Can anyone identify this old Japanese bass?

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  1. ronin614

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    Saw this in a secondhand shop today and I have no idea what it is. It plays pretty well. It has a narrow neck and there are no identifying marks on it They're asking $400.
    Thanks for any input.
     

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    And one more because I can't seem to uploa more that one picture at a time.
     

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    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

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    Looks like something out of a '70s department store catalog...not worth $400.
     
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    Zim Gar (or ZimGar) is the brand, so if you google that it might help. There's some stuff out there, but it looks like it was a NY company importing Japanese guitars (and drums? Lots of drum info for some reason).
     
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    $140, maybe. $40, yes. Not great, and only kinda terrible in a sad but harmless way. Save your money unless you have a nostalgic need for your long lost childhood bass.
     
  9. ronin614

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    Saw the zimgar but thought it was just something put there by a kid. Called the guy to tell him what it was and he said he's sticking at $400. Unless he finds a sucker, he's going to have that for a LONG time.
    Thanks for the input folks.
     
  10. gjbassist

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    Not sure about the brand but I'm certain there are one too many zero's in the price! You can find those no name 60's-70's Japanese basses on CL and other places for under $100 frequently.
     
  11. GretschWretch

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    I lost out on a single-pickup version of this today because I got distracted and forgot to monitor the eBay auction. RBS started a thread on a similar bass a few days ago.

    This bass, with no issues, in 2014, I would say might be worth $150. $400? No way!

    Most folks would say this is a Teisco, but there is some speculation that this particular type of Teisco was made by Kawai. These instruments saw their highest profile in the
    mid-sixties; seventies gets us into the lawsuit era instruments.

    Let's just agree to identify all such instruments as these as "badged" Japanese basses. I have a bass identical to this one in every way, except where this bass says Zim Gar
    mine says Encore.
     
  12. bassteban

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    I had an identical bass- gave it to a bud as it had a broken headstock(you could see thought the crack/split). It was actually playable- just barely- but I was afraid to touch the neck or HS for fear it would disintegrate. Beyond that, it seemed poorly constructed. I don't mind a cheapo as long as it plays fairly well, but this one was nothing special
     
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    It looks pretty much like a Teisco.
     
  14. GregT

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    Some Decca basses had those same pickups and rocker switches.
     

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