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Username: bsee

Post Number: 2155
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 01, 2009 - 4:45 pm:   Edit Post

Much of the description appears to be related to a new Series II rather than this particular 1980's bass, but still a nice looking instrument. Who knows what offer will trigger a bite.

As far as the errors, it appears to be garden-variety lightly flamed walnut rather than a burl. The "hardware" (bridge, tailpiece, backplates) don't appear to be chromed. The logo is definitely not a surface mount with shell. Can't tell for sure if it has side LEDs but, if it does, there are no batteries to power them when not attached to the DS-5 (I don't know if this would be typical or not). Finally, the body wood looks a little light, more like the typical mahogany than walnut, but I wouldn't state that with any confidence.

I guess, with all the above, I might even get a confirmation of scale length before making a bid, and don't forget the possible need for an electronics upgrade to quiet a bass of this vintage.

As such, the replacement cost estimate is bogus. I would put this at a little over $15K list/ $11.5K street with a free LED special. If you wanted this bass, I think you'd order a Series I, upgrade the electronics, and add one purpleheart stringer and the LEDs. Anything under $6K still seems like a pretty fair deal if this is what you're looking for and as nice as it seems.

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7476
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 01, 2009 - 5:02 pm:   Edit Post

Looks like he has come down on his price a little.

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