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SOLD Roscoe Beck IV

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Joebone, Mar 9, 2013.


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  1. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    I sold all my 4-strings, then bought this because I like these basses so very much, but I really am a 5-string guy, so out the door it goes.

    For pictures: http://joebone1.imgur.com/

    This is the Roscoe Beck IV, now discontinued from Fender, which is a shame. It features custom-shop quality and some great design features. 22 frets, dark rosewood board, alder body with vintage red finish that permits some of the alder grain to show through, with a parchment pickguard.

    Mr. Beck intended to couple the sound of a vintage J-bass with more modern capabilities. This passive axe features two Bill-Lawrence-designed double-J pickups. Each can be run series, single-coil, or parallel, via two toggles. There is a 3-way pickup selector, and master volume and tone controls. The tone switch also can be pulled up, to activate a resistor that emulates a particular tone off of Beck's original vintage J. Single coil is sweet, and mixing and matching the parallel and series settings permits a wide range of killer tones, particularly surprising for a passive axe. And the bridge is excellent - I believe it is sourced from Gotoh.

    Ergonomics are excellent - the body does not feature as deep an offset as a regular J-bass, and feels great sitting or standing with a strap, the neck is a breeze, and the lower horn is cut to permit full access to the upper frets. Comes with original hard (G&G) case. Some swirling from prior play, but no dings or dents that I can find.

    Strung with new DR flats, and provided with some deferred love and an excellent pro set-up.

    Asking $1200 plus shipping. These were going for like $2300 new, street, when discontinued. I'm confident they will be collector items some day, but I'm not a collector, and you'll want to play it instead of stashing it in a vault.
     
  2. acoustibass

    acoustibass

    Sep 24, 2007
    St. Paul, MN
    beautiful bass, are you looking for a 5 strings instead?
     
  3. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    Where's the GASex :bag:

    What a Stunner :bassist:

    tA99ySRh.
    W3qKboS.
     
  4. azflyman

    azflyman

    Apr 24, 2004
    Astoria, OR
    I have an RBV in shoreline gold and I can tell you its the best passive 5 string I have. The neck is superb and the sound of this bass is so versatile with so many options that I don't believe you can't find a sound you would love. I like the plexi ramp you have on that one.
     
  5. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Any idea on the weight?
     
  6. jbrooks

    jbrooks

    Sep 7, 2007
    Dumb question What's with the plexi ramp?
     
  7. azflyman

    azflyman

    Apr 24, 2004
    Astoria, OR
    He has a piece of clear acrylic (plexiglass) between the pickups It allows you to keep a reference point with your thumb anywhere between the front and rear pickups. A ramp makes a nice reference, I had just never seen one clear to keep the aesthetics of the bass intact. Pretty slick.
     
  8. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Prior owner stated weight at a shade below 9 pounds, and that sounds right to me.

    The ramp is plexiglass.

    Forgot to mention that this bass comes with the D-tuner, which was a standard feature for these basses.

    Not looking for trades, unless you have a Pedulla MVP5, fretted, or a Sadowsky Metro P/J (this one would be four-string that I'd be interested in), in which cases I'd kick in the cash difference.
     
  9. precijazz

    precijazz I want a name when I lose.

    Aug 31, 2011
    Almanya
    Argh, why does this have to be at the other side of the world? These virtually never show up over here.
     
  10. jreynolds2159

    jreynolds2159

    Oct 10, 2012
    Burlington, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Schroeder Cabinets, GK Endorser.
    Very nice bass! Got me thinking
     
  11. takeout

    takeout Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Kansas City area
    Those ramps are awesome - made one up for my Marcus Miller after seeing one on an RB. GLWTS.
     
  12. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Thanks all, and thanks to Ubnomnar for the photo boost.

    "Lots of interest, but still available, so gonna bump it" bump...
     
  13. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    PM sent.
     
  14. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    PM answered...
     
  15. swpyne

    swpyne Basses R Loaded! Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Centennial, Colorado
    Bump for a beautiful bass and a great TB'er!
     
  16. Bglosh

    Bglosh Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2010
    So. Maine
    Anyone know the rationale for having the magnet poles on either side of each string?
     
  17. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Smoother response and less string pull.
     
  18. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    True, and I think it also maximizes the uniformity of volume and tone across the entire register, which is something I prize in a bass.

    That said, this bass is headed up the coast!

    To quote Lucinda Williams:

    I think I'm gonna make myself a little something to eat,
    Get a can down off the shelf, maybe a little something sweet.
    Haven't spoke to no one, haven't been in the mood,
    Pour some soup, get a spoon, stir it up real good.
    Go out with a friend, they know the music might help,
    But I can't pretend - I wish I was somewhere else.

    I wanna watch the ocean bend,
    The edges of the sun,then
    I wanna get swallowed up
    In an ocean of love.

    Put on my coat, go out into the street,
    Get a lump in my throat, and look down at my feet.
    Take the long way home, so I can ride around,
    Put Neil Young on and turn up the sound.
    Drive up the coastline, maybe to Ventura,
    Watch the waves make signs out on the water.

    I wanna watch the ocean bend,
    The edges of the sun,then
    I wanna get swallowed up
    In an ocean of love.

    Stand in the shower, clean this dirty mess,
    Give me back my power, and drown this unholyness.
    Lean over the toilet bowl, and throw up my confession,
    Clense my soul, of this hidden obsession.

    I wanna watch the ocean bend,
    The edges of the sun,then
    I wanna get swallowed up
    In an ocean of love.

    I wanna watch the ocean bend,
    The edges of the sun,then
    I wanna get swallowed up
    In an ocean of love.


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