NBD (to me) Pawn Shop Score!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lat, Aug 27, 2019.


  1. lat

    lat

    Dec 30, 2014
    Lower Basstonia
    Pawn Shop special...

    Samick Greg Bennett Design Corsair CR4

    The sticker said 330 (CDN), so I figured I'd lowball them and offered 200. I had been there about a month before and liked it, but not for the sticker price. The battery ground lead needs resoldering, everything is else fine. Killer setup, which is virtually unheard of at a pawn shop.
    The boss was out, and they had a ton of crap guitars, so they wanted to move inventory. They just accepted my offer without even countering! IMO, the thing plays plays like a Fender Pro... So glad I went back to check it out and they took my lowball!
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    The colour is a greener blue than shown in the photos. Pickguard is a pale mint green.
     

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  2. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Is that an active P/J?
    For 200 CDN?
    Nice score
     
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  3. lat

    lat

    Dec 30, 2014
    Lower Basstonia
    Yeah, the tone knob is push/pull active/passive... Couldn't get out of there fast enough... lol
     
  4. Wait...what are the controls?
    VBT or VVT, tone is push/pull active/passive...where is the active part?
     
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  5. lat

    lat

    Dec 30, 2014
    Lower Basstonia
    With the tone knob pulled out (passive) it's VVT. Not sure about active until I fix the battery lead. To be honest, I wasn't that bothered about fixing the battery lead, since I'm more of a passive bass guy, but now you've piqued my curiosity, so I'm going to have to check it out!
     
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  6. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I'd be super stoked with that sweetheart too, good luck with it!
     
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  7. UNICORN BASS

    UNICORN BASS

    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Can't go wrong with that, possibly active pick up's with passive VVT as on my MIK Jazz with MEC's.
     
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  8. James Collins

    James Collins

    Mar 25, 2017
    Augusta, GA
    I don't think that is possible. If it was active pickups then the battery being disconnected wouldn't let there be sound out the amp.

    My bet is someone swapped the electronics to passive and the battery is disconnected as a result of that.

    Push/pull active/passive switches would not change the controls to VVT. At most you could change what one of the controls did. So it would accommodate a 1 band EQ Preamp.
     
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  9. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    Nice score.
    The Bennett basses never quite appealed to me visually but the ones I've played have been very nice instruments for the money.

    I met Greg when I was working at GC and he was promoting his slider capo. Seemed like a nice guy with a passion for music gadgetry.
     
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  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Might want to stop in here?
    The Samick Club
     
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  11. lat

    lat

    Dec 30, 2014
    Lower Basstonia
    Yeah, they would likely know about how active mode is configured...
     
  12. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    I love pawnshops! Sweet!
     
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  13. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    That is a great score. I have a Greg Bennett bass and I think that they are way under-appreciated. It is very well make and plays great. Sometimes a "Not-Fender" can be a super bargain!
     
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  14. electracoyote

    electracoyote Supporting Member

    The Greg Bennett Samicks are really well made and well designed. We used to carry them in a small music shop chain in the Denver area (not GC). We were always surprised at the quality. Nice score. Active P/J is the way to go.
     
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  15. oldcatfish

    oldcatfish

    Jan 8, 2011
    When I first glanced at this post, I kind of thought that you got a good deal on just another cheap p-bass copy. Then I looked a little more closely. Wow! What a gem. You my friend, got a real winner there. Enjoy it.
     
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  16. Dincrest

    Dincrest Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    The Greg Bennett Samicks are wholly underrated instruments. I once had a Fairlane 6 and it was a damn good bass. Much better than it had any right to be. The thing had two truss rods which really surprised me. I'm a strong believer in 6-strings having two truss rods and you typically only see that in more expensive instruments.
     
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  17. That`s awesome! You can definitely find some good deals at pawn shops. Congrats!
     
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  18. ThudThudThud

    ThudThudThud

    Jun 4, 2010
    Is that a photo-finish on the top? A beaut.
     
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  19. lat

    lat

    Dec 30, 2014
    Lower Basstonia
    Yep. It's well done though... does the job!
     
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  20. ThudThudThud

    ThudThudThud

    Jun 4, 2010
    Oh, I don't see it as a negative. I've seen some lovely Greg Bennett photo-finishes that rival some 'coffee table' basses.
     
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