This circa '69/'70 bass was originally put up for auction at $2,000 and later sold for $1,600. Very thorough disclosure by retailer Music Store Live - we wish all sales were like this. Bass seems very original with the exception of changed tuners and comes with the OEM Dan Armstrong case.
"Music Store Live is proud to present this 1969 / 1970 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Bass! If you are a fan of the Rolling Stones, The Faces, or any other band that carried the torch of hard rocking guitar tone in the 70's, you need to get this Dan Armstrong in your line up. This bass has THE sound of classic rock built deep into it's DNA and the feel of a great vintage axe. The neck is fairly slim, slick and super easy to play in any position. This bass plays in tune wonderfully in every position. Besides the obviously cool see-through look it boasts, this guitar's real asset is flawless playability and outstanding tone. The sustain, presence and fatness of this bass are in a league all its own. Truly amazing."
"The joint venture that brought together famed guitar guru Dan Armstrong and the Ampeg company to make this line of see-through plexiglass guitars would only last from 1969 to 1971. This 1969/1970 model is all original with the exception of a replacement nut. The maple neck features a slim and smooth C profile, rosewood fretboard and small dot inlays. The innovative plexiglass body is unbreakable and features the original humbucker pickup designed by Bill Lawrence. The controls are simple: Master Volume & Master Tone knobs. This guitar weighs in at 9.5 pounds, less than others from this line of guitars and comes with a black hard shell case. The serial number on this bass (D614A) indicate it to be from 1969 when they were still using a 3 digit serial code. The pot codes date to 1970. This is definitely one of the first 1,000 of these basses to be manufactured. It seems that is was made during a transitional period between '69 and 70'."
"This 1969 / 1970 Ampeg Dan Armstrong bass is in excellent condition. The body shows a few extremely light scratches - pick scratches on the top and light marks on the back from regular playing, none of which takes away from the see-through aesthetic of this beauty. There are some lighter cracks on the pickguard around the input jack but they aren't severe. The pickup itself is in good condition with no cracking anywhere. The neck shows moderate wear with some finish chips that have all been smoothed from years of playing. The frets are in excellent condition."
"This beast is in killer vintage condition. It's hard to ask for more when looking for one of these legendary basses. This will serve any professional very well and make a great contribution to any rig or collection. Enjoy!"