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Username: byrdland

Post Number: 2
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 10:44 am:   Edit Post

Hi ... I love this bass, purchased it a couple years ago from Pat Moran in Texas. I am interested in whatever you might be able to tell me about its history; e.g., is it a "one-off" ... because I have not seen another just like it. I am also interested in the possibility of buying a new control cover plate because the original is cracked. IF POSSIBLE, I would like to replace the plate with a brass one of the same size unless you advise otherwise or the cost is prohibitive. Thank you for your attention and, most of all, for your high standards and continuing fine work. FWIW, I'm an amateur musician, closing in on 60 years of age, play bass at church and in a rock cover band doing mostly 90s and current music ... even though I mostly listen to blues and jazz myself.

Cheers, Jim
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1255
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 11:18 am:   Edit Post

That looks a lovely bass there Byrdland,
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7088
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 5:18 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Jim, welcome to the board! While it may not be a "one-off", that combination is certainly rare. My guesses are a Vector body with Flame Maple top on Mahogany body, three-piece Maple neck, Ebony fingerboard, and probably pearloid oval inlays. The controls are Volume and Filter with a single split P type pickup. Nice bass! Mica will post the actual stats when she looks up the card.
Username: mica

Post Number: 5971
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 5:49 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Jim,

Here's what was in the file:

PMB4 Persuader 4-string bass 86F3967
top: Maple
body: Mahogany
neck: 3-piece Maple
scale: 32" medium
fingerboard: Ebony
side markers: inlaid bronze dots
body shape: Vector
peghead shape: Inline
pickup: Alembic P
controls: volume, filter, mono output
finish: Polyester gloss
birthday: April 22, 1986
originally made for: not recorded

There's some complications with changing to a brass plate. The plastic plate is 1/8" thick, so a standard brass plate of 1/16" material will sit lower on the plate shelf, so you'll see 1/16" of the wall of the shelf.

So, the choices are to use a thick brass plate (super heavy!) or build up the shelf 1/16" and use the regular brass plate thickness.

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