PLEASE be aware that as the bass is in France, there might be import charges or delay to the UK.
No probs with the rest of Europe.
For sale is this rather uncommon Yamaha SuperBass800, made in Japan in 1978 and still in very good condition.
- Alder body
- 1 piece quartersawn maple neck with natural white block inlays, gloss finish
- 42mm nut : a Jazz bass with a Precision neck
- "Progressive" headstock and back of neck design 😎
- 4 to 4.1kg : under 9lbs
Following the Yamaha BB serial chart, the SB800 was made in 1978.
It has the same sturdy bridge and general construction as the BroadBass series with 2 jazz pickups : Vol / Vol / Tone
The neck pickup has a Precisionesque tone, it is overall quite woody.
Absolutely no buzz.
It is just back from the luthier for a general check-up and set up : the trussrod works fine but is almost to a maximum, set up with 45-105s.
Here is for the neck :
back of neck sb800.mp4
In the broad bass body category :
Asking for £560 / 650€
Shipping is not a problem.
Options to be discussed.
I can include a brand new Gator GL lightweight case worth 55€ as I prefer not so ship with neck off.
Any questions or further pics needed, please ask.
tonight I decided to do a little comparison between two great bass preamps.
I've received the Trickfish Minnow today and I must say it's an amazing piece of gear.
The Radial thought remains an impressive preamp too.
The basses used were:
- Fbass Bn5 ash maple
- Fender Precision custom shop L series
Due to the Covid-19 situation and severe back problems (66% officially disabled because of it) plus right shoulder injury (non-operable capsulitis from which, after more than 3 years, I will never fully recover), I'm selling all my basses over 4 kilos and also the ones I'm not really using. I've also considerably lowered the price for a quick sale.
VANZANDT (VAN ZANDT) JBV-R1 Vintage Natural, Japanese craftsmanship at its best, a true Custom Shop.
ONLY TRADE POSSIBLE : LEDUC FRETLESS OR FRETTED BASS (NO BELLE ISLE, NO SANOX, NO LOGABASS, NO LADY BASS, NO BD3) !
NON NEGOTIABLE PRICE !
Asking price including shipping fully insured with tracking number to your place in these European countries (ask for other countries) : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (excluding French overseas departments and territories), Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom : £1299 GBP !!! New price is 308.000 JPY (with the 10% Japanese VAT) and they are not officially exported !
Shipping to United Kingdom is, of course, possible, but with an extra customs fee (VAT + other taxes + courier fee), because U.K. is now outside EEC.
In fully working condition with light use and very few marks.
Here are the specifications :
Body : 2 pieces of ash (almost book matched)
Neck : one piece maple bolt on with skunk stripe
Fingerboard : one piece maple with white perloid block inlays and white binding
Frets : 20 (radius 210 mm or 8.25 inches)
Headstock : 4 in line à la Fender
Pickups : 2 USA Van Zandt Jazz bass in 70's position
Controls (CTS pots from 18th week of 2014) : volume, volume, tone (Van Zandt paper in oil capacitor)
Tuners : Gotoh/Vanzandt
Bridge : Gotoh/Vanzandt
Strings spacing at bridge : 20 mm
Nut : oil finished bone
Strings spacing at nut : 9.5 mm
Knobs : original black à la Fender
Scale : 34 inches
Hardware colour : chrome
Truss rod : one fully working
Finish : all nitrocellulose lacquer
Land of craftsmanship : Japan
Serial number : 7465
Year : 2015
Weight : 4.375 kilos
Action : from 1.5 mm under the G string to 2 mm under the E string at 12th fret (can go lower, but was perfect for me)
Will come with a brand new Fame Soft-Case Urban.
Non-smoking environment as usual.
The bass has been fully set up professionally. It has been fitted with a set of Ernie Ball 2833 Hybrid Slinky strings (45 - 65 - 85 -105).
For those who don't know Vanzandt (Van Zandt) instruments, they are the equivalent of Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt instruments, if not better. The Japanese higher quality control and craftsmanship make all the difference here. It's a no flaw construction. This bass is, to me, better than all the official Fender 70's Jazz Basses I have played. Compared to a Celinder J-Update in passive mode, the sound is a bit clearer, but very similar. Thanks to the (more fragile) nitrocellulose lacquer, the overall feel is similar to a vintage original Fender. And this tone control is simply magic !
Link to the Vanzandt models page : https://www.taurus-corpo.com/vanzandt-bass
Link to the Fame Soft-Case Urban : https://www.dv247.com/en_GB/GBP/Fame-Soft-Case-Urban-Electric-Bass-/art-BAS0010065-000
A sound clip in slap here by my friend Romain, the previous owner : https://www.facebook.com/romain.bour.92/videos/10158717668167808/?sfnsn=scwspwa
And here fingerstyle : https://www.facebook.com/romain.bour.92/videos/10158729049012808/?sfnsn=scwspwa
What you see is what you get !
Look at the photos taken at different angles and under different lights to see the real condition of this bass which shows little use and only very few slight marks or dings. The biggest "blemishes" being at the headstock and near the control plate on the edge of the body where the (very fragile) nitrocellulose finish has gone.
Here you can see the "blemishes" that I photographed alongside the 37 photos of this bass (the last photo showing Vanzandt full serial number in the neck pocket and the back of the heel's neck was taken by Régis aka @eneade ) : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KRjjhRGOfqWGq_PprTTB6UF-5EAAEYxO?usp=sharing
I have wanted to build this bass for a very long time. I couldn’t find someone to do the body. I could have, when I was working, done this myself but am now retired. I had access to more tools where I worked.
Some of the details will come out as they are done. But it will be as such:
Babinga/Babinga fretless neck (Freestone Guitars)
Walnut Jazz body with heavy contours (Ray, a builder in California)
Wired stereo and possibly stereo/mono
Back routed for the controls.
More to come on the controls...
Tapped J PU’s being built by Tom Brantley
Standard Fender machine heads
Standard bent plate Fender bridge
Dunlop strap locks
Special PU positions
Total estimated weight should be around 10 lbs.
More details to come.