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  1. It's actually a pre-L screw, dating to 1963, or could be 1964. Many people confuse these, as the width of the cross on the head is .95782344 mm for both years. The only way to tell the difference is to measure the depth of the cross - for 1963, it's 1.09761524mm, for 1964 it's 1.09761522mm. People who know their Fenders can hear the difference, there's clearly more depth in the sound of the 1963 screw.
  2. I actually love the placement of the stickers on the headstock. It's like they've gone to the internet, made a list of every sticker they could see, sourced those, and said "right, where can we put these"! It's hilarious.
  3. Not true. One of the screws on the scratch plate looks right.
  4. When I first saw the ad, I read it thinking that he'd bought the bass in this state. Given that he's now changed it, maybe he was the one who did the Sadowsky transfer, and I can see where you're coming from. That's funny!
  5. I'm a long time owner of a Sadowsky bass, so am always interested in seeing postings about them, and how much they sell for. Just saw this, and it's the first time I've seen someone deliberately try to fake a Sadowsky. Credit to the seller, he clearly states it's not real, so there's no shenanigans going on. I just thought it was interesting that someone would do this. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Custom-5-String-Jazz-Bass-Guitar-w-Sadowsky-Preamp/323896191816?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D40733%26meid%3De88556e320824350a8eabfb24eb54779%26pid%3D100623%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D264441223492%26itm%3D323896191816%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100623.m-1
  6. So my understanding is that a company (usually in Japan/Asia) would create the instruments, and then you'd have a distributor in each country taking a boatload, branding them for the local market, and away you go. Is that about it? Whenever I see those tuners, they make my cringe!!!! Hahahaha!
  7. Do you think? If you remove it from the low end of the neck, you're simply replicating what we do when we fret a note - in a way, it's basically the same idea as what a capo does on a guitar. I think if you took if from the other end of the neck, then you'd have problems (I think .... ).
  8. I seem to remember reading an article with Bill Wyman years ago where he said he'd got a Steinberger, but he didn't like it because he wasn't keen on long scale basses, so they modified it by cutting off the first fret (or so - I can't remember how much he said was chopped off). This is from an article probably 30, 35 years ago, I'd guess in Guitar Player magazine, and I hope my memory isn't playing tricks on me!!! I never saw a picture of the bass, but going from what he said, the bass you've linked to certainly looks similar to how he described it. Amazing - I actually found the article here.
  9. The bass in the original post is exactly the same as the bass I played on in high school, only that had a different brand name - "Tempo". I remember the pickup, the tele style bridge, the tuners and the metal plate over the truss rod. The was very early on in my bass playing, and with time I came to notice all the difference between it and a real Fender - the obvious being the pickup, but then realising all the other little differences as well. I don't think I've ever seen another bass with at Tele type pickup until you posted this. The tuners, on the other hand, are really typical for basses from this period.
  10. What an informative thread this has turned out to be!!! So you guys know him? Like I said above, I thought his collection was very impressive, as I've never seen so many old Yamahas in one place like that, and he has some models I've not even seen before. However, as you've both suggested (and was also suggested above) his prices do seem to be on the high side. I guess at the end of the day, if his prices are too high, people won't touch his auctions.
  11. Very informative post, I really enjoy reading stuffing like this. As an aside, people should check out the seller's other auctions. He has an amazing collections of old 70s and 80s guitars, largely old Yamahas. His prices seem a little high, but it's would be hard to imagine seeing a collection like that anywhere else. Looking at it, I was actually wondering if he wasn't some famous musician from the 80s flogging off his old gear.
  12. That made me laugh! Brutal, but honest. You said there's nothing special, but I dunno ..... sure, you haven't got a room full of L-Series Fenders, but there's some really interesting basses in there. The SUB is a GREAT bass, the old Ibanez is really interesting, and those old Jedson are great looking basses. I think it's a really interesting group of instruments.
  13. Would it be out of order to ask you to list what these all are? I can identify most, but there's a few interesting ones can't quite pick. One I'm really interested in is the single cut leaning against the way, behind the black Fender. Is that an old Kay? What do you think of it?
  14. It's insane to think that an amp of this quality is going for that price. SWR amps from this period are about as good as it gets.
  15. 5 basses 1966 Fender Jazz 1966 Fender Precision 1982 Steinberger L2 1985 (ish) Maton JB4 2002 Sadowsky Plus a few guitars
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