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After a long(ish) search & after exhausting all other options including getting Ernie ball to make a new one, BFR's & five strings I finally got my hands on this exquisite bass.

Via a private sale & at a decent price I've finally got one! Plays absolutely beautifully & weighs a tonne too!

Fretboard was swapped a few years ago by a studio in London & new bound ebony fretboard installed.

At first I wasn't really keen on the binding, but it's growing on me.

Hipshot D Tuner installed (I have the OG tuner) but alas no original hardcore.

This is my second ever vintage bass after my 72 Jazz & I've fallen in love! Unfortunately I don't think I'll be using her for every gig I'm hired for, but I will try my dammed hardest! 

Serial starts  No. B00. Neck signed by "Andy"

 

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Beautiful!! Looks like it’s in great condition too. 

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57 minutes ago, ped said:

Beautiful!! Looks like it’s in great condition too. 

Yeah, a few dings here & there as usual but all pretty decent holding up well 

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I think the binding looks great, too. 

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1 minute ago, ped said:

I think the binding looks great, too. 

I was a bit hesitant at first, but I think it "classes" it up a little bit haha!

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1976 = vintage?. Holy shite, what does that make me?!

Nice bass though; natural ash and ebony stingrays just look "right" somehow.   Just curious .... How does it sound compared to a modern EB one?

 

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2 hours ago, Steve Browning said:

Please know that I absolutely hate you (jealousy).

I’m sorry Steve! 😂

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10 hours ago, NickA said:

1976 = vintage?. Holy stinky poo, what does that make me?!

Nice bass though; natural ash and ebony stingrays just look "right" somehow.   Just curious .... How does it sound compared to a modern EB one?

 

Thanks! I find it’s got a bit more heft & weight to the sound compared to the EB modern ones 

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Damnation. Getting gas now.  The gallery have three of them, all around £3k, but all maple board with frets .... guess they'd fit an ebony one for another few £100 ......

..No...  don't even think about it.

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15 hours ago, NickA said:

Damnation. Getting gas now.  The gallery have three of them, all around £3k, but all maple board with frets .... guess they'd fit an ebony one for another few £100 ......

..No...  don't even think about it.

That was my first step really 😂 I’m not one to tell people to get stuff but yeah do it! 😂

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Luckily no jobs coming up in North London ... Otherwise I'd be unstoppably "drawn" to Camden ... and we know what happens then.

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