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Bass Culture

FS/FT: SOLD - Les Evans Custom Fretless 4 (+ spare Fretted neck)
£950

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[u]FS & TRADES: Les Evans Custom fretless 4 - includes additional fretted neck[/u]

[b]SOLD! FINAL PRICE REDUCTION[/b]

[b][u]Cash Sale only[/u].[/b]


I am selling my beautiful Les Evans Custom fretless 4 string to make way for a new Zoot that will be arriving before too much longer. Owned by me from new and built to my spec about ten years ago it sounds every bit as phenomenal as it looks:

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Les is based in Liverpool and was well known when his profile was higher a few years ago. I believe he's since given up making instruments and mainly teaches guitar now but we lost contact a few years back. I think I remember someone selling a six string bass of his on BC 2 or 3 years back. The spec of my bass is:

Body: Walnut
Neck: 7 piece laminate of wenge and maple - soft 'V' profile
Scale length: 34"
Nut: 1.5"
String spacing: 20mm at bridge
Fingerboard: Wenge with maple lines and wenge binding; dots in fret positions on top edge
Bridge: Hipshot 'A' type in Gold
Tuners: Schaller
Pickups: EMG HZ (passive) humbuckers
Pre-amp: John East U-retro with coil taps (I think, could be phase reversal or series/parallel, I can't remember) for each pickup.
Weight: 9lbs (very) approximately
Recessed jack socket
Sculpted and recessed neck joint for comfort
Curved body

It's a beautiful bass and drew many admiring comments when I took it to the NW Bass Bash recently but I'm finding medium scale basses working for me a bit better now, hence the new Zoot. The combination of the EMG's and East circuit means there's a huge range of tones available and it sings and growls with the best of them. If anyone's after a unique and high quality fretless this will do the job and then some. I would encourage anyone who's interested to come over to sunny Chester for a play, where tea will be forthcoming and perhaps even a biscuit.

Mike Walsh of Iceni Zoot fame made an [b][u]additional, fretted neck[/u][/b] for the bass also, which is included. Same nut width but slightly more traditional profile - still fast and comfortable though. This attaches with wood screws though rather than captive bolts. So, [b]two basses for the price of one[/b]! ;)

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This is a top quality, professional level instrument which cost me a LOT more than I'm asking. NO offers. I'd be willing to consider taking payment[b] in 2 or 3 instalments if preferred. NOW SOLD.[/b]

I'm happy to deliver for petrol money up to, say, 60 miles or so from Chester. At present I have no suitable packaging for couriering it but I can likely pick something up from my local music shop so delivery is do-able too. Please read my feedback or contact me with any questions or clarifications.



Edited with additional photos.

Edited by Bass Culture

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I know from personal experience that Les makes superb custom instruments.

I bought my fretted 4 from Bass Culture many years back and it was a special bass bought from a top fella.

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[quote name='GreeneKing' timestamp='1489916995' post='3260719']
I know from personal experience that Les makes superb custom instruments.

I bought my fretted 4 from Bass Culture many years back and it was a special bass bought from a top fella.
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Thanks, Peter - good to hear from you. Forgot you had the black Les Evans, didn't you? Superb bass, I recall. Hope all is well in GK world. :)

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It's been a while it's time for a BUMP, I think. And to celebrate I've reduced the price further and introduced a special instalment plan for interested punters! :)

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I'be had quite a few inquiries but no bites yet, so I'm dropping the price to below £800. If it doesn't go now I'll withdraw it in a bit and leave it in under the bed for a year or so, I think! :) So, if we have any procrastinators out there just drop me a line and we can see if we can work something out.

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Not entirely sure if I'm doing this correctly but I've posted a few short sound files for the bass here:

https://soundcloud.com/marknewman63/sets/les-evans-fretless-bass

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Some nice playing there too Mark

Tech works fine and the bass sounds great

was just about to give this bass a bump strangely

I Have the other Les Evans ( es ) inc the Grey / Black one that passed though a few other BCers hands before becoming my regular gigging bass

The build quality of his stuff is top notch and has some nice details , hidden jack / curved body, multi laminate necks and the East preamp and Schaller hardware

Would love to add this but funds / gigs / life etc just wont come together so someone please take it away !



GLWTS

Gary
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Yep teeny weeny neck , skinny thin with a pronounced V profile , KA HBS, Gold Schaller Heads n 3D Bridge Most definitely your other old Les ( coughs )

Have to say its been a great bass for me over the years Ive had it and abused and stuck roland pickups on it ! it so Kudos to you for commissioning it

Not to derail your current thread however , and most definately a nudge not a bump !


GLWTS

Gary

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[quote name='Bass Culture' timestamp='1494944140' post='3299825']
Updated with trade option - will consider good quality electric guitar.
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PM'd re possible trade

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[quote name='ricksterphil' timestamp='1495009183' post='3300319']
PM'd re possible trade
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Hi there, I've not received your PM yet. Cheers.

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I've had quite a few expressions in interest in my LE but nothing that's become concrete yet. If anyone's pondering go ahead and make me an offer. I can only say 'no' and - who knows? - I might even say 'yes'! :)

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