Oh I could tell a tale or two...
I owned and used the three below up until 2019 when I retired from touring
in order to take up my new career as care giver for my lady love
who passed away in 2020. Lots of angst and woe in the last couple years
but I turned two of these basses into money that was badly needed.
So that's a good thing.
Left to right:
Raven: a 1997 Squier P-bass, completely rebuilt by me using quality parts.
She turned into one hell of an instrument, and I sold her reluctantly to my nephew.
Luretta: a 2009 Warmoth fretless Jazz Bass... I couldn't bear to part with Luretta
and I still have her. I built her myself out of Warmoth parts and Fender "vintage"
J-bass p'ups. She's my dream bass.
Sluggo: a 1966 Fender J-bass. I bought him for $100 in 1972 and played him for the
next 46 years. All stock except I refinished him about 1980 and took about $10,000 off the price
I could have got when I finally sold him. *shrugs... Sometimes the sound man would come up
after a show to take a look at him, having mixed his tone all evening. His tone was amazing.
I have this bass on numerous recordings created over 44 years on the road.
I'm sure I made hundreds of dollars playing this bass.
I got about $3000 for him when I sold him. But I was in no position to
dicker or hold out for more. I think it was fair. So be it.
Here's a closer look at Luretta. She's the kind of instrument that: the closer you look
the cooler she is. Women would sometimes come up after a show and say,
"Your bass looks yummy, like a caramel sundae..." *grins
Swamp ash body, hand rubbed and finished with tung oil...
>all black hardware, including Gotoh black "high mass" bridge (which sounds witchy and cool)
and including black Schaller tuners, black neck plate and black strap buttons...
>hand carved (by me) walnut pick guard and control plate
>Rosewood fingerboard with maple inlays instead of frets.
>hand carved (by me) Thor Hammer headstock decoration, made from a piece of an oak tree that
was struck by lighting.
I play her now through a Roland CB-60 Cube bass amp.
She sounds great through anything, to tell the truth.
I use D'Addario half round strings.
I kept Luretta knowing I'd never find or make another like her.
She's still my dream bass.
Here's an old Vox bass from the middle sixties. I bought this on a whim in the seventies for
small money, but never bonded with it. So I gave it to my daughter when she expressed interest in
playing bass as a teen. She now plays standup bass: Classical music or Jazz. Pretty cool.
So recently she gave it back to me. It needed some work, which I managed.
The old bridge was gone, and that was a POS anyway. So I ordered a Hofner bridge. I laid some
sandpaper on the top of the instrument, and sanded the Hofner part until it fit the curves of the Vox.
Now it works perfectly. Simple and good. I was able to find replacement pickups online
amazingly enough. And they fit right in. The original wiring was fine.
I strung it with LaBella Beatle Bass flat wounds, 30" scale.
It sounds great with those, and way different from my Warmoth J bass.
I remember Paul Revere and the Raiders playing Vox instruments, and early Stones.
I'm really a Fender bass guy, but the Vox is still cool.
Gonna repost a shot of one of them, The Reverend Wattplower. Had both of these out of their cases laying next to each other and noticed they were nearly the same size. My other P-style basses dwarf the SG. The Rev is a 30" scale based on an EBO. It's heavier than the SG, but not by much. Thought it was neat that the Rev is that small.
Sounds pretty good to me-middle position is hum-cancelling. I'm not really a bassist. I bought it at a thrift store long ago and was about to sell it to my local that specializes in Mosrite/Greco/etc. funky stuff but my son (the real bassist) wanted me to get it fixed up for him. He left for Berklee just before I got it back so I'll have to wait until Thanksgiving to really hear it played right!