What Bass is This???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aaamax, Nov 12, 2012.


  1. aaamax

    aaamax

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    Another round of Name That Bass!
    I bought this from a guy who said he got it in a German music store.
    It has no markings what so ever. NOt even the pots have markings!
    It plays and sounds like a boutique bass, BUT, The neck is a one piece maple with what I think is a cheesy (but done correctly, just not boutique standards by any means) laminate to extend the length of the wood stock.
    Passive pickups.
    Painted on F-holes and the over-all paint job is as good as any I've seen (i.e., not homemade).
    Under the blue is what looks like a quilted maple top. But the bass is not that heavy.
    So what the hell is this thing?
    Any idea?

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  2. aaamax

    aaamax

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    A couple of more pics. And the laminate can be seen clearly in pic #1.

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  3. robbotbass

    robbotbass

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    The body shape and headstock has a Washburn type feel to it (my best guess) but to be honest I have NO IDEA!
  4. maxgrant

    maxgrant Bassist in Transition Supporting Member

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    Well, since we ain't namin' it at least tell us: play nice, sound nice?

    It looks delightfully quirky. I wouldn't turn it down, as long as it sounds halfway good. Actually looks kind of Warwick-ish with that really straight upper horn, but not so much the rest, though I am no Warwick expert. Maybe one of those knockoff kit basses or something?

    At any rate, aside from the quirkish looks, clue us in! Is it a good thumper, does it have a fast neck?
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  6. aaamax

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    The thing is a real trip. It has good balance even though it's small bodied.
    I agree with the Warwickish horn. Kind of like their Dolphin in the body. The sound too is German... if that makes sense. Punchy mid, throaty sound.
    I just saw an Ibanez BTB that reminds me a lot of the hardware. Except their necks have a nice laminate going. Maybe this is some kind of evil one-off prototype thing?
  7. aaamax

    aaamax

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    I looked at some of the T series Washburns and yes, it does seem similar. Very, similar. Maybe a one off prototype...
  8. awilkie84

    awilkie84 Supporting Member

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    Wait...are those F-holes painted on!?
  9. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    Yup, if you enlarge the pic you can see the reflection going from the blue paint to the black paint.
  10. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike Supporting Member

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    It's a blue one.
  11. aaamax

    aaamax

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    Yes indeedy! Strange bird indeed. the weirdest is that it is factory done.... somewhere. If it were cheesy paint then I would guess that the bass is a garage done project, but it's not.
  12. SBsoundguy

    SBsoundguy

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    Nice bass but the painted on F holes make me lol hard.
  13. joshpman85

    joshpman85

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    Headstock looks very similar to some cort's out there...
  14. IronLung1986

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    looks like a cross between a warwick infinity and thumb. or dolphin. god only knows where stuff like this comes from!
  15. Profania_bass

    Profania_bass Profanity Fish.

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    Looks like a bastard child of an Infinity and a Thumb, with some freaky neck going on. Custom project I'm guessing :)
  16. aaamax

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    I wish it was German. But I'm leaning towards some Korean factory (ibanez/Samik/Washburn,etc) prototype. It's the neck that is most suspect.
    Does anyone know how often protos are made and then let out of the floor? I wouldn't think that the asian builds would bother selling one offs.
  17. aaamax

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    A December bump for the strange bird.

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