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Database TB4000 #37

Model:   TB4000
Type:   Wedge - Bass
Body:   Finished Color
Neck:   Polished Aluminum
Serial:   #37
Date Purchased:   01/01/1999
Date Submitted:   06/05/2001
Last Modified:   04/04/2008

First Name:   Chris
Last Name:   Hall
Country:   USA

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Description:   1977 Wedge, White (yellowing with age), 1 pc fingerboard. Previous owners I know of are Bill Kaman of Ovation Guitars, and a man named Flynn Adams. I discovered a sticker on the flight case that was hidden under another sticker (which was a characture of a guy playing the wedge), and the name "Flynn Adams" was also on the sticker. Apparently he plays bass all over Asia, and now plays bass for an ex-Ricky Martin backup singer. The only unusual thing about the bass is an aluminum "swing arm" that someone attached to the back of the neck (see pic). It swings out until resting on a circular "stopper", and has a strap button on the end. When extended, it places the strap button just about where the strap button on a standard body is (over the 14th fret) and perfectly balances the bass. I purchased it from Gruhn Guitars (apparently it was on consignment from Bill Kaman...) and I had them fit a new brass nut so the bass could be strung lefty. I may have the only lefty TB4000 in the world :) Has the original anvil case as well. Someone who owned it before me left it in the case for a long time, and the foam fused in to the paint. Bill Kaman wet sanded the body to get as much of the foam out of the paint as he could, but there is still a lot there. Funny that Gruhn didn't mention that to me over the phone when they did their "hands-on description".