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  1. For those of you who are not familiar with Fclef, they are an American boutique whose ties with Fodera go back a number of years (Fodera NYC line has been produced for some time by the same people as Fclef's) and also distributed in Japan under the BottomWave brand. They make tremendous, high-end basses, and are well established in the USA, although still less this side of the Pond. Expect to pay Sadowsky NYC prices for a new one, starting almost at 4,000 USD for a 4-string, 20% VAT, 4% import duty, plus shipping to the UK.... for a total of well over five thousand Dollars, equivalent to more than £3,900!! To get an idea of their quality, the guy in the following link paid USD 5,200 for a new 5-stringer with a couple of options in 2013, and he had a discount too!! https://www.talkbass...guitar.1255640/ You can hear an extensive collection of sound clips at Fclef's audio library: http://www.fclefbass...y-cat_id-1.html Alternatively, on Youtube you can see several videos of Tamas Barabas (Tomika here on BassChat) and others playing Fclef basses. What we have here is a Jazz FCLEF 4 CUSTOM SERIES in Black nitro, vintage neck with white binding and pearloid blocks, designed to look and sound as a '70s Fender Jazz clone when in passive mode, and as a slightly more modern take when active (the current DR strings - the stock strings Fclef basses ship with - are old, but put a fresh set on and you'll have the piano-like tone you can hear in the audio library). Someof the pics were taken in a very airy front room full of daylight, others in the case, in a small back room without natural room, hence the apparent contrast. Full size ash body, slim maple neck, Seymour Duncan Custom Vintage single coils in '70s position, 18V Fodera / Mike Pope 2-EQ preamp (very transparent, it adds a touch of hi-fi without changing much the tone of the bass: volume / tone control working both in active and passive, pan, treble cut/boost, bass cut/boost; gain trimmer in the electronics cavity). Pickup bell cover included (although I have misplaced the screws... sorry). Set with a very straight neck and low action. Standard 19mm strings spacing adjustable by 0.5mm. 4.4kg / 10lbs. Comes in a black tolex case (Warwick, I believe) with black velour interior, with keys, in good shape and in full working order (handle, latches, hinges....). The bass is 100% original and with very light signs commensurate with normal use: a little tarnish on the bridge pickup polepieces and some patina on the tuning keys, the customary scuffs on the headstock, a very little knock through the finish the size of a nail's head on the bottom edge of the body, and in general some grazing/swirls/light scratches really only visible at an angle (on the pickguard and here and there on or behind the body, as a light buckle rash), although all superficial and nothing affecting in any way the sound or the playability. Overall purely minor cosmetic factors to be expected on an instrument that is not new anymore and has seen light use, not abuse. Excellent neck, fingerboard and frets. Price is £1,700 plus shipping, paid with a bank transfer like I usually do here on BC, please. I will only post through the UPS website, as most couriers and all the agents like Interparcel do not insure musical instruments above £1,000 (and in order to fulfil UPS requirements, it will be shipped without batteries, please have your 2 x 9V ready). That makes is £40 for a mainland UK tracked and insured shipment (excl. some remote postcodes and some islands). At the current exchange rate, this makes it priced very low at only 40-45% of a new one delivered to your door from the US!! The ONLY trade I am interested in is a straight swap with a like-for-like Sadowsky UV70 4-string, also black/maple with white inlays and binding, only if in excellent condition (no knocks/dings... especially on the neck), 100% original and capable of a straight neck with minimum relief and very low action. Please do not propose anything else, it will be politely declined. BassChatters with an established history and reputation / feedback on the forum but living outside the UK (although in EU) may contact me, otherwise this is strictly a UK sale. The bass will also be very soon on eBay in order to appeal to the largest possible audience. You can find my feedback at the bottom of the page. Thanks for looking. Claz
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  3. feedback for playbass

    I bought a Fender Jazz from Edward. No problems whatsoever, item exactly as described, fast replies / communications, and the bass was well packaged. I would not hesitate buying again from him. Thanks!! Claz
  4. Feedback For CH161

    Cliff has bought my pre-EB Stingray. An absolutely pleasure to deal with, excellent, fast communication and immediate payment. Thanks for such a pleasant transaction. Claz
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  6. Stingray 94

    That's very nice, with the Flea bridge typical of the period.
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    [quote name='bubinga5' timestamp='1507341312' post='3384899'] Im surprised this hasn't been snapped up. F Clef's are awesome Jazz basses. [/quote] [quote name='KUSKU' timestamp='1507372797' post='3384999'] I give the reason to the partner I have 2 Fclef of 4 and 5 strings and are great bass. [/quote] Thanks guys. Anybody taking the time to go through Tamas' videos would realise why they're terrific. Just to confirm their cost, here's the link to a post where the seller paid USD 5,200 for a new 5-string in the USA, so excl. international shipping, VAT, taxes.... On the one hand he added a couple of custom options like block inlays, on the other hand he had an artist discount!! [url="https://www.talkbass.com/threads/fclef-bass-guitar.1255640/"]https://www.talkbass...guitar.1255640/[/url]
  9. *** SOLD *** 1981 Pre-EB STINGRAY

    [quote name='Quatschmacher' timestamp='1507394127' post='3385219'] The grain on the body is phenomenal! It's got to be the nicest figuring I've ever seen on a MM bass. [/quote] Thanks for your words. The lacquer on the body has remained particularly clear still after all this time, and it allows the grain to come through in all its beauty.
  10. *** SOLD *** 1981 Pre-EB STINGRAY

    [quote name='drewk_ie' timestamp='1507239439' post='3384239'] Still a stunning looking bass, deserves a free bump! [/quote] ... and it sounds great too Thanks.
  11. *** SOLD *** 1981 Pre-EB STINGRAY

    [quote name='lojo' timestamp='1506688429' post='3380442'] I keep looking at this , always wanted a early stingray in this scheme [/quote] "let the dream begin, let your darker side give in...." "let your fantasies unwind, in this darkness which you know you cannot fight..." LOL There's no cure for GAS mate, you know? Tell me about it.....
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