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Not sure if I want to do this so i reserve the right to withdraw, priced firm just to get back my outlay (original bass price plus the mono bass sleeve if required. If not - £1500!)
@bubinga5 asked Martin Peterson how much it would cost to build this spec and its a little over £4000. I hope he doesn't mind, I have pinched a lot of text from his original advert. 

I am only considering this as I have just got an Xotic jazz and am loving it! Trades wise I would be looking for a special edition Musicman Stingray5 with roasted neck or one of the newer specials with the roasted neck. Something may prick my fancy so please do throw offers at me - 34" scale only please (found this out the hard way!)

It's a great bass and I am really in two minds as to whether I want to sell so I am no rush nor will I trade or sell for something I am unsure of... please don't take offence if I say no!

I am happy to include the Mono case for £1600 or or not for £1500. Delivery is an option but it would have to be fully insured so will be around the £40 mark. I will need to check this and it all depends about case etc. so collection is preferred.

@bubinga5's original pics but I will upload some more ASAP. The body finish has one or two minor dings but nothing to detract from what is a beautiful bass. When I installed the uni-pre I copper shielded the whole cavity and grounded everything so it is as quiet as a mouse. 

Give me a shout with any questions / offers for trades. Bear in mind the controls look slightly different now with the uni pre installed - I will add more pics asap.

Details below:

It's a Sei Jazz bass, a lot of us know how well Martin makes his instruments. Totally hand made. 
Swamp ash body, Birdseye maple neck/headstock. The book matched olive wood top has flame and all sorts of burl. 
Its a lovely piece of wood, Brazilian Rosewood fb. Matching electronics cover on the back. 
The neck dots are surrounded by nickle which is a nice touch, Martin Steamed the Olive wood around the arm rest. 
He sunk the bridge into the body by 3mm for better resonance. The detail he puts into his basses are so cool. 
I've seen and played others Sei basses and they are mind boggling in there detail.

Brass ABM fully adjustable bridge.16.5 to 18.5 mm I believe, could be 19 mm not sure. 
Its the best bridge I've ever had on a bass period. USA HipShot Lollypop tuners. 
John East Uni-Pre preamp - 3 band EQ with swept mid and passive switch.
John East made a custom version of this to include two switches - one for passive mode and one as a mute. 
This was only to fill the gaps left by a J-Retro which the bass came with. 
Bartolini B Axis pickups. The B Axis are a lot more aggressive and brighter than the usual Bartolinis.
Its light weight at 8.9 pounds. The B string is monstrous. Super taught. 
For a 34" scale bass its as good as any Lakland 35" ive ever played, really punchy (@bubinga)
Its super comfortable body wise, with a very slim shallow neck.

It sounds like a modern Jazz. The East pre gives it lots of tonal options. 
Set right it is a beast of a Jazz Bass. Lots of growl. But passive its quite a polite instrument.

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Wow that looks great and a great spec too. A stunner...GLWTS

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19 minutes ago, bubinga5 said:

Nnooooooo dont do it Carl. I would have it back if i could afford. 

I'm still very unsure... Only if the right thing comes along I think!!

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More pics added as requested. Dings are minor and superficial marks in the finish.

The preamp is now the standard uni pre, 3 band eq with passive tone. The switch near the volume is a simple mute (handy for tuning) and the rear is the passive/active switch. This replaced the push pull on the passive tone. These were added to replace the j-retro it came with.

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By the way, my finger isn't pointing at anything, it's just holding the bass!

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I should also add:

First stacked pot is volume and pickup blend

Second is bass and treble

Third is mid boost cut and swept Freq

Fourth is passive tone.

 

 

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Many many moons ago this was mine. Came my way as a passive bass, and I did have a jretro fitted at the Gallery, but don't think they drilled any extra holes in there at the time. Also it had a different model of Bart pickups fitted.

It was (and no doubt still is) a great sounding bass, with a lovely woody/natural tone. I sold it on, but can't think of why exactly, I'd be very happy to still be playing it. And, still one of the best looking exotic top basses I've seen.

GLWTS

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Thanks for the info, the j-retro had two small switches in the circuit which is why John installed the two extra switches in the uni pre.

The original pictures show it with the j-retro and the later ones show it.with the uni pre.

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I keep thinking about this bass, looks stunning

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It is a beauty... Trades only now though. Looking for a stingray5 special, or a special anniversary model... Must have the roasted neck though.

Plus anything else 34" scale that could be interesting...

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18 minutes ago, carlsim said:

It is a beauty... Trades only now though. Looking for a stingray5 special, or a special anniversary model... Must have the roasted neck though.

Plus anything else 34" scale that could be interesting...

That's good, because I don't have one of those 😁 

I did try a couple of Stingray Special 5s earlier in the year and they were brilliant

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I have always been a Stingray5 fan but have moved away from the sound a bit... the new re-voiced preamp however does appeal.

It is a long shot and I do like the 30th anniv model which is listed for sale... i just love that roasted maple look!

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I have a dingwall ng3 5 string, never been gigged about 12 months old.

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I'm always intrigued by a fan fret but never had one... Sorry but I don't think I would want to take the risk... Thanks for the offer though!

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I have a 78 P Bass for sale on here not sure if that would be of interest 

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I'm sorted p-bass wise I'm afraid...

I think it may be sold now, waiting on confirmation...

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