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What’s The Unicorn in Your Bass Collection?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CaseyVancouver, Mar 24, 2020.


  1. dr doofie

    dr doofie

    Jul 6, 2017
    I think the photo itself is awesome
     
  2. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    My discontinued Fender Jazz 24. They're becoming more rare every day. I got it from the original owner here on TB, and it's a marvelous bass.
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  3. Symphony2040

    Symphony2040 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    I always wanted one of those! Still mad that Fender hasn't done something similar in recent years.
     
  4. BassmanM

    BassmanM

    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    I really like this one. What exactly is it?
     
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  5. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
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  6. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    Mine is My Carlo.
    NBD: My Carlo. Lakland lines but with a little something extra.
    It's so different without being out-there and such a fantastic combination of almost everything I could want in a bass in terms of the odd neck specs (35" 4 string 1.75 nut, shallow draft) Jatoba and Birdsye combination with Birdseye blocks, etc... Most folks I show it to have never seen anything quite like it.

    I suspect that Carl gladly would build another one if requested, but I would never be able to afford to have such an instrument built for me. However, I stumbled across it in his shop at near half price because it was used so it's even more of a unicorn and a "meant-to-be" story for me.
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    It's also a bit interesting in that he built one or two similar instruments, one of which appeared in Tim Commerford's hands in Bass Player.

    My Wendler almost qualifies as well. It's not a must-have instrument for most folks, but there aren't many around and It's a pretty rare bird. NBD: Wendler Electrocoustic (Custom Cedar-Bodied 35" Fretless)
     
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  7. Sixgunn

    Sixgunn

    Jun 6, 2012
    Colorado Springs
    I don't wait 30 minutes after eating, to go swimming.
    Why? are people destroying them?? ;)
     
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  8. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Two Unicorns - one now residing in someone else's stable. The first is a prototype Lakland 34" 5-string fretless. My understanding is that Lakland built 35 34" 5-strings before instead committing to the 35" 55-94 geometry. The original Bartolini was replaced with a Nordstrand MM 5.4, and a prior owner modified the toggle to do single-coil/parallel/series, but the Bartolini was still part of the package when I sold it to a good home. Another neat feature - side lines where frets would lie between the properly-placed side dot markers. Light, playful, responsive, a really fine bass, and I'm pleased to see it land in a good, new home. Selling this reflects my attempting to draw the line against becoming a collector...it was hard to let go.

    The fretless inspired the Carl Pedigo build that follows. 34" 5-string, light ash body. Seymour Duncan NYC soaps, John East preamp with master tone control and variable midrange. The 3-way toggles go to coil selection or parallel - I was originally inspired by the series/parallel/single-coil system on Fender's Roscoe Beck line, but Carl convinced me otherwise, and I'm glad he did. Insane birdseye maple neck, and what looks like an East Indian rosewood fingerboard, and 22 vintage frets. I was looking for dark, deep native timbre, and Carl delivered exactly that. I have some other good or fancier basses, but this is the one I most often take to a gig.

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  9. bigmikebass

    bigmikebass Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2009
    Fairview Park , Ohio
    62-1/2?
     
  10. Harold Runyan

    Harold Runyan

    Apr 27, 2015
    Ashland, KY
    No idea why the pic posted twice, sorry!
     
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  11. Kevin Teed

    Kevin Teed

    Mar 8, 2013
    It's got a Jan '63 body with '62 neck and pots.
     
  12. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i've posted this ax all over TB. but it's truly a "unicorn" for me. i don't care for Ps, but i've always wanted a maple neck/fingerboard, so this is what emerged from a glarry + parts. also: the tuning machines may be extra special as no one in their right mind would pay $200 for these carbon fiber pieces...except a unicorn hunter! :laugh: i'm posting the ax with the player for an 'action shot' thing:

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  13. Kevin Teed

    Kevin Teed

    Mar 8, 2013
    Because it looks so nice, you gotta post it twice!
     
  14. jgroh

    jgroh

    Sep 14, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    I did! I forgot to mention that its a 1984 Wal MKI
     
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  15. bigmikebass

    bigmikebass Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2009
    Fairview Park , Ohio
    Thanks!
    I love that description.
     
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  16. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Maryland, USA
    My unicorn is definitely my one-of-a-kind (literally the only one in existence), handmade Overwater J5 fretless. I'm having the neck refinished on it as we speak, to give it an even more playable feel. Everything about it is amazing.

    Although this Bluesman Vintage Deville T2 will probably be another unicorn, when it gets here in a couple of weeks.

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  17. Sixgunn

    Sixgunn

    Jun 6, 2012
    Colorado Springs
    I don't wait 30 minutes after eating, to go swimming.
    Kind of a unicorn. Prometeus Majesty. The owner said it was his personal bass and I think it's the only one of it's kind. He makes everything including the pick ups. It sounds kind of like a pissed off Rickenbacker. Very growly! :)

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  18. UNICORN BASS

    UNICORN BASS

    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Didn't go through the whole thread but here goes. Unless someone else posted one this is a real Unicorn, rarer than proverbial hens teeth, or, er, Unicorns.:roflmao::laugh::thumbsup:
     

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  19. TheLowDown33

    TheLowDown33 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2009
    NJ
    There are some exceptionally nice instruments in this thread wow
     
  20. BassBuzzRS

    BassBuzzRS

    Oct 18, 2005
    Norway
    Hold it right there. A unicorn is a fable animal that does not exist. The word is not open for personal interpretation of what you would like the word to mean.
     
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