My old American Standard and my first DB gig!

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by banikek, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. banikek


    Sep 14, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Well after 25+ years of playing electric bass in bands I finally joined a string band. I bought an old plywood bass about 15 years ago for $300 just for messing around with. I would play the odd house party but nothing serious. The thing was pretty beat up so I never thought twice about the thing.

    This new group inspired me to get the upright fixed up and learn the songs, etc. The guys at Gollihur set me up with new strings, pick ups, and a new bridge. I took it to a local luthier who fixed her up for me and got it in great playing shape. Ends up that the bass is a 1936 American Standard serial number 42! I was surprised to find out that all this time I actually was in possession of a pretty nice bass!

    Here is a pic of the bass and gear just before packing up and heading to the show. I have been lurking here and picked up many hints before ever playing my first show, so I was set with my amps, cabs, and a Fdeck pre amp (thanks TBers!). Also found out I went to school with Fdeck!



    Show was good. Learned a lot. Had fun. And enjoyed wrestling that beast up on stage!

    thanks again,
  2. Matt R.

    Matt R. Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    Beautiful bass. Glad you got reacquainted with it.
  3. MollyKay


    Sep 10, 2006
    Southern PA
    Bass Hobby'ist
    Nice, very nice. An original finish, bell shoulder, first year American Standard. Of all the basses I have collected, that bass is one I lust over. Be sure to have it registered at the American Standard website with Kent Blanton.

    Enjoy the bass, play it and care for it like you want it to last forever. ItÂ’s worth more then $300 to a certain crowd of vintage plywood bass playersÂ…including ME! :hyper:
  4. I'm wondering if Kent is updating this website any more. I sent him pictures and info on my 1951 AS (s/n 2112) late last year. It still doesn't show up.

    Very nice bass, this 1936 model. Wish I had one just like it.


  5. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
  6. banikek


    Sep 14, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Thanks everyone. I sent my information and pics to Kent but have not gotten a reply. Hopefully the database is still alive. It was a how I found out the production year for my bass.
  7. Very nice,wish mine had that nice of a finish.
    I own #1143 1940 AS and just put a set of Inovation SS on mine.
  8. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    You might feel better if you check my link above.
  9. A little now...Hahaha....You should see the sides of mine..

    Back to OP...
  10. MytBrednec

    MytBrednec Guest

    Jun 3, 2012
    Sugar Creek, MO
    I sent him pictures and info on my 1951 AS (s/n 2112) late last year.


    How cool is this! I just joined this forum to start learning the double bass. I purchased one a year or so ago at garage sale price ($200) turns out it is an American Standard also from 1951! Serial # 2137

    Wish me luck in what I am starting to think is going to be a much more complicated and rewarding experience than I expected!:)
  11. powerbass


    Nov 2, 2006
    western MA
  12. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    KaPow! Swing it, brother!
  13. Ike Harris

    Ike Harris

    May 16, 2001
    Nashville TN
    #2038 should be around 1950. The White website isn't very accurate, and the owner even agrees with that. The AS website is much closer, most of us feel.