Help ID A Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shawshank72, Mar 4, 2014.


  1. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    Buddy of mine had this since the fall.
    Paid like $10 for it in a garage sale.
    It was in worse shape but has been cleaned up since.
    I dont know whats original and whats been added to it.
    He wants me to put some flats and set it up for him.
    Its short scale and says made in japan on neck plate but that may not be original. No other markings. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1393952795.588464.jpg ImageUploadedByTalkBass1393952811.430901.jpg ImageUploadedByTalkBass1393952824.859470.jpg
  2. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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  3. BioWeapon

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    Is there any identifying mark(s) underneath the neck/inside the neck pocket?
  4. bassexplorer

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    From the neck PU and the head, I'd say this could be a SG bass copy. I'd say the body has been cut into a that new shape. Check if the pickguard shows evidence of having been modified.
    You can also investigate from the hardware: 6-screw plate (unusual), bridge plate and tuner type. The triangle plate on the head. These are usually good clues for comparing visually with other basses on the Internet.
    There should be some brand on the head. Have you checked? It might have been erased

    As Bioweapon says, the neck pocket use to carry some stamp, date, number. The PUs and the inners pots also have markings. But do not take it apart unless you can understand them.
  5. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    No there is not.
  6. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    Nothing anywhere stamped.
    Dont want to take apart electronics unless i have to.
    Bass works when plugged in.
    Alot of sanding done so i imagine alot was lost.
  7. bassexplorer

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  8. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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  9. jbybj

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    My guess is a custom project. You don't usually see a crooked bridge pup on a production bass. I think it's cool, but it looks like somebody's stoned idea.
  10. bassexplorer

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    Other clue for comparing : the jack input is on the top, not on the side.
  11. Apolicious

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    Agreed. And look how close the jack is to that knob. I'd say you're looking at a frankenbass. The build quality just isn't there to imply it's a production instrument.
  12. cdef

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    Here's a Marlin:

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  13. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    Thank you all for the help.
    Must have been a project bass re cut and shaped.

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