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Username: 82daion

Post Number: 28
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 10:05 pm:   Edit Post

I got this bass a few months back, and although the tone is great and the bass is very playable, I just can't get around the neck profile. I'm used to big, wide necks, and this bass has a Jazz-style neck, a fact that I didn't pick up on when I bought it. Like most Japanese basses of the era, the construction is excellent.

This bass dates to the 80's, and is in pretty good shape considering-there are some dings around the edges, and there's a chip through the finish in the arm contour, which is the worst damage on the bass. The pickup rings are scratched up a little from use, but could be polished back to shine. The electronics and hardware are functioning perfectly. The frets are a little grimy in the pics, but have since been cleaned, and shine like new.

No trades, as I'm trying to acquire funding for a Series I.

I'm willing to sell outright for $800 plus shipping. These don't come up often, so don't miss your chance! ;)

Paypal is preferred.

Bass will ship in OHSC with case key, polish cloth, and tuner wrench.


Username: 82daion

Post Number: 31
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Saturday, June 02, 2007 - 12:35 am:   Edit Post

Price drop to $750.
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1191
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 02, 2007 - 3:39 pm:   Edit Post

The most accessible of the 80's Japanese explosion, the class made up of:

Ibanez Musician
Yamaha BroadBass ('BB')
Aria SuperBass ('SB')
. . . and the 2 not so well known,
Daion Power MkXX
Tune Bass Maniac

The 3000S was the result of Yamaha wooing Jeff Berlin as an endorser. JB had tried the BB1200 and BB2000 (the real antecedent of the 3000) and liked them, save for MUCH thicker necks, almost like bad-CBS/Fender Precision necks. So they reduced the neck for him, and later when things did not work out for JB to endorse them, they went ahead and sold this slim-neck version as the BB3000S. Maple/mahogany neckthru with alder wings, and the 'chocolate-stripe' (macassar) ebony fingerboard with some suspiciously familiar-looking MOP oval inlays and gold parts.

The clear finish ones like this one are more rare than the typical Vintage White ones. The brass is EASILY touched up with Brasso, steelwool, what have you. The open gear keys are adjustable, very rare, via the key that Daion is including with this axe, as well as the original brown case with celery-colored fur interior.

The neck pickup is a typical PBass, meaty tone. The aft blade pickup is one of these bass' signature features: Lots of aggressive back-pickup J-like tone, nothing else like it. Can be really squawky with lots of mid boost!! The best I can tell you: Full tone, but not a lot of that unuseable deep, deep end meat that sometimes overpowers a PBass, thicker than a Jazz. Recording engineers in Nashville STILL rave about what great recording basses these were, and used ones don't NOT last long here.

First rate construction. For somebody after something Fender-like in a neckthru and just a little different, something you don't see every day, these things are the cat's ass.

These are a sentimental favorite of mine from the six-night-a-week days of mine in the 80s and 90s. This is a really nice axe and the price is at the top of the range, BUT they're RARELY offered in clear finish AND with the original case and wrenches, so the price is in line with reality.

This will REALLY make someone a very nice axe.

Thank God it's not a 5000 ! !

J o e y
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 1035
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, June 03, 2007 - 3:10 pm:   Edit Post

Those really are sweet basses!
Username: 82daion

Post Number: 35
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Sunday, June 03, 2007 - 4:34 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the info/compliments, guys!

If this didn't have a Jazz neck, I'd probably find a way to keep this-it has a very unique midrange that's not obnoxious, but ensures that you can hear the bass quite well in a mix. The sound isn't as tight as my Daion, but that's OK-they cover different sonic grounds, despite their design similarities.

I have a guy in the UK interested, so we'll see how things play out with that.

(Message edited by 82Daion on June 03, 2007)
Username: 82daion

Post Number: 37
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 11:40 pm:   Edit Post

Price drop to $700.
Username: katana_6506

Post Number: 18
Registered: 7-2005
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 8:03 pm:   Edit Post

I'll let this go for $650.
Username: 82daion

Post Number: 39
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 8:13 pm:   Edit Post

I'm sorry about the above post-somehow it was made in the name of my brother's account.

I am in fact willing to let the bass go for $650.

Sorry for any confusion.
Username: 82daion

Post Number: 42
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 8:08 am:   Edit Post


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