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Fender Vintera ’60s Jazz Bass Sunburst

Fender Vintera '60s Jazz Bass Sunburst

The Fender Vintera 60’s Jazz bass is loaded with features from Fenders Golden era at a more affordable price point. This bass features a mid 60’s C shaped neck carve and a 7.25” radius. The maple neck has a Pau Ferro fretboard and vintage sized frets. The re-voiced 60’s single coil pickups have more of that authentic grit and growl that made the Jazz bass a legend. The open gear tuners, vintage saddles and three tone sunburst finish top really round out the classic aesthetic on this bass.

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Price: $1,250.00 CAD
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Fender Precision Bass Maple Neck Black, 1975

Fender Precision Bass Maple Neck Black, 1975

Here we have a handsome, almost all original, Fender Precision Bass Maple neck built at the CBS/Fender Fullerton plant in 1975 – the pot codes date to 1974. First appearing in October 1951, the Fender Precision bass was a brilliant piece of industrial design. This innovation brought modern influences to the bass world – such as the ability to reliably and consistently produce a precise pitch, and to play at any volume without feedback. Quickly adopted, the Precision Bass was updated in 1954 to visually match the new Stratocaster, and has been in production with really only minor modifications since then.   The P-Bass is arguably one of the most functionally successful bass instruments ever built, having appeared on more recordings and stages than any other bass. 

Vintage
Price: $5,450.00 CAD
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Gibson EB 0L Long Scale Bass Cherry, 1972

Gibson EB 0L Long Scale Bass Cherry, 1972

Here is a rarity – a Gibson EB 0L long scale bass from 1972, reaching just past the Fender Bass scale length to 34.134 inches. This model was built from 1970 to 1977 to a quantity of 1,153, according to the shipping totals page at Fly Guitars, a site dedicated to Gibson basses. The Gibson EB 0L has straightforward construction, pairing a Mahogany body to a three-piece Maple neck with an unbound Indian Rosewood fingerboard.

Vintage
Price: $1,850.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Spector USA Forte 4 Bass Black, 2015

⚌Reduced‼ Spector USA Forte 4 Bass Black, 2015

The Spector USA Forte 4 bass brings back the early highly innovative Spector basses seen at The Twelfth Fret and in the hands of many pro players in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Stuart Spector began building basses with Alan Charney about the same time as The Twelfth Fret, and soon connected with Ned Steinberger – all members of the Brooklyn Woodworker’s Co-op. Steinberger, fresh from a furniture design course, took Spector’s neck-through construction and added a unique and very comfortable curved body. That curved body became one of the hallmarks of Spector designs.

Used
Price: $3,500.00 CAD $3,699.99 CAD
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Music Man Sterling 4 HS Bass Natural, 2006

Music Man Sterling 4 HS Bass Natural, 2006

The Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4 was introduced in 1993 with a single pickup, Ash body, and Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard. In 2005, a second neck pickup became available. Music Man was founded in 1972 by Leo Fender, Forrest White and Tom Walker, originally named Tri-Sonix, then MusiTek and in 1974 became Music Man. Leo Fender was still bound by a 1965 non-competition agreement with CBS, so until 1975 he was a silent partner though he left the company in 1979.

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Price: $1,999.99 CAD
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Fender 1953 Precision Bass Blonde

Fender 1953 Precision Bass Blonde

Here is a real treat – a Fender 1953 Precision Bass, an early example of one of the most influential instruments ever built. The revolutionary introduction of the solidbody and fretted Precision Bass allowed bassists to follow guitarists in accuracy of pitch and precision tuning, and also in the area of stage volume through amplification without feedback. Without this innovation, we probably wouldn’t have gone to arenas or festival grounds to see incredibly loud artists.

Vintage
Price: $30,999.99 CAD
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Fender American Ultra Precision Bass Arctic Pearl

Fender American Ultra Precision Bass Arctic Pearl

The Fender American Ultra Precision Bass is the most advanced offering in their line catering to discerning players that want the most precision, high quality performance and tone. The Fender Precision bass is one of the most heard and recorded bass guitars in history and this version adds some modern features to this legendary tone machine. The alder body and maple neck combination delivers a familiar thump and fat note fundamental. New features include the new ultra-noiseless pickups in a PJ configuration. This gives you a standard precision pickup and a jazz pickup in the bridge position.

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Price: $2,659.00 CAD
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Fender Precision Special Bass Lake Placid Blue, 1980

Fender Precision Special Bass Lake Placid Blue, 1980

The Fender Precision Special bass was built from 1980 to 1982 as part of a trend to modernize some of Fender’s best sellers, particularly the Precision Bass and Stratocaster as ‘The Strat’.   These instruments were built at Fender’s historic Fullerton, California plant under CBS management. Using the same basic construction and materials, the Fender Precision Bass Special starts with an Ash body and one piece Maple neck, here finished in Lake Placid Blue with matching headstock and “Fender Precision Special” decal. However, the gold plated hardware and gold metal thumb rest start to hint that there are differences.

Vintage
Price: $2,550.00 CAD
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Jerry Jones Neptune Shorthorn Bass 4 Copper, 2006

Jerry Jones Neptune Shorthorn Bass 4 Copper, 2006

The Jerry Jones Neptune Shorthorn Bass 4 draws from a classic American design by Danelectro, and was built in Nashville from 1981 to 2011. At that point, Jones retired and liquidated his shop. Danelectro was operated from 1946 to 1969 by Nathan Daniel and from 1966 to its close was owned by the MCA record company. Specializing in mass produced, low cost but decent quality instruments and amplifiers, Danelectos were largely available through catalog stores like Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Ward but often under other names including the Sears brand Silvertone.

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Price: $1,450.00 CAD
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Fender Player Precision Bass Maple Neck Black

Fender Player Precision Bass Maple Neck Black

Here we have the Fender Player Precision Bass – a straight ahead continuation of the classic, ultra versatile, durable and reliable solidbody bass that started it all.  The Fender Precision bass, introduced in 1951, has become the most recorded bass and has been used on countless shows, sessions, and recordings in virtually all genres.  Built at Fender’s plant in Ensenada, Mexico and  following the original materials choice with an Alder body and Maple neck with rear-mounted truss rod and Walnut ‘Skunk Stripe’, the Fender Player Precision Bass offers a great quality bass at an affordable price.

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Price: $979.99 CAD
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Ibanez SR Mezzo SRMD200 Bass Candy Apple Matte

Ibanez SR Mezzo SRMD200 Bass Candy Apple Matte

The Ibanez SR Mezzo offers a combination of jazz and precision style pickups, a widely used configuration, covering loads of sonic possibilities.  The pickups used are passive Ibanez Dynamix models.  Their tone is enhanced by the built in two-band active tone circuit, powered by one standard 9-volt battery,  accessed through a standard battery box on the instrument rear. 

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Price: $469.00 CAD
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Fender Player Jaguar Bass Tidepool Blue 2018

Fender Player Jaguar Bass Tidepool Blue 2018

Here’s a cool new bass from Fender’s Player Series – the Fender Player Jaguar Bass. It’s built in Corona, Mexico and is affordably priced new take on a P-J bass with an offset body!
This new design starts with proven principles that deliver reliability and tonal versatility. A one-piece Maple neck is paired with an offset Alder body, and a P-J pickup set – that’s a Precision Bass style pickup, with a Jazz Bass bridge pickup with individual volume and master tone controls- handles the electronics. A fully adjustable Fender bridge and open-gear tuners complete the hardware.

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Price: $979.99 CAD
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Warwick Star Bass II Bubinga 4, 2008

Warwick Star Bass II Bubinga 4, 2008

The Warwick Star Bass II Bubinga 4 is a top quality, thinline bass with passive electronics, here in fretted form but also available as fretless. Introduced in 2008, this model is derived from the Framus Star Bass. The thinline construction concept is very familiar on guitars, but less so on basses. Though there can be a risk of feedback at higher volumes, the somewhat ’rounder’ attack and decay profiles evokes the tone of an acoustic bass.

Used
Price: $3,700.00 CAD
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Fender Jazz Bass Burgundy Refinish, 1962

Fender Jazz Bass Burgundy Refinish, 1962

Here we have a Fender Jazz Bass dating to 7 May 1962 with a Burgundy refinish replacing the original Sunburst. This is a fairly rare Rosewood Slab Board model, indicating a type of neck built in Fullerton, California until mid 1962. The Fender Jazz Bass was introduced in 1960, aimed at the Jazz bass players who had not adopted the Precision Bass or who wanted a thinner neck and more focused tone. The Offset Body that debuted on the 1958 Jazzmaster was used for the Jazz Bass body.

Vintage
Price: $9,999.99 CAD
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Fender Jazz Bass Natural, 1973

Fender Jazz Bass Natural, 1973

The Fender Jazz Bass made its appearance in 1960 as Fender’s second major bass design after the two versions of the Precision Bass.  Targeted towards the Jazz players still using acoustic instruments, the Jazz Bass offered a punchy, focused tone and a narrow fast fingerboard. Offered with either a Maple or Rosewood fingerboard, this instrument was built until 1981 when it was replaced by the Standard Jazz Bass. The Fender Jazz Bass uses the same proven and highly reliable design concept as other Fender instruments – a Maple neck bolted to an Ash or Alder body.

Vintage
Price: $2,999.99 CAD
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Fender American Ultra Jazz Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Aged Natural

Fender American Ultra Jazz Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Aged Natural

The new Fender American Ultra Jazz Bass in seen here in the new Aged Natural finish, with new body contours, stock noiseless pickups, new electronics,  biflex truss rod, and a compound radius fingerboard!

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Price: $2,729.99 CAD
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2017 Godin Passion RG-4 Bass Guitar

2017 Godin Passion RG-4 Bass Guitar

Built at the Godin Premiere Atelier in Richmond Quebec, the Godin Passion RG-4 bass is an excellent rendering of the highly practical P-J bass concept.

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Price: $1,795.00 CAD
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2016 Jason Kiefte Custom Thinline Archtop Bass Guitar

2016 Jason Kiefte Custom Thinline Archtop Bass Guitar

When I first saw the Kiefte Custom Thinline Archtop Bass Guitar, I thought it looked familiar; it is based on the successful Douglas Harrison GB Model.

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Price: $4,500.00 CAD
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Hofner 500/2 Club Bass

Hofner 500/2 Club Bass

Based on the Club guitar, the Hofner 500/2 Club Bass was introduced in 1965 and built to 1970. It was never as popular as its cousin the 500/1 violin or ‘Beatle Bass’, but its more traditional single cutaway guitar shape perhaps works a bit better without a strap.

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Hofner HCT500 1 SB Violin Bass Contemporary Beatle Bass

Hofner HCT500 1 SB Violin Bass Contemporary Beatle Bass

We’ve just received a shipment of CT basses including the Hofner HCT-500 1 SB, great reproductions of vintage Hofner instruments!

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Hofner 500/1 – 62 Reissue Violin Bass

Hofner 500/1 - 62 Reissue Violin Bass

Based on Paul McCartney’s 1962 Violin Bass, the Hofner 500/1 62 Reissue bass has delighted Hofner aficionados by replicating details of the original.

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