I love a good story and this 1984 Yamaha BX-1 Fretless Electric Bass Guitar from Japan sure has one.
Seller is the original owner and bought it new and fretted (he doesn’t even know if it was offered as a fretless model). Seller had a buddy at Schecter—we should all be so lucky—pull the frets, fill them in and, as you can see, he did a remarkable job.
This kitty’s been rocking ever since.
Seller says she’s passive but her pickups are “loud and punchy” with the rear tone pot giving a push/pull boost.
This baby is a player and she has been been played, no doubt. You see a lot of honest wear and dings and such on her, including some oxidation on the exposed metal on the bridge, string lock down and headstock.
Main thing is seller writes her neck is true, she plays well and she’s light and easily carried.
Seller observes the case is “thrashed” but the latches and hinges work fine and it protects her, which is its job.
It’s clear seller is fond of her but he’s ordered a new bass and needs the funds. That said, he wants her to go to a good home. So do I.
If this 1984 Yamaha BX-1 Fretless Electric Bass Guitar, which could very well be a one of a kind because of the work done to make her fretless, has you running her fingerboard in your mind, answer her call. She’s $350 Buy it Now on eBay and seller invites offers.
64 folks are watching her. That’s a ton.
Go get her.