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Unfortunately Overwater have historically leaned towards the heavier side of things, although obviously they could build you something lighter if you asked. 

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Just now, 4000 said:

Unfortunately Overwater have historically leaned towards the heavier side of things, although obviously they could build you something lighter if you asked. 

I'm probably not in that price bracket :-). £2K would be a sting for me, but I'm pretty tempted to whack it on the card anyway.

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Really fantastic basses. I owned a Progress for a while and it was truly marvellous however, at almost 11lbs I just had to move it on because I couldn't bear the weight #☹️

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I can see about 3 lbs of wood they could remove in the upper left area... :)

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I guess I'm the only person who thinks that bass is pretty ugly, horses for courses etc...

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Still own this beauty I had made in 1986. Sounds great. Fabulous neck. Not too heavy but it's only four string. Prefer my headstock though.

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17 minutes ago, TrevorG said:

Still own this beauty I had made in 1986. Sounds great. Fabulous neck. Not too heavy but it's only four string. Prefer my headstock though.

Definitely.

I take it yours still has the original filter pre-amp?

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I changed the neck pick up to a Bartolini. May ask Chris May if he has an old explorer pick as I've lost the original. Otherwise it's as purchased.

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I rang enquiring about Overwaters in the early 90s but the guy was so offhand it put me off.

I wanted to know prices/availability etc but he wouldn't tell me & just kept asking how much exactly I had to spend. 

Not knowing their prices (pre internet days remember) I guesstimated £1000 ish (I had a LOT more available having just sold a house)

His reply - "you're not gonna get a lot for that here" - I said I had more if necessary so he took my address & said he would send a price list.

He didn't & I bought elsewhere!

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They were great with me and the bass (back in 86) only cost about £750! Finally met Chris May at a guitar fair last year. Seemed really nice. Sorry you had a bad experience.

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On 01/08/2020 at 19:17, el borracho said:

I still like the look of them. Maybe somebody was having a bad day!

 

They built a beast called the C bass which had a 36' scale neck. Still looking for one.

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Unlike the example in the OP the 5-string versions of the Original in the 80s also had a 36" scale length.

Here are the two I use to own:

1983 fretless:

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and a 1985/6 fretted:

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Both have now been moved on to other Basschat members.

 

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On 01/08/2020 at 19:17, el borracho said:

I still like the look of them. Maybe somebody was having a bad day!

 

I’ve always found Chris to be really pleasant. It may have been someone else. 

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Is there a John Entwistle influence here? He had a thing for hybrid 'Fenderbirds' and had a not dissimilar model with Status.

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5 minutes ago, visog said:

Is there a John Entwistle influence here? He had a thing for hybrid 'Fenderbirds' and had a not dissimilar model with Status.

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I’ve read Chris May and Entwistle work on a bass very early on. 

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4 hours ago, BigRedX said:

Unlike the example in the OP the 5-string versions of the Original in the 80s also had a 36" scale length.

Here are the two I use to own:

1983 fretless:

DSC01848.jpg

and a 1985/6 fretted:

DSC01105.jpg

Both have now been moved on to other Basschat members.

 

I’m in love. If you still had  them I’d be  making an offer!

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