NBD! Found this is a second hand store
So I am currently in Tasmania for my sisters 21st, so I'm stuck in Wynard for a few days without a bass. I was starting to lose my mind, so I head down to the local second hand store to find a cheap P bass or something similar to play just to help alleviate my yearning for bass. I go in there, and there was the usual stock of SX P Basses and others, but there was also this
A jazz bass with blocked and bound fretboard! I had to try this. I plugged it in and noodled around on it for a while, and I was quite impressed with the sound.
I put it back on the wall, and went home to do some research. Apparently Carona was a company that shipped out Japanese Fender copies back in the 60's and 70's to Australia mainly. That is about as far as I got though, as information on these seems quite scarce.
I went back today and bought it for $100AUD.
The bass is in pretty solid condition, barring a few dents and scratches. The neck needs a tighten, and the pickups need some altering, but it is a very very nice bass to play.
I don't currently have an amp here, but it's loud enough to play acoustically, and it resonates quite well.
Does anyone out there own another one of these? I would love a bit more info on them.
Sorry for the quality of the pics. Taken on my phone during night.
Awesome find! I was in Tasmania myself a few months ago, they seem to have so many interesting basses there! (When you reach civilisation) As for that bass I know a little, they were indeed shipped to Australia during that time. I know this because there is a sunburst one in my local music store here in Victoria for $395, naturally I did some research... for $100 I wish I had the same luck. I THINK the Carona here was made in Korea rather than Japan, with some love it should be a nice addition to your collection. It should keep you well entertained for the rest of the trip at least haha.
I'm happy with it. If only I knew what year it was made.
Other that the name on the headstock; do you have any other identifying numbers you could use?
No identifying numbers, country of origin or anything. The pots say AZ on them, but I doubt that means anything (highly unlikely they came from Arizona)
Cool axe. I feel like I've seen one before, but there are so many Fender copy brands out here I could be getting muddled.
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