FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

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FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by veebass » 24 Jul 2016, 19:14

I have too many basses. Some have to go, if I am going to get one that I have my eye on. I will probably list a few more soon too.

Absolute one off build from 1996 by well respected Ballarat luthier, Sandy Richards. I was speaking to him recently and he has never built another. Here's a link to Sandy's page re this bass:

http://www.richardsguitars.com.au/?p=1016

Well, she is pretty good nick for 20 years of use- no marks through the finish.
Some features of this beautifully built bass:
Macassar Ebony fret board and headstock veneer (with MOP makers inlay).
One off genuine Mother of Pearl Bird of Prey fret markers. Bound neck, body and F hole.
Three piece highly flamed neck.
Mahogany body (chambered) with book matched flame maple top.
Gotoh lightweight tuners, two 90s DiMarzio P Bass pickups, Badass Bridge, VVT controls
21 fret neck. Custom pickguard. Truss adjust at headstock end.
Sounds like a pretty hot P Bass. Not particularly heavy. Balances well.
Body copied from a 56 P Bass- with alteration for improved upper fret access, The rear contours are pretty close, I must say. Neck copied from a 1975 Jazz. Again pretty close.

In the interests of full disclosure:
The neck has a little heal lift (common in older Fender style necks) and the upper frets have been filed down professionally as a result.
Also, there appears to have been some movement in the treble side of the scarf joint (see pic below) at some stage. The bass has been like this since I got it about three years ago and doesn't appear to have moved while I have had it. The neck seems solid and hold tune fine. I have provided pics and discussed it with Sandy and he is of the view that it is probably minor. He did say if it came to it he would build a replacement neck, using the existing fretboard with inlays and headstock veneer for a couple of hundred dollars.
Please note a standard Fender replacement neck WILL NOT work on this bass.

$700 negotiable including case- pick up in SE Qld or buyer to pay shipping.

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Here is one showing the side of the scarf joint in question.

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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by vin-tone » 24 Jul 2016, 19:22

Nice. Sandy is in Buninyong/Ballarat actually.

Great bloke. Takes a lot of pride in his instruments and would fix this pretty much at cost knowing him.
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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by veebass » 24 Jul 2016, 19:27

vin-tone wrote:Nice. Sandy is in Buninyong/Ballarat actually.

Great bloke. Takes a lot of pride in his instruments and would fix this pretty much at cost knowing him.
Yes, he is, I have had a few chats with him about this bass over the last few years. There are a few stories go with this one apparently.
My bad- I knew that he is in Ballarat- brain fade. I'll amend my post.
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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by Lukaas3 » 27 Jul 2016, 20:45

That is beautiful !

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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by ozrider » 27 Jul 2016, 21:31

I'd be all over this if my bass sold!

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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by rodl2005 » 28 Jul 2016, 12:19

Very purdy!
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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by pjm » 28 Jul 2016, 12:29

That is beautiful.
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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by veebass » 28 Jul 2016, 13:53

Thanks for the kind words- it is a very pretty bass.
I have had some questions about the pickup positioning.
The centre of the neck pickup is 240mm from the 12th fret.
On my 73 P Bass it is 300mm.
On my 75 Jazz it is 275mm.
On my 73 Telecaster bass it is 200mm.

It is much clearer than the Tele and the Di Marzios are pretty hot. The bridge pickup gives a fair bit of clarity. It has a voice all it's own while still sounding basically like a hot P Bass to me.
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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by ozrider » 28 Jul 2016, 14:53

how about punching out some soundclips? :popcorn: :D

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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by sharpman » 28 Jul 2016, 15:22

^^^^ I was going to say I think sound clips would be worth while
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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by veebass » 28 Jul 2016, 16:28

sharpman wrote:^^^^ I was going to say I think sound clips would be worth while
I haven't got recording gear- but I'll see if I can get something worthwhile with an ipad.
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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by veebass » 28 Jul 2016, 16:28

Duplicate post
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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by Petebass » 28 Jul 2016, 17:03

I don't remember seeing this bass at the Brisbane GTG. Was it there, hiding amongst your formidable arsenal? I would have asked for a play of I'd noticed it. I've been fascinated with the idea of basses with two split P Pickups ever since the Fender Blacktops came out.... And this is much nicer than those!
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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by veebass » 28 Jul 2016, 17:11

Petebass wrote:I don't remember seeing this bass at the Brisbane GTG. Was it there, hiding amongst your formidable arsenal? I would have asked for a play of I'd noticed it. I've been fascinated with the idea of basses with two split P Pickups ever since the Fender Blacktops came out.... And this is much nicer than those!
I don't think I took it, Pete.
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Re: FS: Australian Custom Built Richards P Bass with HSC

Post by Lukaas3 » 29 Jul 2016, 17:20

you know your bass family is impressive when that one isn't interesting enough for a GTG!

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