Originally Posted by Musky
Hoshino were still distributing copies of US guitars until 1978, but they weren't manufacturing them themselves. If you look at Ibanez catalogues of the time you'll spot a reference to Fuji Gen buried away in the small print somewhere. Or just do a quick google.
Your bass has all the hallmarks of a Matsumoku made bass - the wavy tuners, the odd jazz like bridge pickup and the neck plate. If you take off the truss rod cover I'm certain you'll find dual truss rods. Hoshino (Ibanez) rick copies never had any of these features.
Owning a Mat made bass is a very good thing.
Single Truss Rod!
It is off being repaired or i would post a pic...
1908: The Hoshino Shoten bookstore company is founded by Matsujiro Hoshino. Originally selling books and sheet music they gradually start to import musical instruments.
1929: The Hoshino company starts Hoshino Gakki Ten Inc. and starts to import Salvador Ibáñez acoustic guitars from Spain.
1935: Hoshino Gakki Ten begins their own production of "Ibanez Salvador" branded Spanish guitars.
1945: The Hoshino Gakki Ten factory was destroyed by World War II bombing.
1955: Hoshino Gakki Ten builds new headquarters in Nagoya Japan and becomes an export only business.
1957: Hoshino Gakki Ten starts making the first modern era Ibanez branded guitars.
1962: Hoshino Gakki Ten opens the Tama Seisakusho factory.
1966: Hoshino Gakki Ten starts to use outside manufacturers for guitars and amplifiers but continues to manufacture drums themselves.
1969: Hoshino Gakki Ten starts to use the FujiGen Gakki guitar factory to make most of the Ibanez branded guitars. The headstock logo on Ibanez guitars is changed from a metal logo to a more modern decal logo.
1971: Hoshino Gakki Ten starts a U.S. distribution channel named Elger, in Bensalem, PA (right above Philadelphia, PA)
1972: Hoshino Gakki Ten launches its own line of Ibanez effect pedals. The Ibanez effect pedals were licensed from the Nisshin Onpa Company who own the Maxon brand.
1974: The Tama brand name is used for the drums produced by Hoshino Gakki Ten.
1975: The Ibanez Iceman an original guitar design by Hoshino Gakki Ten (Ibanez), Kanda Shokai (Greco) and FujiGen Gakki is launched.
1980: The Elgar name is changed to Hoshino USA Inc.
1981: Hoshino changes company name from Hoshino Gakki Ten to Hoshino Gakki and starts Hoshino Gakki Mfg (based on TAMA Seisakusho).
1982: Hoshino Gakki starts Hoshino Gakki Hanbai for the Japanese domestic market.
1987: Hoshino Gakki starts Hoshino Los Angeles office.
Late 1980s: Hoshino Gakki starts using Korean guitar manufactures as well as Japanese guitar manufactures and in later years also uses Chinese and Indonesian guitar manufacturers.
1990: Hoshino Gakki starts Hoshino (U.S.A.) Los Angeles Branch.
2005: Hoshino Gakki starts Qingdao Representative Office in China.
Original Neck plate indicates my bass was made in 1974 by Hoshino Gakki right along side the Greco copies and the Ibanez copies and was distributed by the Philadelphia Music Company on the east coast...apparently in the FujiGen Gakki factory..