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SOLD Roscoe SKB-3005 Fretless - $1,900 Shipped CONUS

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by VroomVroom, May 11, 2011.

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  1. VroomVroom

    VroomVroom Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Hi Folks,


    Roscoe #5886, ash/maple, maple-purpleheart-maple/lined diamondwood fretless, Bartolini CB/NTMB, hard case. $1,900 via PayPal, shipped CONUS (UPS Ground insured).

    Roscoe SKB body style, serial # 5886
    Ash body
    Maple top
    Standard Roscoe neck: three-piece, maple/purpleheart/maple
    Lined diamondwood fretless fingerboard
    Bartolini 'CB' ("Classic Bart") pickups
    Bartolini NTMB 18v pre-amp
    Controls: Vol/Blend/Midrange (w/ pull frequency selector)/Stacked Bass & Treble


    The bass is in excellent condition. The hard case has a couple of nicks in the covering, but is otherwise in good condition and certainly functions fine. The bass is wearing relatively fresh DR nickel Lo-Rider strings. Action is ridiculously low, and overall balance and playability is typical "this should be illegal" Roscoe.

    The sound is wonderful. The 'CB' pickups are more open throughout the midrange than the standard compressed/punchy typical Roscoe sound...perfect for fretless. Acoustically, it's all in there - plenty of booty, nice full mids, and crisp (but not thin) highs. The electronics offer anything you'd like to dial-in. Favor the neck pickup, and you've got a warm punchy P-like tone. Bias the bridge pickup, and perhaps boost the low-mids, and fasten your seeatbelts...full speed ahead to Planet Jaco. :D I've used this bass on a number of live gigs and one recording session...where it really shined.

    Great question - thanks for asking. This really is a terrific bass. As easy on the ears as it is the eyes. The one and only reason I'm selling is that Roscoe is currently crafting my dream six-string fretless. Funds from this sale are going directly into that project.

    Price is firm...not to whine and snivel, but please factor in that I'm eating the shipping expenses and paypal fees. No trades, no international shipping. Sorry in advance on both counts, but I've got too many basses already, and I still have a headache from my last attempt at arranging shipment outside of CONUS. HOWEVER....if you're reasonably local to the SF bay area, let's talk. You can come play the bass, and in exchange for $1,750 cash (preferably seventeen Benjamins and one Grant) you can take it home.

    I leave you with a few more pics and a couple of live clips. (I really wish I could share the studio clip, but the album hasn't yet been released.)






    Sound clips - thru Genz Benz Shuttle 9.0 & Bergantino HT112ER (Warning! Bass solo content...):

    Thanks for your time and happy shopping!
  2. rodsnhawgs

    rodsnhawgs Custom builder. G-ratio basses Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    U.S., WV
    bump for a great bass and TBr. If it were unlined I'd be on it.
  3. korybaugus


    Sep 27, 2009
    San Francisco
    Wow! Vroom always has the nicest basses! Bump...
  4. Tampabass

    Tampabass Going Viral By 2080 Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    I know you are, but what am I?
    bump for a beauty
  5. jebmd

    jebmd Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Lothian, Maryland

    A work of art and a great TBer to work with. you can't go wrong at this price folks.
  6. bassWR

    bassWR Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Warner Robins GA
    Great TB'er...

    Stunning Roscoe....

    Diamondwood Fretboard (all Fretless basses should have one)...

    And to top it all off.................


    For the uninitiated, this is the key to excellent playing and a successful career as a musician.:bassist::bassist:

    Seriously though, you'll never find a finer gent to do business with or a more affordable opportunity to own an awesome Roscoe.

    I give this one 2 days max.
  7. rwider

    rwider Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Santa Cruz, Ca
    Wow Jerry!
    Even though I picked up a TJ Zon 5 FL recently, I am gassing big time for this one (and that it's a local sale). This bass will not last long as you don't see Roscoe lined fretless and they are one of the best. Good luck brother (nice playing)
  8. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Bump for an awesome seller and an awesome Roscoe at an awesome price!

    Jerry your pictures qualify as true art! Just Beautiful!
  9. Not so fast there....from this photo:


    It appears that there is something "off" about the B string ball end, thus disrupting the perfection of alignment.

    Jerry, you better fix that quickly!!!




    ...seriously, this is a great bass, Jerry is 1st rate as both a person and a player. He gets the full-on Roscoe nod, o-fish-uh-lee!
  10. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Any shots of her behind? :)
  11. VroomVroom

    VroomVroom Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Doh! Actually, I assume that's a Hipshot thing. Pretty much the same on all of my so-equipped basses, some more than others. More a vertical thing than a horizontal alignment CDO issue, in any case. :D

    I've personally not taken any shots, but here's one captured by Greg @ Rocket Music. I purchased the bass from him, and it's still listed in the site's Roscoe archives.


    Thanks to everyone for all the kind words. This really is a terrific bass. I've always thought that nothing on the planet plays like an SKB five-string. This one is certainly no exception, and it's got amazing fretless mojo.
  12. jebmd

    jebmd Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Lothian, Maryland

    Especially with you standing behind it my friend.

  13. LilRay

    LilRay Commercial User

    Dec 27, 2007
    Between my Roscoe and Leather
    Owner: Cockeyed Cow Custom Leathercraft
    You ain't lying Jerry!:bassist:

    I just wish I had proper fundage so some of that fancy mojo and talent might show up at my crib.;)

    Great price on a great Roscoe from a Fantastic Gentleman.

    Please buy this ASAP!


    God Bless, Ray
  14. Big Brother

    Big Brother

    Feb 13, 2011
    San Diego
    Roving sub-demon
    Considering how pretty this bass is, that post is borderline pornographic... :cool:
  15. VroomVroom

    VroomVroom Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area, CA
    And....sold! Thanks, everyone.

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