What did I just buy?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Preacher, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

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    I was browsing FB Marketplace the other day and stumbled on something I had not seen before. Well, that is not exactly true, I had seen one similar to it that a friend had back in Springfield MO in the late 90's.

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    The spralted Maple body design was very interesting.

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    The inlay on the fretboard was very detailed as well.

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    The veneer on the head stock needs a little touch up and it is missing the truss rod cover.

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    Nice figure on the neck for sure.

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    Banshee by Pendragon. You can see where the scarf joint was a little cracked and repaired.


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    Neck through construction with a shiny brass plate.

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    Pendragon etched into the brass plate. 2001 Model and the initials WMC.

    Now I am a pretty good internet sleuth, so I did a little research and found a company near Kansas City MO that apparently used to make custom guitars, basses, mandolins, violins, hardangers and dulcimers. I actually had to look up what a hardanger was (it is an instrument similiar to a violin) :).

    Anyway it looks like a one off made with some pretty good components.

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    That looks like a Bartolini preamp control module.

    This might be a fun one to play around with.

    If anyone can shed any more light on this bass please let me know. I am off to clean the gunk, restring and set up this beast!
     
  2. Jakedog

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    That’s pretty badass. I don’t know what a Pendragon is, but I’m pretty sure if dragons played basses, that’s the one they’d all want.
     
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    I suspect someone would use one of these to SLAY a dragon. ;)
    Looks pretty lethal to me.
     
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    A tool to impale your enemies.
     
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  6. Preacher

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    Well I was able to finally finish some work and got to mess around a little bit and get this beast set up.

    Intonation was out of whack, but the neck was really straight so there is that. I had a little fret buzz high up on the neck on the high G but a quick saddle adjustment fixed that as it was extremely low as it was.

    Those single rail saddles were really tight, I was a little worried about messing them up but figured out a little rap with a soft block moved them to where they needed to be. Adjusted the action and got it all tuned up.

    I am going to have to put some new strings on it, the low B string is measuring right at .105 and the low E is measuring just a bit under that. I typically like .130 on low B. I think I will just order a single B string and then move everything up one string.
     
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    OK so I would love to hear your ideas of what these knobs and switches do. I have read the Bartolini site up and down and I did not find any diagrams that had two switches.

    for reference.

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    The first knob is volume, the second is blend, the third and fourth seem to adjust bass and treble.

    I think the switches might be taking the pickups into different configurations as I saw a number of the bartolinis had split rails.

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    It appears that the pickup wires go to the switches which are three position switches. Throwing the switches I was getting some hum in a couple of positions which went away when I flicked the switch back.
     
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    when you play bass, make a POINT out of playing bass
     
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    Don’t do the strap spin!
    Ya might impale yourself
    Enjoy your new bass!
     
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    Looks like an old Alembic that dropped too much acid
     
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    Nice work whatever it is. Just be careful you don't impale yourself or someone else. Dragons might be OK but I don't know what the laws are on them. Is there a limit?
     
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    Wow great read @Blackout Jazz

    And that reverb item has to be from the same guy.

    I do have to say that I played that bass for an hour last night. Even with a wrong low B string it rings out pretty well and it plays so well up the neck. I am not sure how I am going to handle a strap though.

    It has these, and no strap buttons.

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    If I were you I'd call Backwoods Guitars. Never know, they may have lots of info for you. Like what happened to the strap buttons? :D
     
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    I don't have a clue what/who/ etc. but man.... if I ever wanted a bass guitar, I would definitely be in for something like this! That thing is super BA in my book! Looks like a quality build too! Great find man! I've seen Bart electronics before, don't know much about em, but what I see in yours looks pretty familiar to me. Have you looked up the model numbers of the pup's etc. yet? Maybe there's a schematic online somewhere that can tell you how it all works.... Of course it could be custom electronic setup too... anyway, just a thought - FWIW. Cool find man!!! Love it!
     
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    I think these are Dunlop flush mounted Straploks, but I can't find a clear picture of how they work. I've got them on a Warwick bass and I'll try later to take some pics of the fitment on the strap.
     
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    Dunlop strap locks. I think they used a spring loaded double ball catch mech with push button release.
     
  19. WingedWords

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    https://www.jimdunlop.com/straplok-strap-retainers-flush-mount-nickel/

    That's a pretty good description - here's a couple of pics. You can see the 4 tiny balls that engage with a recess machined in the socket and are released by the push button on the strap fitment.

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    I thought it was against Facebook policy to sell weapons :lol::lol:
     
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