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    1bassleft
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    Not wishing to tread on the toes of the General Guitar thread we know and love, but here’s a little space for a bass that could’ve been treated more lovingly. I’ve already posted my Mustang bass elsewhere; hacked to pieces by a moron. Here’s another that’s been to the school of hard-knocks:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1966-VINTAGE-FENDER-MUSTANG-BASS-UGLY-UGLY-UGLY_W0QQitemZ7398552669QQcategoryZ38079QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    All credit to the seller for the honesty of the descn and for not taking the tempting route of dissembling it for parts. Could be a lovely ’66 Mustang with those oval tuners, but here’s the horrid bit:

    #http://home.austin.rr.com/tbaysix/fenderblackmustangbassmarch65.JPG

    Never mind the body refinish, the pickup hack and replacement, the naff mother of toilet seat pickguard, the black spray up the back of the neck. Nope, some idiot put a bit of masking tape around the dots and sprayed the fretboard black.

    If ever a bass should be sold off for its hardware (’66 oval tuners, bridge with string dampers, serialed “F” neckplate vol+tone pots date coded etc). This is a bass that is worth less than the sum of its parts 😥

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    • #68613
      Tim
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      That is a bit of a beast!
      I have problems with the word ‘Vintage’ (my Uni course featured many a debate on ‘heritage’, much of which applies here) tends to be code for ‘enthusiasts revel in its failings, the general masses think it sounds a bit crap. That may be a little harsh but you get my point.
      I was, at most, a quarter of the way through saving-up for a Hofner Violin bass when a guy in a seedy little Guitar shop forced me, I was very shy, to try the Aria…haven’t looked back since. Looks crap, sounds fantastic, which is more important?

    • #68596
      1bassleft
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      😳 , just noticed that the original mini-P split pup is still there. Definitely worth a salvage or a professional re-fin but, in all honesty, might as well get a Japanese RI for similar money.

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