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Rescued one from GC!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DDXdesign, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Hey thar, fellers.

    Whelp, I was gonna order me a custom sixer, but that's being put off a little while because yesterday I rescued one from Guitar Center. Traded my 5-string dead even for it, even though they tried to offer me a deal several hundred bucks in their favor at first.

    It was a little beat and sad looking, but the setup and strings were phe-nom. I plugged it in and was instantly hooked.

    It's a Modulus Quantum 6, made in 1990 with a Cocobolo (!) top and back. Its only issues are cosmetic: There are three drilled holes in the body where somebody had switches apparently, a preamp hack that was reverted later. There are a few scratches that go beyond the finish. And the gold hardware is all flaky. But I'm going to fix it up as best as I can, one piece at a time. New tuners, knobs, bridge, even going to try to fill those holes and approximate the coco's color... I'll be thinking of it as a labor of love, because the sound I heard is worth every penny.

    I will post pics ASAP - this week is busy busy, we're getting a dog.

    I am trying to decide also between gold HW like it has already or perhaps changing it to chrome or black. What does everybody like with cocobolo anyways?
  2. MascisMan


    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    Instead of filling those holes why not put some dummy controls on there. That way you dont ahve to worry about paint matching
  3. DougP


    Sep 4, 2001
    did you get that from the Seven Corners GC? if so, that is the one i played on Saturday. :) Good find. How about that Blonde Warwick?
  4. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    I did get it at 7 corners =0) The price wasn't very good if you just counted dollars, but considering what they would have normally offered for my 5-string Zon, I found it a fair trade at even-up. The cosmetic stuff can be fixed. The sound and feel were there.

    Also, the Blonde Warwick rocks. I had one as my main 4-string from December 2003 until my Fodera came in last month.
  5. kazuhank


    Nov 12, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Okay the bass stuff is cool and all, but what kind of dog are you getting?
  6. DougP


    Sep 4, 2001

    Yeah it did play nice. its saddening that none of those Ampeg cabinets that are supposed to be wired into the Selector System were plugged in except for the SVT-410 HE. They lost a sale on Saturday because of it. No one there seemed interested in plugging them in even after being asked to.

    Congrats on the Modulus!
  7. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Well, he's a pointer mixed with something way mellow... We're calling him Jeff. Full name "Jeff, the God of Biscuits" - aka Jeff-Jeffty-Jeff. He's 18 months and 42 lbs, the photo may fool you into thinking he was a little thing.

    I'm not a great fan of getting the dog as I have averse reactions to urine, feces and hair on my stuff or in my house. But I like him fine. He's technically my girlfriend's dog. She fronted me the money for my Fodera, I can allow her a pet. =0)
  8. kazuhank


    Nov 12, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Sounds like a fair trade for you both. The best way to cope with the dogs/gear issue is to keep all bass/important stuff a seperate room. Mine is called the basement. ;) I never have the urine/feces problem as both of my dogs are housebroken, but I hate doghair on clothes and bass gear.

    I'll never forget a '51 Fender P reissue a guy sold me in a hair-filled, urine-soaked case. When I brought it up he said he had no pets!! After a full bottle of Febreeze the bass was okay, but I had to sell it and throw the case away.
  9. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Well, Jeff appears to be housebroken as well, but he's recently neutered and likes to mark - although he shouldn't feel the need to mark our house as no other animals have lived there since I bought it. I just have the quintessential bad impression of most pets....

    There's a way to bring the thread back on track - you definitely rescued that bass! Too bad it was too late for the case. Perhaps the hair and urine wasn't canine or feline... eyewww.

    Hopefully, the dog will never give me reason to extremely dislike him. My basses are all on the wall and all my gear is in my gameroom which i can close if need be.
  10. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Congrats on the Q-6! Cocobolo is one of my favorite top woods. As far as the holes go, does it have Barts? If so, you could put a active/passive switch, series/parallel switch, etc. I'd either put 'em to use or as already posted, put in dummy switches.

    Just my 2 cents, -A.P.
  11. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    welllll welll welll - My Modulus story gets better!

    - Last night I went back to that GC to check out a g**t*r that I had liked, and everybody needs one around sometime, right? So the following amazing things happened:

    1. I offered the guy a hundred bucks less on the guitar than its tag was asking... and he said OK!

    2. I wandered over to basses like always, and noticed that the Q6 hanging on the wall *behind* the one I got... was the same price! No scratches, no dings, no drill-holes, quilted-beyond-belief maple top. (like it's a wood version of Reverend's lava swirl, easy)

    3. I said "hey man...", bringing the bass up to the counter, "...This one's the same price and I didn't see that before, can I just even-swap the other one I just bought? This one doesn't have any extra holes in the front or anything, so you can understand my position here..."

    4. After a quick check in the computer, he said "yeah, I can do that" !!!

    Unbelievable - a service-oriented Guitar Center employee! insofar as actually not balking at every deal-angle I threw him.
    I gotta get this guy's name. Same guy that actually gave me the even-swap deal for my 5 to the Q6 in the first place, even though it took some prodding. (True to what I had said, too, they sold that 5 the very next day)

    So that's a happy GC story, one of the few.
  12. DougP


    Sep 4, 2001
    if you catch his name let me know. i will throw some business his way. hopefully, its not the same guy that wouldnt set up the cabinets for me.
  13. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Grats on the new score, Dave... Oh, on the GC transactions, too! hehe..
  14. Dr. PhunkyPants

    Dr. PhunkyPants Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    I was in the Seven Corners GC not too long ago when a guy strode in and proclaimed aloud "I'm from the Fairfax store and this place sucks!" During a later visit to the Fairfax store, I overheard the same employee (now on the job as a sales associate) take a Warwick bass a client had brought in and sniff it. "These Warwick basses always smell like they've been in a dumpster for two weeks!"

    Needless to say, the staff at Seven Corners strikes me as way better. But with Chuck Levin's an extra 25 mins away, I haven't been to either in a looooong time.
  15. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    LOL Phunky - that's hilarious - I like 7C over FFX because FFX always seems to have like, 4 basses in stock (only slight exaggeration there) - but that employee sure could provide good entertainment. I don't hate Chuck's, but if you don't go in there waving bills around, you tend to be overlooked a little.
  16. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Hey there - okay, the guy's name is Jason - he's the short-ish Asian guy with glasses. Good guy where he can be, but he doesn't have the "pull" to make the real big decisions on his own - and even in the service dept he ain't Gard, for sure =0)

    Anyways, couple things I noticed today about my NEW new Q6 - the second one is 9 years newer (99 vs 90), and thus has Barts and a truss rod! Plus, it's no longer that awful Hohner bridge. Sweet! (still, I may wanna buy a black bridge, this one has all black HW but a gold bridge.)

    Now, where to find out what the pots do, specifically - three individuals and one stacked. I'm off the the Mod site...
  17. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    But before you go to the mods site... would you please post some pics at last?!?!? :rolleyes:


  18. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    I'm guessing they are volume-blend-mids-bass/treble (stacked).

    Congrats on a great deal.

    My local GC rocks!! I just rescued two basses last week, and I'm heading there right now to swap some gear for a used SVT head.

    Mine has about four used Benavente's, a Fodera 6 LH, several high end used Alembics, Ken Lawrence 6, etc., etc.

    The large majority of employees are cool - they help when you need it, and leave you alone when you don't. I usually try to work directly with the sales manager.

    One very good thing to do at GC is to order any small parts that you need from 'All Parts'. They give me straight All Part's pricing, and I don't have to pay a large shipping charge for just a few small items.
  19. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    okay okay! I'll snap some tonight, I promise!
  20. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    here's one of the Q6 resting on the couch...

    <img src="http://www.directimagehost.com/is.php?i=39669&img=8303DSCF0005.JPG" border="0">

    and a closeup of that uber-quilted body...

    <img src="http://www.directimagehost.com/is.php?i=39668&img=DSCF0004.JPG" border="0">