This bass came up for sale in April 2014 with an initial asking price of $1,250. It has been owned for the last 37 years by Mike Insetta, the bassist for Stuart's Hammer, an early NYC punk band that was featured in a live compendium recorded at CBGB's.
"1969 Dan Armstrong lucite bass guitar w/ OHSC, all latches work, serial # D1286A. Although I did not play this guitar on the Live at CBGBs recording of "Everybody's Depraved" (Atlantic Records 1976, see stuartshammer.com), I did use it on various other gigs with Stuarts Hammer at CBGBS including the night Brian Setzer's group "The Bloodless Pharaohs" opened for us in October of 1978."
"Guitar was purchased from George Gruhn in 1977 and I have had it ever since. Non-original black pick guard was with guitar when I bought it. There is a loss of some of the compound at the pick-up and there is a scratch in the lucite in the lower right corner as well as some wear on back of neck, typical for a guitar of this age. If you're looking for a bass to play or to just to collect this one has the "mojo" you've been looking for. A real player, this puppy has been there, done that. Own a real piece of NYC rock n' roll memorabilia from the early days of CBGB's. Will deliver within 25 miles radius of Morristown NJ."
"This pick guard was with my 1969-70 Dan Armstrong lucite bass serial number D1286A (see Dan Armstrong registry for more info) when I purchased it in 1978 from George Gruhn's shop in Nashville when I was playing bass at CBGBs with Stuarts Hammer (Live at CBGB's Atlantic Records 1976). I have seen several other period lucite basses with this black pick guard and believe this may have been offered as an option from Ampeg."
"Bass is long gone and I have no use for this pick guard - does not come with screws. Shipping is for continental US only, payment due within 3 days of auction end, no international bidders. Check out my band at stuartshammer.com."