help recognizing mustery headles bass

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  1. tomersg

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    here in this clip

     
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    Hard to tell because there really isn't a good shot of it. Their sound reminds me of Madness.
     
  3. tomersg

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    yes they known to like to adopt music styles
     
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    I say it is a Q series
     
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    It is not a Steinberger.
     
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    It clearly says Yamaha on the upper horn.
     
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    Interesting, the most well known Yamaha headless was the BX1

    It doesn't look anything like that. Maybe a Yamaha with a Moses bolt on neck?
     
  10. Jeff Scott

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    I have a BX-1 and used to own a BX-5, I've never seen a Yamaha like that one, and I don't see it saying Yamaha on the body, more like CRAV or something like that. This bass looks like a cross between a Status and a Modulus, probably custom made with Steinberger or Status parts..
     
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    At 1:10 it clearly says Yamaha on the upper horn. Even with a crappy ultra low res screen shot it's fairly easy to deduce that it's a six letter word with three A's in the right places. It's clearly the same font Yamaha uses too.
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    Whether it was a market specific small production run or prototype instrument or something scabbed together from various parts who knows? Considering the late '80's time frame either is plausible.
     
  12. Jeff Scott

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    Okay, I must have blinked or something and missed that shot. So, what model Yamaha is it? And what production years on those? Since we are all curious now with your discovery, please do the research and let us know, thanks, jeffbonny.
     
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    It is definitely a Yahmaha....My first 5 string EVER was a Yamaha headless BX-5....didn't look like that. It might be a custom job. Louis Johnson owns a few custom basses from Yamaha he had built around that time although not headless.
     
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    So now I'm the "expert"? LOL!
    Well I looked and there ain't nothin' out there I can find that's even close to conclusive. The two bolt headstock string retainer isn't anything that's familiar to me. It's definitely a Yamaha RBX body style but in an image search no RBX models of any sort turned up that had that writing on the upper horn. This makes me think it was a manufactured as a headless rather than a mod or frankenbass. It's common for manufacturers (Steinberger, Kubicki, Hohner, Status and even Yamaha on the BX series) to put their name on the body in the absence of a headstock and the only other Yamaha I could find that had a company name on the body was the headless BX.

    My best guess is this bass was a short production run of a few pieces exclusively for the Japanese market that came and went unnoticed.
     
  15. Jeff Scott

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    This would be the most likely scenario, I think, or at least a model only available in certain regions.

    I find it interesting that the string clamp and bridge/tuners are totally different to that of the BX series basses. I like the BX hardware, and the mini headstock on the BX basses look much better than the cut-off headstocks of the Steinberger ilk.
     
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    Looks like a Yamaha Axstar but I just recall them saying "Axstar" on the upper horn.
     
  17. Jeff Scott

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    I think this bass may be a different one as the logo is white in the vid you posted, but in the first posted video the logo looks reddish and what seem a different shape :meh::
     
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    After watching the second vid, I take that back.
     
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    They do look like different instruments don't they? Hmm......
     
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    its looks the same bass with different logo. maybe a decal. it even have some kind of pickguard that remind musicman stingray 5.
    im trying to get information from the bass player tru facebook but no answer until now..
     
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    That's a sticker :bag:
     

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