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Yard Sale Find!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Snakeman1066, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. So on my way home from work i spot a yard full of guitars....so naturally I had to stop and take a look


    I found a 1974 Penco 4001 Rickenbacker copy....

    These came out of the Hoshino Gakki factory which also produced Greco and Ibanez...

    Apparently Greco was a west coast thing and Penco was an East coast thing...

    anyway somebody stripped the body of it's paint...it's missing some of it's binding...and the pots appear to be frozen...

    but i figured for $40.00 it had the bones to be a nice project...
  2. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    Sweet! I would have been all over that and I have a real ric!

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Fun story, all the best with it Man! :cool:
  4. AWESOME !! I love stories like this. That's a killer price. I bet with a little work, you can get that baby playing really nice.:)
  5. Aww... Lucky! I never see yard sales with instruments.
  6. this guy must have had at least 30 instruments for sale...even some douglas six stringers..lol

    he had this bass and another bass which i think was an axl of some kind...five stringer...color shifting paint..absolutely hideous...

    told me he got this in a trade and just never did anything with it...
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Nice grab congrats.
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    appears to be two very nice wood caps sandwiching a darker piece of wood....routes are really well done...
  9. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Nice score! A bit of work and you will have a nice bass. I love deals like these and scored an old Mayfair beetle bass at a yard sale for $50.00 a few years ago..old school thump.

    Just this week I scored a 89' Squier II made in Korea for $65.00. The neck was bowed like a banana and the pots and jack were shot. I figured it was worth the parts alone at that price. The other day I got the nice maple neck straighted out perfectly, tonight I installed new pots and a jack. The bass is awesome and well worth the efforts. Good luck.
  10. now to decide what color to paint....i was thinking originally i would stain it but with the two different color of woods showing it's going to have to be paint...

    thinking sparkle white with pearloid guard?

    Shelby Blue with a racing stripe?

    Hard Candy Rootbeer?

    something you would never see on a Ric....
  11. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    Just did my 85 Jazz Special sparkle white. It has silver, gold and red flake in it. Here it is before spraying the gold and red.

    Attached Files:

  12. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    $40! wOW.
  13. SnakeMan, I think your pretty close to me. A friend of mine wanted me to go with her to check out an acoustic guitar, but never called the guy. They sent me a link to a Craigslist Garage sale with a lot of instruments. The guy had acoustic guitars, a 5 string acoustic bass and a bunch of entry level Basses, But I remembered seeing a similar Ric copy in the line up.
  14. I think shelby blue with a racing stripe would be delicious.
  15. wow, what a sweet deal! i had a bolt-on Seville branded copy a few years ago that was so much fun to play... and I gladly paid 10x what you snagged this for.

    if that was my project i'd spray it sonic blue nitro, beat it up a little bit, have a nice brownish tortoiseshell pickguard made, and sand down the back of the neck.... or 'vintage' tint the back of the neck. mmm.
  16. If it was in Fresno near Dakota and West...Probably the same guy..he also had a five string squier with MM style pups in it...
  17. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    How about black?

  18. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    mary kaye white? never seen a ric wtih a trans white finish before. a black guard as well.
  19. nope plenty of Jetglo's out there..lol and a black bass on a dimly lit stage wearing dark clothing..lol been there done that...

    I want something very unusual on a Ric Body style...

    latest idea is an American Flag motif...
  20. I thought about that..white with black hardware and black guard...but the neck is also bound in white...don't want to have to re-bind the neck....don't want to make more work for myself than i already have..lol