Anyone else have a Japanese copy? I have an early to mid 70s Univox Stereo Bass which is a 4001 copy. The bass looks really really nice and the construction is almost spot on, as it only has 1 truss rod. The other problem it has is very high action up at the higher frets. I actually don't like using it live because of that, and the fact that the pickups feedback.
On the other hand, I have a 1979 Tokai Les Paul copy that is the best les paul I have ever played. I will never get rid of that thing.
What sparked my interest in this thread was that there are many Japanese basses for sale on ebay for really cheap. I know its hit or miss, as with most companies. Although I assume it's fair to say that there are more misses with these copy companies, than hits.
There are some good companies to look out for though.
-Orville (mostly guitars)
Most of the best were made in the Matsumoku factory in Japan.
These companies made some really great copies, and some had some really great designs themselves.
Check a few out http://www.ebay.com/itm/1982-TOKAI-J...item4179897dc4 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Greco-JB420-...item4acc3a148f http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fujigen-Hist...item19e5582c3c http://www.ebay.com/itm/1989-Burny-E...item1c3930b0b1