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Can YOU identify my new bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ouchmybeard, Apr 2, 2014.


  1. ouchmybeard

    ouchmybeard

    Apr 2, 2014
    Hey forum,

    Got this locally of CL and can't nail down what I have.

    Short scale offset/jaguar like...
    I think its possibly soviet? Maybe I'm way off....
    heres a few shots of it

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  2. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    Toronto
    I'd guess it was something Russian, or eastern bloc.
     
  3. JH Statts

    JH Statts

    Jan 17, 2014
    Looks cool. How does it sound?
     
  4. I'd think German, Klira, Framus (body shape is right, neck plate + screws are wrong), et cetera, or nearby. Looks too well-made to be Russian or from the majority of the other Eastern Bloc countries from the time period. Those things are usually frightening.
     
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  6. Definitely a 4 string.
     
  7. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty

    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Looks to me more like an early Japanese bass.
     
  8. GretschBassist

    GretschBassist

    Nov 11, 2012
  9. Definitely 1960's Japanese bass.
     
  10. oerk

    oerk

    Oct 16, 2009
    Bavaria
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Here is a Klira Star Club guitar your bass looks cool congrats I'm curious as to how it sounds


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  13. Bisounourse

    Bisounourse

    Jun 21, 2012
    Gent, Belgium
    Definitely not Framus; Framuses aren't as rounded out on the bottom, have different pups, and the headstock in the OP's bass is too small for a Framus (I think they're even bigger than a Fender Pbass headstock, and that of a shortscale bass).

    Could be a Klira ((Western-)Germany), or an Egmond (The Netherlands).
     
  14. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    NET
    German, certainly. My guess would be a Hopf "Telstar" series model.

    EDIT: It turns out the Hopf Telstar is rare, even in Germany. There are some good pics of the guitars to compare with, but not really of the bass. Still, the shape, the slanted controls and other appointments convince me that's what it is.
     
  15. ouchmybeard

    ouchmybeard

    Apr 2, 2014
    I think you are correct I just discovered these this morning...a twisty perhaps?
     
  16. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:

    +1