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Question for Modulus experts...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brad Johnson, Jul 28, 2003.


  1. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I just got what I think is a fretless Q4 (I know it's a fretless;)), transparent red finish with something I don't recall coming across before. The composite mix is shades of dark red instead of black and grey. The headstock and the neck joint "Modulus Graphite" plate are the same. Just trying to figure out what I have here.
     
  2. dragonbass

    dragonbass Commercial User

    Feb 17, 2003
    N.Y.
    Owner/Builder of LoPrinzi Basses.........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder
    pics???????

    From what you explained....It has to be a older style Q4. The older ones had Modulus Graphite written on the neck pocket.

    What's the serial #?
     
  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I'm waiting to hear back from Modulus on this, just wondering how often these pop up? Looks like the tint is a $100 option according to the website. It has no trussrod and has EMG pickups. Also wondering what the value might be?
     
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Serial number is 910251
     
  5. Davo737

    Davo737

    Feb 29, 2000
    Syracuse, NY
    Definitely a 1991 Q4. As far as the red tint on the neck, they did that fairly frequently on the neck-through models, but I've never seen it before on a bolt on. Is it a neck-through?
     
  6. dragonbass

    dragonbass Commercial User

    Feb 17, 2003
    N.Y.
    Owner/Builder of LoPrinzi Basses.........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder
    It was made in 1991.

    It's an older model...The red tint..I'm not sure about.....Could have been an option. Is it a neck-thru? if so they are rare.


    Does it have a quilt/flamed top?
    Or
    is it just an Alder body?

    If it doesn't have a fancy top, bolt-on and is clean it should be worth about $600.00-$700.00.
     
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    It's not figured wood and it has a transparent red finish. Bolt-on.

    A fretless Modulus would go that cheap?
     
  8. dragonbass

    dragonbass Commercial User

    Feb 17, 2003
    N.Y.
    Owner/Builder of LoPrinzi Basses.........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder
    Yeah,


    If the bass is really clean it maybe worth a little more. add about a hundred.

    With a nice/fancy top the "plain" ones don't seem to get that much.
     
  9. BruceWane

    BruceWane

    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    A tinted neck is a $100 option on all quantums.
     
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    No top. It's in great shape, one small (maybe 3mm) surface nick in the finish on the back of the neck. It's strung with flats, I probably won't change them.
     
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Can't find the USB cable for the camera :meh:
     
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Found it.

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  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
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  14. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    IIRC, the red tint on the neck could have been a $250 option by itself. I know that my Q4 retailed for about $2,500 when I bought it new in 1994 (also pre-truss rod btw). I did not have a red-tint, but did have a flamed-maple top, which is probably about the same price as the red tint.

    I don't know if this helps...
     
  15. CaptainWally

    CaptainWally Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2000
    Sandy Eggo, CA
    how do u like it? (esp. compared to zon)
     
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    It's hard to compare... it has flatwounds on it. I use rounds on all of my fretlesses. Sounds pretty good... the Zon sounds excellent. I doubt I'll keep it, it was a good deal but I have enough fretlesses for now.
     
  17. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    Wow, I've played a heck of a lot of Moduluses but NEVER seen a red-tint neck like that! The rest of the bass looks a lot like my Q4 did before I had it refinished - red body, EMGs. I had the red paint stripped off and had a maple top put on it, and now it gorgeous. And swapped the EMGs for Lane Poors.

    pictures of both my moduluses are obviously all over my website... :)

    I do like that red tint though... :)

    Steve
    www.stevelawson.net