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  1. Hard to tell 100% from the photo but that looks like a hybrid guard to me (they can still break and distort, just not as easily as the all celluloid ones - the celluloid top layer still shrinks but the PVC layers much less so). The reason I say I think it's one with PVC base layers is the very thin black layer which is typical for those. The all celluloid ones tend to have a much thicker black layer by comparison - as well as slight translucence to the white layers.
  2. Very nice bass. The guards on '65s and '66s were often hybrids - celluloid tort layer on top of PVC rather than celluloid white-black-white. These are great in they have the real celluloid look but they hold up much better over time and don't shrink as much or crack/break as easily as the earlier all celluloid ones.
  3. Perhaps call the one he has listed now a bargain then? Certainly compared to the used P for £1800. Not sure which you mean for £1600 but agree that's good value for money. To clarify, I think John's instruments (and restoration work) are under-priced. The thing with the P bass strikes me the same as ticket scalping or other examples of inflated resale.
  4. Much more reasonable price on that one, too.
  5. He does not charge more for SB. If this P is the same one I think it is it was listed several weeks before your Jazz and the Jazz was priced higher. I really considered buying the Jazz at the time (and wish I did as I'm in the EU and would have to tack on additional VAT if I were to buy one now). Besides, a proper vintage blonde is itself a burst of sorts, albeit subtle; the outer edge should be sprayed opaque to cover end grain and lamination joints. This is a detail even the Custom Shop instruments missed for years. On the restoration of my '66 J he did it over a SB and the upcharge was nominal. It was sort of a shame as he sent photos while in progress and it was an absolutely beautiful SB! I don't know if the tactic of trying to sell for more than new is going to work. I think Oliver is correct and around 1500 has been what most I've seen go for used (which is still great retention of value for any new instrument).
  6. Yeah, I was trying to remember. I think it's had another 100 added on over what it was new IIRC, though not absolutely certain.
  7. That's exactly it. And when he posts a completed bass (or guitar) they almost always sell within a day. The bass in this OP was a real exception in that it was on his site for about a week. I recall this same (I think) P-bass from just a little earlier and the price was the same or perhaps even less than the asking price in the ad, so that's interesting to see. I had him do a restoration and he actually did give regular updates and send photos along the way. I had no problems with his communications. It looks like he just checks email once in the morning and again in the afternoon and then focuses on the work as he's a one person shop. One can see how his groove would get thrown off by constantly having to interrupt what he's doing to answer the phone. Plus when it's in email it can be referred back to so no subjective misinterpretation of phone conversations. His work is top level and miles beyond stuff like Nash.
  8. Pretty much the same price as new.
  9. PS it's over sunburst. Also back of the neck still is original finish.
  10. Just to show the difference, first image the headstock from the bass in the listing. It's not poorly done but not remarkable.Tthe 'wear' was clearly sandpaper/buffing compound. Looks like no clear-coat. Again, I could do similar as a weekend project in a garage. The pink one is my '66 refinished by Bravewood (no issue on the decal as the bass is a genuine '66 Fender).
  11. Usually customers doing so after the fact. But they are accurate enough that it would make it easy to get ripped off by someone reselling and misrepresenting. I know Bravewood marks inside the pickup cavities to help prevent this.
  12. No, he builds the necks and bodies himself. They are much more accurate on the small details.
  13. Yeah, trying to be diplomatic. I find Nash's 'aging' over obvious - particularly on the necks. I've sprayed nitro myself and see the Nash guitars and basses as kit instruments just put together by someone else. I could do the same - I could not, however, approach what Bravewood (or Clive Brown) does. Whole other level of skill and done with an artist's eye.
  14. I've owned way too many genuine vintage Fenders and think the Bravewoods get much closer to the 'vibe' of the real ones than the Nashs and the aging looks far more authentic. Also Bravewood scratch builds his necks and bodies where, so far as I'm aware, Nash has been off the shelf parts - like Allparts, etc - and then finishes and assembles.
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