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Roscoe Beck 5Vs, all the colors

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Alivefor5, Aug 4, 2016.


  1. Alivefor5

    Alivefor5 Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    Indiana
    Posted this in the RB forum then thought the community might enjoy also. These are regarded as some of the finest 5 string basses Fender ever made. Production from 1995 till 2006. A fretless was never offered, the one pictured was built from parts and a neck made by my luthier. The CAR is a 1996, SB 1997, Teal 1998 and Gold 2002.
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  2. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    Dude.




    Moonshine :bassist:
     
  3. Bassmunnky

    Bassmunnky

    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    Now that is what should be reissued !!!!
     
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That is all kinds of awesome!:bassist:
     
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Interesting pickup polepieces, not unlike Musicmaster's Old Smoothy.
     
  6. kkaarrll

    kkaarrll

    Jun 1, 2014
    I hate you.:woot:
     
  7. Alivefor5

    Alivefor5 Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    Indiana
    The pickups were designed by the late, great Bill Lawrence. Apparently there is a larger pole piece directly under each string but not visible. One of the cool aspects of the pickups is that Roscoe wanted the neck coil of each pickup in the exact spot of the pickups on his 64' J bass. The single coil position of each mini switch allows only these coils to sound and they are humbucking. Beck wanted this position to sound as close as possible to his J bass and Bill worked the magic. The other positions of the coil switches are series and parallel, all are useful.
     
  8. Fred312b

    Fred312b Proof that gear doesn't make you a better player Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    Eh, they're alright ;)

    I'd never played or heard one, but was at a jam and a woman had one and WOW- that b string. 100% proof that you don't need 35" scale... The rest of it sounded good too, but I was just blown away as Fender was never known for their low b

    Between this and the Victor Bailey, Fender used to actually make pretty nice signature models.
     
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  9. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie

    Mar 24, 2006
    NoVA
    O.M.G...!!!

    Those are absolutely gorgeous!!!

    Superb....they should never have stopped production on that model...

    The fretless would have been awesome...
     
  10. bluesdoubler

    bluesdoubler

    Apr 14, 2011
    Maryland
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  11. garp

    garp

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Beautiful collection. Shoreline Gold always makes me weak in the knees.
     
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  12. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Nice! Now you just need to get that weird green Roscoe Beck VI that was floating around for forever.
     
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  13. Alivefor5

    Alivefor5 Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    Indiana
    I got the CAR, Teal and SB in 2000 and 2001. The fretless was completed in 2004. Our own TBer Two Fingers made me a deal I couldn't refuse in Nov 2015 and I got the Shoreline Gold. It and the Teal are my favorites and get the most play time. And, yes, I quite often have weak knees.
     
  14. Dluxe

    Dluxe

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Great basses. Used one for years.

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  15. Hey guys, exactly how much do these basses weigh? Anyone have a digital weight on any of them? Thanks! Interesting thread! Subscribed!
     
  16. Alivefor5

    Alivefor5 Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    Indiana
    All the RBV's pictured weigh between 10 and 10.5 lb. Not light but they are perfectly balanced.
     

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