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Offline thraxil

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[NBD] 5-string Fly Bass
« on: March 17, 2011, 08:51:50 PM »
So, yeah, it hasn't really been very long since I got a PB41 bass, but here I am. I got that PB41 because I'd grown tired of waiting for a 5-string USA Fly Bass to come around. Naturally, buying the PB41 made my uber-desired bass show up on eBay. Now it's here. 90% sure I'm going to sell the PB41 now. It's great, but while I can justify a collection of guitars, I really only need one bass and the Fly Bass is the clear winner here.



darn. This is a sweet bass. The PB41 was as good as any production bass in its price-range but still nothing really exceptional. What the Fly guitar is to other brands of guitar, the Fly Bass is to other brands of bass. I'm really blown away.

It came with some really ancient crusty strings on it that probably haven't been changed since the bass was made in 2003. I need to put some new ones on it ASAP. Otherwise, there are a couple barely visible nicks and some rust on the pickup poles, but otherwise it's mint.

I can't really comment on the tone of the bass till I get fresh strings on it, but I can say that the weight and feel is amazing. The neck looks like it's pretty close to the same thickness as the PB41's, but the profile, and the 5-string width makes it feel thinner somehow. The smooth finish and the Fly fretboard make it feel as close to a Fly guitar as I can imagine a bass getting. Absolute joy to play.

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Offline bno

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2011, 10:30:48 PM »
What a find.  I happen to casually know someone from the Wilmington factory who was looking for one of these.  Congratulations - I'm going to IM his email to you so you can see if he knows anything about this axe. Kudos and congratulations.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2011, 07:49:00 AM »
I have the four string version it is a great bass guitar. You'll love yours.
Alex

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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2011, 08:52:15 AM »
quote:
Originally posted by bno

What a find.  I happen to casually know someone from the Wilmington factory who was looking for one of these.  Congratulations - I'm going to IM his email to you so you can see if he knows anything about this axe.


Cool. Thanks. Based on the serial number, I believe that this is a post-Wilmington one though (it's a six-digit serial).
 

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2011, 10:53:18 AM »
Serial is 092040. According to the FAQ, that makes it #40 in the series. This page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_Guitars says "Parker basses produced in the original factory in Wilmington, MA have seven digit serial numbers using the same formula for dating at the original Nite Fly guitars. Basses made by Washburn have serial numbers that begin with 092." But I don't really know how accurate that is.
 

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Offline bno

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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2011, 11:25:18 AM »
quote:
Originally posted by thraxil

Serial is 092040. According to the FAQ, that makes it #40 in the series. This page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_Guitars says "Parker basses produced in the original factory in Wilmington, MA have seven digit serial numbers using the same formula for dating at the original Nite Fly guitars. Basses made by Washburn have serial numbers that begin with 092." But I don't really know how accurate that is.

You are correct and the information I provided to you privately is incorrect.
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2011, 05:56:26 AM »
man, that is a beauty!  I was the person bidding against you on this for a while, I'm kicking myself now that I didn't go up higher :)
 

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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2013, 06:18:52 AM »
I have a 5 string for sale, check out my post RandyD