Nate Mendel P w/ knot in FB - thoughts?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MicG, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Yes

    52 vote(s)
  2. No

    21 vote(s)
  3. OCD Carrots

    12 vote(s)
  1. Hey guys,

    This is probably OCD and dumb but I've gotta ask your opinion:

    Would you accept a bass (particularily a Nate Mendel Sig) that was 9.7lbs and had a knot like this in the fingerboard? Purely aesthetic? Deal-breaker? It's listed at full price $925. 20170818_164058.jpg 20170818_164131.jpg I get it that "wood is wood" and the area around it doesn't feel raised - just never seen it.

    These Nate Mendel basses do seem like they're getting harder to find..

  2. The board looks very dry but it might just be the photo. I don`t recall seeing a knot in a fingerboard before. It is also quite heavy, my NM only weighs 8.5lb. I would look elsewhere.
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  3. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    If that bass plays and sounds great and that knot is a deal breaker for you, you may need to seek professional help.
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  4. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    Isn't Nate Mendel's original bass that this artist model is based on from the 70's, and if that's the case I'd say that it's pretty much more in line with what the basses from that era weighed, and yours may be an anomaly.
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I voted yes - it looks cool and it's structurally insignificant. A knot like that in the actual neck, on the other hand, then I'd pass.
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  6. couldn't care less...
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  7. I can confirm the back of the neck looks alright.

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  8. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    I would get it. The NM P is fantastic, and if the knot isn’t going to affect fretting then it’s not an issue.

    My NM P is 10 lbs. I’ve heard some weigh less than 9 lbs, others closer to mine. If the weight isn’t an issue, either, then go for it.
  9. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    The neck looks fine to me, but my Mendel P is 8lbs 3oz.
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  10. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    I'd pass... but knot... er, NOT because of the knot. I'm with eccles77 -- 9.7 pounds is too hefty for my tastes, especially for a P-Bass.

    Plus, I'm not into signature models.
  11. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    I don't see a knot.:woot:
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  12. jeff62

    jeff62 Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Central FL
    I just learned I'm in the minority. I like unique markings like that. Love the character.
  13. Grooveline


    Jan 24, 2012
    I say if you like it get it. The Nate P I have comes in at 9.3 oz which seems like a normal weight for this bass. Adding light weight tuners would bring it under 9lbs but it honestly doesn't feel much heavier than the 8.7lb RW precision I have. As far as the knot goes its not a deal breaker for me.
  14. MD Stingray

    MD Stingray Guest

    Jan 17, 2008
    Go for it.
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  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Wouldn't accept but not for the knot in the is too short to play a 10 lb bass. Especially at my age!
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  16. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    You are knot alone. I'd buy it specifically because of the knot. But that fretboard does need some oiling.
  17. ThePresident777


    Oct 6, 2013
    It's just another P-bass. No reason to pay extra for the name, or the knot.
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  18. I've noticed the fingerboard looks this way in every photo I find of a Nate Mendel P. It must be part of the slight relic process they did...I'm aching to oil that fingerboard!
  19. This- I had one and it was about 8.5 lbs as well. WOuld not one at 9 lbs or over.
  20. J.D. Detroit

    J.D. Detroit

    Nov 12, 2015
    I'm curious - why pay retail price on a used one?
    A quick look shows Guitar Center/Musicians Friend have them in stock.
    Order new from GC and use a coupon and get it even cheaper.. + If your not happy with it, you have a return option.
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