Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

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Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by aphekgreg » 02 Dec 2017, 12:36

One of my best friends, who's also one of my best clients in the studio (I think he's currently working on the 12th or 13th album with me) left this here this week. Betsy or The Fried Egg Bass. We're going to get a new body and he wants a set of my P/J pickups to go in it.

This bass has quite a history. Not sure how it came to his family originally, but it belonged to his older brother, who's left handed. He 'routed' it so the controls were at the bottom of the body, when played left handed and made the white scratch plate to cover both cavities. At some point, in the mid '80s, he gave it to my mate and they returned it to being right handed, by adding a layer of yellow laminex type material over the white.

My mate has always loved this bass. At one point he bought a new bass, to stop people complained about how ugly this one is. It got nicked within a few months and I think he was quite happy to collect the insurance and not replace it.

While we were building our place around '01, I made a trip to a pawn brokers, that's about half an hour north of here. As I was leaving, I caught sight of Betsy out of the corner of my eye. Unmistakable. No chance of mistaking it for a similar looking one, as (fortunately), it's a one off. :cool:

My mate had just moved to Adelaide and I didn't have his number in my phone, so rang him as soon as I got back to Sydney. I asked what happened to his bass and he told me it had been stolen the previous year from his Church in Broadway Sydney. When I told him I'd founded it, he was yelling across the house to his wife in excitement. He paid a few hundred to get it back, as the pawn brokers had bought it at auction, which he was more than happy to do.

He always records with my basses and I think has finally got tired of this one not sounding anywhere near as good. Even so, I was surprised when he told me he wanted to get a new body for it, as I know how much this one means to him.

I believe the neck is a mid '70s model. I remember seeing the heel at some point and the date was unreadable. I'm sure somebody here will be able to pin it down to a closer time period.

The body is an unknown (presumably Japanese) P-ish style thing. I'm pretty sure it's plywood. Always sounded pretty dull.

I assume the pickup is a Dimarzio Model P, but will confirm that when I get to pulling it apart.

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Still has the price tag from the pawn brokers.
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None of the machine heads are original and not even a matched set. Not sure if we'll be replacing those too?
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by BassLine » 02 Dec 2017, 13:11

It looks..... unique.
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by NotTheFish » 02 Dec 2017, 13:31

I can see an artist signature model being made from this :)

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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by RedVee » 02 Dec 2017, 13:55

I’m wondering whether the new body will get extra routing and a full cover ?
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by lostdoggy » 02 Dec 2017, 14:18

Hate it when they split the yolk like that.

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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by aphekgreg » 02 Dec 2017, 14:22

BassLine wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 13:11
It looks..... unique.
Yes, it does. It will look a lot less unique in a little while.... :cool:
NotTheFish wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 13:31
I can see an artist signature model being made from this :)
Well obviously. :crazy: I'm going to need to send the body to a custom shop somewhere to get it cloned exactly, except with real wood.
RedVee wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 13:55
I’m wondering whether the new body will get extra routing and a full cover ?
I think I'll give my kids a steak knife, some laminex and ask them to copy it. I guess we could just use the existing plate. :shrug:
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by RedVee » 02 Dec 2017, 14:31

aphekgreg wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 14:22
BassLine wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 13:11
It looks..... unique.
Yes, it does. It will look a lot less unique in a little while.... :cool:
NotTheFish wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 13:31
I can see an artist signature model being made from this :)
Well obviously. :crazy: I'm going to need to send the body to a custom shop somewhere to get it cloned exactly, except with real wood.
RedVee wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 13:55
I’m wondering whether the new body will get extra routing and a full cover ?
I think I'll give my kids a steak knife, some laminex and ask them to copy it. I guess we could just use the existing plate. :shrug:
Lol. I was thinking more that the magic may have been partly due to the extra hollowness . Guessing it isn’t necessarily a byproduct of ply and laminex. :)

Overthinking it perhaps:)
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by aphekgreg » 02 Dec 2017, 14:35

RedVee wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 14:31
aphekgreg wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 14:22
BassLine wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 13:11
It looks..... unique.
Yes, it does. It will look a lot less unique in a little while.... :cool:
NotTheFish wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 13:31
I can see an artist signature model being made from this :)
Well obviously. :crazy: I'm going to need to send the body to a custom shop somewhere to get it cloned exactly, except with real wood.
RedVee wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 13:55
I’m wondering whether the new body will get extra routing and a full cover ?
I think I'll give my kids a steak knife, some laminex and ask them to copy it. I guess we could just use the existing plate. :shrug:
Lol. I was thinking more that the magic may have been partly due to the extra hollowness . Guessing it isn’t necessarily a byproduct of ply and laminex. :)

Overthinking it perhaps:)
I don't think the bass has any magical properties. He's just attached to it, after using it for around 30 years. If it did have said properties, he wouldn't be wanting a new body.
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by BazzBass » 02 Dec 2017, 14:53

it looks much better than I expected, except for one thing.....where's the bacon?
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by aphekgreg » 02 Dec 2017, 15:15

BazzBass wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 14:53
it looks much better than I expected, except for one thing.....where's the bacon?
He's a vegetarian (really).
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by BazzBass » 02 Dec 2017, 16:08

aphekgreg wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 15:15
He's a vegetarian (really).
I have a vego mate that LOVES cooking our steaks on his beefeater BBQ while he cooks his fake bacon and sausages.

I'm sure he's just pleasing his wife and secretely ingests meat via the fumes from his BBQ lol :drinkingbuddies:
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by irvinz » 02 Dec 2017, 16:24

i was half expecting a flea bass in this thread!

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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by aphekgreg » 02 Dec 2017, 19:40

Just removed the neck, so I could weigh the body. Looking for one that's a bit lighter than this. Shouldn't be hard, as with pickguard and electronics still attached, it's almost 3kg or 6.4lbs!

Does anybody know approximately when this would have been made? 4 bolt neck. Truss rod at heel.

Still can't make out these numbers.
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I know J. Torres is a common name on old Fenders. Anybody know what the other stamp means?
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by rodl2005 » 03 Dec 2017, 10:43

Like to see under the guard!!!!!
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Re: Betsy, the Fried Egg Bass

Post by veebass » 03 Dec 2017, 10:57

I think it is a 1969- 1975 Jazz neck (4 bolt/ heal adjustment). Went to bullet truss and three bolt during 1975 in Jazzes.
I can read- 02 as first two digits. That is Jazz Bass code.
3rd and 4 th should be 03, I am guessing?
Next two would be the week.
And the seventh digit would give you the year.

J Torres is a name I have seen before on Fender necks.

http://www.ggjaguar.com/neckcode.htm
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