Monk Montgomery's Fender Bass F/S on ebay, OMG

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kirk Bryant, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    It should be in the smithsonian
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  2. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    It's not going sound any better than a real-world priced p-bass. Geeze.
  3. It's a jazz
  4. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA

  5. makaspar

    makaspar Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Ha! It's all scratched up, too.
  6. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    I stick by my original statement.




  7. Damn now I'm curious. His 50's P looks like my 57 S/Coil tabaco/burst.
  8. the bass on EB is 8-9 K I'm thinking some authentification is in order !!?? Johnk where are you????
  9. I get that he was know for playing a P bass but, the bass in question is a jazz touted as being his :)
  10. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    So the seller wants $51grand for a CBS-era Jazz bass owned by a person 99.99999% of people never heard of? Jesus, where would his pricing be if he had a more collectible instrument owned by someone people could recognize?
  11. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    I'd buy it, if i had the money....
  12. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    Actually the Montgomery Brothers, Monk (bass), Buddy (vibes) and Wes (guitar) are well known in Jazz circles. Monk was one of the first bassists to introduce the electric bass to Jazz when most Jazz bassists of that era were using the double bass exclusively.
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  13. Hobobob74


    May 21, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    A legend, no doubt.
  14. If it's the bass from Bass Odyssey and Reality, then I'd sure like to have it.

    Two criminally underrated...heck, almost entirely unknown albums.
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  15. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA

    People who are deep into jazz may be familiar with Monk Montgomery, but that doesn't count for much. If this were the first Precision that Fender gave Montgomery, then maybe.... maaaaaaaaaaaayyyyybe this bass would be worth somewhere near that kind of dough. But it would have to be the right person on the right day.

    This bass, the one on ebay now.... it's just a CBS Jazz that an obscure player used to own. That bass on it's own is worth around $6grand. Everything after that is based on the name identification of Monk Montgomery. That might throw an extra grand or two on top of the six it's worth, but not more.
  16. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I understand that this kind of item is priced so high because of the potential demand for a bass owned by a famous bassist, but personally I don't see the appeal. I'd pay top dollar for a particularly good bass, but not for something that's expensive just because someone famous (or not so famous) owned it. But that's just me.
  17. He was a heck of a detective despite his extreme OCD issues.

  18. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Those familiar with the general history of electric instruments know exactly who Monk Montgomery is. He took a gamble back when it was truly a gamble, at least image-wise. Not only that, he was a featured player in one of the top-drawing big bands of the day, Lionel Hampton, among many credited with laying the foundation of what became R&B and rock&roll. His contribution is significant and the pedigree is 100% legit, whether you're a fan or not.

    There is much that is dubious about this auction—firstly and foremostly the ridiculous price tag on an instrument that wasn't even THE instrument. You can count your way back from there.

    The market will decide, for sure. But all it takes is one fool and his money.

    Personally, I wouldn't pay that kind of money for any musical instrument, regardless of its provenance.
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