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Who made this vintage Japanese SG?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mikk, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. mikk

    mikk

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    Hello everyone!

    I'm looking into buying my first bass. I have a great Japanese Les Paul guitar clone made by Burny, so I thought that getting a vintage Japanese bass from 60s/70s would be a good idea. Now, I've found this one. Any idea who made it and if it's any good? I'd appreciate any pointers and suggestions.

    More images: http://imgur.com/a/YYoPd

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  2. danomite64

    danomite64 Supporting Member

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    I have no idea who made the bass, but the bridge and black knob are not original.
  3. ibateur

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    Maybe you can use acetone to take off that black stripe to see who built it. Probably a Matsumoko relative.
  4. tmdazed

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    looks like there's lettering on the truss rod cover , nice looking unit
  5. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    I'd bet on the Matsumoku manufacturer origin, too.

    As for what BRAND it is, could be anything: Kingston, National, Conrad, Teisco, etc.
  6. mikk

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    Thanks! The truss rod cover says "reinforced neck", and the black stripe ibateur mentioned is actually a shadow.

    After some googling I'm afraid it might be an Amena* or something similar; basically a low quality entry level guitar. The cutouts on the body (especially the one under the neck), combined with the simple switches look rather cheapish to me.

    Don't you think?

    *) http://www.jedistar.com/jedistar_vintage_guitar_dating_a1.htm
  7. Musky

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    No idea what it is, but it is definitely 100% not a Matsumoku made bass.

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