A lovely early 80's Yamaha JB600R Jazz up for grabs. These are exceptional jazz basses and every bit as good as early JV Squiers IMO.
This one has a beautifully dark rosewood board and a rather fetching Larry Graham style white finish. It weighs just 8.5lbs, is perfectly balanced, sounds great and comes with a nice gig bag.
The flats currently on it aren't included (it'll come with rounds) but I seriously recommend the buyer throws some flats on it. Perfect bass tone 😍
I'd keep this one but I seem to have accidentally acquired a matching black one..
I'm not sure where to post this really: http://www.sankeyguitars.com/whatsnew/2018/10/1/new-invention-wrap-lock-headless-tuner It's from a few years ago, and the examples are all guitars - but I can see it working with tapered or exposed core bass strings without scaling it up significantly. Not sure if it would be that useful on most basses with all wound strings but a piccolo bass or a six string (or more) with plain strings might benefit immensely over some of the standard set screw arrangements.
I think I might have stumbled across a possible path to tool-less headless single-ball-end string changes, if only you could implement a nifty automatic clipping system like some locking tuners have!
Does anybody know of something that exists that does all this singing and dancing? The closest I can think of is the NS Design Self-Clamping Tuning System which you still will want to clip the strings for - even if it was on the market as a bridge seems like a lot of routing, forces a certain string spacing, and would not allow for rear or other interesting, shrouded or angled tuner arrangements due to the tuning knobs being where they are (like a volume knob, 90 degrees from the usual headless arrangement, parallel to the strings).
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 Ibanez ATK300 TK, made in Japan, with a F98 serial number.
This makes it a 100% Fujigen factory bass built in 1998.
I have owned the exact same as my only bass for 15+ years (before the internet ads made a roller coaster of my bass collection), sold it for a P, regretted it a bit, found a FC (Fujigen & Cort) serial number ATK300 from 98 or 99 I think, did not like it, then found this one in very good condition.
There is a clear difference between those and the FC ones. The neck finish is better, the general feel, dynamics and sustain as well.
BUT, I have turned into a passive only bass player, and prefer the P position to the Musicman position.
I have hesitated turning it into passive and maybe add a P pickup, but that would ruin a classic instrument.
Hence the sale.
Besides the benefit of being in good condition (a few light dings here and there) and in a rather rare trans brown finish, it weights only 4.1kg / 9 lbs !
For those who know these 90s ATK, this is a miracle.
The neck colour has yellowed, best shown in this picture :
Asking for £450 / 500€
Shipping at buyer's cost, safely packed.
Comes with a 90s Fender molded hardcase in poor condition, but it does the job.
I've been trying to find our more about my Hohner headless bass from the late 80's which has a jack on the reverse and a strap with a rotating connector so that you can spin the guitar as in ZZ Top style ( but without the fur!). Does anyone else have this? I can't find out anything about them.
Luckily it has a conventional jack because it's totally impractical