Willie Weeks/55-63

Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby dukeplaysbass » Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:15 pm

Anybody ever own/play one of the 55-63's? What was your impression? Did they make many of them?
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby steveonbass » Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:02 pm

There was a Blue quilt top floating around for a while. I think Bovine - Jack owned it (and some others). Maybe they'll chime in.
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby Mike Childree » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:07 pm

I owned that blue quilt 55-63 (active) and also another "Dual J" fiver that Lakland built for WW. The active blue quilt one was nice, but didn't really do what I wanted. The passive trans white Dual J, however, was a FABULOUS bass...probably the best fiver I ever owned. Wish like hell I had it right now, since I've gone back to playing fivers again. The best thing about those basses was that they had Basslines pickups. Barts (at least the ones Lakland uses) don't do much for me...way too tame.
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby dukeplaysbass » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:11 pm

Mike Childree wrote:I owned that blue quilt 55-63 (active) and also another "Dual J" fiver that Lakland built for WW. The active blue quilt one was nice, but didn't really do what I wanted. The passive trans white Dual J, however, was a FABULOUS bass...probably the best fiver I ever owned. Wish like hell I had it right now, since I've gone back to playing fivers again. The best thing about those basses was that they had Basslines pickups. Barts (at least the ones Lakland uses) don't do much for me...way too tame.


Mike, you got a pic of either of those axes?
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby harleyyy » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:11 pm

prismacolor2 wrote:There was a Blue quilt top floating around for a while. I think Bovine - Jack owned it (and some others). Maybe they'll chime in.



Didn't that get lost in a transit?
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby Steve in NM » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:42 pm

I had that Dual -J for a time as well and can verify that it was a really great bass. I used it as partial trade on a US Hollowbody Deluxe because I just couldn't get used to the 5 string thing. The Basslines/ash/maple combo was very aggresive. I always felt a little guilty about it - the fingerboard was crazy birdseye maaple - how many little birdies gave their eyes for that piece of wood? Wonderful bass, and my introduction to Mr. Childree ;^)
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby Mike Childree » Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:19 pm

Steve! How goes it, buddy! I didn't know you were hanging around here....

Tris, I looked and don't have any of the photos of either bass. Took a pile, but didn't keep 'em. If you're trying to identify one of them, I can come up with a couple of distinctive things about both. Or maybe answer some questions if you have specific ones....
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby dukeplaysbass » Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:12 pm

Mike, I'm eyeing a passive 55-63 blonde/ash w/rosewood. Pretty sure it has SDs....

You recall the serial number?
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby steveonbass » Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:23 pm

I knew SOMEONE around here owned that blue one.
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby Mike Childree » Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:04 am

Tris, I don't have the serial # either...I had a PC crash after I owned it, and all my records went bye-bye. Are you looking at the one Tony Nowicki has/had? Sounds like it. The one that myself and Steve owned had a maple board, though..not rosewood. Not saying that it's not the same, but if it is, it doesn't have the same neck. Mine was a definite creme/blonde color with just a bit of transparency over ash.
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby Gil Escalera » Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:53 am

The blue quilt 55-63 (built for Willie Weeks) was in fact "lost in transit" from camp bovine to a buyer in Europe (Germany I believe). Jack got hosed. [smilie=angry-smiley-005.gif]

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Here's a link to some pics Jack has of it at his bovine site: Lakland 55-63
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby dukeplaysbass » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:10 am

Mike Childree wrote:Are you looking at the one Tony Nowicki has/had? Sounds like it.

Yeah, that's the one....
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby Mike Childree » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:04 pm

Can't vouch for that one, Tris. I've played a couple of those passive Dual J, and they were both great.
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby P-bass or bust » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:12 pm

Dang! That blue one was a fun bass. I had it for a bit...enough to use on a gospel gig and a recording or two and then I passed it on to Jack. I think I got it from Jerome (funkyc where art thou?). Or maybe I sent it to Jerome who then sent it to Jack. Things were crazy back in those days. Jack and I traded a number of basses between us. I would send him jazz basses and he would send me P-basses...we were both happier. I'm a 4-string P-bass kinda guy at heart, but I had to try this one out...I mean, who doesn't love Willie Weeks? The top on the blue one was outrageous. And the birdseye fingerboard, too! The bass had this deep growl thing going on which was cool...a weird sort of passive/aggressive thing.
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Re: Willie Weeks/55-63

Postby harleyyy » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:23 pm

Jason! What up bro?
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