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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 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    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

    SamanthaCay

    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    Definitely not a Fender at least not a legit one.
    looks to be 60's japan to me.
     
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  4. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
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    AFM 72-147 union card-carrying liberal academic musician
    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.
     
  5. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    +1
     
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification

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

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    If there's anything on that bass with a Fender logo, it was added after the fact.
     
  8. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    Disclosures:
    AFM 72-147 union card-carrying liberal academic musician
    +1

    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:
     
  9. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    Disclosures:
    AFM 72-147 union card-carrying liberal academic musician
  10. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    A long time ago (early 70s maybe?), Aria made a bass that looked an awful lot like that one.
     
  11. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty

    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
  12. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Burlington, Vt.
    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.
     
  13. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty

    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    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
     
  14. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    Disclosures:
    AFM 72-147 union card-carrying liberal academic musician
    Max—this one is Teisco, too. Not really a Kalamazoo, MI Epiphone, despite what GC thinks. :rollno:


     
  15. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    Disclosures:
    AFM 72-147 union card-carrying liberal academic musician
    I'd snag it, but I just got one last month—sentimental old fool that I am. :D :eek:
     
  16. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Thanks everyone, mystery solved. I appreciate everyone taking the time!
     
  17. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    Disclosures:
    AFM 72-147 union card-carrying liberal academic musician
    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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