Following on from the “70s Bass Extravaganza” earlier this year I have two early 80s basses in for set up this week.
The first is a lovely 1982 Gibson Grabber Bass. It was suffering from uneven frets and a rising tongue caused by some unwise heavy shimming of the neck with a Benson & Hedges cigarette packet.
I dressed the frets and also cut down the saddle height screws which even with the greater neck pitch were way too high and sharp, making palm muting a dangerous activity and rather painful!
The remarkable thing about this guitar (apart from the clever sliding pickup) is that it is one of the lightest basses I have ever played. It is solid maple of course and maple is normally a very dense wood but this bass is feather light.
The Kramer XK series was introduced in 1980 and discontinued the following year so this is a pretty rare bass.
It was suffering from a misaligned neck which was an easy fix.
Unfortunately aluminium-necked Kramers didn’t get an adjustable truss rod. Just about every bass I have seen has had a bowed neck and this one was no exception.
The DiMarzio humbucking pickup is naturally high-output and really pushes an amp.
As you’d expect, this bass is almost impossible to play when sitting down!