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SOLD '70s Matsumoku J-Bass - "Carlo Robelli" - KILLER '70s Fender copy

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Keith Guitars, Mar 31, 2009.


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  1. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars, Veillette Guitars
    Hey all,

    Up for sale is a "Carlo Robelli" J-bass copy from the '70s.

    This does NOT have anything to do with the
    current "Carlo Robelli" instruments which are made in China/Vietnam.

    This is a Japan-made J-copy. Cover the headstock and
    it would be indistinguishable from a Fender, except for the "Made in japan" neck plate.

    Specs:
    -Ash body
    -Black with Tort. guard
    -Rosewood FB with BLOCKS AND BINDING:hyper:
    -Original pickups (probably made by ESP, who were making OEM for the Fujigen and Matsumoku factories,
    according to the former ESP Nat'l Sales manager who sold me the bass :) )

    I modified this bass with string-through-body ferrules.
    Other than that it is 100% stock. It can still be strung top-loaded as well.

    This is as good as any 70s Fender J-bass I've played.
    It feels and sounds great, and looks identical to a Fender except for the headstock shape.

    This even has the real Fender-style trussrod detail, not the silly little plastic triangle you see on the Grecos
    and stuff.

    Asking for $425 plus shipping. No trades, please. PayPal ok.

    Have no fear - this is every inch a '70s J-bass, and is at least as good as most Fenders from this era.
    (I've worked on several that weren't close to this nice).
    It's much like the Tokai basses, which are pretty well-known and getting more expensive daily!

    Price includes a very fab-looking fitted case with aluminum piping. One hinge is broken but could be easily fixed.

    I will have pics up in the next day or two. However, this will probably go quick, and it's first-come-first-served.
    If you've seen a black J-bass, you've pretty much seen this bass.
     
  2. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars, Veillette Guitars
    Bump for price drop!

    Seriously, this is a nice bass.
    If you've ever played a Tokai, you know that these Japanese
    basses are just as good as many Fenders from that era.
     
  3. jarrod cunningham

    jarrod cunningham

    Apr 24, 2007
    sylacauga alabama
    spector basses
    pics pics pics
     
  4. steamthief

    steamthief

    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Pics, headstock, pics, case, pics, blocks, please! Cosmetically, 1-10?
     
  5. jzucker

    jzucker

    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    what does it look like?
     
  6. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    As stated before, PICS and also weight?
     
  7. AngelDust

    AngelDust

    Mar 17, 2008
    Elizabeth, NJ
    I have Carlo Robelli jazz bass 1976 sunburst. It's absolutely perfect vintage jazz bass! Heard no difference with fender. It's sounding much better then it's price!

    This is a studio mastered sample of it's sound:
    http://213.186.126.2/~tremor/music/kv_sample.mp3
     
  8. silverburst

    silverburst Commercial User

    Aug 22, 2007
    Los Angeles
    No pics?
     
  9. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars, Veillette Guitars
    Hi all,

    pics are imminent - I'm just waiting for my camera to recharge!

    Weight is in the 9-10 lb. range, I'm guessing - probably closer to 9.

    Condition is what I would consider "fairly clean" for a '70s bass. It's got some pretty standard-issue small dings and whatnot, but nothing major or unpleasant.
    Pics will clarify.

    Check back soon - pics should be up by 1:00 EST.

    Thanks!
    Martin
     
  10. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars, Veillette Guitars
    All right - finally, the pics are together!

    Here goes - enjoy!

    One note - the pickups are actually normal, exposed-pole
    Fender-style pickups. I put a piece of electrical tape
    over them, since the pole edges are a little sharp.
    The tape will peel off without issue and return the bass
    to having 'normal'-looking pickups. Or leave it on, if you
    don't care....

    Cheers,
    Martin
     

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  11. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars, Veillette Guitars
    Back shot and full frontal, including the funky HSC (included).
     

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  12. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars, Veillette Guitars
    Bump!
     
  13. yogadork

    yogadork

    Mar 26, 2008
    I also have a Carlo Robelli Jazz from the seventies. The ones from that era have a true fender headstock shape so this one must be from 82 on post lawsuit. These guitars were originally made for Sam Ash and I remember when they first came out. They were really cool. I had a Byrdland Jazz model of theirs from the era that I sold and still miss.
     

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