ca. 1920s-30s John Juzek 3/4

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This ca. 1920s-30s John Juzek smaller 3/4 carved back bass has a very lush jazz voice with its current setup that includes Spirocore weich strings. It is one of the longtime performance and recording instruments of a San Francisco Bay Area professional jazz musician with over 50 years of playing experience on stage and in the recording studio. Over its life, this bass has had some repairs, an upgrade set of Rubner tuning machines, and a replacement top, reportedly made by former SF Bay Area doublebass luthier, Will Boulet. The top, probably installed in the 1970s, is the heart of the voice of this instrument. Made from a 4-piece top blank, the installing luthier graduated it and modeled the bass bar to his own satisfaction, including keeping the overall arching low, and the result is an instrument that responds as if it were made before WWI. The faux flame effect on the maple parts was effected with skillful acid etching of the maple’s surface. The visual effect is that of dramatic flame figure on wood that is plain and free of fire. I have seen this method used on 1930s Roth basses and from a few other makers. Though the bass retains its original old style German overstand height, the bridge height is a very respectable 6 3/4″. Thus instrument feels very much in balance, especially after the recently installed new bridge with adjusters and other setup refinements by Jeff Sahs. One could hardly ask for an easier playing, richer sounding performance jazz bass for less than $10,000. The dimensions are: Top length 42 1/4″ (107.3 cm), Upper bout width 20 1/4″ (51.4 cm), Middle bout width 14 1/4″ (36.2 cm), Lower bout width 25″ (63.5 cm), Back length, including button: 44 1/2″ (112.4 cm), Rib depth at tail 8 1/2″, Rib depth at upper bout corner 6 7/8″ (14.5 cm), Rib depth at neck joint 6 3/8″ (16.2 cm), String length 42″ (106.7 cm). I couldn’t be happier with the old school jazz voice that comes out of this bass so effortlessly. The consigning owner did not supply a cover, but I can strongly suggest one that fits smaller 3/4 size instrument exceptionally well, the unsold cover that came with a previously sold Neolson bass several years ago, priced at $395. The last 3 photos in the set show the cover installed on this bass.

Price: $8,950 without cover