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Acacia 7 String Fretless Bass Guitar Factory 2nd Signed By Wooten, Bailey & ...
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Used
Ended:
Mar 31, 2012
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US $999.99
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Item location:
Caldwell, WV, United States

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260990035549
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Last updated on  Mar 27, 2012 15:29:43 PDT  View all revisions

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Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
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Acacia

Dexterity: Right-Handed String Configuration: 7 String
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    Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

Acacia 7 string fretless Factory 2nd Signed

This is a one of a kind unique bass with great pros and flaws too. It is an Acacia 7 string fretless bass signed by victor wooten, Steve Bailey and John Patitucci!
The bass has a mahogany core, ziricote matched top and back, ebony fretboard, maple stripes, zebrawood, maple, and purpleheart 13 piece neck through body design. It has custom EMG 7 string pickups, a custom Kahler 7 string bridge. However, it was originally a factory second instrument but has never had any issues since I bought it 17 years ago (read more below). To continue the wackiness, we put 4 silver gotoh tuners and 3 gold tuners on it.

This was the very first bass made by Matt Friedman that had more than 6 strings. I bought it from him in 1995 and am the original owner. However, it had tiny cracks in the back of the neck that Matt filled in immediately with an incredibly strong epoxy using a needle so he said he had to call this bass a factory second, yet he would still stand by its structure, strength and integrity. He sold this to me promising that the epoxy actually made it stronger and the neck would always be fine. He was right! This gorgeous instrument has been with me for 17 years and still feels, plays and sounds great! Im sure it will last forever. Everything else was fine except for that.

It was originally a fretted instrument, but we agreed once we heard it that it needed to be defretted because the tone screamed fretless! So it is defretted and if you look closely you can see the black fretlines. For all of you who have had the pleasure of playing or owning an Acacia one of a kind handmade bass, you know of the quality and craftsmanship. (i also own an Acacia 9 string bass and swear by his work) You also know Matt Friedman is an honest, ethical luthier. He left the world of bass making to pursue lighting design at his church. So I trusted his promise that a bass with tiny cracks wouldn't get worse because of the epoxy and it hasn't. In fact it now sounds even better with age.

That all being said, I have used it live and in the studio and even on a gracie stand. It is scuffed, scratched and beat up and has great character. It is not a pristine perfect instrument, but it still plays and sounds great! You can see the flaws from my belt buckle and scuffs, etc.
I kept it in my acacia double gig bag with my 9 string, so it will not come with a usable case, but i will package it in an older broken case I found in my closet that won't be useful to carry around, but will protect it during shipping- and lower the shipping cost now that I won't have to ship with 2x4s to protect it. (*note i changed this after i originally posted, in order to lower the shipping costs)

The high 'F' has a lot of tension on it, and you could probably string it with lighter gauge strings.

With a baby now on the way, I need the money so sadly I have to let it go. :(

I took this bass to clinics in 96 and had it signed by John Patitucci, Victor Wooten & Steve Bailey! They have all played it--Steve loved it the most since he is a dedicated multi-stringed fretless player. Victor said he was lost on it, and Patitucci cruised all over it! The back battery plate cover is made of wood, and carved right out of the body. There are thumb rests carved right out of the body on the front, too. Crazy cool.

If you bid on this bass, please be aware of what you are getting--a very special instrument with age and flaws that do not affect its playability or tone, but that was called a factory second, even though that flaw was fixed by Matt at Acacia Instruments immediately. If you are an Acacia lover, you will recognize the quality of Matt's work and understand the quality of his word, too.
Buyer pays shipping which will be a bit pricey because of the solid 2x4 packaging. Ships to USA. Good luck!

I will upload and put links in for more pics, as eBay limits us to 12.

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