Friday, 12 July 2013

So... the LaBaye 2x4 longscale bass - is it really as rare as we thought?
Well, that was a pretty weird coincidence... Earlier today I posted about the supposedly super-rare LaBaye 2x4 longscale bass, then today I check eBay and - Lo! and behold! There's another one for sale on there! This example, in natural finish, has a Buy It Now price of $2,500 which is $2,000 less than the first example we looked at. In this instance the seller claims that there were only 45 examples made, which although a low quantity is considerably more than the lone two examples that we have previously been led to believe were built. Having said that, the seller of THIS 2x4 bass does not say if those 45 were all long scale (31" apparently) or if that figure includes the more commonly seen short scale basses. However, IF the latter were true, and there were only TWO of these basses made in longscale format, how weird would that be if BOTH of them were listed on eBay within days of one another?

Does anyone out there have a more complete and accurate picture of what the truth was regarding how many LaBaye 2x4s were made?

G L Wilson

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  1. Why would you pay 2000+ when you could make one yourself?

    1. I refer you to my comment on the other LaBaye 2x4 longscale bass post, re a vintage instrument being more than the sum of its parts.

  2. Sorry if that was rude but I have always been about the object, not the pedigree. I'd just as soon have a repro at a repro price than a vintage something. I love the simplicity of this 2X4 thing , that makes it special to me. That I could afford one or build one myself that makes it even more appealing.

  3. Actually, the number of La Bayes was 45 TOTAL--all of the 6-strings, 12 strings, and basses. The majority of them were six-strings, with the others being twelve-strings and short scale basses. Actual numbers are not given, save for only one long-scale bass.

  4. Maxwell is mostly correct, the total production was 45 instruments. But there are actually two long scale basses, one red and one natural.



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