Beautiful Czech-made Spector 5-String from the early days of the Czech factory. I don't know a great deal about it as I bought it second-hand from the Bass Cellar in Camden a number of years ago, but as far as I'm aware it is a 1998 model. There is a 4-digit serial number in the cavity (1385) and the Spector website says these early models cannot be dated from the SN.
It's honey burst and has to be seen to be believed. I've tried (but failed) to capture the depth of the grain in the photos. The knobs are not the originals as they were either missing or broken. A few knocks here and there (see pictures) but otherwise in very good condition for a 20-year-old bass. Never gigged by me and only taken to one rehearsal, otherwise very limited home studio use. Professionally set up half a step down with Elixir strings.
EDIT: I've taken a lot more photos because of a rare sunny day. Hopefully captured the grain a little more this time (see below pic for example) and discovered that the pickups are Wizard Custom Pickups. Don't know what the preamp is but I've added further photos.
Looking for £1000 £900 ono . In terms of trade I’d be interested in a Japanese Les Paul custom, eg burny/greco/tokai.
Will ship at buyer’s expense to the UK. If I find someone who is interested I’ll make appropriate arrangements to get it shipping ready, including sorting out a hardcase - i have no need for a hardcase unless there’s a buyer so it’s a little chicken and egg!
Selling/trading this unique bass, very special one. The only existing bolt-on mBass ever made by Marleaux. It is a bolt on as that is usually the prefered construction type by many for a more balanced fretless sound.
New price would be around 4800€, but this bass was a one of, so cannot be ordered new.
The bass is in absolute pristine condition with no dings or marks. I am only selling it because I need the money and this bass is not getting used ao much.
- 34" scale,
- 5 string lined fretless 24 fret marks
- three-peace maple neck
- ebony fingerboard
- mahogany body
- figured pear wood top with wenge accent veneer
- delano quad coil pickups
- marleaux 3 band eq with active-passive switch
- includes marleaux rigid gigbag, strap locks, tools and marleaux booklet
- includes a new set of Marleaux roundwound strings
- ships with laBella deep talking flatwounds.
- include two ebony finger ramps (currently not installed on the bass)
Asking 3300€/2995£ negotiable. Can ship worldwide.
PRICE DROP: 2750£
I could consider partial trades with money my way with things like: Fender american precision basses and/or 5 string american active jazz basses (can be nom fender) Noble preamps, vanderkley amplificarion stuff, trickfish preamps, some pedals, and yamaha silent basses.
Hypothetical question, if you had the money needed, or was willing to spend the kind of money it would cost, and you could have a custom bass designed exactly to your dream specs and according to your dream visual design, what would it be then?
Mine would be:
Something like a 4 string 28,6" scale length bass, with mahogany body, bolt on maple neck, with a modern slim C shaped profile, a 24 medium sized stainless steel frets, about 14" radius, ebony fretboard, 38mm nut width, and 17mm string spacing at the bridge consisting of mono rails, and an accordingly narrow neck that would accommodate that, likely with a Nordstrand, The Power Blade, P style pickup in the neck/sort of middle position, and a Nordstrand Big Blademan, Music Man style pickup, in the bridge position, with coil split, and series/parallel switch, and in matte black finish with all black hardware, with the body/headstock shape somewhat inspired by a fusion between the B.C Rich Zombie Revenge and Beast bass (actually mainly like the Zombie Revenge bass, but with asymmetrical "devil horns" on the head stock and bridge end of the body, and slightly slimmer, more down angled, front horns, like on the Beast bass), and beside the coil/series/parallel switch for the Music Man style bridge pickup, just a pickup blend control, no volume or tone pot, and all passive.
The B.C Rich basses that I am referring to looking like this:
PRICE DROP: £550 £475. I have dropped the price to meet demand!
I am selling my Warwick Dolpin Pro II as I am just not using this, plus my wife has been made redundant.
This historic bass deserves someone else to play it as it's great! There's very few of these around, from what I can tell. Very few in the UK anyway.
The story behind these basses is that they were made by Warwick in Germany when Warwick was still small (before 2000). Warwick was too small to make them in great quantities so subcontracted to another company, which made items with bad necks and was selling these "out the back door" and thereby giving Warwick a bad name. So they eventually shut them down and moved production to Japan. This is one of the few that actually came from Germany, from what I can tell - 300 originally made I think?
Unlike post-2000 Warwicks, this has a fairly thin neck. It has Just-A-Nut I on it (brass) where each string has an adjustable saddle to sit in on the nut. This is from 1990 so a super early one. Someone has done a bit of mix-and-match with the colour of the knobs (gold/black), tuners and bridge but I think it looks alright.
Although the labelling has worn off the pickups, this has MEC pickups in it and a two-band EQ. Unlike some others, this DOES NOT have a passive toggle on the volume control so is active only all the time (9v battery at the back).
This looks to have been bashed around before I owned it (perhaps it fell off a stand due to its awkward shape) so has spots of damage on the edge and a ding on the body that someone has filled. I've tried to photograph these as best I can, but it is nearly 30 years old, remember.
Pictures and a demo video are available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BNQtEDbgzp42jifoiISAjXjr3M3pUwrp
Any questions please ask. I am just outside Worcester, Worcestershire and would prefer not to ship this as I have no case for it (didn't go outside the house) and I have no cardboard to package it. I am happy to drive up/down the M5 a bit if this helps you for travel purposes.
If you feel this is priced too high, please make an offer.
Cash or Bank Transfer please, ideally bank transfer when we meet.
POLITE NOTICE: I've had timewasters on other sites like Gumtree and those that think this bass should be 20p or free due to it not being a Streamer / Fodera / a thru-neck / not made of titanium / more than they want to pay. I've had quite a few daft requests and people believing I should be giving this away because it doesn't quite fit with their hazy dream of an ideal bass, eg. it's not a thru-neck... I've had people not show up when they said they'd buy it and all sorts of clowns and jokers. Let's leave them at the circus!