ARIES Senes VS 6 Custom Signature, hyper rare, unique model !
Asking price : £2245 GBP !!!
In fully working condition and real good condition. This bass has never been modified, except for the changed strap pins.
Here are the specifications :
Body : 7 pieces with, in order of appearance, red alder top, wenge veneer, maple veneer, mahogany core, maple veneer, wenge veneer, red alder back
Neck : 5 pieces neckthrough flamed maple, wenge, maple, wenge, flamed maple
Fingerboard : Macassar ebony
Frets : 24
Headstock : 3 + 3
Tuners : Hipshot Ultralite
Pickups : Aries Custom Neodymium humbuckers
Preamp : Aries Custom Solfegio 3 bands 18 Volts
Controls : volume (active / passive), blend, bass, mids and treble, 1 switch per pickup for series / single / parallel modes
Bridge : Hipshot Type A
Strings spacing at bridge : 18 mm
Nut : brass
Truss rod : dual action
Strings spacing at nut : 9 mm
Knobs : Aries Custom wood following the same pattern as the body
Scale : 35"
Hardware colour : gold
Finish : gloss
Land of craftsmanship : Croatia
Serial number : 010109
Year : January 2009
Weight : 5.4 kilos
Action : from 1,5 mm under the C string to 2 mm under the B string at 12th position
Will come with a generic semi-rigid case.
Non-smoking environment, as usual.
The Šabić brothers, at the origin of the brand, are, for one, classical luthier and, for the other, electronics engineer. They manufacture instruments of excellent craftsmanship and with handpicked electronic components. Unfortunately, they stopped the production of their always unique and hand-made instruments to work for a brand-name Custom Shop three years ago ... This is, therefore, a unique instrument made to measure for an Italian bassist and I am the third owner. It is an ultra-versatile and super rare bass.
The new price in 2009 was around 4.500 Euros…
The bass has been fully set up professionally. It has two new batteries and has been fitted with a brand new set of LaBella Super Steps SS45CB strings (29 - 45 - 65 - 85 - 105 - 128).
Link to all the high resolution photos and the below sound clip : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1eich-IrjiKGxx3wAHupJPHlKSj_bNxjh
Link to a video made by my friend Vincent :
Here, a sound clip recorded with this very bass, except for the fretless intro and outro, by the same Vincent : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jezFSCAl3S_3Yl_dNcurxnARbRvVeAZ5/view
What you see is what you get !
Look at the pictures taken under different lights to see the real condition : some few marks, especially close to the bottom strap pin and the usual light scratches, but nothing serious at all.
Prompted by a post elsewhere on BassChat, I replied with this link to a set of very helpful videos by @Sheldon Dingwall.
I am reposting here in the Repairs And Technical forum and will ask to make this a sticky for future reference.
First custom order for me.
(from a luthier in Northern france)
I'll try to make a brief description of what I have tried over the years and what I am looking for.
I have had only one bass bought new back in 1996 : an Ibanez ATK300, and tried a fair number of second hand instruments, from the cheap old Japanese marvels to the modern and dull American Fender (am I biased ?).
From this I have gathered things that prove to work for me :
- Lightweight is not necessarily a quality
- Ash body and maple fingerboard really sing
- Those woods when figured look good
- Hipshot lightweight tuners and A style bridge are excellent (from @TheGreek's Overwater custom jazzbass with all the qualities above)
- A Precision pick-up is all I need. Passive.
- ...but the neck pickup on a vintage Rickenbacker sounds really superb
I have turned 40 and decided to thin down the herd and spend a freaky amount of money on a bass that will try to gather those things I like.
An Atelier Z , a 78 Precision (of which I want to compare the sound with the bass to come before it leaves) and maybe another Yamaha BB should soon be on the marketplace.
It will look like this :
Flamed maple neck with natural pearl block inlays, 21 frets, 6 bolts, 41mm at nut
Flamed ash (never seen this before, and the guy has a whole French flamed ash tree drying in his workshop) : looks really good
Natural satin finish
Benedetti pickups :
Splittable double-jazz humbucker, Alnico II, on the 24th fret
2 volume, 1 tone and split on the neck pickup
Black Hipshot hardware
The guy has started already, and first pics will follow shortly.
Sometimes social media throws up some cool things.
Found this luthier NS Guitars and this cool wee travel guitar. He also does basses.
Here's the kicker - that only costs $400. Tempted to enquire and see if he could do a short scale bass version.
Also thought it might be cool to have a thread for random Luthiers you find on Instagram/elsewhere which might give them business or inspire others for builds.
Selling my Elwood Absolution 6 strings of the luthier MARUSZCZYK, 9,9/10, with an amazing JAZZ BASS sound. I have been its only owner. Top quality woods and finish. Difficult to find a first class sixer at such a reasonable price.
-Model: Elwood Absolution 6a-24, Bolt-on
-Body Wood: Alder with flamed maple top and back
-Neck Wood: Flamed maple
-Fingerboard Wood: Ebony 24 frets
-Markers: MOP block inlays
-Binding: White pearl double binding on body, neck and head
-Hardware colour: black
-Machines, Bridge: Standard, monorail bridge with 16/16,5mm spacing
-Headstock: Matching headstock with white logo and signature
-Pickups: Delano JC6 Al with polepieces
-Electronics: John East J Retro 01 deluxe
-Colour: Black burst transparent
-Finish: High gloss
-Weight: 4,84 kg.
-Gig Bag: Original, included