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Upton Superswing! (NBD) pawn shop find.....

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Deano Destructo, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo MusicMan & Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    So I was browsing around the internet and Upton site yesterday and thinking of just how much I missed owning an upright (I sold my blond Thompson RM-100 last year and an Engelhardt Swingmaster prior to that). I've been thinking if I purchased another I'd be wanting an Upton Standard but was a little disappointed in that they no longer offered a blond finish and also the price for the standard was a little out of my reach at the moment so I resigned myself to a long waiting game. Not to mention that the chances of stumbling across a used one in my area (no where near Connecticut) that was more affordable were pretty slim.

    Cut to me getting off work, hoping to avoid traffic and stepping into my local pawn shop nearby my office. They generally carry a lot of instruments for a pawnbroker (even have a soundproof demo room to try things out) but after perusing for a bit nothing really grabbed my attention. Then I walked toward the back of the store where they keep their acoustic guitars along with brass instruments and there it was. A blond 3/4 size upright. :wideyed:
    "Huh" I said to myself thinking it'd probably be some sort of chinese knock off. So I walked up to take a peek in the F hole using the light on my phone. It read Upton Superswing made in Conneticut right in the good ol' USA. :wideyed:

    I almost dropped my phone. :nailbiting:

    After giving it a good going over and seeing it was in amazing shape I immediately called the guy over to tell him I'd take it. He even threw in the hardcase for free and it came with the bow, quiver, installed with bumpers and a Rev Solo II pickup. All the upgrades and items I would have wanted. SO INCREDIBLY STOKED!! :woot:

    So my question is did I do pretty well on the price ($2250 for everything) and does anyone know what year Upton stopped making this model?

    Not sure how Upton does their serial numbers but this once had these two numbers hand written on the label inside - 2009 & 221

    Is the first number the year?

    Here's a quick pic from the store-

    Last edited: Aug 3, 2016
  2. Considering that you got exactly what you wanted plus some extras, $2250 sounds like a fair price.

    Your bass was made in 2009, and is the 221st UB Standard made in the US.
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  3. sevenyearsdown

    sevenyearsdown Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    Congrats....and I can't believe that showed up in a pawn shop.
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  4. Remyd


    Apr 2, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
    Wow. I want one!
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  5. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo MusicMan & Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    Thanks fellas! :)
    Does anyone know what year Upton stopped making the Super-swings or the UB Standards in this finish?
  6. jmpiwonka


    Jun 11, 2002
    damn, nice find!!
    i'm in austin and many times think i should run into pawn shops as i pass them, but i always tell myself there will never be any good instruments in them...
  7. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo MusicMan & Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    Of all the places I've lived Austin's seem to be the best (at least over NYC, PDX and Seattle). Must be since there's such a wide variety of musicians located here and types of music genres they cover.
  8. BobKay

    BobKay Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2012
    Estero, Florida; USA
    Just call Upton. Someone there will answer your questions. Probably Eric.
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  9. MTN.bass72

    MTN.bass72 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2010
    Blue Ridge, Ga
    Pawn shop find!!?? Dang!!
    I've been looking into getting my first upright. Have checked into every one you listed. Even Upton,especially since its US made... I'm drawn to a Blonde, but was bummed they don't make them.
    Killer, fantastic find!!
    Keep us posted on playability and sound
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  10. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    What KFS said. It's what you wanted, it's there in front of you at that moment and you got to scope it before you paid. Never gets better than that!

    I had one of those cases (which were not from Upton). It fell apart. I hope you have a better result than me.
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  11. Bigbassguy


    Jun 5, 2017
    My superswing is a 2008 hybrid and it's wonderful. Im using Evah weich strings and it sounds great!
  12. Bigbassguy


    Jun 5, 2017
    I found mine in a pawn shop.
    It has a crave top! Wonderful bass!
    Play on!

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