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Series 10?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by markj123, Mar 10, 2011.


  1. markj123

    markj123

    Mar 10, 2011
    I bought this bass from an old band member for $60 and it was the best investment i ever made i think it was made by a company named Bentley but im not for sure it sounds amazing if anyone has any info on this would be awesome.
     

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  2. You got a total steal if it is like mine. My Series 10 had a street price of around $300 new in the early 90's. The design is loosely based on the Tune Bass Maniac but totally passive. I'm pretty sure they were distributed by St. Louis music in the USA.

    Edited: actually yours looks a bit different than mine. Maybe a later model. Similar but not the same. Your bass looks not to have 24 frets. Do you know if your bass was made in Korea?

    s10_01.

    s10_02.


    Sadly I have to sell mine. I oiled the fingerboard years ago and now I am allergic to the bass.

    Peace,
    S
     
  3. Nobody

    Nobody Banned

    Jul 14, 2004
    gravel
    My first bass was a purple crackle Series 10 exactly like yours. I got it new for my 15th Birthday in 1989. So it's a late 80s model. That's all I know. I didn't have it long because I got distracted by cars.
     
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  4. markj123

    markj123

    Mar 10, 2011
    it was made in korea mine also has a pick up switch to flip from the front to the back i love the bass ill def hang on to it i think that the body styles and looks are supposed to be modeled after bigger name brands
     
  5. I'm glad you like yours, but I had a Series 10 Beatle Bass in the '90s was el stinko. A flimsy toy with weak pups, sloppy workmanship, strings that would fret out. A waste of money.
     
  6. amimbari

    amimbari

    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    ya I had an 91 eclipsePRO crackle finish,
    P1010095-1.
    and still have a 2290 and 2295 matched pair made in 1989
    P1010268.
    as well as a 1987 and 88 before they went to the beakhead:
    P1010081-1.

    that black series10 bass is at the luthiers for a repaint to white with matching head since he had to fix the crack anyway ( thats why in the pic it has 3 strings ), adding a jackson j40 HB where the JJ is, a jackson p jackson preamp and a kahler bridge. ( I got a lot of spare parts around here ;) )

    the bass has a body made of 16 layer plywood typical heavy and before i cracked the head it had a normal p-bass deep resonant tone. the pickup swap, pre and different bridge will turn it into another 80's machine for my collectibles.

    I have a Kramer 710 plywood, and the series10 sounds pretty much the same. I wouldn't use either for noise-free studio recording..lol.

    p.s. the guitars are nothing special either considering what you got for 199.95 back then.
     
  7. I have always wondered if they may have used different suppliers for the different instruments. There is a lot of variation in the designs even between the similar models.

    BTW: I bought my bass new in 89 or 90. It was out of my hands for about 1.5 - 2 years at one point till I bought it back.
     
  8. amimbari

    amimbari

    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    the violin bass was made from 93-95
    that silver one is a MASTER bass 91-93..they also made a 5string version.
     
  9. Are you saying my bass is called a Master? I never knew that. I guess I was off by a couple of years. I lost the original receipt a few years back when I lost my home.

    Thanks for the info. You are the first person who actually has a few details about these instruments.

    Peace,
    S
     
  10. amimbari

    amimbari

    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Suzie, my info comes from an old catalog. when I saved it some of the pics didnt transfer, and the online catalog is long gone, but I'm positive that your silver one is called a Master from the description of features.
     
  11. amimbari

    amimbari

    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I finally got my Series 10 2290 bass back. in post #6 it was black it was broken.

    not any more :)

    so my cheap junk korean plywood unit is back together. The luthier did a hell of a nice job cleaning it up, adding the parts I wanted and repainting it. It is now a "keeper" for sure.
    It was passive p/JJ, now it is active p/HB using my Jackson parts, including a spare Jackson bridge.

    sorry for the quick cameraphone pic.

    hard to see with my cameraphone, but the neck is 1 piece/scarf joint like my charvels and has a really nice flamed pattern on it.

    img_4422.

    IMAG0094.
    .
     
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  12. I had the same exact one!!! I got it after high school for a metal band i was playing in. I picked it up at the local music store an the action was perfect and it was light. I put EMG pickups in it. Got rid of it a year or so later and got a Fender Precision Plus. Yes, they were made by Bentley which I think was part of Saint Louis Music Company.

     
  13. amimbari

    amimbari

    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    that's BENTLY, not Bentley....
     
  14. amimbari

    amimbari

    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    hey gang, I just picked up another series 10 lefty in red
    IMAG0394.
    .
    this one is very clean, same year/headstock and will go right along with my white one :)
     
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  15. Derrick ford

    Derrick ford

    Sep 2, 2017
    i have the exact same bass.got it new in early 90s around 300. still have it...plays great never a problem with it...with rate of inflation that would be low 500hnds today....i say keep it ..made by bently guitars
     

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  16. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    I have a Series 10 bass from the early 90's forgot where I bought it. I gave it to my brother. When he died I took it back. It's a 30 inch scale and fits in an old Kramer guitar case. It has a single P bass pickup and it's passive. The neck is really fat like a baseball bat and if I recall correctly, my friend said the truss rod might have been broken. I've subbed this thread and I'll take some pics. If anyone knows the history behind this particular model, I'd be gratful if you shared.
     
  17. lordraptor1

    lordraptor1

    Dec 8, 2014

    purple crackle was made in 87-89 time frame.
     

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