I guess you could say that the mark of a really great bass around here is if I want to keep it or not. Now, I'm picky about all of the basses we buy, but there are a rare few that make me look over my shoulder to see if Lee is around and if he ain't, there is definitely a tendency to slide that bass into the back of the vault. At least until I've had some time to noodle around on it.
Such is the case with this '83 P-Bass Elite II. I instantly liked everything about it, from the color to the condition (naturally), to the weight, which dials in at a smooth 9 lbs even. Having passed all those marks, the next test would be to play the bass and check it out from that angle. Neck is nice and straight, so we're good there. Some Fender bass necks can be a little janky, so eyeballing this one was the first thing to do. Then, I waited until the Dark Sith left work and I buzzed over to the 'ole SWR rig. This Elite is as punchy and ballsy as any Fender bass we've had here in the 'Elkcave and if you like a full, "C" neck on a P-Bass, then this is your prom date. Even the figuring of the rosewood fretboard is pleasing to the eyes and nicely accents the very elegant Pewter color. Sounds like I'm talking about a lamp, right?
What I'm trying to say, in bass language is that I know there are a bazillion million Fender basses out there, but when one makes my old veteran behind want to keep it, then you can trust my instincts if you happen to be looking for such a bass. And, to answer the $64,000.00 question, which would be, "Well Ray, why aren't you keeping it?" The answer is, I was going to until I got my hands on a completely custom-ordered, short scale '95 Alembic that's in like-new condition. I've had plenty of Fenders, but never an Alembic of my own, so as soon as "The One Who Walks in the Night" leaves, that case is going in the vault and the bass on the stand next to my desk. Because, if I'm going to get the stink eye, at least I'll be playing my new toy!