1968 Standel 400-S

Here is a vintage 1968 Standel 400-S semi-hollowbody electric bass guitar. This particular example, serial number 1006A, is in very nice 100% original condition. Made by the famous Harptone company for Bob Crook’s Standel brand, the 400-s hollowbody bass is extremely rare, and is of a much better quality than earlier Bob Hall’s Hallmark commissioned instruments. For those bass players looking for a cool Harmony H-22, or even a Gibson EB-2, this Standel 400-S is an amazingly great vintage alternative. Harptone guitars have achieved recognition as being the niche guitar of many famous guitarists, including; David Bowie, George Harrison, and Paul Simon, and are becoming increasingly collectable, so take advantage of this rare opportunity to buy a great vintage bass!

This 1968 400-S features: a bound all maple body construction, the original Sunburst finish, a 1-piece mahogany neck, a bound rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers, (1) DeArmond (2000) DynaSonic single coil pickup, adjustable compensated roller muted bridge, enclosed chrome individual tuning machines, bound headstock and f-holes, and (2) chrome finger/thumb rests. Vintage Guitar Magazine did a great write-up on the Standel 400-S several years ago, and for more details, please reference their online article: http://www.vintageguitar.com/3863/standel-400s/

This particular example is in very excellent all original condition, and it even has the original round-wound strings. However, it appears the neck had become unattached from the body due to tension (not broken) and was re-glued in conjunction with a small dowel. This clearly affects the value and vintage integrity, but is at least more stable for those interested in using the bass professionally.

The bass sounds great, and the DeArmond 2000 adjustable pole-piece pickup nicely complements the hollowbody construction. The scale length is 30.5″, and the neck profile is quite comfortable and accessible for guitarists and bassists alike.