Victor Bailey's bass is MISSING!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stewmc5222, Oct 10, 2002.

  1. I just got this from Myron Dove (who got it from Victor Bailey) and thought you guys should know:

    Since Sunday September 30,my beloved "Fender Victor Bailey Bass" has been
    > missing.Between 10:30-10:45 am the morning of September 30th,the bass was
    > checked in at Houston (Tex) I'tnl Airport,Continental Airlines,E-Ticket check
    > in counter.The bass was handed to a Continental employee behind the
    > counter,tagged and taken with the rest of his luggage.After that it's a
    > mystery what happened to the bass.I have the baggage claim tag (#CO
    > OOO5950066),so there's no mistaking the fact that it was checked in by
    > Continental.Upon arrival in Los Angeles I recieved my luggage but not the
    > instrument.Continental has no explanation whatsoever.According to the airline
    > the bag was never scanned.So what does that tell you about your travels these
    > days?
    > 1-I was allowed to board a flight without them ever confirming that the bags
    > I checked were actually on the same flight-scary!
    > 2-If the bag went to another city,as the airline claims it thinks
    > happened,then a piece of luggage was put on a different flight without anyone
    > checking to confirm that it belonged to anyone on that flight-a frightening
    > thought these days!
    > So I have no answers at all.Did it ever leave Houston?Did it go to another
    > city?Was it stolen in Houston?Was It stolen in LA?There are no answers!In the
    > attachment to this email I have included a photo of this bass.This bass is
    > the FIRST official "Victor Bailey Bass" so not only is it MY AXE but it's an
    > historic instument.A rare Fender signature instrument.Years from now long
    > after I'm gone,there will still be Victor Bailey basses out there so it's
    > bigger than me.And that's the original one.I don't know if anyone will be
    > able to help but keep your eyes open for me.
    > DESCRIPTION (see photo in attachment)
    > The VB Bass is a "Jazz Bass" style bass.It has a three piece body.The front
    > is koa (medium brown),the middle piece is rosewood (dark brown) and the back
    > is mahogany (semi-light brown).It has a clear shiny varnish.The neck is maple
    > with a rosewood fingerboard.All hardware is gold.The headstock (area where
    > the tuning pegs are) is stained a medium brown to match the front of the
    > body.At the front of the headstock is Victor Bailey's logo.Identifying marks
    > are as follows:
    > A screw is (was) missing at the jack where the cable plugs in at the bottom
    > of the bass.The screw farthest to the back of the bass is the one
    > missing.Right below that same jack there is a one inch square chunk of the
    > varnish chipped off,from not using a guitar stand.There is a brown leather
    > strap and a set of Dean Markley strings in the case.It is in a Fender
    > case,the new hard "molded case" where the bottom is flat and the top is
    > curved in the shape of the bass.There is a red "Fender" label on the front of
    > the case.Attached to the handle is a yellow baggage tag that reads "Victor
    > Bailey Group".On this tag is a picture if me from the back holding the bass
    > and my address and phone are on the back.This bass is pretty unique and rare
    > as Fender Jazz basses go so it shouldn't be hard to spot should someone turn
    > up with it.If anyone sees or hears anything please contact me (email is
    > best).I am heartbroken! >>

    from the bummin' low end,

  2. icks


    Jul 12, 2001
    Charleroi, Belgium
    **** happens, even to the bests of us ......
  3. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    It'll probably turn up in a few days, lost airline luggage generally does. Not sure how "historically significant" this bass is/will be but I hope he gets it back.
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Jamerson, Jaco and Victor.

    At least he's in good company.

    Hope he had it insured.
  5. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    i like the story about his 66 car red jazz he played with weather report better. after he got the pensa suhr he decided he didnt need it anymore and sold it to one of the nyc stores. someone bought it. now he wants it back and the guy who bought it wont sell it back to him.

    at least hes been able to keep his pensa:eek:
  6. I heard a Pensa the other night. It ruled!
  7. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Baggage handlers always wind up with the best schwag.
  8. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    let's all hope that it turns up.
  9. stroy05

    stroy05 Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2001
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Fodera Basses, Noble Amps, Aguilar Amps, JHAudio Inears
    I will drive down to the IAX and pick it up since i live in houston