Hi. this is my first post here, I hope the pics work.
So I picked up this bass on ebay super cheap thinking it would just be a cool wall decoration, it was pretty trashed and still seemed to have the original strings on it (three left and completely tarnished)
There are no names or holes or scratches where a name may have been.
It had obvious problems that seemed mostly like poor quality control at the factory. The biggest problem was the strings were not centered on the neck as if the neck was not attached or straight. I ended up switching out the old two saddle bridge for a cheap 4 saddle bridge I had kicking around, and I moved the bridge location so the strings would be centered on the neck. I thought this would be much easier than dicking around with the neck.
It's nice that it has the bridge cover, this way it still looks original.
The neck seems to be made of a maple ply laminate as seen on the headstock picture.
I did not remove the neck. Many years ago I messed stuff up with a neck so I now I won't remove one just to satisfy my curiousity.
there is no real nut, but a loose wooden string guide setting up the strings to sit on a fret were a nut usually is.
Once I got strings on it the D string buzzed when open so I ended up putting a thin layer on solder on the 'nut fret' thus rising it enough so an open D does not buzz.
I plays surprisingly well.
just by the looks of it I'll bet it came from that Jappan Gakki Factory, but I'm not sure.
Has any one seen one like this? Orgins? years?