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I'm helping Bob Gollihur -- my dad, and the original founder of Gollihur Music, now retired -- sell off some of his "extra" personal bass gear. This bass is is a very rare bird, and is not for everyone. It might be of more interest as a collector's piece rather than an actual player, but you definitely could gig with one of these (Jack Casady did, with Hot Tuna! - check out the video below.)
This is a particularly well-maintained, 100% operational, and complete instrument from a very short run of basses in the late 80s-early 90s.
Most of the Lane Poor Minima basses were 4-strings; I'm to understand that only a handful of 5-strings were even made. And you'd be really hard-pressed to find another one in this condition, I think.
This one is Serial #0078, made in 1990.
The bass plays perfectly; the action is phenomenal, and its unusual design incorporates a graphite fingerboard with unique "stepped ridges" that give a crossover feel between a fretted and fretless bass, giving the note-accuracy of a fretted bass with a smooth playing feel and no fret "clack." It only takes a moment to become comfortable with this arrangement, and you're off and running.
The control knob is simple; no tone or other knobs, just a master volume on a (again, unique - you'll see that word a lot in a description of this bass) rolling cylindrical knob on the bottom edge, which also works flawlessly.
- Body: Maple
- Neck: Graphite
- Fingerboard: Graphite
- Headless Design
- Body-mounted Grover Tuners
- Lane Poor Soapbar Pickup
- Cylindrical Volume Control
- Back Felted Comfort Panel
- Currently strung with flatwound strings
Both Sam (at the Gollihur Shop) and I have looked over it, and play-tested it, carefully.
Condition: VERY good, with these minor exceptions:
- There's a very minor paint chip on the top "horn" of the "headstock" (tried to show in photo from above)
- A couple of small chips near the retainer bar at the bottom of the body
- Some minor yellowing of the finish
...but other than that, no major or even notable scratches, dings, chips, dents or otherwise. Minor swirls and light surface type stuff. I didn't even shine it up, just wiped off a little dust and started snapping photos. The fingerboard shows almost no wear, no divots on the "ridges" - it's just a little bit "shinier" under each string.
Unlike most "headless" basses, the end of the neck has side "wings" so this bass can be hung on a wall hook or a (particularly tall) stand with a headstock hook. The bass is pretty long, despite not having the tuners on a headstock, due to the bridge end tuning arrangement - it measures around 48" long.
No Case/Bag Included. Sorry, I don't have one to offer. However, I am including the nice leather strap and the custom (ebony?) strap extension my dad fashioned for the bass to make it more comfortably align with the player's body (it is removable and replaceable with standard strap buttons if you wish.)
Price includes shipping to the continental USA. This bass will be very well-packed and shipped with insurance to cover loss or damage. I can also work with local folks who wish to come pick up the bass in person, I'm in Southern NJ, about 20 minutes from Philadelphia, PA.
This 30+ year old bass has been very well cared for by Bob, and he's owned it for many years.