So, I have a mystery i need your help solving

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Arkazail, Mar 1, 2014.


  1. Arkazail

    Arkazail

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    I recently joined, so first off, hello! Second, I have a mystery that I need your help solving, seeing as how there are so many bass players here that at least a couple of you might be able to help me out.

    Anyway, In December I was at a local guitar stare and in the used section upon this gorgeous oil-finished Neck-tru bass with MM pickups. Anyway, I tried her out an immediately fell in love, and managed to score her for only $125. Anyway, what is so interesting about this bass is that it's very obvious that whatever finish it had originally was taken off, there is no serial number, and no logo on the headstock (though it you look closely you can see a faint traces of one that has been sanded off). Based on the amount of play wear it has as well as the yellowing on the wood, i'm definitely thinking she is older than I am (I'm 21, so i'm thinking she was made sometime in the 80's). The neck feels insanely like an Ibanez SR and the headstock looks like one as well, though there are no modern SRs that have neck-thru construction. The body style, however, looks a lot like a schecter Stiletto. The control layout doesn't really look like either brand however, and the pickups definitely don't fit either brand either (though there is a chance it might have been home routed to fit the MM pickups). It originally had a P-bass style bridge, which I replaced with a Hipshot A-bridge. Two thins throwing my for a loop in my research are the offset dot inlays and the weird shaped truss cover.

    So yeah, if you guys think you might have any idea what you think it might be, that'd be awesome. Honestly,t he main reason I want to know is that she plays so wonderfully and sounds so nice that i want more of her .

    I'll provide a few pictures (I just posted the links on Flickr because i was having trouble posting the photos on the forum):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119109722@N04/12859352745/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119109722@N04/12859778224/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119109722@N04/12859445153/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119109722@N04/12859843674/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119109722@N04/12859438065/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119109722@N04/12859442735/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119109722@N04/12859526965/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119109722@N04/12859531055/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119109722@N04/12859599953/

    And here's the original bridge:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119109722@N04/12859524825/

    But yeah, hopefully my pictures work
  2. Kmonk

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    Pictures are not working.
  3. Gorn Captain

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    You're gonna need to upload them to photobucket (or something similar) and post the image links.
  4. Arkazail

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    Sorry about that, I was having trouble uploading the pictures so I just edited my original post and included links to my Flickr account
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  6. letsrumble

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  7. fitbass3p

    fitbass3p Supporting Member

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    That bears a strong resemblance to an SR900 Ibanez I used to own...I'm almost certain that the headstock is Ibanez. Though the MM pickups would still obviously be a mystery even in that case.
  8. Bassic Playing

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    +1

    Sure looks like a modded Ibanez to me
  9. Maxdusty

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    Definitely not an Ibanez. I've seen one of these before. Just can't remember what it is.
    Based on the headstock, I would say a "Douglas"? It sounds about right to me.
    Anyway, here's a five string bass that looks just like your bass. It's a Hadean bass- (not the 4 string I remember seeing)
    Bass is also neck-thru just like yours.

    http://www.rondomusic.com/eb9705nm.html

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  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Yeah I'd say it's a Douglas for sure.
  11. Bassman Ski

    Bassman Ski Supporting Member

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    Again, another reason why I love this place. The collective knowledge of this site is unreal.
  12. awilkie84

    awilkie84 Supporting Member

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    That's exactly what it is. You can see the D that was sanded off on the headstock
  13. mcnach

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    But the neck markers are different.
    Yet, it does seem identical otherwise
  14. gary m

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    Yes...a Douglas. Rondo's stock often seems to play "mix n' match" with parts and designs. Regardless, that's a nice looking instrument.
  15. Arkazail

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    Wow, that looks just like her o_0 Only thing missing is the offset inlays, but mine could be an older model or something, but regardless, it's near identical. I'm tempted to order the 5-string now, if that's what my bass is, the thing is absolutely phenomenal for the price and I'd recommend it a lot. I took her to get set up and to get a minor wiring issue fixed, and the guy who worked on it (who is a trained luthier and is certified by Ibanez,, Fender,, and Ernie Ball) was pretty blown away with it.
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  17. Dug2

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    yer right, thats it. ignore my ibanez post
  18. Arkazail

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    I literally tried to order the 5-string on impulse, but apparently they aren't in production anymore. Regardless, this bass is wonderful, and the stock pickups are shockingly good, they sound almost the same as a MM stingray
  19. AndyW83

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    Whatever it is I'd say it looks like a great deal for $125.
  20. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic

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    Agreed.
  21. Maxdusty

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    +1... very nice looking bass. Great buy! :)
    Congrats op!

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