Identify this Bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ReverseFender94, Dec 25, 2012.


  1. ReverseFender94

    ReverseFender94

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    My uncle gave me this as a Christmas present. It's really beat up (terribly cracked neck), but there's no name on it anywhere other than stickers on the back of the neck that say "559 1462" and a ripped sticker that looks like it says "Made in Korea"

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  2. ReverseFender94

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    I wouldn't worry about it too much. That cracked neck means it's probably only good for wall art anyway.
     
  4. mellowgerman

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    Don't have much info to offer, other than the fact that the neck reminds me of the one that was on my old 60's "Cameo" bass... which was like a 32" scale P bass clone that ended up getting fitted with an old Guild bass humbucker. The tuning machines are the same too. The Cameo was a fun little bass and I sorta wish I had held onto it.
    I doubt yours is a Cameo... but it does seem to have a neck and tuners that may have come out of the same factory... so if nothing else, maybe that just gives you a ball-park 60s/70s date of manufacture
     
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  6. ReverseFender94

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    Thanks for the replies, guys! I had a feeling it was 60s/70s, but it got me really curious. I'd like to see if there's any possible hope in getting it playable. It looks like a neat little bass.
     
  7. oboylebass

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    With a crack in the neck like that and a broken nut (plus god knows what else), the cost of getting it repaired would be far far far more than what it's worth. Kind of like when a car gets "totaled".
     
  8. ReverseFender94

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    It's probably a lost cause, but I wanna give it a valiant do-it-yourself effort. I've got tools and decent know-how to give fixing it a shot.
     
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    Better than a lump of coal.
     
  10. f64

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    Hey, Merry Christmas! As some have said the neck looks pretty bad. If it were mine and I wanted it as a player I'd first check that the electronics work. If the pots are scratchy that's an easy fix. With everything working I'd get a used neck and install it. If the pups and pots are dead - I'd just have it on the wall. Good luck and have fun!
     
  11. ReverseFender94

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    Electronics are good. How common are 24" scale bass necks?
     
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    24" is measured from where to where? You want to measure from the bridge where the strings intersect to the nut.
     
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    24" from nut to bridge saddle. I'm actually surprised a bass has this small of a scale length, I've never seen anything like this.
     
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    Over the years there have been many manufacturers exporting 3/4 size "youth" starter guitars to the US. This may be similar. I'd install a standard bass neck from Warmouth or off eBay.
     
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    If you wanted to get real crafty you could even attach a guitar neck and install a guitar bridge + pickup... 24" is pretty close to common guitar scale lengths 24 3/4" and 25.5"
     
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    That was my plan if the neck was unfixable. I was thinking of making a Bass VI type thing.

    Now, does anyone have an idea of who made this bass?
     
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    No idea about the maker...But any time you see a Sun-burst finish with the black completely covering the forearm contour area, it's a plywood body.
     
  18. grisezd

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    I've got a 24in neck in the closet, very similar to that broken one. No idea who made it, was in the attic of a very old music store in my area. I've got a project in mind for it but if you get desperate you can give me a shout. That said, at a 24in scale that thing isn't going to play or sound all that great. I'd clean it up and hang it.
     
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    thanks for the offer! I may be PMing you in the future.
     
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    You can donate those strings to someone who plays flatwounds. Bet they wouldn't notice the difference. <-----semi-joking
     
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    Haha, if anyone wants three reaaaalllyyyy short flats, let me know!
     

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