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jw_bass
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Username: jw_bass

Post Number: 4
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2010 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post

I've recently acquired this 1981 Series 1 bass. What can you tell me about this beauty?
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2542
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2010 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

We were having some fun with puns when it was up on eBay last December. The link to eBay no longer shows any info, but the thread says it is a 32" (medium) scale, large body Series I in zebrawood.
jw_bass
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Username: jw_bass

Post Number: 6
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:28 am:   Edit Post

Adriaan, the fun with puns post is a riot. Thanks for sharing. JW.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7129
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 8:51 pm:   Edit Post

Here's the details from the file, JW:

MSBI-4 Series I 4-string bass
top: Zebrawood
back: Zebrawood
body core: Mahogany
neck: 5-piece Maple and Purpleheart
scale: 32" medium
fingerboard: Ebony
inlays: mother of pearl
controls: volume x2, filter x2, Q-switch x2, pickup selector switch, stereo 1/4" and 5-pin outputs
originally made for: Guitar Center, San Francisco, CA
birthday: March 26, 1981

The original owner lived in California and registered the bass in October of 1981.

In September of 1981 the bass was sent here for a repair for "rack burn" and we refinished the peghead. I guess it was taken on and off the display rack quite a bit in the 6 months it was in the store. Ouch!
jw_bass
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Username: jw_bass

Post Number: 9
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Mica. I never noticed any remnants of the rack burn until now. Here's a recent photo. Thanks again.S10001.jpg
jw_bass
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Username: jw_bass

Post Number: 10
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post

Here's the repaired area.... Rack Burn0001.jpg
jw_bass
Junior
Username: jw_bass

Post Number: 11
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 11:31 am:   Edit Post

Here's the repaired area.... Rack Burn
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9999
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 2:35 pm:   Edit Post

Great shot of a beautiful bass!
jw_bass
Junior
Username: jw_bass

Post Number: 12
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - 7:32 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you Dave. I do get compliments whenever I take her out to play.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7143
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - 8:01 pm:   Edit Post

That seam is normal - it's the joint where the "ears" are glued on to the peghead so the machine heads have a place to live. I actually can't see any evidence of the finish repair in your photo.
lembic76450
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Username: lembic76450

Post Number: 260
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - 8:09 pm:   Edit Post

I guess that the shot of the repaired area raises the question of when the adjustible nuts were first installed. I had thought it was before 1981.

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