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FS: Les Evans Custom Fretless 4 (inc Fretted neck) - Reduced to 825


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#1 Bass Culture

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 04:15 PM

Price or Trade Value : £950

FS: Les Evans Custom fretless 4 - includes additional fretted neck

Now reduced to £825

I am selling my beautiful Les Evans Custom fretless 4 string to make way for a new Zoot that will be arriving before too much longer. Owned by me from new and built to my spec about ten years ago it sounds every bit as phenomenal as it looks:


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Les is based in Liverpool and was well known when his profile was higher a few years ago. I believe he's since given up making instruments and mainly teaches guitar now but we lost contact a few years back. I think I remember someone selling a six string bass of his on BC 2 or 3 years back. The spec of my bass is:

Body: Walnut
Neck: 7 piece laminate of wenge and maple - soft 'V' profile
Scale length: 34"
Nut: 1.5"
String spacing: 20mm at bridge
Fingerboard: Wenge with maple lines and wenge binding; dots in fret positions on top edge
Bridge: Hipshot 'A' type in Gold
Tuners: Schaller
Pickups: EMG HZ (passive) humbuckers
Pre-amp: John East U-retro with coil taps (I think, could be phase reversal or series/parallel, I can't remember) for each pickup.
Weight: 9lbs (very) approximately
Recessed jack socket
Sculpted and recessed neck joint for comfort
Curved body

It's a beautiful bass and drew many admiring comments when I took it to the NW Bass Bash recently but I'm finding medium scale basses working for me a bit better now, hence the new Zoot. The combination of the EMG's and East circuit means there's a huge range of tones available and it sings and growls with the best of them. If anyone's after a unique and high quality fretless this will do the job and then some. I would encourage anyone who's interested to come over to sunny Chester for a play, where tea will be forthcoming and perhaps even a biscuit.

Mike Walsh of Iceni Zoot fame made an additional, fretted neck for the bass also, which is included. Same nut width but slightly more traditional profile - still fast and comfortable though. This attaches with wood screws though rather than captive bolts. So, two basses for the price of one! ;)

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This is a top quality, professional level instrument which cost me a LOT more than I'm asking, but I hope I'm pricing it realistically for a quick sale - Reduced to £825. I'll consider sensible offers and am also willing to take payment in 2 or 3 instalments if preferred.

I'm happy to deliver for petrol money up to, say, 60 miles or so from Chester. At present I have no suitable packaging for couriering it but I can likely pick something up from my local music shop so delivery is do-able too. Please read my feedback or contact me with any questions or clarifications.

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Edited with additional photos.

Edited by Bass Culture, 21 April 2017 - 01:30 PM.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:49 AM

I know from personal experience that Les makes superb custom instruments.

I bought my fretted 4 from Bass Culture many years back and it was a special bass bought from a top fella.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:09 PM

View PostGreeneKing, on 19 March 2017 - 09:49 AM, said:

I know from personal experience that Les makes superb custom instruments.

I bought my fretted 4 from Bass Culture many years back and it was a special bass bought from a top fella.

Thanks, Peter - good to hear from you. Forgot you had the black Les Evans, didn't you? Superb bass, I recall. Hope all is well in GK world. :)
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:36 PM

To those who have asked about sound clips, I'll try to get something together over the weekend. Cheers.
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Posted 25 March 2017 - 12:57 PM

Bump for price reduction
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Posted 28 March 2017 - 10:10 AM

Bump for further price reduction.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:19 AM

It's been a while it's time for a BUMP, I think. And to celebrate I've reduced the price further and introduced a special instalment plan for interested punters! :)
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