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S.D. Curlee Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by skotsour, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    I remember these from back in the late 70's early 80's maybe. If recall it, it was pretty pricey and they had Dimarzio pickups...
  2. I remember seeing these all the time back in the early 80's.

    Well made,good sounding basses.With the 2 split P bass pickups,that should be a rumbling machine.

    I say go for it!:hyper:
  3. Jaymi

    Jaymi Pink Bass Man

    Feb 11, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Ampeg , GHS
    Nice, I have one in pieces that sits in the closet and never gets played...they are fun little basses...
  4. skotsour


    Mar 4, 2009
    I'm definitely going to watch it and if the price doesn't get crazy, I'm going to go for it.
  5. Jedisan


    Feb 25, 2009
    East Bay, CA
    Pretty rare bass, especially left handed. They don't pop up very often. Be advised though, I do believe that these were all a 32" scale. Good luck!
  6. Jedisan


    Feb 25, 2009
    East Bay, CA
    Don't know if it makes a difference, but I forgot to mention, Jack Blades of Night Ranger used to, or maybe still does, play one of these.
  7. MD-BassPlayer

    MD-BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I thought he played a similar looking Hamer?
  8. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Oh a lefty S.D. always wanted one, you're lucky I'm broke right now or I would snatch it!
  9. skotsour


    Mar 4, 2009
    Please remain broke for about 5 more days!
  10. skotsour


    Mar 4, 2009
    That just adds to my desire to have it...:D
  11. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    I had an SD Curlee for a couple years in the early 1980s. Wasn't the one pictured in that eBay auction, mine had a less ornate 1-piece body, a single DiMarzio Model 1 pickup, and a totally ghetto-looking handmade brass bridge. But similar maple 32" scale bolt-on neck that passes so far thru the body that the bridge was anchored to the same piece of wood...that was SD Curlee's coolest feature imho.

    I had a love/hate relationship with that bass. Didn't miss it at all after I got rid of it...but then two years later I found an identical model in a studio where I was recording, so I borrowed it for one track and it sounded so much better than the Fender I had brought! It was really depressing actually. :)
  12. Jaymi

    Jaymi Pink Bass Man

    Feb 11, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Ampeg , GHS
    I just put the one I was describing above back together...man what a sound!!!! Mine is the "Liberty Bell" shape....VERY uncommon....now what to do with it??? It is too small for me...


    Aug 22, 2007
    i had the single split coil 32" scale one kinda shaped like a Les Paul jr. great sounding and playing little bass.i really regret sellin it.if the price is nice i say buy it.
  14. Back in the day,I had a buddy who had one.These were compared to Alembics in style and build quality.Nice basses.
  15. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    They were made right here in my own back yard. Good quality with a fair amount of boom for the money. They are selling between $200 and $300 now. The most sought model is a Liberty Bell Shaped body made in 1976. Randy Curlee passed away a few years ago. He was a nice guy.

  16. idontknow


    Sep 22, 2009
    I have one I have yet to see I was told when I purchased it it was a Curlee Destroyer. All the pictures I have seen have SD Curlee stamped on the head stock, Mine is stamped Curlee no SD Not sure if it is an early bass, it has a modified explore shape. If anybody knows any information about this bass or pictures of one of these I would appreciate any information. My E-mail is jw512@verizon.net Thanks

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