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Info/Pictures/Prices on the Soloist and EMG pickups forthcoming

Up for sale is my 1991 Gun Metal Gray Jackson Futura. Most of you are probably unfamiliar with this bass, so here is the page in the 1990-91 catalog listing the specs.GUITAR GALLERY JC1992Page16.jpg These are really great fairly uncommon basses. Both Jacksonplayer and Noodles here have them as well if you are interested in a second opinion.

















Album Link: 1991 Gun Metal Gray Futura XL pictures by Goldleader - Photobucket

Condition: There are dings here and there. I've done my best to photograph them. Some scratching on the back and front, including one rather long scratch on the back (not deep at all though, just in the finish). Frets are still good, there is a little buzzing, but nothing the pickups can detect. Pickups/electronics all work perfectly. A little corrosion on some of the hardware, notably the pickup adjustment screws. Everything except for one cavity cover screw is original.

It comes with a case as well. The case is beat to shit, or as I prefer to think of it "reliced". The most charming aspect is the rusty screw that the past owner used to fix a busted hinge. It will be more than enough to protect it during shipping though, and it still works beautifully.
Pricewise I am looking to get exactly what I spent on it, $350 shipped. I will ship well packed and fully insured, and I would love to make a deal tonight!

References: I have numerous references selling guitars on HC,Sevenstring,The Jackson Forum,Talkbass,and Metalguitarist, you can check my itrader feedback on the last three here:

Sevenstring iTrader: Sevenstring.org - iTrader - Rogueleader

Metalguitarist iTrader: Metalguitarist.org - iTrader - Rogueleader

Talkbass iTrader: TalkBass Forums - Feedback - Rogueleader

If you have any questions or would like some specific pictures taken PM me here or email me at [email protected]

Unfortunately it is really overcast here today, and the same sort of weather is slated till sunday. So hopefully these pictures will do.
 

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Upon rechecking the catalog it would seem Jackson calls this finish "Metallic Black", I would argue its more of a dark Gun Metal Grey, but I will take some pictures in better light tomorrow.

The history on these models is a little convuluted between 91-92. There technically wasn't a "futura" in the 90-91 catalog, it was called the "kip winger model", the futura xl and pro didn't make an appearance till the 92 catalog, but production must have started in 91, since several (including this one) that I have seen have 91 serial numbers.

Couple more things incase if you guys couldn't find it in the catalog
-34" scale
-Maple body/maple neck
-Ebony Fingerboard
-Stock Jackson Pickups (logo has worn off on these)
 

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I can vouch both for Rogueleader and the Jackson Futura. The Futura is a pro quality bass, and these were not cheap when they were new. I guarantee you will not find a better 4-string for $350. This one probably needs a pickup upgrade; EMGs sound great in these.
 

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Probably a longshot, but my bassist might be interested. Do you believe the bass would take a proper setup to Bb tuning? He wants to go low and wanted a 5-string, but might be willing to take a 4-string tuned down low. He loves EMGs too and that same pickup configuration (whatever you call it), so he'd be willing to upgrade them pups.
 

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I can vouch both for Rogueleader and the Jackson Futura. The Futura is a pro quality bass, and these were not cheap when they were new. I guarantee you will not find a better 4-string for $350. This one probably needs a pickup upgrade; EMGs sound great in these.
Thanks Chris! Definitely agree on the emgs :lol: Jackson pickups are well known for being medicore at best. Since these futuras have four pots, you could easily add two eq options (in addition to V/T), especially with EMG wiring.

My bass playing falls painfully in the school of "guitarist playing bass", so I'm selling it for the good of my music :lol: This way I actually have to find talented bass players that write interesting lines to collaborate with :lol:

BTW, how are you liking your futura?
 

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Probably a longshot, but my bassist might be interested. Do you believe the bass would take a proper setup to Bb tuning? He wants to go low and wanted a 5-string, but might be willing to take a 4-string tuned down low. He loves EMGs too and that same pickup configuration (whatever you call it), so he'd be willing to upgrade them pups.
Hmmm, there are alot of Scandinavian death metal bands that use 34" scales tuned that low. I'm a D/C# standard guy myself and it can definately handle that. Depending on string gauge it would probably need some nut work a good setup but it should be able to handle it. I don't know if it would be more optimal than 35", thats more a personal stylistic concern. The maple/maple/ebony combo is definately better than alot of other wood combos for clarity/growl in lower registers.

It might be here a while :lol:, so far all I've gotten is lowballers on talkbass.
 

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Hey, is the bass still for sale? And could you post more pics of that crack, it looks like it might be in the wood.
 

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Hey, is the bass still for sale? And could you post more pics of that crack, it looks like it might be in the wood.
That dude is trying to sell a broken bass.

That crack is absolutely structural; It's so big, I could easily pry it apart. Here, let me show you.
 
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