Mar 23, 2019.

  1. Brian Wright

    Brian Wright "Oh, it looks good on you though!"

    May 7, 2015
    I drive by a garage sale and two bass shaped objects catch my eye. Might as well stop! I figure it will be the usual. Some forgotten, back bowed wretch from the attic. As I got closer I saw a Traben
    with a gaudy chrome sun gracing the front. I look just beyond that and almost dropped my coffee. A super clean Fender Jazz Bass Special!! I’ve wanted one of these for a long time. $375 and I think I got a helluva deal. Plays like a dream!
    I was very surprised to see a plain neck. I thought these had a glossy black neck. Nonetheless, I am thrilled. With the exception of the strap buttons it appears to be 100% original.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019
  2. Erich Bruning

    Erich Bruning

    Nov 25, 2003
    Nice score. I love my Jazz Bass Special. The Fender Japan series basses are some of my favorites.
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  3. NG51

    NG51 Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Nice! I had the p version. Great bass!
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  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Congrats on a nice score.
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  5. That looks like a great deal to me! Good one!
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  6. Awesome. Lately I've been scouring used stuff trying to snatch cool finds like this.

    I like your bathroom btw. I bet the acoustics are killer. ;)
  7. Brian Wright

    Brian Wright "Oh, it looks good on you though!"

    May 7, 2015
    Yes and the lighting is good!
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  8. Sweet score!

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  9. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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  10. My best friend has a couple of those including that same color.
    When I ran sound for him I was always happy when he played it because it had the magic tone. Every aspect of it's sound was perfect for FOH reproduction, and he loved it through the amp, too. His black one was great, too, but the silver with light green tinge was special.

    He would gladly pay more than you did for another.
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  11. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    You left the Traben behind?!?!?
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  12. Brian Wright

    Brian Wright "Oh, it looks good on you though!"

    May 7, 2015
    The pearl white was always the one I wanted but the silver with light green tinge (perfect description) is growing on me by the second. It looked very green to me when I first saw it, now it looks more silver and I barely see the green. I’m still getting the pickup height where I want it but it does have a great tone regardless. Next I’m trying to decide what kind of strings to use.
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  13. Brian Wright

    Brian Wright "Oh, it looks good on you though!"

    May 7, 2015
    Yes, it was one of these. Not my cup of tea.
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  14. Both are nice basses...trabens are very good for the money..... but a japan special pj is great and versatile enough to be a main bass for a full time professional career. Amazing deal.
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  15. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I have never seen a Traben in the wild. I kind of like that Eagle body shape, but I’ve never exactly understood the appeal of those “extreme” bridge designs.

    Nice score on the Fender.
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  16. Brian Wright

    Brian Wright "Oh, it looks good on you though!"

    May 7, 2015
    I don't know anything about Traben myself. It's not a bad shape by any means but I don't like that headstock at all. I am very particular that way. That silver stuff on the front is also a turn off for me. I am just very traditional. My first bass was a 68 Precision that was with me for 20 years. When I look at a bass I seem to compare them all to that one in some way or another. The most exotic I ever owned was a Travis Bean. Heavy as all get out but worth 10 times more than I payed for it back in the early 90s. I wish I had hung on to that one.
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  17. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Have that exact model and colormwith the plain neck, circa 1987. Green tint grew over the years. Plays like buttah!
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  18. ultra60

    ultra60 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    Herndon/Chantilly Va.
    I have a black one, E8 S/N, with the plain neck. I think they are fairly common.
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  19. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Sweet looking bass!!!!

    I have to ask though..... Of all the places in your house you could have taken the pics..... in front of the tub??? :wideyed:

    Whatsat all about? :wacky:
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  20. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    SO jealous!
    (and killer avatar)
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