1930s German 3/4 flatback

$11,000.00 $9,950.00


This 1930s German 3/4 flatback will also make a nice fleet-footed arco instrument, but I think of it first and foremost as a colorful and nimble jazz bass. The recent full restoration included a neck reset, replacement African ebony fingerboard, refinement of the hat peg tuning machine mechanics, replacement of all existing cleats and a refinement of the top plate graduations. This bass was the longtime instrument of an amateur player who performed duet with his piano playing wife for social events and retirement home concerts. The top plate is of medium grain width spruce that exhibits solid and musical tap tones. The maple ribs and creased flat back are solid and not too light. The beech neck has received a heel graft and pegbox repair at the nut are that included two graphite dowels under the nut area. The voice is quite lively and solid with the current stringing with Spirocore Orchestra gauge. The dimensions are: Top length 42 1/8″, Upper bout width 20 1/4″, Middle bout width 14 1/4″, Lower bout width 25 3/4″, Rib depth at tail 7 7/8″, Rib depth at upper bout crease 7 7/8″, Rib depth at neck “, Final bridge height  7/8”. The string length is an easy playing 41 1/4. This bass is a vary satisfying jazz instrument. If the setup had been completed sooner, It would have been one of the fleet of rental instruments for the Monterey Jazz Festival held almost 3 weeks ago. With cover.