Yet another German bass ID (please)

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by BenBoylan, Dec 2, 2012.


  1. BenBoylan

    BenBoylan

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    I am considering purchasing a German bass whose identify is unclear. My luthier, who has worked on the bass, believes it is a 1920s Wilfer.

    The bass has carved top and sides and flat laminate back.

    Any insights or educated guesses would be appreciated. Please see pix. It is a very nice playing bass and would be a real upgrade for me.

    thanks

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  2. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    Personally, I think who made it is completely immaterial. If the bass speaks to you and is ready to take you further on your musical journey, its a good bass for you.

    That said, I don't think its a Wilfer. The pix are kindly small, but the heel/button looks to be taller than the typical Wilfer shape. There's something bothering me about the shape too, but it could simply be the angled presentation making the lower bout appear too square...

    Do you have any pix with the light on the same side as the camera? Any close-ups of the heel/button/scroll/pegbox?
  3. BenBoylan

    BenBoylan

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    Jake - you're completely correct about the provenance question. I'm new on TB and so appear to limited to two picture uploads. I could send a couple of other pics via e-mail.
  4. Thumpie

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    It's pretty.
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  6. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    Go right ahead and send me pix - I love basses! ;)

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