Lowdown Basses custom 6 string fretless for sale. Lowdown basses are built by Chicago bassist/luthier Tim Seisser, who is a small but fantastic bass builder based in the US. I've owned this bass for over a year and have gigged it a lot, but just don't quite get on with it how I thought I would. Beautifully made, plays great, sounds great, looks great, but my requirements have changed somewhat for several reasons.
This bass is based on the 'catacomb' design that Skjold basses use a lot. It has a multi-layer body - top and back are solid, centre piece is solid but thin-ish, largest layers are heavily chambered. This creates a middle ground sound between solid body and hollow. Essentially a heavily chambered body, but done so with a solid central core. More details on the Lowdown site: http://www.lowdownbass.net/custom-series-sold/qqrk2ppsmg8uattu5gsd7r89sd741h
There are a few signs of wear - the top of the body near the back (see pics) has a couple of dings in. Purely cosmetic, but they are there.
Also a note on the one piece ramp/pickup cover - this originally had a 4 black screws with small heads. These weren't quite up to the job and were pulling on the wood layers of the ramp so I replaced them with larger headed screws and nylon washers on top and underside. This doesn't look as beautiful as it could do, but can easily be altered. This was just my originally fix and I never found reason to change it. Functions absolutely perfectly.
Controls are: Vol/pickup blend, passive tone w/ pull to engage passive mode (passive tone is in parallel and can be used in active or passive mode), Mid boost/cut with freq. selector, treble/bass stack cut/boost. Mini toggle switches turn on/off 'turbo' mode on the Nordstrand Fat Stacks. Not 100% what this is, but it makes it a bit louder, fatter and noisier! Nordstrand say 'This will result in a meaner version of the large tone these pickups deliver — albeit with 60 cycle noise that single coils inherently posses.
Looking for £1700 ono all things considered, but open to offers. Will provide a Mono vertigo gig bag with bass. Based in Birmingham if you would like to come a give it a blast. Can ship fully insured at buyers expense, but would prefer collection. Can arrange meeting half way etc. if necessary. A lovely bass that deserves more use!
I will consider trades (with a bit of cash either way) for something like a Rob Allen Mouse or similar, possibly a nice jazz or other fretless. Also willing to trade for quality EUB (BSX Allegro etc.). Willing to listen to offers, but sensible ones please.
Thanks for looking!
- 33" scale 6-string fretless bass
- 17mm string spacing
- Figured Myrtle top
- Black Accent Veneer
- Multi Layered thick body w/Chambered Butternut core pieces
- 3 pc center body laminate of Walnut/Bloodwood/Walnut
- Figured Claro Walnut back
- Bolt-on one piece Quartersawn maple neck
- Gabon Ebony fingerboard with 24 Bloodwood lines, 16" radius
- One piece Bloodwood top Ramp/Pickup cover with Butternut base and Walnut/Bloodwood accent layers
- Nordstrand Fat Stacks with Single Coil/Hum Canceling Stack tap switches
- John East U Retro Preamp. Bloodwood cavity cover
- Hipshot A Bridge and Ultralite Tuners
- Dunlop Dual Design Straplocks
- Ebony nut
Originally strung with TI flats, but have been using DR Sunbeams on it for a while. Both sound good and obviously offer their own voice. Bass isn't particularly light or heavy - will weigh if you want!
Bought this on a whim from eBay as I really fancied trying one. Lovely bass, made in Japan I believe somewhere between late ‘80s - early ‘90s. I believe there is a way to check with the serial number, alas I haven’t been able to find it. These retailed for quite a bit IIRC when new, the 2nd hand prices really don’t reflect the quality of these. Really well built instruments.
This is a 5 string SB310 range, it has a brass nut with quality Gotoh tuners, all original. In great condition other than a small mark at the back of the headstock (shown in pics). Other than this it’s in great condition, especially for its age. I haven’t done anything to it except play it since I bought it so could probably do with a fresh set of strings of your preference and a set up. Comes with used but perfectly usable hard case.
Reason for sale is that it’s just not getting played, don’t think the Mrs is very happy with it being bought and just sat there! Don’t want to make anything on this of course, I bought it for £250 including postage but happy to take £225 posted. EDIT: now £215 posted.
Any questions, please ask via PM.
It's sexy it's got a 4 band eq similar to the bongo and both active and passive electronics.
some people will think it's ugly some will think it's amazing I think it's both!
4.3 kg so pretty light for a big 5 string, feels balanced with a very fast neck.
theres a small light scratch on the back other then that in perfect condition with plastic still on scratch plate. Used in studio only.
IT NEEDS TO BE SOLD TO A GOOD HOME, send me an offer...
if youre local to cambrige you can come have a look at it. Any questions please ask!
as an extra you'll get a spare 90 pound music man official humbucker with it! i ordered in through Ernieball with a supplier so it's the real thing but I think it was not working?? Or I couldn't make it work,.? No idea.
Ramsay fretless bass 6 string For sale or Trade,
Is in perfect condition 10/10
Spec: Single-cut thru neck construction with chambers
Nut 52mm nut
Bridge : 16.5mm
Weight : 4.4kg
Body : Swamp Ash
Top : spalted maple
Freatbord : Ebonol
Pickups : Ramsay dual-coil hum-cancelling
Preamp RMI 3-band EQ Active and passive mode
The bass is located in barcelona,spain
Shipping with insurance ok