Rare 1980 Rick Turner Model 1 bass, serial number 134 80, purchased from second owner, originally owned by David Gross!!! Let me begin by stating clearly that this is NOT an Alembic, but the builder, Rick Turner, was one of the founders of Alembic, and he built this instrument in 1980, shortly after he left Alembic in 1978 and formed Turner Guitars in 1979. As such, I thought this bass might prove of interest to fans of Alembic instruments who might have missed this listing otherwise. Similarities to the Alembic design are readily apparent, from the multi-piece neck, to the similar headstock shape and small circular logo, Goto-style tuners and even the placement of the serial numbers (stamped in the top of the headstock as on early Alembics.) At the same time, some aspects of the design differ drastically from those of Alembic, such as the body shape and the rotating pickup design. Once an East Coast musician, Rick Turner moved to California in the 70's where he quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the guitar and bass industry (see Wikepedia article here-- ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Turner and Premier Guitar article here-- http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2011/Jan/Rick_Turner_The_Father_of_Boutique_Guitars.aspx?Page=1 ) from helping the Grateful Dead refine their "Wall of sound," to co-founding Alembic with Ron Wickersham (who he worked with for the Grateful Dead) to starting his own company, to ground-breaking research in piezo pickup design founding "D-TAR" (where electronics for his guitars are manufactured to this day--see here-- http://www.d-tar.com/about.shtml ) with Seymour Duncan, to patenting (and currently owning the patent on) the graphite neck, to working in Gibson's research and development department, to once again focusing on building his own products with the Rick Turner Guitar Company, Compass Rose Guitars and Renaissance Guitars ( http://www.renaissanceguitars.com/ ) His current company once again produces Model 1 Basses based on the original design (production is limited and the wait for orders is long) although the original production of this model only ran from 1979-1981 and according to the Vintage Guitar Price Guide Turner estimated that production of basses during that period at only 25-30 basses, half of which were shipped to Japan. Thus, examples of the model from the original production run are extremely rare and seldom come up for sale on the market. They were not cheap instruments when they came out and I suspect that most of those made were purchased at the time by professional musicians who chose to hold onto them. The first Model 1 6-string guitar was snagged up by Lindsey Buckingham (thus it is sometimes referred to as the Lindsey Buckingham model) and he continues to play this model design to this day. Among other pro musicians Turner has built guitars and basses for are Ry Cooder, Stanley Clark, David Crosby, Carlos Santana, David Lindley and Andy Summers. As stated at the top of this listing the bass listed here was originally owned by David Gross. While I have no documentation to that effect, the prior owner said he purchased the bass when he was a student of Gross, and I have no reason not to believe him as he did not mention this as a selling point when he first offered the guitar for sale. The build quality on this bass is AMAZING! Active electronic bass that plays and sounds great--battery recently changed. NO cracks or breaks in the body or neck, repaired or otherwise. Some fret wear as expected, fretboard and neck still as new. Has some small dings, scratches and buckle wear but overall in nice shape. One small crack in the control cavity cover on the back, but I expect a replacement could be obtained from Turner's current outfit. Has one extra knob (that matches the others) and pot that was apparently factory installed to allow the user to add an additional pickup if so desired. The pots currently in this bass date to 1996 (137-96--) I e-mailed Rick Turner recently requesting confirmation that this was an early issue model 1 along with numerous other questions. He simply replied:
"Richard, It is entirely likely that we replaced the electronics at some point. I would not go by pot date codes to date the instrument. Looking at the picture, I'd say it is an early one.
I e-mailed him requestion further clarification on some other questions I had asked but have not heard back as of yet. I found a thread from 2007 ( http://forums.vintageguitars.org.uk/showthread.php?t=592 ) in which the owner of a 1980 six-string Model 1 was shipping it to Turner to have work done (after which he was going to sell it for 6000 pounds which I believe was approx $12, 000 US in 2007) so I'm sure this bass could also be sent in to have an additional pickup added if so desired. As a rare early production example of the Model 1 bass this is guaranteed to be a collector's item that will increase in value over time! Aside from the 1980 6-string referenced above (the basses are rarer) I really can't find any recent sales history of original-issue Model 1's but current production Model 1 basses sell for 4K--see here-- http://www.premierguitar.com/gear/Guitars/Bass/59572/Model_1_Featherweight_Bass.aspx so I figure given the age, rarity and condition of this one it should be worth a good deal more—Bidding starts at only 4K with a buy it now of 4.5. Ships in padded Gigbag (packed VERY well in a guitar box of course!) A great deal on a hard to find, low production Rick Turner Model 1 bass! Buy it now!!! Payment due within one week of the end of auction. Shipping is 100 dollars via UPS with insurance included to the lower 48 states. Local pickup is fine but item must still be paid for within 1 week and picked up within 1 week of payment. Shipping costs on a case-by-case basis for the non-continental US (Alaska HI). I will not ship this item without insurance. For purchases paid for with Paypal I will take the item to my shippers within 2 business days of payment. My guitars are packed well with multiple layers of bubble wrap using boxes purchased from Uline that are designated specifically for guitar packing and shipping. EBAY now requires that sellers specify a handling time. I DO take my items to my shippers within 2 business of receiving payment but the item does not always ship out the same day I drop it off as they are very busy and there can be complications that delay shipping. For payments made with e-check will wait for payment to consolidate in bank before shipping. Please bid only if you are certain you will be able to pay for this item and do so within 1 week. Local pickup is OK but item must be paid for within one week and picked up within 1 weeks of payment unless other arrangements are made prior to end of listing. I am not offering this item on a trial basis. However, if the item is found not to be as described item may be returned by buyer if contacted within 3 days of receiving item. Refund will be given after item has been returned and found to be in the same condition as when shipped to buyer. Buyer responsible for return shipping. No shipping to P.O. or S.P.O. boxes. International shipping rates are 150 dollars to Canada, 300 dollars to Europe/UK (no shipping to Russia) and 500 dollars to Japan/Australia (no shipping to Asia except for Japan and no shipping to Oceania except for Australia. My overseas international shipping on older instruments in this price range is done only through UPS, which usually gets the item to its destination in less than a week. I will not use any other shipping method so please do not ask. I also will only ship items fully insured for the full value the item sells for, so the buyer will be responsible for paying any customs/duty fees for the full sale value. Again this is the only way I will ship, so please do not ask me to do otherwise. Feel free to ask questions about the item (OTHER than asking me to use different shipping methods!) and I will answer them to the best of my ability. I will ONLY ship this item signature required!!!