D000A - BF III
This 1971 fretless bass came up on Ebay and went through successive auctions before finally selling for $2,494.95 on May 23, 2017. Seller claims there wasn't a serial number, but all the other black fretless basses have them and we'd be surprised if this was really the case...
"NOTE: On sale for $2494.95 for the remainder of this listing period. This is the final selling price for this guitar. I had this guitar checked over and evaluated by an AMPEG Dan Armstrong guitar expert and I was told that this guitar is in "SUPERB" condition, and that it has all of the upgrade modifications that AMPEG authorized to be implemented on all new production groups, based on the evaluation of all of the known issues that were documented with the first production group of guitars sold."
"This guitar has all of the quality upgrades which adds to the guitars exceptional sound and tone."
"I am selling this extremely rare unique AMPEG Dan Armstrong EBONY Clear Lucite FRETLESS BASS guitar! It is a rare Fretless Bass Guitar and most important, it is the unique "Black Beauty" AMPEG Ebony Fretless Bass Guitar model which was Dan Armstrong's favorite Guitar!"
"This guitar comes complete with all of the known upgrades and known fixes determined by the analysis of the first lot of AMPEG Dan Armstrong guitars sold including the guitar upgrades determined by monitoring all of the information received from the AMPEG customer feedback and quality control program. It also comes complete with the original 1970 AMPEG Dan Armstrong form fitted bass guitar case (see pictures)."
"The term "Black Beauty" means that this Bass Guitar has an EBONY Fretless fingerboard, a black headstock, a black thumb rest, a black saddle, and a Black pickguard. Most of the AMPEG Dan Armstrong Fretless Bass Guitars produced have a light brown fingerboard, a wood grain headstock, a brown thumb rest, a brown wood saddle, and a wood grain pickguard. AMPEG only produced about 140 fretless bass guitars, and only a few of the fretless bass guitars were Black Beauty models."
"The clear solid Lucite body on this guitar, the electronics and wiring, the neck, and all of the other original parts on this guitar have been carefully inspected and found to be in 100% original and "EXCELLENT" condition! By the looks of the hardly worn parts on this guitar, it seems that this guitar was hardly used and kept in storage for many years."
"The neck is in excellent condition! It is straight with no twists or warps, and the truss rod has been checked and is in excellent working condition. Lastly, the neck has the original Grover Vintage bass tuners and all four tuners are all stamped "Pat Pend" on the top of each tuner, and stamped "USA", on the bottom of each tuner. The neck comes complete with the original truss rod cover and the original NUT."
"I tested and checked everything on this guitar and there are no problems whatsoever! In addition, It LOOKS and SOUNDS awesome with the original AMPEG Dan Armstrong 1970 Bass Pickup and with all of the original Wiring, POTS, SWITCH, CAPS, Output jack and knobs."
"This guitar is being sold As-Is with NO RETURNS! You will not be disappointed. Please see all of my Positive Feedback's to gain confidence in the accuracy of the description and condition of this item, so please check all the pictures, and ask all questions before you bid or purchase."