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I was given this Pbass today. For free. Gratis.

Headstock says "Wagenvoort - hand crafted made in Holland".
Anyone know this brand? I ain't never heard of it! :)

Anyway, lovely birdseye neck, striped body. Seems to be an all Maple thing. EMG pups, Badass (original!) bridge, Schaller tuners. The bass is heavy but oozes quality.
I have not yet plugged it in. The strings on it are at least two decades old.

EDIT: THIS IS A STOLEN BASS!

I contacted the builder Bert Wagenvoort, and posted a pic on FB. Turned out the original owner is someone I know through Facebook! Arjan is picking her up tomorrow. It was stolen from him 28 years ago, he has pics to prove it. Of course, there wasn't any doubt in my mind to hand it back to him.

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Easy come, easy go! So, you know the thief too?
 

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The suspected thief died a number of years ago sadly.
 

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Wow... what a story. Glad the original owner got it back, and glad you didn't lose any money on it, too.:)
 

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I was very fortunate to snag this amazing bass recently. It is the Rickenbacker 4005XC 90th Anniversary bass guitar. The seller, who had multiple "unplayed" new Rics, including a black 4005XC and a few standard models for sale, claimed he bought them here in the USA and planned to ship them to an associate in Europe. But shipping and duties were so much he changed his plans. Ok, whatever, a lot of people ordered these and won't likely receive their bass until ealy 2022. Dealers are still taking pre-orders on these! So. I don't know what the real story is, and maybe his version was accurate, but all I know is this is one awesome bass guitar. And why Rickenbacker only puts 20 frets on it's standard 34" scale basses, and yet this short scale bass has 24, is a complete mystery to me. This is the first Ric I have owned, and it plays so nice, I may just have to try one of those fret deprived 4001 or 4003 basses. I have always appreciated the classic Ricenbacker tone, but shyed away from them because I really like a 2 octave neck. I may have to re-evaluate that position.

It's so pretty:

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I definitly don't like the shape of the Rick!
 

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Wow, that's something different. Congrats.

PS. Any chance for a sound clip?
 

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Wow, that's something different. Congrats.

PS. Any chance for a sound clip?
Eventually perhaps. I don't currently have a way of recording it, but it is something I am working on.
 

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I've got myself a 2nd Music Man - Big Al 5
It's a light 4,1kg mahagony body with maple neck and fretboard. 4 band electronics, can switch passiv with a passive tone blend :D versatile and easy to play, nice shaping upper body for the arm and belly shaping too :rolleyes:

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I've got myself a 2nd Music Man - Big Al 5
It's a light 4,1kg mahagony body with maple neck and fretboard. 4 band electronics, can switch passiv with a passive tone blend :D versatile and easy to play, nice shaping upper body for the arm and belly shaping too :rolleyes:

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The Music Man Big Al is an awesome bass, Congrats! I have been looking for a 5 string, at a reasonable price for some time. They are getting pretty rare nowadays.
 

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The Music Man Big Al is an awesome bass, Congrats! I have been looking for a 5 string, at a reasonable price for some time. They are getting pretty rare nowadays.
There are more in the US, but import and shipping to the EU adds 30%. Found this one in Germany, not cheap, but still at a reasonable price.
 

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Cool bass! "Mission control" electronics?
The most versatile instrument I've played so far, anything from Stingray in serial mode, to Dusty Hill P-bass and also Jaco's jazz is possible.
- the first 3 buttons are on/off for each PU. Combination are serial bridge/middle (all switches off), the other combinations are all parallel;
- the 4th button is active/passive for any combination;
- the 4 knobs are volume, passive tone control, stacked high/low mids, stacked treble/bass.
 

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How do you like the neck? I was very impressed by the feel of the neck on my 4 string. And there aren't very many of them anywhere, actually. The total made in all styles and colors was less that 500 as I recall. Very hard to find now.
 

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How do you like the neck? I was very impressed by the feel of the neck on my 4 string. And there aren't very many of them anywhere, actually. The total made in all styles and colors was less that 500 as I recall. Very hard to find now.
Some 700 all together; about 170 of the 5-SSS. Neck feels nice - oiled maple with a D-profile.
 
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One of these is not like the other ones! Had a few days with the Dingwall now and I am happy and like it a lot but it needs some things to make me really keen I feel. I am used to quite thin stainless strings and also I like a pretty low tension string. These are nickel and the fan frets really do have a tighter tension...which is what they are designed for but they aren't doing it for me at all. Stainless set should be in tomorrow. Once i tuned the bass down a step it felt much better for me. The fan fret system is great.. Totally happy. Got used to it quick and in the middle of the neck it is better than a parallel bass.

Finish is insane on this thing. Yes it was made in china...Finish was better than any new bass I have owned for sure. It is immaculate. The neck is incredible. Fret ends and board have had alot of attention to detail and it is really impressive. Incredible balance on the bass as well and it really is a looker that is for sure. I hate shadow chrome and that will go when the bank balance recovers a bit.

Tone wise it sounds awesome clean and with slight grit and I loved both the neck pickup parallel (P bass) and the Bridge and middle parallel but i struggled to get rid of the dry raspy clank at anything dirtier than that. I do love the fundamental of the notes though they have that warm richness like a Warwick but I think I need to change out the Darkglass preamp and play with strings to work on the dirtier tone. The DG preamp gets very full on and untameable with new strings and my bright dirt pedals and I am constantly cutting everything which is not really ideal. Passive sounds good but nasally without some help. I do have a Delano Sonar 3 sitting here in a box and I think I am going to chuck that in. It has the selectable mid bands. Once I have broken in the stainless strings I am sure it'll be killer.

Over the last few days I have been playing all styles of music through it but the minute it is in lower tuning for heavier songs it just shines through for sure. Clean it is also very very good. I hope that I can get it sweet for the middle ground where I like to spend most of my time but even still I feel that it excels at anything alternate tuning and I do go through phases of playing alot of that.

Anyway my other basses are safe I am not going to sell everything for Dingwalls. I don' think this will be my #1 and I am totally fine with that. It fits in the collection and is a fun and useful instrument for me that looks super super cool so I am happy.
 
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