Sheehan Wife Replica bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jschwalls, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. jschwalls


    Sep 4, 2007
    Savannah GA
    Here is a picture of my bass project I had John Scott at Bluesman Vintage Guitars bring to life.

    It is a clone of Billy Sheehan's "Wife" bass..

    All the stickers were purchased from collectors, so they are the real deal.

    John painted all the paint specs on the bass and clear coated the body to protect stickers from peeling and further wear.

    the EBO is a 1966 pickup and the P-bass pickups are D.Allen.

    ( I tested all the major pickup makers and found D.Allen to be closest to vintage tone while still having pissed-off midrange and clarity. PERFECT pickup IMHO )

    Bluesman will have more info about bass on his home page in a few weeks.

    The Bass will makes its debut at the Dallas International Guitar Convention April 20-21st, 2012.

    more pics to come later...

    John still has some aging to finish, but I couldn't wait to show it off.

    thanks for taking time to visit this page.

  2. Amazing!
  3. Wow!
    Looks just like the real thing, Billy would be proud.
  4. jschwalls


    Sep 4, 2007
    Savannah GA
    Billy has seen it and loves it. I have shown him progress pics of the bass for awhile now.
  5. That is what road worn is supposed to look like! I love the wife, and this is probably the best looking tribute bass I have ever seen. That is so fantastic!
  6. LowBC

    LowBC Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2008
    Music Go Round - Aurora, CO (owner) We buy used gear!
    Well done, sir!
  7. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Thoroughly Nice Guy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Looks great- I've always wanted a bass like this but have no sonic use for the neck 'bucker. Do you make use of the scalloped section?
  8. Without the mudbucker, the Wife is just a regular old P bass.:confused:
  9. Stu L.

    Stu L.

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    So, will it be available for play ;)
  10. That is amazing. I remember having the poster of this bass from a guitar magazine hanging on my wall when I was a kid. I'd like to know why Billy didnt go to fender to make his Signature bass? I'm sure the Attitude are great basses but nothing looks as cool as a Fender :)
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Fender would charge $25,000 for that.
  12. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Thoroughly Nice Guy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    I agree, and that was my point. I'd have done something* like this long ago if I wanted to use the 'bucker. I didn't need the 'bucker, so I didn't ever do the build.

    * = minus the scallops and stickers and washers- the OP has done a replica, and that's very cool. But mine would have been more "in the style of".

    Billy Sheehan is grown and probably comfortable enough in his own skin to not even have "looks cool" on his radar anymore.
  13. That looks fantastic. Seriously, fantastic.
  14. STUNNING:hyper:


    Mar 26, 2012
    New York
    how can we order one? :D
    awsome job
  16. Question is will Billy order one,still can't get over how good this looks.
  17. odin70


    Dec 26, 2007
    I bet Fender wants him "to come back" and i think someday he will. All the shredders went to Japanese companies (where they where treated like kings) during the early 90s.

    Nice bass!
  18. jschwalls


    Sep 4, 2007
    Savannah GA
    If you go to Bluesman Vintage Booth at Dallas Guitar Convention you can test drive the bass.

    I had this built to be a players bass. It will be used on a daily basis.

    If you are interested in one you can contact John Scott at Bluesman Vintage Guitars.

    .: Bluesman Vintage Guitars :.

    We have plans to build one for Billy, since the original WIFE is in such bad shape that it is not playable for stage use anymore.

    The price tag on this beauty is MUCH cheaper than the $25,000 FENDER would ask for it.
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  19. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Amazing bass & great job.

    Someone needs to do a Mike Watt bass.
  20. geeza


    Mar 15, 2009
    Earth, but just barely.
    I'm not wearing pants
    When's he gonna play it?