Played a 1960 Stack Knob last night

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Spinal Tapper, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Hopefully this won't be too anticlimactic, but I played this bass last night - for about 30 minutes. My friend is good buddies with the owner of the shop that's selling this thing on Evilbay. Said he picked it up at a guitar show in Philly last weekend for around $16,500. It's also a refin in Fiesta Red...
    Everything else 100% original. You guys ever had the pleasure to play one of these beauties?
  2. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    When I was in the studio recording, I got to play a '58 P-bass and a '63 Jazz bass. They played and sounded fine, but I wasn't instantly transformed into James Jamerson or Jaco by their mojo; just decent basses that weren't any better than the '91 L-2000 I used on most of the tracks.
  3. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Some pix for the GAS...


    This bass kind of reminded me of God...with a new paintjob.
  4. swpyne

    swpyne Basses R Loaded! Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Centennial, Colorado
    No, but I have always wanted to play one. What are your thoughts? Was it what you expected?
  5. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    I've have played 1961 stack knob.
    It had a killer neck. (great bass)

    Your friend payed over 16k for a refinish?
    Is the market that high now?
  6. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    He seems to know his stuff...said it'd go for between $25,000 and $30,000 if it was original sunburst. The guy selling it didn't want to let it go for that low - he was asking $22,000.

    As far as how it played - our time was brief, but I have to say, the neck was the most impressive part. I'm not one for mixing a lot of tone and stuff up, but it had a lot of different options with the double stack knob setup. But yeah, the neck and fretboard are the most impressive. Just melted in my hands. The action was perfect too, btw.
  7. Congratulations, ur no "brand-name" wanker.
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Around twenty or so years ago Cesar Diaz (RIP) brought one to one of our rehearsals for me to check out. It was beat to crap cosmetically but structurally very sound. It was sweet. Haven't played one since. The price was $2500.
  9. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    :confused: What the hell does that mean?

    Anyways, I played a 1960 with stacks a few years ago. It was nice, but not $13,500 nice. It was a refin with a couple of replaced pots and a refret. I love vintage gear, but for what that bass was, I expected more.
  10. Dennis Kong

    Dennis Kong Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    San Mateo CA
    Used to own a beat up Sunburst one in the 70's. I traded it for a '59 Precision- which was more popular at the time early 70s. Nowdays the trend is reversed.

    My friend who still owns it- compared to his '65 a couple of years ago.

    One of the major difference was the location of the rear pickup.
    on the 62 - the pu was farther away from the bridge by 1/2inch ? or so? giving the bass a more woody sound.
    the 65 was brighter and more modern sounding.

    I tried a '62 & '65 at Guitar show in Marin last year to see
    the difference after all these years.
    For my taste - I like the 65' more- it has snappy slap & midrange sound.
    The shop was asking $10,000. nice- but not that nice...

    The 62 still had more natural woody sound but did not respond & slap as well. It still sounded great tho.
    Agreed with Baird tho- but not $13,500 nice..
    The shop wanted $22,000, also nice but not for $22,000 . all original I think.
  11. Years ago, I played a stripped-to-the-wood '60 at Lark Street Music, before Buzzy moved to NJ. I know just what you mean about the thin that it almost wasn't there, but solid. Sounded great, too. Probably the best Fender I've played.
    But being 17 years old at the time, I didn't have $2000 to buy it. :bawl:
  12. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
  13. bovinehost


    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man

    I sat around with Bobby one night and played his (highly unusual/modified) Jazz for a few hours. Good bass.
  14. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    What is the configuration of the stacked knobs? I'm used to jazz basses being vol/vol/tone!
  15. Nice bass, but is that mold growing in that bass case lining? Eww....
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Vol/Tone and Vol/Tone
  17. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Probably...the case is original too - that's almost 40 years old!
  18. dfp


    Sep 28, 2004
    maybe it's just the pix but that fiesta looks almost like coral... is the re-fin recent?
  19. LP75


    Aug 29, 2006
    These Fenders have an appeal here on TB that I just do not understand.
  20. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    On the first rock church worship team I played in (back in the late 70's), one of the other bass players had a refinished, but otherwise stock white one. He bought it at a police auction for 50$. It was one of the most resonant, "alive" solid body instruments I ever played. Unfortunately, back then all I could think about was saving for an Alembic or some other hot "new" bass.:rollno:

    The best Fender I ever played was a 64, white with white headstock NOS at Gruhn's Music in Nashville about a ear ago. they were asking 16,500 and it was worth every penny.
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