SOLD Normandy Archtop Copper

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by ColonelZulu, May 20, 2019.


  1. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    Price:
    $0
    Strings:
    4
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    B50B34DD-E3B1-4AE9-8644-729E7ED7021C.jpeg 2014 Normandy Bass!!! Great bass with monstrous tone, excellent playability, and stunning looks!!!

    Aircraft aluminum with patina copper sheeting. Maple neck. Nordstrand Dual Coils. Aluminum Nut.

    Buzz free. Powerful tone.

    Edit - this had sold, but the buyer noticed some issues that he determined may have been a problem in shipping. No box damage, but he noted the following (all addressed)

    1) The bottom end strap button had been pressed in a bit. The bass could have been put down hard. It was still usable, but when it was returned, we carefully pulled the surface flush. Future shipping will have a bubble donut cushioning around the end to avoid this.

    2) The volume and tone pots installed are rather linear. This is very useful on a loud stage. In a quiet room setting, you don’t notice much taper and they can tend to seem all the way on or very slight. This was not something that happened in shipping. According to Jim Normandy, he didn’t see a problem with them, but said they were more practical for use in a live setting. Of course, they can be changed for preference. (See below...swapped out for some CTS pots)

    3) There was also a concern questions about apparent gaps. This bass is not made like others. It has a patinated copper plate over aircraft aluminum body frame. It is solid. The neck is held in place by the interior frame. The <1mm gap in the copper plating around the neck joint has nothing to do with the structure. (See new pics)

    4) The string alignment is not perfect. You can see the strings towards the G side. They don’t line up perfectly with the neck pickup magnets. All that said...zero issue with playability or sound. (See pic from nut to bridge).
     

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    Last edited: Sep 7, 2020
  2. jthisdell

    jthisdell

    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    Wow, that's an interesting bass! GLWTS
     
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  3. WannabeBassman

    WannabeBassman

    Jan 17, 2015
    San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles)
    Someone told me pants are optional.
    :wideyed:
    This’d be great for a battle of the ironclads... er... bands.

    “Take no prisoners, lads!”
     
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  4. rocmonster

    rocmonster

    Oct 31, 2011
    Obviously the best bass for 1862...
     
  5. rocmonster

    rocmonster

    Oct 31, 2011
    Also the best metal for bass.
    GLWTS
     
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  6. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    Agreed!
     
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  7. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
     
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  8. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
     
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  9. Low Main

    Low Main Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Massachusetts
    This bass would definitely survive the third set at Quinn's on St. Patrick's Day.
     
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  10. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
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  11. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    Awesome Steampunk bass.


    I saved the picture for my wallpaper.
     
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  12. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
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  13. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    The blue patina was intentional. Salt and vinegar. It is only on the surface and can be rubbed off if desired.
     
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  14. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    I am taking this to my tech to replace the pots.
     
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  15. Great looking and sounding bass. I have an aluminum bodied telecaster guitar and was surprised how little the aluminum contributed to the tone-it still sounds like a traditional wood bodied guitar-as does this bass-in a positive way. More evidence to me that electronics and strings contribute more to tone than anything else.

    On electric instruments. In my opinion.
     
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  16. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    Swapped out the pots for CTS 500 linear taper. Better volume control for sure now.
     
  17. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    Trade interests for Spector US or Czech.
     
  18. gvbassman

    gvbassman Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2019
    Grass Valley,Ca.
     
  19. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    Thanks. Do you need more info?
     
  20. gvbassman

    gvbassman Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2019
    Grass Valley,Ca.
    No I know about them and would be willing to do a trade ,straight across and come with a case also
     
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