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  1. Guys, Genuinely in turmoil about the thought of selling this bass as it’s everything I’ve ever wanted to own since I was a teenager and I’m now 48 !! However, it was purchased not to sit in a ‘glass case’ but to play live and play in the context of a RHCP tribute band (which it has for the last year or so) regrettably as I have Hands like shovels the slim neck causes me to ‘scuff up’ rather too much as it’s just too cramped for my ‘Incredible Hulk Hands’ !! The proportions of a MM Stingray suit me much better and I just have to accept it ! I had the bass professionally appraised prior to purchase so the comments below are not just my suppositions or guesses they are based on my knowledge of the instrument from the seller and the insights of one of the UK’s foremost Fender experts. I know everyone will want to know the weight.... it’s a lovely light weight Jazz.... I’m sure you may want to know the exact weight which I’ll get for seriously interested parties. What this bass is.... It’s a 1962 Slab board Jazz, absolutely THE most resonant instrument I’ve ever held in my hand. It’s got more tones in this than any passive bass I’ve heard. From deep dubby thump to growl and grind.... Jaco / Miller / Geddy it’s all in there.... woody earthy organic but also bright punchy and very present in the band mix. The neck is straight and true and unlike many Pre CBS Jazz basses sets up like a dream, the truss rod works perfectly and the action goes as low as you like and it plays clean as a whistle... The Slap sound from this thing is incredible, the finger style barks with a lovely mid bite underpinned with such a big fundamental with both pickups on full ! There’s absolutely no dead spots... it’s a very ‘even’ sounding bass right across the strings and up and down the neck.... What it isn’t.... It’s not all original or it would be 3 x the price !! Try finding a Pre CBS Jazz these days... they barely exist even through the major dealers they are a rarity and the 62 vintage holds major cudos.... At £4750 it’s a bargain!! Bass Direct had a 61 In recently at £16k (albeit pretty much all original) The likes of Andy Baxter haven’t offered for sale a Pre CBS Jazz for ages (or if they’ve had one it’s gone straight to clients and not been offered to the public) The body was refinned many many years ago and as far as I know the wear is genuine play road wear.... the bass was retired from professional live duty a decade ago needing a refret. The bass was owned by a pro player with some celebrity credits (I’ll tell the buyer about it... it’s interesting but not the sort of history that adds any value) The Finish on the neck is to die for and feels like an ‘old pair of slippers’ The refret was done not by a ‘repair man’ but a ‘master luthier’ and it’s utterly superb visually and in terms of how it plays... I seriously had to beg and plead for him to do the work as he’s so busy building.... I gave him a brief of ‘cost no object’ make it the best it can possibly be (this is a slab board pre CBS Jazz after all) I wasn’t disappointed!!! Other things of note... The bass has been a working instrument all its life and had been played / gigged / recorded extensively. It has that playability / tone and vibe that really only comes with tens of thousands of hours of ‘singing’ as an instrument! As FLEA said about his own Jazz Bass ‘this bass stopped being a tree a long time ago’ The Machine heads are the original reverse tuners as you’d expect and work freely and hold tune perfectly ! The bridge is all original apart from the 2 G string height adjustment screws look to be a little different and slightly less aged ! Pickups are the original units and have been recently hand rebuilt to original specs by a master of this craft. They have been rewound exactly as original using period correct equipment, wire and wax. Pole pieces have been re magnetised and the difference this made to the instrument was incredible ! There is no question they would pass as totally original but again I’m just being 100% honest here.... The pots were RS replacements when I got the bass, I’ve had them replaced with correct CTS / Vintage wiring..the output Jack and Cap are original. The Bell Plate is original but has had the 3 holes countersunk to accept countersunk screws. There’s some debate as to whether the scratch plate is original or not (really how would you know for sure) it’s old for definite but maybe later 60’s... I’m just being as honest here as I possibly can. Assume it’s old (and valuable in itself) but not original and if it is well I’ve underpriced the bass and you’ve got a bonus !! Thumb rest / covers / pick guard screws again all very old.... can I guarantee originality ? ofcourse I can’t.... they might well be nobody really can say for sure....We think the thumb rest is certainly 60’s We think the covers are Fender but later versions or maybe repro ? The strap buttons on the body and the back of the headstock appear to be original. I’m sure there may be stuff I’ve missed or questions to answer before a deal is done however please may I respectfully request the following : 1. The price is firm because it’s very fair... I’m not interested in entertaining the ‘what’s your best price’ brigade.... I don’t need to sell it financially so I’ll probably not respond if that’s your opening gambit ! 2. I’m not looking for swaps or trades, I’m probably going to buy an Alembic at some point and the cash is going towards that. Maybe if you have a MK Sig or Series Bass we could talk but it would need to be ‘classic taper’ beyond that no trades thanks. 3. I’ve been really honest with the description please no pm’s pointing out it’s not all original.... 4. Given currency I’d expect some interest from abroad.... I’d much rather the buyer had this bass in their hands and played it before purchase but I’ll work with any serious buyer who wants to use this bass as it was intended..... But buyer pays shipping and it’s going nowhere without being fully insured ! 5. If the bass has to be shipped I have a Hiscox lite flite case that it can go in. Please read my my feedback for your assurance of excellent service and trustworthiness PM’s please kind Regards Mark
  2. so nice I’m actually considering selling my 62 slab board Jazz in order to buy 🤔
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  4. Natural Ray and Modulus now sold.... 1962 Pre CBS ‘Slab Board’ Jazz now up for sale - after some research and an almost complete absence of anything similar for sale on planet Earth for less than £8k a revised price of £6k is now available The Pre EB Stingray now also for sale @ £1750 pm’s please
  5. It’s incredible ! I have a gig at the end of the month where I want to use it then it will formally be up for sale
  6. I’m up in Sunderland but I do travel about a bit....
  7. After much deliberation and literally dozens of PM’s regarding the 62 Jazz and Pre EB Ray I’ve decided to keep these 2 Basses.... I could have sold them both 20 times but they are keepers.... all others for sale.... Regards & Thanks to all who have enquired Mark
  8. Musicman Stingray Natural / Maple Absolute belter of a bass.... bites and barks like a stingray should but holds down the low end with authority in a band like not all of them do !! Plays superb looks stunning, lovely grain and not anaemic like some natural Basses can be.... the Propper thing....
  9. Apologies busy day at work and now travelling into the evening ill reply to pm’s as soon as poss ATB Mark
  10. Okay so I’ve got 6 Basses that I’m ideally looking to reduce to 3 L-R Modulus Flea 1997 Flea logo first year of production sought after non truss rod in the Purple Sparkle... Lakers sticker just peel off and I have original scratch plate. In the interest of disclosure the neck has some issues, there is very little relief in the neck which means the bass will not set up with a low action, in order to try and resolve this the frets have been dressed down very low from the 5th to the 12th fret. The board has be caught in a couple of places (not that noticable visually but I just want to be honest) The original LP pickup has been replaced with another non branded pickup..... bass sounds great and plays okay with a high action. £1000 SOLD Musicman Stingray Natural / Maple 3 band... absolute stonker !! £800 SOLD Fender Jazz 1962 last of the slab boards pre CBS goodness £6000 (not a bass I want to part with but it pays a tax bill I have coming) Custom Build Jazz made for my 40th Birthday in 2010 incredible spec £1000 Musicman Stingray Pre EB again not a priority to sell but available at £1750 THE most resonant bass I’ve ever heard !! SOLD Musicman Stingray 2 Band with Status Graphite neck OMG what a bass !! £1000 So £11k is a discount for the full lot but some negotiation is possible if you want to buy them all. Obviously more details and pics available on request the pics attached are just a few I have on my phone for now... clearly I’m not expecting to sell a pre CBS Jazz at £6k on the basis of these pics !! sorry but I have to say no trades as I’m looking to sell all or thin the herd as they say.....
  11. Awesome bass !! I wish I could justify in my collection but a pending house move means I’m probably selling rather than buying just now..... 😢
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  15. You have first refusal in those circumstances 👍🏻
  16. Well that was easy 👍🏻 Thanks Chris 🙏🏼
  17. Just completed a deal with Mike.... great comms convenient meet up agreed, no messing no hassle just a straight forward deal with a lovely chap.... deal with confidence all the best Mark
  18. Marcus

    UK Chili Peppers

    Guys, my band The Uk Chili Peppers (RHCP Tribute) are getting our act together with our own YouTube channel.. there’s 3 live recordings on there with a promo vid and done studio stuff to be uploaded soon... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLroBmmjPl_XsSg5-atqyAA It would be great if you could subscribe as we need 100 subscribers to get our own unique YouTube channel hope you enjoy the vids... we only do this for fun and such.... this was actually a charity gig we arranged in aid of Vasculitis UK which claimed the life of a dear friend recently peace x Mark
  19. Thanks Dave, it’s a real surprise it’s still for sale...... brand new at half price 😳
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