I thought the day would never come, but my desire for a Wal is starting to get silly. This will fund the deposit!
Here we have a 1997 Modulus Flea Bass, in silver sparkle finish that really 'pops' under stage lighting. It has an original Lane Poor humbucker fitted, mated to the Bartolini NTBT 2-band 9v preamp with the Gotoh bridge.
As far as Flea basses go, this is a rare bird as the earlier Fleas like this have a thinner, even faster neck (as no truss rod), the Flea 'grin' logo on the headstock (97-00) and roller string trees.
Weight is about 9lbs, definitely lighter than its previous Fender Marcus Miller stablemate at 9lbs 5oz(I will weigh it shortly for a more accurate reading).
I have had nothing but endless incredible comments playing this bass live, a soundman at a fairly large festival last year even remarked that it was "the best sounding bass he had ever worked with"
If you don't know what these sound like, then allow me to elaborate. Punch, clarity, full range, crystalline tone with a filthy mid-range that punches through a mix like nothing you've ever heard.
Due to the graphite neck and high quality tuners it never goes out of tune on stage in summer or winter.
If you want to do the whole Flea thing, it doesn't get any closer than this although that does the bass a disservice as they're superb for any genre, I used it on a Motown gig with the treble rolled off and it did smooth, fat tones with ease.
Neck is dead straight and buzz and rattle free.
As seems to be the case with a lot of older Moduli, the poly finish has aged giving the bass a yellowy, patchy tint from certain angles, although it's impossible to see under the lights of a stage. By all accounts, on Talkbass, a lot of owners have had success with using a cutting compound and buffing this out.
There is also a tiny lacquer crack at the corner of the neck pocket. It's miniscule however and barely noticeable.
It is a 23 year old bass that has been played, so it has a few nicks here and there but is otherwise in great condition for its age. The neck is surprisingly clean on the back and doesn't exhibit the usual Modulus neck coating chips.
Comes with branded Modulus hard case.
A firm £2400 for this. It's value is only going one way.
NO SHIPPING. Collection preferred but as always, I'm prepared to drive/meet up within a large radius UK wise.
I'll put for sale this bass for excess of instruments, therefore not really into trades, but you can try me.
This bass is a war machine, with almost 30 years and it's ready to much more. It has some dings, most of them in the body, normal for the use.
I can send some more detailed pics under different lights to see the dings, just ask.
Here is my lovely Nightingale bass the pre runner to the GB rumour bass and as you can see there is plentry of DNA present.
Was totally refinished by the previous owner and Bernie Goodfellow worked on the bass also fitting an agular obp3 pre amp.
Also has side luminlay position markers that can be charged with blue light https://luminlay.com/featuresen.html
The action is low the paint job is perfect and the board and fret are as now, beautiful snake wood board too.
Also very light.
Only moving on as too many basses in the collection at the moment.
Up for grabs is my Status Matrix Series 2, this has been my back-up bass for a couple of years now and has only been used at a couple of rehearsals and home use. I had hoped that it would improve my slap playing but I think that boat has sailed. The bass is in excellent condition, no dings or scratches that I can see.
Buyer collects from New Forest area (social distancing observed) or happy to drive within a 40 mile radius to meet up if needs be. The bass comes with a generic hard case, tatty looking but it does the job.
Carbon graphite/composite through neck.
Phenolic fingerboard, 24 fret.
Scale length 34.5-inch scale.
Natural gloss finish
2 x Status Single coil pickups.
TB42 eq with bypass switch.
Controls: Volume, Pick-Up Balance, bass, treble, eq bypass switch
Well not quite new but you know what I mean. After ogling the Status Vintage GP model and also numerous 50's precisions I decided to concoct my own version.
Perhaps not one for the purists this is a MIM Fender Mike Dirnt in Vintage White (otherwise known as pale custard yellow) which I purchased from @billge along with a Status P neck courtesy of @Cuzzie (also thanks to @HazBeen who gave me some valuable advice along the way).
The obvious problem with fitting a different neck onto a 50's style P is the neck heel. The 50's basses have a square heel and everything else has the more common rounded heel. A rounded heel neck will however fit in the square heel socket, it just leaves visible gaps in the corners which the scratchplate doesn't cover. Step forward GIG.ink @TimAl who manufactured me a Mike Dirnt plate with the necessary rounded heel.
I'm really pleased with it. The neck and body make a great combination and after hearing lots of goods things about the '59 pickup in these MD basses I'm not disappointed. I may decide to go for another off-white or cream plate in the future but I think the black looks pretty good. 😁