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What bass is this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by melodiaopus, Jul 17, 2013.


  1. melodiaopus

    melodiaopus Supporting Member

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    I got this out of a dead uncles house and I have no idea what it is. Any vintage or bass historians out there? ImageUploadedByTalkBass1374094415.277915.jpg
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  2. melodiaopus

    melodiaopus Supporting Member

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  6. TolerancEJ

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    Sorry, I cannot identify it, but it looks like it certainly has character. Have you plugged it in to see if it works?
     
  7. fishtx

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    Looks like an old Burn's Bass...not positive though...
     
  8. TolerancEJ

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    Sometimes manufacturers include additional information inside the bolt-on neck pocket.
     
  9. fishtx

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  10. melodiaopus

    melodiaopus Supporting Member

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    Yeah. I'm completely stumped. I don't feel 100% comfortable taking the neck off and finding out what it might be.
     
  11. TolerancEJ

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  12. Groove Doctor

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    I have a very similar looking bass made by brand Challenge. Very little info but Japanese plants put many different brands on the instruments they produced then depending on country and importer. (I'm in Aus).

    Mine has identical switches and that kamikaze bridge. Thin body but extra thick neck. It caused me arm/wrist pain so it sits in my garage now.
     
  13. tmdazed

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    yeah looks like the old Sears silvertone i had years back too , its a teisco made. They also had a line of guitars almost identical as well
     
  14. billiam5billion

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    Dead Uncle's House is a great name for a band.
     
  15. melodiaopus

    melodiaopus Supporting Member

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    Haha, yeah. There is a band called Dutch Uncle's that are amazing with an amazing bassist.
     
  16. melodiaopus

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    Anyone know what kind of upgrades I could do to this bass? Pickups, bridge, and tuner pegs?

    I might even want to put active electronics in this beast.
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  17. melodiaopus

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    Anyone know what kind of pickups are in these Conrad Tiesco basses? I want to upgrade these bad boys.
     
  18. JimmyM

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    Upgrade? HOW DARE YOU!!!

    :D

    But seriously, don't touch a thing on that beautiful work of art! If the pickups are microphonic or something, just have them repotted. Appreciate that bass for what it is and don't try to make it something it's not and will never be, and you will be rewarded with unique and cool tones.
     
  19. melodiaopus

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    @jimmyM: not a bad idea. I have no idea if the bass works. I pulled it apart to see what I was looking at and pulled the ground wire from the jack! So, I have no idea how to solder and feel that the bass is a construction site. It needs a new nut, the nut fell off and I can't find it. The machines need to be replaced as well as the bridge. So, I'll take your word and get it potted and do some light upgrades where it's needed.
     
  20. JimmyM

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    Replace the nut if you have to, but man, that bass has so much character as is that I'd try to leave it as stock as possible. Not that I'm trying to tell you what to do with your own stuff, but if I owned it, that's what I'd do. I'd also get down on the floor and look under every bed and cabinet for the original nut, too ;)
     
  21. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    If you don't know what it is, pretty safe bet it's a Teisco or a cousin.
     

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