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 £480 / 550€
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.
MusicMan Stingray Classic 4 2EQ Vintage Burst, Birds Eye Maple Neck (No Trades)
Located in Manchester
Beautiful bass, currently out of production, a childhood dream infact was fulfilled by owning one. Alas its time to move on and pay off some bills.
Bass functions 100%, everything works and all electronics (pre-amp and pickup) are stock
Was setup last month by guitar repair workshop in PMT Manchester.
I have included a ton of extras, (see pic) Polytuner, Pickguards, Pickup cover, Strap, Fender Cable, Extra foam mutes.
Has one small dent on the front above the arm rest and common surface scratches on the lacquer on the back of the bass. (Included a picture.)
Neck has a thin folded piece of sandiing paper i put in as a shim as I play with super low action.
The stringray class by design has a limit on how low the bridge scews can go, a shim was my way around this.
Looking to post in the UK as a family member is extremely vulnerable to covid 19, can't have anyone over.
December 22nd, 2010
Classic StingRay 2 EQ
As I tune my main 4 string Ibanez Mikro Bass, which has a just 28,6" scale length, in F# standard tuning, 2 half steps above regular 4 string E standard tuning, I use a set made out of single strings, the 2 middle strings actually being guitar strings threaded through the cut off ball ends of bass strings, after much experimentation settling for a gauge .090 - .072 - .054 - .040 set, calculated via the D'Addario String Tension Pro online string tension calculator the low F# string having a tension at about 25 lbs and the remaining strings just about 29 lbs each.
So I was thinking taking a shot at ordering a custom set of Newtone strings next time, and as far as I can tell from the description it seems like the Diamond line nickle plated steel hex core roundwounds would suit my preferences the best (I would very much like to keep approximately the same measurements as above).
Now I actually love the sound I get from the D'Addario XL strings I use, and didn't like the tone of the NYXL strings when I tried them, so my question is how does the Newtone Diamond series strings compare to D'Addario XL strings.
I mean both in terms of tone, longevity, tension, stiffness and feel in general?
I calculated that with VAT and import taxes a custom Newtone set like this will end up costing me just about the same as if I ordered single string D'Addario XL strings.
A longer lifetime would be a big sales point for me.
A rare Yamaha SB-50 Bass for sale from around 1973. This is a cool bass, well gigged but solid and sounding great. It has a medium scale and a distinctive German carve - or pie crust look. It’s all original but missing the bridge mute and pickup ashtrays. These appear to be quite collectible and crop up on Talkbass occasionally with the predictable daft prices on Reverb. It’s one of Yamaha’s first original basses and it’s quirky ‘Les Paul by Dali’ looks will make you stand out on stage! It’s also very red…..
It weighs around 4kgs sounds really very good from old school rock to modern tones. I was amazed by how versatile it is. Plays well and the neck is great too.
Not sure how to price it but it’s definitely a sale only and I won’t be sending it overseas - sorry. Let’s try £295 - certainly a change from a MIM Precision.
Note there is a crack on the lacquer in the body but this hasn’t effected neck stability.
Picked this up a couple of months back to have another try with five strings. Not sure what I was thinking because I struggle with four so in light of some recent purchases I think I will move this on.
The Good Points
It's a good, solid 5 string bass which punches above it's weight. Body is Bubinga wood, fingerboard is Rosewood. The neck is super flat and really nice to play. Hardware and pickups are by Wilkinson. The four pots are Volume, Tone, Bass, and Pickup Blend.
The Bad Points
It has a few marks and dings (the previous owner toured Europe with it) but nothing major, just general, light, wear and tear.
When I picked it up, it had a really low output, and the pickup blend pot was crackly when adjusted. On inspection, the battery had leaked and corroded the battery clip, so I replaced that and stuck in a new 9v which sorted the output issue. I haven't gotten around to fixing the pot yet. It may just need a squirt of cleaner, or it may need a replacement soldering in, both of which should be pretty simple and are reflected in the price.
Price is £125. This does not include shipping but does include a crap Fender gig bag to carry it home in. Shipping could possibly be arranged. I have a box, and can upgrade to a better more padded gigbag, but this will push the price to £160.
I would also consider a trade for a high end (Mono, Sadowsky) gig bag with money either way.
Socially distanced collection or viewing is welcome, as is PayPal if fees are covered.
Any questions, please ask.