Rare GB..!! what do people think :o)

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

  1. Hello fellow TB's, I am a happy owner of a GB IV and i am extremly happy with it.

    however I have spyed upon Ebay.co.uk a unique and Rare pre-GB Goodfellow bass and would like peoples opinions on it..

    Here are some pics of this Loveley Bass.




    Spec is As follows

    Burr Walnut Top
    Walnut Back

    2 soap bar pickups with 3band EQ and Blend knob

    5 piece muli-laminate Neck althou the desciption doesnt says i think it is


    and has a Rosewood fingerboard.

    Its currently sat at £650 which i think is an outstanding Price (less then half what i paid for mine).

    Any views would be great, plus any info on how Walnet reacts to sounds i.e is it bright, does it sustain etc etc

    Thanks You..

  2. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    I'm certainly no expert about GB's, but I believe I read a while back that after Bernie left whatever company he was working for years ago, they continued to build these basses under the "Goodfellow" name. It may be worth giving Bernie a call and make sure it's really one of "his" basses.

    Very nice looking though!
  3. I have emailed the guy at Ebay and have ask him for the Serial number of the bass so0o i can check it out with Bernie as i know him well he will give me an honest answer,


    Cheers for the advice tho.. :)
  4. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    that top sure doesn't look like any Walnut I've ever seen, burl maple maybe- but it looks too light to be walnut unless the pic is off or it's a REALLY light strain.

    Neck looks like maple/bubinga/ebony(or wenge) to me. Hard to tell from pics though.

    Regardless, looks like a great deal. I wouldn't hesitate to go for it, especially if you like his work. Great looking bass there!
  5. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    The company was Lowden, I believe, who are well-known for building high-end acoustic guitars. Hopefully they didn't pull a "Gibson", but I don't really know too much of the history there.

  6. I was thinking it looked like maple too....

  7. Bigwan


    Feb 22, 2002
    Ballymena (hey)
    Yup - they were made in Newtownards, just outside Belfast. Bernie Goodfellow won't be able to help you very much I'm afraid...

    I called him about the Lowden era GB that I had and he couldn't tell me anything other than he had designed it... I called Lowden and they were unhelpful to the point of being rude...

    Apparently there was a major fall out somewhere along the way. Those are sweet basses though. That looks like one of the earlier Lowden examples (by the dial around the volume pot) which were very well put together. Mine was a later one which wasn't very well made (solid but not very pretty) but sounded unreal. Very slim neck...