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SOLD!!! Hofner 500-1 1964 Reissue Violin Bass Left Handed, 2011

SOLD!!! Hofner 500-1 1964 Reissue Violin Bass Left Handed, 2011

The Hofner Violin Bass first appeared in public during 1956, and Hofner’s intent was to encourage double bass players in beat and jazz groups to shift to electric. In many ways, this intention was similar to Leo Fender’s in introducing the Precision Bass in 1951. The benefits were immediately apparent and these new electric basses started appearing on stages, especially in early rock groups.

Price: $2700 CAD

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Warwick Thumb BO Bolt On Fretless 5 String Bass Guitar, 2002

Warwick Thumb BO Bolt On Fretless 5 String Bass Guitar, 2002

Made in Germany at the Warwick shop in Markneukirchen, Germany and dating to July 2, 2002, this Warwick Thumb BO is a fretless 5-string bass made of Ovangkol with a curved body and oiled finish. It features black hardware, active electronics, and a solid 5-saddle bridge.

Price: $1580 CAD
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VOX V232 Violin Bass Sunburst 1966

VOX V232 Violin Bass Sunburst 1966

Coming to you straight from the 60’s, here’s a vintage 30 inch scale, solid body Vox V232 Violin Bass, made by EKO in Italy during 1966! In reaction to the popularity of the Hofner Beatle Bass but wanting to reduce feedback, Vox had these solid-body basses made and they were produced only during 1966.

Price: $999.99 CAD
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Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexiglass Fretless Bass, 1969

Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexiglass Fretless Bass, 1969

Here we have an Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexiglass Fretless Bass, built in 1969 likely at the Ampeg facility in Linden, New Jersey. It’s a full 34 inch scale with 1 9/16 nut width, and weights in at 10.34 pounds – this weight is one of the drawbacks of the body material. The neck is maple with a flat-sawn Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, which at the time was very commonly used on quality instruments. There is some wear to the covering of the pickup, and the body has some light scratching, as expected for an instrument of this age. It appears to be in original condition, with an extra washer added to support the output jack – this is always a vulnerable area.

Price: $1875 CAD
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Burns Bison Bass Red, 2012

Burns Bison Bass Red, 2012

The Burns Bison Bass was a favourite among session musicians in the Sixties due to its long scale and a very wide range of tones, including the famous Wild Dog setting. Originally built from 1964 to 1965, the Bison Bass has an unmistakable look with its large horned body. Originally issued using the typical Burns scroll headstock, it now uses a more standard 4-a side Fender-esque headstock.
The Burns company was restarted by Barry Gibson in the late 1990s and has been producing reissues of the earlier Burns designs. This Bison Bass dates to 2012 and was built in Korea at a high-quality plant.

Price: $699 CAD
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Steinberger XL2 Headless Fretted Bass, 1984

Steinberger XL2 Headless Fretted Bass, 1984

Here we have a Steinberger XL2 Headless Fretted Bass, dating to 1984 and built at the Steinberger shop in Newburgh, New York. It uses the unmistakable headless design based on the L2 and is made of graphite reinforced epoxy with some plastic components (the top). The pickups are by EMG. It is in overall very good, original condition though – as is common with these instruments – the plug-in leg rest is missing. Fret wear is minor and it’s very comfortable to play, with a tight focused tone even acoustically. 
Ned Steinberger came from a fine arts background, focusing on sculpture, to create highly influential instruments, particularly the headless guitar and bass.

Price: $3750 CAD
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