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
EMG J-Set black 4-string active bass pickups (old style, require soldering). Condition is "Used". But still beautiful in a 'rewards of time' type of manner.
This is a used set of EMG J-Set pickups from around the 1990s. They have been installed in my Jazz Bass for the past decade and, unsurprisingly, some dust and/or wear is evident as seen in photos. The set includes wiring, battery connector, 2 volume pots, a tone pot and an output jack (EMG type).
The accompanying stock loom is fully wired and, to quote a phrase that our American cousins like to brandish, "ready to go". Mind you, with hindsight, that's also a title of a Republica song. In any case, the phrase is apt for these fine pickups.
There are some people who reckon that the older EMGs have 'more mojo' and 'sound better'. In my humble opinion, EMGs are very consistent and these pickups sounded great in situ regardless of their age and/or vintage advantage.
I'd happily have kept these pickups my Jazz Bass of choice but, in these very weird times, I had to sell this instrument quite recently and returned it to stock. As a result, this fine set is now superfluous to demands.
They're great pickups and the fact that Robert Trujillo has just 'silvered them up' to create his signature set speaks volumes. From Motown to Metal, you'll be well covered with this set.
The dust is included with the sale but, for reasons of postage ease, the battery is not.
Delivery is Royal Mail Signed For 1st Class or Royal Mail Signed For 2nd Class.
I am putting up for sale/trade my Fender USA Elite Jazz bass in beautiful natural finish.
I got it through Bassdirect in 2019 and I have gigged it only a number of times since then (there are the usual marks from playing but overall the bass is in immaculate condition - very well looked after and stored in it's case when it wasn't played) They still retail for £1600-£1800 new online - this could be yours for a lot less!
The elite series jazz bass has more or less the same features/specs as the more recent American Ultra Jazz Bass I think - IMO they are very identical, very comfy neck profile and super versatile tone palette thanks to the onboard pre-amp.
The bass is located in North London and comes in a very sturdy Fender flight case with all the bits included. Collection preferred (at social distance) or I can arrange a courier at buyers expense.
Cash is king but as far as trades go, only bass I am interested in would be a Fender American Original 60s P Bass with Rosewood Board In Olympic White.
Any questions, PM me!
Great conditions, early series with noiseless pickup.. 2006/2008.. good sound and playability
new DR pure blues strings
i can consider trades with more expensive 5 strings basses even with cash to your side.
shipping to evaluate for all Europe
The 70’s were a wonderful period for the electric bass, especially in funky and disco music, where our instrument excelled and was the absolute protagonist. As in the case of a classic of those years such as Last Train to London by Electric Light Orchestra, shown here and played with my trusty Fender Precision American Performer in single coil mode... enjoy!