Wow, some awesome stuff on here!
Mexican Fender Precision Bass - Red, White Scratchplate, Rosewood Fingerboard. Acquired at the tender age of 12, this bass was nearly as long as I was tall, and I've not grown much since. Sold to fund the Washburn below
Squier HM5 5 string - Metallic Blue, Rosewood Fingerboard. My first 5 string bass, and actually a really good instrument. I do regret moving it on. It too went so I could acquire a Washburn 6 string bass however. Seeing as these things are fairly rare, here it is in my parent's living room, in the very early 90's >>
Washburn MB6 6 string - Alder body, Rosewood Fingerboard. My first 6 string bass and I’ve never really looked back from having “too many strings”. Not a very exciting bass but well made bass and very much served a purpose. Sold to fund the Vester Jazz.
Homemade 6 string Fretless - I made a bit of a beast of a bass when I was 16, at evening classes reserved for Baroque instruments like dulcimers and weird oboes, but the teacher owed my Dad a favour and had been a bass player in a previous life, so he was interested to see what it was all about. Originally, it had a 2 piece Olive Ash body with a bolt on Wenge/Mahogany 3 piece neck and a raw Wenge fingerboard, EMG DC pickup, Schaller Tuners and a Wilkinson Bridge It was a 36” scale instrument, and even though it ended up being my main bass for several years, it was a struggle to play for long gigs or sessions and I eventually retired it, only for it to be resurrected and tastefully improved later on by none other than @Andyjr1515 who turned it into a 31.5” bass, as is my now preferred scale length, he chambered the body, added a sexy Katalox top, made a new 3 piece Mahogany/Walnut neck with an Ebony fingerboard and added a Warwick Bridge. It remains a permanent part of my stable, and always will. Read more about it here >>
Vester Jazz Bass - Glossy Black. 70’s style Jazz Bass copy, with a Tortoise Scratchplate, and Rosewood fingerboard. Really really nice jazz copy. Eventually got broken down for parts for project basses that never happened, and then sold off in bits.
Bassix Tinky Winky Purple Flying Vee Upright - Bit of a wild one, and not an experiment that stuck with me, but it was fun for a while. I have no idea what it was made of, but it was purple, with a maple fingerboard and black tape wound strings. Didn’t sound like an upright, didn’t sound like an electric bass, still very cool though and nicely made. Sold on this forum.
Fender Mexican Jazz Bass - Same spec as my Vester Jazz above. No better no worse, but didn’t really gel with it. Sold on.
Cheapie Spector - Super cheap bass, one of their entry level offerings in black. Not a great bass if I’m honest. Tried in for a decent flight case.
Warwick Thumb Bass BO 5 string - My first proper high end instrument, and also my heaviest! From the ear where Warwick were clearly also making Wenge Baseball Bats. Ovankol body, Wenge neck and fingerboard, insane weight, but your reward is a fantastic sound, heavier basses do sound better to my ears. Sold on to fund my Shuker 4 string below.
Shuker Single Cut 6 string - My first fairway into he world of custom basses. Amboyna drop top, on Ash, 5 piece Maple/Wenge neck, Rosewood fingerboard, 33” scale, EMG DC pickups and Shuker’s own 3 band EQ, which is a very nice circuit. With this being my first custom, I got a few things wrong, but I played it happily for several years and eventually moved it on, on this forum.
Shuker Jazz Bass - Gloss Black sexy wee thing. Black Walnut body, 5 piece Mahogany/Wenge neck, Rosewood fingerboard, 33” scale, EMVJV pickups. Modified with an ACG EQ02 preamp, and then sold on here, miss this one sometimes.
ACG Finn SC Classic 5 string - My first ACG, the start of an obsession. Swamp Ash body, Wenge neck, AI Bloodwood fingerboard, 33” scale, single RFB pickup and ACG EQ02 preamp. An amazing bass, and my main bass for some time. Eventually sold on to our very own @SiBob. Sorely missed.
ACG Finn SC Classic 6 string - Ziracote top, Wenge back on Ash, 5 piece Wenge/Flamed Maple neck, Ebony fingerboard, 33” scale, two SB pickups and a John East U Retro 3K preamp. Fantastic bass, but I had new ideas. Sold on here, can’t recall who too…
ACG Finn SC Classic 5 string fretless - Rose Myrtle on Spanish Cedar chambered body, 5 piece Maple/Bubinga set neck, Ebony fingerboard, 33” scale, 2 SB pickups and ACG EQ03 preamp. Absolutely incredible sounding and playing fretless bass, but moved on to The Netherlands to fund other things.
ACG Finn - Tulipwood on Alder body, Wenge neck and fingerboard, 33” scale, 2 FB pickups in slim casings, simple John East preamp. Lovely bass, but for some reason I just didn’t quite click with it, probably due to me being obsessed with Single Cut Basses. Sold on.
ACG Krell SC E-Type 5 string - Figured Maple on Ash, all coloured in Black, 5 piece Maple/Wnge/Purpleheart neck, Pau Ferro fingerboard, 33” scale, PB and RFB pickups and an ACG DFM preamp. Another amazing ACG but my interest in shorter scales meant I had to move it on. Another one sorely missed though. I did enquire about having Alan turn it into a 31.5” 6 string, but it was too much effort for all involved.
ACG Salace SC E-Type Headless 6 string - My first headless bass, and my first 31.5” bass too. Koa top, Mahogany back on a Spruce core, 3 piece Ash neck, Cocobolo fingerboard, 31.5” scale, 2 FB pickups and a John East Unipre preamp. An amazing sounding, and playing bass, so compact yet so rich in every capacity, for me anyway.
ACG Recurve - Mexican Kingwood on Black Limba body, 3 piece Ash/Wenge neck, Wenge fingerboard, 31.5” scale, PB and SB pickups and a John East/ACG P Retro preamp. Amazing little bass, and wish I could get back at some point. Very light, yet very gnarly sound. Sold on here.
ACG Krell SC E-Type Headless Fretless 6 string - To complement my fretted headless 6er, I had to have a fretless of course. Fractal Birch top on an extra thick chambered White Limba body with a thick Purpleheart veneer, 3 piece Wenge/Purpleheart set neck, Macassar Ebony fingerboard with Purpleheart and Maple lines, 31.5” scale, 2 FB pickups, hard wired in Parallel and an ACG DFM preamp. I absolute adore this bass too.
ACG Finn SC Classic 6 string - Pretty much the bass I would’ve bought when I ordered my first bass from ACG, had I known what I know now. Black Limba body, Wenge neck, Pau Ferro fingerboard, 31.5” scale, single RFB pickup and a John East Unipre. Simple 6 string workhorse with a really solid punchy tone.
ACG TKO Modern - Awesome, more traditional sounding bass for me. Flamed maple on White Limba, coloured in a little bit black, 3 piece Ash neck, also coloured in black, Rosewood fingerboard 30.5” scale, reverse PB pickup and passive Vol/Tone controls. String up with TI Flats and it’s a real vintage sounding beastie.
ACG RetroB 5 string - Super Jazz on steroids. Flamed Maple on Swamp Ash body, 3 piece Maple/Wenge neck with Cocobolo fingerboard and AI Maple blocks, 2 SB pickups and John East Unipre preamp. Simply divine. I’ve always hankered for a super jazz bass in looks and sound but never managed to get something sorted, but here it is now!
ACG Mikro ChubstRR 6 string - Crazy little bass with a 26.5” scale, bit of a mad idea, but it just works! Flamed maple top and back on White Limba body, coloured din a bit black, 5 piece Maple/Bubinga neck, AI Maple fingerboard, 26.5” scale, 2 FB pickups in slim cases, John East Unipre preamp. Currently strung up E to F, but I have some custom strings on the way from Newtone so I can try this tuned B to C.
Phew, that is a hell of a lot of basses!
Trying not to not sell anything now, and just accumulating until I’m found out