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  1. Updated and revised listing - plus revised price. For sale is my unique, custom, JazzStang bass. As left-handed Mustang basses are rarer than rocking horse dung I created this bass as an alternative using only the finest parts available. Sadly though, the time has come to cull the herd (Covid, Shielding, age, Brexit etc) so it needs to find a new home. The bass comprises the following: Fender USA strings-thru body in Mystic Red (new) Brandoni Jazz bass neck - figured maple with dark rosewood finger board (1990s MIJ new old stock - unused) Black Schaller BML tuners. Fender Mustang bass pickup. Fender reissue 60's Jazz bass bridge pickup. Hipshot black Fender B strings-thru bridge. CTS pots. Black Jazz control plate. Fender USA Jazz knobs SIMS custom made Gold Jazz/Mustang pickguard (earlier SIMS custom black pickguard also available if required). Strung strings-thru with Fender Super 7250 roundwounds. As you can see from the pictures, the bass looks great and it plays beautifully - sound options from a deep Mustang/Precision tone with just the neck pickup on to a snappier sound once the J pickup is engaged. Bass is located in East Sussex - will have to be collection or meet within about 50 miles of Crowborough (or possibly central London train station) The listed price reflects what it cost me to create, but I am open to sensible offers as the bass needs to go.
  2. Left-handed Warmoth Roasted Maple Precision bass neck. Previously fitted to my MIM Fender body . This neck was custom made by Warmoth in Washington State USA. I chose the 'slim taper' option as this has more of the feel of a USA Fender. Frets are 6150 medium jumbo. Nut is a genuine Fender Micarta Precision one. Neck has been finished/sealed with Beeswax polish. It was fitted with Schaller BML tuners - holes will match up with these - other tuners will require new holes. I was not 100% happy with the finish from Warmoth so John at the Bass Gallery in Camden rounded the edges, then leveled and crowned, the frets making the neck smoother and more comfortable to play. To order this neck from Warmoth - including the 3-4 months wait, shipping and UK taxes would be around £350 (not including what I paid the Bass Gallery to tidy it up). Only 'downside' is a small chip - see photo - by the E string tuner hole - covered by the tuner bush when fitted. This neck is as smooth as silk to play, has amazing - Nigel Tuffnell - levels of sustain and a bright tone - well-suited to pic playing but still warm under fingers. I am only selling because its a bit too 'bright' for me - prefer and 'old-skool' rosewood tone with flatties - so I would rather it went to a new home! Postage should be around £15 - I normally use ParcelForce - and local collection should be possible.
  3. Hi, Could be interested if you could let me have a shipping price to Uckfield East Sussex. Also - any problems? - scratchy pots popular on MB gear after a few years - and how noisy is the fan??
  4. Ha, ha... only bought two new Fords - fleet cars - first one's engine nearly seized - thermostat stuck as engine hadn't been degreased by the dealer - still had a Spanish cigarillo packet under the bonnet. Second one's gear leaver went through the floor when you engaged reverse - missing retaining clip on the gearbox!! New Fender Precision - see back in this thread for all the faults!!! 'Pre-loved' every time for cars and basses!!
  5. Always been very impressed with the advice and service I have had from Absolute Music in Bournmouth and GAK in Brighton. Tend to stick to independents whenever possible.
  6. In my - limited - experience shop staff would have got the key and tweaked the bridge, retuned the bass and made sure you could play it. I believe that's called 'service'!!! Sounds like you were very unlucky.
  7. Any reputable dealer would offer a full basic set up as part of the service. Obviously a 'custom' set up, new strings etc would cost extra but the bass should be fit for purpose. Not surprised you left without the bass!!
  8. Makes sense!! My Warmoth roasted maple neck - supposedly super-stable - had shrunk in transit. Only about 0.5mm but it made a difference with the frets. Thanks to John at The Bass Gallery for sorting that out!!
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