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NBD- candy red jazz bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by johnk_10, Jun 6, 2011.


  1. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i just got this one today. a candy red dot/bound jazz bass (made in USA) with a matching headstock and a parchment pickguard. it plays like butter, sounds huge and weighs only 8 1/2lbs.

    CAR66jbass-01.

    CAR66jbass-02.

    last pic tken with a flash to show the (eye) candy finish:
    CAR66jbass-03-2.
     
  2. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Beautiful! What year is that puppy?
     
  3. Another beauty for the collection, John. Can I suggest a mint pickguard?
     
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    it's brand new. ;)
     
  5. Gotta be a build.

    Edit-Just noticed the lollipop tuners. Now I'm really in love.
     
  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    thanks.
    yeah, mint would look great too, but i'm actually diggin' the parchment one. it reminds me of a '64 clay dot that i owned for 25 years (which i unfortunateley sold in '99 due to a divorce :eek:)
     
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    specs:
    neck:
    1.5" nut width with a fairly slim profile
    7.25" radius
    vintage (small) fretwire

    body:
    is all OEM Fender. it's a brand new 2011 lightweight alder Fender body (american special), '62 AV RI pickups and ribbed bridge,with a custom built neck (fender licensed), with lollipop tuners and a hootenanny (peg head rear) strap button.
     
  8. Three questions-

    Who made the neck and how much for it?

    Are those your own modified tuners? I know you build them yourself.

    What's a ribbed bridge?
     
  9. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i made the neck with a friend (who's a licensed aftermarket parts supplier). there really isn't a price for it because it's a one-off.
    and yes, i made(modded) the tuners for it and re-nickelplated them.
     
  10. sps500

    sps500 In Memoriam

    May 19, 2008
    Sweet! Looks like an authentic 65!
     
  11. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    thanks. these pics don't do it justice (poor lighting). i'll take some better ones that'll hopefully do it a little more justice.
     
  12. Fab Superlative

    Fab Superlative

    Oct 12, 2006
    Metro Motown
    The Truth Is Out There
    Nice!
    And the parchment, pickguard looks swell too. ;)
    I remember when candy apple red, was all the rage in 60's.
    Anything painted that color became instantly cool. :cool:

    It's great to see that it has withstood the test of time.

    So when are you going to start doing clay dots? :D
     
  13. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    thanks. actually i've done alot of real and artificial (cream) clay dots in the past. IMO, it's the pearloid dots that are a little more unique/real. on Fenders, pearloid was the common (standard) dot used since '65, but it seems that most manufacturers have offered 'pseudo' clay dots since around '85.
     
  14. Fab Superlative

    Fab Superlative

    Oct 12, 2006
    Metro Motown
    The Truth Is Out There
    Any insight about the reason why post CBS, they went to pearloid.
    Was it simply due to the supply of floor tiles becoming depleted.
    Or simply deigning, to bling things up a bit?
     
  15. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    IMO, i think it was more of a 'bling' thing. ;)
     
  16. Fab Superlative

    Fab Superlative

    Oct 12, 2006
    Metro Motown
    The Truth Is Out There
    Yeah, that's one of the things, I really like about John, his meticulous attention to period detail and minutiae, that he incorporates into his builds.

    There's allot of love that goes into each instrument...and it shows!

    John, thanks again for sharing this sharp, blingy, beauty with us.
     
  17. So what is a ribbed bridge :confused:
     
  18. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    ribbed saddles (threaded type) as used on p and j basses from '57-'66.
     
  19. Ah, thanks. So it's just a different, more authentic flavour than standard?
     
  20. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    John: congrats, man, that's awesome.
     

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