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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ajaxbass, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. ajaxbass


    Feb 14, 2014
    I have a jazz bass copy..,red..,good quality..,it has on the headstock Nadine standard..made in japan sticker on back of headstock...looks to be poss a late eighties .. rosewood fingerboard,small dot markers.. jus wondered if anyone could give me some info on it..i bought it used in a shop in Leicester..,tried a Squire and a Fender jazz and this...this was the best player so i Paid £120.....thank you...
  2. AGH

    AGH Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Long Island NY
    All of the stuff I got for free wore out!
    Some pics would sure help!
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  4. bubinga5


    Jun 6, 2006
    yes pics. seems like you have answered your own question to an extent.?
  5. this is all I could find on them looks like you did okay good luck with it

    Instruments previously produced in Japan during the late 1980s.
    The Nadine trademark was a brand name used by a British importer. Nadine guitars are good quality Fender-derived and Superstrat models. Source: Tony Bacon and Paul Day, The Guru's Guitar Guide.
  6. Andy T

    Andy T

    Mar 6, 2015
    I have owned a Nadine Jazz Bass for about 21 years. I bought it when I was 17 as a wee upgrade thinking that one day I'll own a Fender Jazz... I still play it as my main bass and can't find much better. Does anyone know or have any idea which Japanese factory it was produced in?
  7. Muddslide


    Feb 23, 2007
    Gypsy Caravan
    Would dig on seeing pics. I'm curious if it's got a "lawsuit" headstock, i.e., shaped like a Fender headstock.

    Whether it is or isn't the little research I pulled was inconclusive but would seem to indicate the Nadine brand came out of the Matsumoku factory.

    I'm anything but an expert, but I love many of the old MIJ Fender knockoffs, have owned several (never heard of a Nadine before, however) and have tried to acquaint myself with their history inasmuch as is possible.

    To my understanding, the two primary factories in Japan where these types of copies were produced were Matsumoku and Fujigen Gakki. Both plants turned out some decent-to-stellar instruments.

    I currently own a Matsumoku "Lotus" brand P bass copy that is decent and is identical to the Hondo Professional 830 P copy. I used to own a MIJ "Memphis" brand P copy that was one of the best basses I ever owned, and I've owned quite a dang few.
  8. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    Wait.....it's coming to me.....it's a Rickenbacker 4001.

  9. Andy T

    Andy T

    Mar 6, 2015
    I had thought it was Fujigen but hadn't thought of Matsumoku. It looks simular to a Fujigen Fender Jazz from the same period in that it has the truss rod nut in the body and the head stock is similar. When you own such an instrument you would always like to think that it was a Fujigen instrument as that is closer to owing a 'real' Fender. But I can see why you went of Matsumoku, they went out of business the year that these things came on the market so it could be some sort of dead stock buy up. The pots are dodgy (non logarithmic) and thats the only bad thing about it. Anyway here's a couple of pic links
    Dropbox - Photo 08-03-2015 11 23 01 pm.jpg

    Dropbox - Photo 08-03-2015 11 23 19 pm.jpg
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2015
  10. Andy T

    Andy T

    Mar 6, 2015
    Proper photos rather than links
  11. bholder

    bholder Peripheral Visionary Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Does it say anything on the neckplate on the back?
  12. Andy T

    Andy T

    Mar 6, 2015
    Nothing, it's almost like they didn't want people to know. There may have been a MIJ sticker somewhere. I'm interest to have a look under the scatch plate. Never had that off before
  13. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy Bottom Feeder Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Plainfield Illinois
    Looks good. Spaghetti logo and all. I would rock that.
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  14. bholder

    bholder Peripheral Visionary Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Yeah, the other place manufacturers often marked was inside the neck pocket or the heel of the neck.
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  15. Andy T

    Andy T

    Mar 6, 2015
    Took the neck off and found this. It seems to look like ones I've seen online on aria guitars so I think it could be Matsumoku. Can anyone confirm which factory used this stamp?
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2015

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