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stambaugh owners: need your opinions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by D.A.R.K., Oct 20, 2005.

  1. D.A.R.K.


    Aug 20, 2003
    i recently came across a stambaugh fretless 5 string...
    single-cut, bolt-on, two-piece body(burled maple top)
    ebony fretboard, fret markers(rats!),5-piece neck, 1 humbucker in the sweet spot, volume, bass, treble w/3-position switch....
    great shape, asking price was 1,200.00
    not a super-custom, but a great sounding functional bass...
    what is a fair price for this axe?
    on the site they list for around 1,600.00.....
    input greatly appreciated
  2. They don't seem to depreciate in value. :) It's hard to say if this bass is worth the asking price- to you. To me? No, I'd just pay a couple hundred more & get exactly what I want. If the specs are dead-on what you want, then maybe. As owner of a Stambaugh, I can certainly recommend them, but w/Chris' insanely low(for a full custom)prices, it's perhaps silly to buy used- unless you find a killer deal.
  3. D.A.R.K.


    Aug 20, 2003
    yeah, i went for it...
    it just plays sooo goood!
    even happier to find out the pup/pre is bart...my fav.
    this axe reminds me of the elrick basses i've tried...
    real light, with big tone.
    dual truss, too...nice.
    5 piece neck...maple/purpleheart/m/p/m
    gonna e-mail stambaugh and get the exact spec....
    i primarily play an ns eub, and haven't had a proper bg in years,
    so i was surprised that this was so effortless to play....
    35" scale.
    i'll try to post a pic in a bit.
    oh, guess i'll use this silly little guy... :hyper:
    also, realized it would sell for more than i thought new due to the single-cut. still interested in more opinions.....
  4. Pics, man, pics. Here's mine:
    Edit: How do I get my text down at the bottom of the page(like a caption)?
  5. D.A.R.K.


    Aug 20, 2003
    i'll try for a pic of mine after rehearsal this evening.
    a couple dumb things the previous owner did:
    blacked out the side-position markers(they were in the normal position, like on a fretted) and put dots on the fret-lines...on the maple..
    with black permanent marker :eek: :rollno:
    i am very carefully removing that....also put wood-grained tape
    over the bart and the ebony truss-cover :rollno:
    idiot :scowl:
    well, easy enough fixes, really just clean-up, and it got me another 200.00 off :D
    the bass looks so much better now with a bit o' tlc...
    just wondering how much work it'll be to remove that marker
    completely...it came off the original dot-markers easily. not so easy on the neck-wood. luckily the dolt didn't mess with the truss rods, theyr'e perfect and the neck is set-up great.
    guess i'll contact stambaugh about the neck finish and marker removal...it's not a real problem in the end. new strings, i'll kick it tonite and see how the neck settles.
    amazing action off the bat, tho...couple slight bridge adjustments for the new tapered strings and i believe this is the best action on a fretless i've had(and i've had quite a few)
    pics coming....
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Bet it looks just like this (far left):


    Excellent bass. Buy it.
  7. Chris should start work in a few days on my fretless 7 :eek: , AND I'm working on a trade+cash deal for a fretless 4-string Stammie. I absolutely love how my 6 plays. I always end up playing longer than I meant to, whenever I pick it up. All those fixes shouldn't be too difficult- I'd wait til they were done to take pictures, though. :D
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Here are the specs from Chris:

    New 5-STRING FRETLESS BOLT-ON BASS by Stambaugh Designs

    body - black limba
    body facing - birdseye maple
    neck - 5 piece maple / purpleheart
    fretboard - ebony
    headstock veneer - birdseye maple
    electronics cavity cover - black limba
    fretlines - maple

    bridge - black Hipshot
    tuners - black Gotoh
    knobs - ebony
    screws - black
    strap buttons - black

    pick-ups - single Bartolini MM5 triple-coil
    pre-amp - Bartolini NTBT
    knobs - volume/treble boost-cut/bass boost-cut
    input jack - traditional mounted on the side with football shaped plate black

    side dots - white plastic
    fretlines - maple

    width at nut - 1.75"
    width at bridge - 3.00"
    string spacing at bridge - .75"
    scale length - 35"
    # of frets - 24
    finish - tung oil
  9. D.A.R.K.


    Aug 20, 2003
    ok brad, figures it was yours...
    any idea who got their mitts on it after you?
    really sad the way it was treated, although i got it for next to nothing...
    it's cleaning up real pretty ;)
  10. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    All these Stambaugh threads are KILLING me!!

    just one more month......
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Sure do. I'm the original owner and traded it to a buddy of mine a few months ago after he got a new Brubaker. I just talked to him and asked him what he had done to the bass. Apparently he sanded the top of the Bartolini MM pickup down to put some woodgrain stuff on it. He also re-marked the side dots. Don't ask why;)

    The switch is a coil tap.

    All in all it's an excellent bass. If I hadn't been offered a crazy deal I would probably still have it. I traded it and an Elrick Evolution 4 for this:http://www.talkbass.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=1143&size=big&password=0&sort=1&cat=500
  12. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    I think I'd trade all that and my left kidney for that Brubaker.
  13. D.A.R.K.


    Aug 20, 2003
    well, i gotta thank you for the info, and i guess the bass too in the end... your brubaker is sweet!
    just got back from rehearsal, and all i can say is WOW!
    what an amazing instrument, i'm gonna have to keep this one for sure!
    great character, huge low-end available...lots of tonal variations with the electronics, not one bad setting on the thing!
    glad it's a tung oil finish, that means i can get the last remnants of that marker out even if it means a real light sanding, and then oil it back up. also spoke to a buddy who's going to turn me on to something i can polish the plastic on the pup with and get a nice even shine. the bart logo is gone, but by the sound
    it obviously didn't effect the tone at all.(not that it should)
    i can't imagine what posessed that fella to do this stuff...
    that wood-grain tape looked really sad. oh well, if not for him, i wouldn't have such an amazing instrument for probably half it's cost- maybe even less.
    gotta be grateful in the end, after all.
    tell him i said thanks!
    no need to post a pic- you already covered that.

    p.s. pm comin' at ya
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    The last owner likes to personalize his instruments. He's not in the league of the spider bass or my personal favorite, Rev Jones' fretless Brubaker;)