I am having a clearout, so putting up a few basses tonight.
This is an odd one, this is my 'wrongo', it is like an ali-express copy of a musicman bongo, but not really a copy, more a parody, by someone who has never actually seen a real bongo. I actually had to ask them to not put the proper bongo logos on it, although if they had, who knows where they would have been.
So, its basswood, probably, its quite light. Has a thickish deep neck, so more musicman, but reasonably narrow spacing.
The dimensions are all wrong, and when I got it, it went through batteries - although see those two 9v battery covers? One of them has nothing behind it! Turns out the bit that turns power off, the stereo jack socket, well , they had also gone for a 3 pin socket but it wasn't actually stereo so the battery was on permanently. That is now fixed with a new socket and is now functional.
If you look at the detail, pretty well everything is wrong. The markers on the side don't even line up.
That is all the bad, but in its defence, it actually plays very well, has a nice action and sounds pretty good. Presumably more by luck than judgement. I have even gigged it where someone actually asked me if it was a bongo. I mean, imagine someone in a pub audience noticing the bass and then knowing what a bongo was? And then being wrong It is actually a nice bass to play and it lived in my office as a sort of bash around bass. As such it has got a couple of scars on its actually not bad matte black silky surface.
But, I need to reduce numbers and get rid of things, so it has to go. So here it is, can pick it up from my house for £125, or I can deliver or meet in a socially distanced way somewhere not to far (would be good for a drive), or I could probably ship it - can't cost too much as it isn't worth much so insurance isn't an issue.. Not going down below £125 because that is hardly worth the effort and I had to work on it. Can always hang on to it and sell it off at the SW bass bash when that happens.
Don't want to trade as I am cutting down, although if there is something worth 125 that isn't a bass or amplifier related, I am all ears.
Thing of beauty?
I scratched it here on the side
Look how well those line up. The machine heads aren't the best I have used, but it doesn't go out of tune.
Two battery compartments - go on, which one is the real one, are you feeling lucky?
Not too bad really
Look at the masterful way the strings all bend slightly to the left.
OK, so the pickguard was chewed away from the plastic by a small child and the fret side dots were applied by dats from a distance, but those frets aren't bad and the pickups work
Now fully up for sale, Part-Ex options would be a Lakland Skyline DJ5 with cash my way too, possibly a Lakland 55-60, or maybe a Precision 4 string of some description.
I love this Evolution, sounds awesome, light swamp ash body and looks great. It's a solid 9/10 for condition I'd say. A couple of small indentations, but nothing I'm able to photograph well. Stock, these basses come with Bartolini single-coils, however I've swapped those out for Bartolini dual coils that came direct from Rob Elrick.
So spec is:
Swamp Ash Body
8.5 Lbs (approx)
Satin Matte Black Finish
3-piece Quarter-Sawn Maple Neck
2-way adjustable truss rod
Bartolini hum cancelling Dual-coil soapbar pickups (Made in the USA)
Bartolini 3-band pre-amp w/3-way mid and active bypass (Made in the USA)
Fully shielded control cavity
Black Hipshot Ultra-light tuners
Black Elrick bridge – by Hipshot (Made in the USA)
Dunlop Dual Design strap buttons (Straplok compatible!) (Made in the USA)
I'll also include a Fusion Urban gig bag in excellent condition!
No way of shipping just at the moment, but happy to organise a socially distanced handover. As such, UK only for now.
Bass is in very good condition. I’ve upgraded the pickups to Fender Custom Shop 74s and the pots and capacitor to Fender US Standard spec. I’ve also had the nut changed to a Graphtec one for improved tuning stability and added a Hipshot 3-way string retainer. Comes in a standard black gig-bag, nothing special but protects the bass. Collection/meet only.
A very decent Fifties inspired Strat, that I’ve put together.
Lovely low action, with just the slightest relief to the neck, makes it easy to play.
Sounds like a Strat should sound, the Classic Vibe pickups do a great job.
Neck is from a Classic Vibe. I’ve re fretted it with medium gauge frets. There is absolutely no wear.
Radius is 9.5”
Don’t know the make of tuners but they function perfectly, feel good and hold tuning well.
Body is a Squier from 96 and is full thickness. No major dinks, some slight signs of age.
All hardware is good and everything functions as it should.
Strung with a new set of D’Addario 10’s.
No case, so collection preferred.
Can post, on the understanding that the neck will be removed, prior to wrapping and boxing up. Cost will be around £17.