Can Anyone Identify This Bass?

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  1. Stacy Elms

    Stacy Elms New Member

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    So I just bought this bass (cheap) knowing the G&L to be a expensive instrument. I think this is a copy.. after I got home with it I couldn't find the exact one anywhere online tho. Can someone help identify it please? A date and estimated value would be extremely useful as well. Thanks in advance. Screenshot_20200522-111659_OfferUp.jpg
     
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    Are you saying this is a G&L? Says Fullerton on the headstock.

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    So, Fullerton was a house-brand of the retailer Woodwind & Brasswind prior to their acquisition by the conglomerate that own Musician's Friend/Guitar Center. Their instruments were anywhere from low-mid to mid-range imports, rivaling Rondo's SX series, albeit slightly more expensive, akin to Austin or Samick pricing. Likely, that bass was retailed around $180-200 new, and if it was bought on clearance when WWBW was bought out, likely $40-60. I know mostly because I was one that picked up two basses from that blowout for $70/each, but those were their highest-end Ventura Deluxe basses, which still only retailed new for about $325.

    Oh, you asked for date and value. I'd guess from the headstock and bridge that it's a late 90's, mid 00's piece, valued likely at no more than $150, unless you could sucker someone into paying more than the equivalent Squier or knockoff J-bass price.
     

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    Yep, correct. The confusion here is the Fullerton name...it was probably the most known Leo Fender factory in Fullerton, CA. There are Fender Fullerton models, G&L Fullerton models, and then Fullerton Fullertons (lol) that have nothing to do with any of the previous stuff. Entry level basses, typical used value is $100ish give or take.
     
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    For reference, I bought this Fullerton brand new from Woodwind & Brasswind back in 2008 for $150. Neck-through, ash body with nitro finish. It was a good bass. What you have is likely pretty decent as well, though not extremely valuable.

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    Thanks guys. I only paid $70 bucks for it and it plays good so I think I made out good on the deal. Yes the confusion lay with the fullerton name. Glad to find a group that knew their guitars!
     
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    This place ought to be named "Encyclopedia Guitarica" :)
    Doesn't matter what guitar you are asking about, there always seems to be at least a few folks who know virtually everything you want to know.
     
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    ^ Agree. AGF is the land of the knowing and helpful people!
     
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    Great looking bass.

    @Stacy Elms welcome to agf and feel free to stick around. As others have mentioned we have a great bunch of folks here. Very knowledgeable and helpful people the vast majority of the time. : )
     
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    You came to the right place. We know our bargain brand gear here. Looks nic . It should serve you well until hanging out here make you buy a different budget bass :)
     
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    It maybe an Aria. They had a Fullerton series in the 90s.
     
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