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Fender experts - please help me identify this

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pacman, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Supporting Member

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    Thanks for looking. This bass belongs to a friend of mine, and I've never seen one like it before. It seems to be a Fender (that little black circle on the headstock is the Fender logo). Appears to be a mahogany body. No visible serial number. This is the stereotypical "closet classic" stored away for years, and then given to my friend's son.


    Can anyone identify it?[​IMG]
  2. SamanthaCay

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    Definitely not a Fender at least not a legit one.
    looks to be 60's japan to me.
  3. Jim Carr

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    It's a made in japan "Kingston" or "Noble" p-bass quasi-clone. I have one. They were made by Teisco in the early '60s. Nice bass, with a nitro finish over a mahogany body with a single coil pickup.
  4. smcd

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    +1
  5. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Supporting Member

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    Were those known to have Fender logo "buttons" on the headstock?
  6. smcd

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    If there's anything on that bass with a Fender logo, it was added after the fact.
  7. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    The first one I owned, purchased in 1964, had no logo on the head stock. The music store, in Kansas City, Kansas, said it was a Kingston. The one I have now has a "Noble" sticker. There were several other names they were sold under.

    Somewhere there is a link to a collector's site the details the history of these...can't find it at the moment. :cool:
  8. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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  9. Turock

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    A long time ago (early 70s maybe?), Aria made a bass that looked an awful lot like that one.
  10. Maxdusty

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  11. TomB

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    That is identical to my first bass, purchased used in 1964 in Chicago, branded Kingston. I can't imagine why it would be branded Fender. It weighed a ton. Thank you for the pic, as I haven't seen one since I sold it in 1966.
  12. Maxdusty

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    If you want it, there's one currently on sale on Ebay. Bid plus shipping is at about $80 with 23 hours to go. :)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/390685506982?_trksid=p2048036
    Picture of the bass attached and yep, to answer the op, Jim Carr and TomB look to be correct- it's a Kingston
  13. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    Max—this one is Teisco, too. Not really a Kalamazoo, MI Epiphone, despite what GC thinks. :rollno:


  14. Jim Carr

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    I'd snag it, but I just got one last month—sentimental old fool that I am. :D :eek:
  15. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Supporting Member

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    Thanks everyone, mystery solved. I appreciate everyone taking the time!
  16. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    Jon—it was a pleasure to see pics of other examples of the instrument on which I learned most of what I know and hear. I didn't appreciate it when I was 14, but picking one up again is an enlightening experience. The hours and hours I put in learning everything on every record I had, plus playing with my Mother's kitchen radio were really my music education, despite years of study before and after.

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