1970 AmpegDan Armstrong – Lucite Bass

You’ll have to look closely to see the body of this super cool 1970 Ampeg/Dan Armstrong Lucite bass! Inspired by Space Age designs, these clear bodies were made with lucite, also commonly referred to as Plexiglass. From 1969-1971, these instruments were produced as a collaboration between Ampeg and Dan Armstrong, a New York City based musician and luthier. Many notable musicians like Tom Verlaine and Keith Richards were seen playing these instruments on stage, as there wasn’t anything like it on the market. This particular bass is in great shape! There’s a unique tonal quality to these basses given the body material and this pickup design. While the lucite bass lacks the removable pickup design that the lucite guitar features, Armstrong had another way of getting just as much versatility out of this single “Deep Bass” pickup. This signature design consists of two single coils stacked on top of each other. Think of the lower coil as bass and the upper coil as treble. By turning the tone knob up or down, you can choose either coil or blend their sound in the middle.  It’s essentially two pickups in one, and the playability is incredible! Aside from the E-tuner being replaced with a modern Grover, this piece is original and in full functioning order. 

Overall Condition: 9, light scratches throughout the body


  • Finish Details: Lucite, Great Condition with scratches throughout
  • Body Material: Lucite (Plexi-glass)
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Fretboard Material: Rosewood
  • Neck Profile: Medium D
  • Weight: 9 lbs 9 oz
  • Scale Length: 30-1/2"
  • Pickup Readings: B: 86K
  • Electronics: Original, Untouched
  • Hardware: Original aside from one changed tuner, Great Condition, light playwear
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Includes: Original Black Hardshell Case with black lining

Sku: A003


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