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Groovy late 60's, early 70's Hollow Body

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by mtonbass, Feb 13, 2014.

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  1. mtonbass

    mtonbass Supporting Member

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    Ventura 4-string hollow body short-scale, made in Japan (Matsumoku factory). Likely built in the late 60's/early 70's.



    I’ve had this on the wall for about a year. It was a sentimental purchase and she came to me partially repaired / restored - I went to my local luthier savant to finish the job.



    The bad:

    - The nut at the end of the truss rod is broken (this was not shared by the person I bought this from ... oh well) and hence the truss rod is frozen in time and quite literally. Neck was shimmed during set up and has medium / medium low action.

    - The other bad …the A string tuning key is very (very) slightly bent but works perfectly.

    The good:

    - She’s in fantastic, near mint condition - a true closet classic. More like a 5 year old bass rather than a 30+ year old one. Just light scratches and some tiny finish imperfections here and there on the body edges.

    - Re-fretted and the fingerboard has been re-planed.

    - All the guts are original, fully functional, no scratchiness, very tight and secure. Knobs work as they should.

    - Case is a cheapy chipboard, but likely original.



    The great:

    - Sounds just amazing - true hollow body tone. That tone-full thump. Hollow (not semi-hollow) goodness!



    Scale Length: 30"

    Nut Width: 1 9/16"

    Weight: 7 lbs, 4 oz.

    Neck Dive: Low to Moderate

    Neck Profile: Fat C (round)



    $235 shipped in CONUS.



    Photos attached.



    Please PM questions and such. Thanks!

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    mtonbass Supporting Member

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    bump ... bump ... thump ...
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    How's the intonation?
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    Actually quite good - the luthier I go to really is tremendous. Very talented guy.
    If memory serves, I did gig with it once - solid as a rock.

    Not to gush but the tone from this baby is really special. Not muddy at all - thumpy a little tubby, very clear.
    I actually like the tone better than a Guild Starfire and even a Lakland HB I've had (I know - quite a statement, but true).

    Happy Weekend!
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    Priced low, priced to sell.



    This will not disappoint ...
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    does it sound a little bit like an upright bass? Can it sound a little bit like an upright? I tried a re-issued Kay bass and surprisingly sounds good. I does sound like an upright bass.
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    oh yeah ... la bella nylon tapes bring it home.
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    bumpin from nola - happy mardi gras!!
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    thumping a bump
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    Free bump. That looks fantastic. I have a Lyle of same vintage that looks similar to that one (but is red with only 1 pup, but has the string mute too). Sounds great and comfy to play. I also have a Ventura SG MIJ copy from that era which is also a great thumper, so buy with confidence. GLWTS, DM
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    I'm over-extended just a bit.
    Just played this baby again. Groovy, no hums, solid ... kills especially with a little love from my Carl Martin bass drive as a pre ...

    Serious price drop: $300 shipped. Tossing in a virtually new set of La Bella clear nylons, too.
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    Looks like a great bass, if I wasn't on a GAS diet I'd seriously consider.

    I played a similar Lyle bass at GC recently, sounded and played fantastic! http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...MI-HOLLOW-ELEC-BASS-GTR-109885157-i3654323.gc


    GLWTS.
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    Some aspects of that bass are similar to my Epiphone EA-260. Perhaps not that surprising as that was made at the Matsumoku factory too. It has the same body shape, same neck (with the offset dots), same wooden-base bridge, and same control layout, with the selector switch on the lower horn. The headstock shape is a little different, and the pickups are certainly not the same though. Mine was missing the mute device when I got it, but would originally have had it.

    Pic of my EA-260 for comparison (taken before I fitted the correct length strings!)http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy345/Killer_Kadoogan/IMG_0227_zpsd7a8ce35.jpg
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    tgif bump.
    dont b shy - make an offer!
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    well ... it was sold but now it's not. securely packaged and waiting for a new home ...
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    Still available? Were there any pics in this thread?
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    see orig post. pics in pdf attachment.
    thx
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    PM sent! I'm interested.
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    Final 4 bump
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    I had one just like it years ago....played the snot out of it....GLWTS
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