When I first opened the case on this little S.D. Curlee, I did what I generally do with basses; I hit the open A string to get a sense of how it sounded acoustically. I've probably done this on thousands of basses and it's just become a habit over the years. After doing it to this bass, I called Lee.

"Dude, did you play this thing acoustically?" I asked. "It rings out like crazy- damn, it blew me away." He replied, "Nope, I just plugged it in- those DiMarzios sound pretty nasty though. You'll like 'em." Indeed, after plugging this bass in, I was quite impressed with the tone of the vintage DiMarzios and the bass got nice and dirty through my small Ampeg rig. Think vintage Geezer Butler in his prime- it's got that kind of tone, so it's quite appropriate that this bass was made in the '70s. Typical, old-school rock tone and vibe from a smaller-known Japanese manufacturer.

This Liberty Bell bass is one that you will want to sling down low and dig in on it. Its unique shape may not be for the average Pedulla or Fodera fan, but if you're playing anything from the Black Crows to old Sabbath, then this is the bass for you. You'll clearly see in the photos that it's been well-played, but any true road warrior from that hallowed decade that doesn't have battle scars probably isn't worth the space it takes up. I'm just saying that a really killer-sounding, '76 Jazz bass shouldn't look NOS after 46 years.

If you're looking for a bass that has both a great vintage look and tone, then stop turning the page and give us a shout on this Liberty Bell. You want to stand out? Then shoulder something different and get noticed. After that, it's all in the hands, man. Trust it...

Southern Elk Music Co.

Southern Elk Music Co.

S.D. Curlee
Very Good
Original Hard
Southern Elk Music Co.
Ray Mauldin
Niceville, Florida
11:03 PM

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We ship via UPS Ground unless other arrangements are made. "General" costs are: Guitars and basses East of the Mississippi river- $55.00-$65.00 Guitars and basses West of the Mississippi river- $65.00-$75.00 Amps- to be determined. All shipping costs can be determined before shipment with a simple inquiry. Items must be returned within 24 hours (of notification of intent to return) in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless the item was not received as described.

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