The control cavity shape changed.
We have the samples and patterns of these.
In about 1980 the S.
Curlee logo was replaced with just Curlee.
Denny Rauen, frustrated at business decisions that undercut themselves and non-builders changing designs and procedures, had been courted by locals Dean Guitars , eventually leaving SD Curlee in 1980.
, SPECS ON THE MODERN S.
CURLEE BASSES: 31# scale length 3-pc.
maple neck Thick fretboard, 24 frets Zero fret for low action at nut 1.
5# width at nut (J-size) 16.
5mm spacing at bridge 14# radius 2-way truss rod Adjusts at headstock Avg.
8 to 8.
HAND LUTHIER BUILT BY BIG S.
CURLEE FANS CARRYING ON THE LEGACY!, 13/05/2010 The name S.
D Curlee came from the three original designers, Sonny (Storbeck), Randy (Dritz) and Randy ( Curlee.
) The company produced an estimated 15,000 handcrafted instruments including 12,000 bass guitars , between 1975 and 1982.
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Curlee was founded by Randy Curlee around 1975 in Matteson, Illinois.
D Curlee came from the three original designers, Sonny Storbeck, Randy Dritz and Randy Curlee.
According to Michael Wright ( Guitar Stories), this independent entrepreneur built and sold around 15,000 handcrafted instruments, including 12,000 bass guitars , between 1975.
, SD Curlee mid 1970’s model under 300 made for electric solidbody guitars , company know for electric bass guitars.
Has its shares of dings/dents being 40 years old, still lays snd sounds great, frets in great shape, original DiMarzio pickups sound awesome !!! Comes with hard case with some duct tape on end where case is dented, still works fine.
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, 22/07/2010 Okay, this is my Dad’s old SD Curlee.
SD Curlee stopped making guitars in 1982, and made around 15000 instruments, 12000 being basses, so I’m saying this guitar is rare.
It’s all worn down, my Dad played it alot.
The electronics work fine, the humbuckers are great.
Headstock in very good+ condition.
Nice Grover tuners too.
, To me, the name S.
Curlee evokes three piece through-necks, DiMarzios, Badass bridges and wood finishes like my Mum’s coffee table.
This Curlee bass from 1976 does not disappoint.
I remember seeing the ads for them at the time and, although they’ve never really appealed to me, I never forgot them.