Rancid’s Matt Freeman opened a Reverb store to sell some of his gear. Punk legend, formerly ska-punk mainstay Operation Ivy, drops a number of scenes bass guitarsmany of whom have played vital roles in the band’s history.
Basses such as the Fender Telecaster Bass he played a lot in the late 90s, and which notably appears in the video for Rancid’s Who Would’ve Thought.
The bass is listed as a 1966 model, but that must be a mistake, as Fender didn’t introduce the Telecaster Bass until 1968. Although Freeman resembles the second oldest version of the Tele Bass, with the large Black Telecaster Bass logo, emphasis is on the Fender “Bass” script.
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The Telecaster Bass was essentially a direct reissue of Fender’s 1951 Precision Bass. It had a single-coil pickup, which Freeman replaced with a Seymour Duncan – most likely a high-output quarter-pounder.
“I bought this bass around 1997 because I liked the neck,” Freeman explains. “It is really worn in a good way. It has oval tuning machines. I played this bass live, mostly in the late 90s, early 2000s.”
Other notable basses include Freeman’s number one touring bass since 2007, a 2007 Tony Franklin Fender Fretted Precision Bass, a very sweet 1977 Music Man StingRay, and a 1995 black Ibanez TR bass.
Although the exact model isn’t listed, it looks a lot like a rare Expressionist TR600 judging by the control layout and humbucking setup. Either way, Rancid superfans might recognize her as Freeman’s go-to bass on the …And Out Comes the Wolves tour. It was also used to track Rancid’s 1998 studio album Life Won’t Wait.
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Some of these instruments look like they’ve been worked hard, like the 2017 Fender American Professional Precision Bass with the Oakland As sticker, played on stage since its launch, and a 1969 P-Bass that’s clocked up a similar number of miles on the road. Where they go next depends on the general bass-buying public.
“I’ve really loved collecting all kinds of instruments over the years,” Freeman says. “It’s time I let it go so other people can enjoy it as much as I do.”
These and more should be added to the store in the coming days. Freeman announced via Rancid’s Twitter account that there would also be guitars and amps. Visit the Official Matt Freeman Rancid Reverb Store (opens in a new tab) for more.