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Musicman Sabre - fair price?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fookgub, May 8, 2006.

  1. fookgub


    Jun 5, 2005
    Houston, TX
    I played a Sabre in the local GC on Sunday and thought it was a fantastic bass. I've had a thing for 2 pickup MM basses ever since the Bongo came out. I played the Sabre against an HH Stingray (my current favorite and a bass I'm fairly familiar with), and found I actually preferred the Sabre. To my ears the Sabre had a deeper, smoother sound and an absolutely killer slap tone. It needed a setup pretty badly, but I could tell the playability was there. I'm sure it would absolutely play itself with a decent setup.

    Anyway, I'd really like to own it, but they're asking $1200. I can't afford that, but I think I may be able to talk them down. It appears to be an all original pre-EB model, but it's pretty beat. The finish on the body is cracked in a few places and has a couple deep gouges. There is also a large gouge in the back of the neck at the 5th-7th fret area that I would have to have repaired if I bought the bass. The tuners and bridge are fine, but the knobs are wobbly and the pots should probably be replaced. Structurally the bass seemed pretty solid, but I would seriously consider a complete refinish if I bought it. I simply can't justify paying so much for a bass that needs so much work, vintage or not.

    So, is it worth it to go back and try to lowball them? What's a realistic price for this bass? I'm thinking $700-800 tops, but maybe I'm way off base. Considering the work I'd do to it and the fact that it's all original, should I be looking for a different bass?
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I would be more inclined to go for $900, but this is a rare and discontinued instrument, and the price will not go down in the future. The good thing is that now you can get a HH Stingray or Sterling.

    Dang, I had one for $745 back in the 1990's.:bag:
  3. fookgub


    Jun 5, 2005
    Houston, TX

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