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FS/FT: PRICE DROP to 750 - Les Evans Custom Fretless 4 (+ spare Fretted neck)

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#1 Bass Culture

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 04:15 PM

Price or Trade Value : £950

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

Now reduced to £750! FINAL PRICE REDUCTION

Will trade for decent electric guitar also.


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 - Now reduced to £750. This is my FINAL PRICE DROP. NO offers. I'd be willing to consider takingpayment 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 by Bass Culture, 21 May 2017 - 04:26 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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Posted 24 April 2017 - 07:39 AM

Bit of interest but nothing concrete-type bump...
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Posted 26 April 2017 - 04:06 PM

BUMP for recent price reduction and special instalment payment plan option! :)
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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:47 AM

I'be had quite a few inquiries but no bites yet, so I'm dropping the price to below £800. If it doesn't go now I'll withdraw it in a bit and leave it in under the bed for a year or so, I think! :) So, if we have any procrastinators out there just drop me a line and we can see if we can work something out.
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Posted 01 May 2017 - 02:31 PM

Bump
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Posted 06 May 2017 - 01:29 PM

Not entirely sure if I'm doing this correctly but I've posted a few short sound files for the bass here:

https://soundcloud.c...s-fretless-bass
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Posted 06 May 2017 - 01:46 PM

Some nice playing there too Mark

Tech works fine and the bass sounds great

was just about to give this bass a bump strangely

I Have the other Les Evans ( es ) inc the Grey / Black one that passed though a few other BCers hands before becoming my regular gigging bass

The build quality of his stuff is top notch and has some nice details , hidden jack / curved body, multi laminate necks and the East preamp and Schaller hardware

Would love to add this but funds / gigs / life etc just wont come together so someone please take it away !



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 02:24 PM

I suspect the grey/black one was mine too! Pair of Kent Armstrong humbuckers and gold Schaller hardware perchance? Tiny neck?
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Posted 07 May 2017 - 04:30 PM

Yep teeny weeny neck , skinny thin with a pronounced V profile , KA HBS, Gold Schaller Heads n 3D Bridge Most definitely your other old Les ( coughs )

Have to say its been a great bass for me over the years Ive had it and abused and stuck roland pickups on it ! it so Kudos to you for commissioning it

Not to derail your current thread however , and most definately a nudge not a bump !


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 10:04 AM

BUMP for final price drop. Thanks.
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 02:15 PM

Updated with trade option - will consider good quality electric guitar.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:19 AM

View PostBass Culture, on 16 May 2017 - 02:15 PM, said:

Updated with trade option - will consider good quality electric guitar.

PM'd re possible trade
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:06 AM

View Postricksterphil, on 17 May 2017 - 08:19 AM, said:

PM'd re possible trade

Hi there, I've not received your PM yet. Cheers.
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:40 AM

Apologies, life got in the way. Now sent
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 04:26 PM

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:39 PM

Still available for offers and/or trades. Would consider a decent-ish electric guitar and some cash my way.
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Posted 31 May 2017 - 09:52 AM

A mid-week, hell, why not?-type bump...
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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:50 AM

I've had quite a few expressions in interest in my LE but nothing that's become concrete yet. If anyone's pondering go ahead and make me an offer. I can only say 'no' and - who knows? - I might even say 'yes'! :)
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