Do you have 10 minutes, please let me tell you a story……
The gouges, scuffs, rash – that my friends is real player wear, not fake, not imagined, not created on a work bench. I know the 50+ year history of this bass as I bought it from a prominent friend who bought it from a prominent friend. This bass was used 5 to 7 nights a week for decades. Those wear marks are another mans soul imbedded in a guitar. This is a bass you either get it or you don’t – if you don’t it, I will not and cannot explain it to you.
We bought the bass it was a worn out disaster. The frets were totally shot, worn to nothing and that was with FLATWOUNDS! The board is very nice however. The nut was half gone, one of the bobbins was shot. Please see the photos of before the restoration. I called my friend John Scott at Bluesman Vintage, we shared some photos and he said, ‘Keebs, you are gonna have me restore this – right?’. The restoration effort was spectacular.
So about the restoration - The bobbin was expertly rewound. The bass was expertly refretted with a mid 60s style fret. A new nut was cut. The finish – The refin is so good, so honest, it has passed for real – it’s unbelievable. The finish was applied to look as if the bass was not refined – there was no exaggeration to the wear into the wood. It took over 6 months to get exact.
So what are the parts?
Lets cut to the chase – The bass plays SILLY. She sounds INSANE. She has a long history. Yes shes mostly there sans the pots and like all war dogs, there were repairs. We know EXACTLY what we have and with a clean 59 rosewood bass at 12k plus, we know the value. Like I said, shes not for everyone but folks who know me, most of my personal basses well, kinda look like this. My 58 2-tone P, My old 60 that my friend Tino owns and my old 63 that my friend Henry owns look like this. You either get it or you don’t. This is a great bass. It will come with some sort of a quality, but non-original case.
All prices are in USD.