D000A - Hole Dog
Listed on both Ebay and Reverb at $2,495 in December 2015, here's an interesting '69 Dan Armstrong bass that we have nicknamed 'Hole Dog' due to all the extra holes drilled into the body. This is obviously a player-grade instrument given all the alterations, but it nonetheless sports a newer '71 pickup. We can only guess that one of the coils on the original pickup stopped working - as they sometimes do - and the owner was able to source an extra OEM pickup. Strange that you'd put such a rare and expensive pickup into a player-grade bass and not just source a cheaper replacement from Kent Armstrong. Other alterations included changed tuners, pickguard, string tree, and red enamel over the side markers. One of the strap buttons also seems to have taken a shock causing a fissure of some sort in the plexiglas, but is probably sound. Thumb rest is long gone - lots of wear on the back of the neck - both of which are consistent with this thing getting a lot of playing time. Serial number was confirmed as being somewhere in the 500's. Perhaps we'll get the full serial number down the road, but in the meantime it can be easily tracked with all the changes.
“Nice vintage bass guitar - the string tree is missing a dress nut on the back- much patina and wear on back of neck and head stock- and dots on the side of the neck on the 5th, 7th, 9th, & 12th frets- the thumb rest is missing- lower strap button has been reset- Scratches in the back of body, Very minor polish swirling on front of body- and extra holes in the body on upper bout from logo- original electronics work great!- Case has normal travel wear and latches need to be closed manually, but work- a bit of wear on string pad- but case is solid and will keep your investment safe.”