Motown Bassist James Jamerson's German Upright Bass.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Treena Foster, Mar 31, 2004.

  1. Don't_Fret

    Don't_Fret Justin Schornstein

    Dec 10, 2003
    East Coast, US
    That's terrible....yet extremely tempting. Why is it selling for so little?
  2. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Somethings are just not right and that is one of them.

    Maybe someone could get in contact with someone like Stevie Wonder or Smokey Robinson to buy the instrument and then donate it to Hitsville are the Rock Hall of Fame? Or at the very least, have it in safekeeping.
  3. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    That is very disconcerting.

    Yet I am not going to castigate his son, as I have no idea
    what his personal circumstances are. There are times in life
    that those things have to go, medical issues, money issues, etc. Who is to say what's right?

    But I agree with DaveH, if I had the bucks I would buy it
    and preserve it.
  4. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Treena, this post might do a bit better in the Double Bass section.
    By the looks of the Back the Bass, it looks to be a 'Roth' Labeled model Bass. I have seen that Crown on another Roth before. The condition of the Bass looks too good to be a carved Bass and the Top Grain seems to indicate that the Bass is Plywood. Still all in all, a 50+ year old German Plywood Bass will make many players happy. The Purfling design in the Back around the Crown is on many of the Post war German production Basses.
  5. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    this is horrible.

    i have a Fender that Willie Weeks played on and autographed for me - i don't care if i was living in my car, living on the corner or even worse - had to move in with my mother in law :eek: - i would never sell it!!! (although Thor tried to get me drunk and steal it last week) :D ;)

    how sad, but then again, who am i to judge :meh:

  6. Ken, you are spot on, on all accounts.

    Maybe if I am nice a mod will move this to the URB forum for us. I really do not wish to cross post on the board.

  7. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I am totally and completely horrified.
  8. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I hope Dr. Licks bids and gets it.
  9. The bidding has already begun........

    Auction: 2004 April Music Memorabilia
    Bidders: 3
    Current Bid: $675.00 ($793.13 with BP)
    Reserve Status: Reserve (If Any) Not Posted Yet
    Internet Bidding Ends: April 16, 2004 10:00 PM CDT
    Current time: 4:15 PM
    Time left: 16d 5h 44m

  10. Actually, it's pretty cool right here where it is, at least in the Electric Bass section.

    I think more electric bassists are familiar enough with Jamerson than frequent the DB forums.

    If this were there I wouldn't have seen it.
  11. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I would pay up to $2000 for it, but I don't have the cash beyond that.
  12. With the monumental status of Jamerson and the amount of hits it's been played on, I don't think that thing is going for less than $50. Grand that is.
  13. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
  14. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    I'll leave this thread here, and send a copy to DB Misc. as well.

  15. Well, just one copy shoulda been all right ...instead of 7.
    We ain´t that hard headed.
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    The DB forums have been vandalised!!

    Anything to do with today's date ....April......