Hello fellow Talk Bassers! I bought this awful looking violin bass back in the late 80s at a pawn shop. It was covered with peel and paste-on stickers and the finish had that type residue on the parts that weren't covered. Anyway, I bought it thinking I'd just hang it on the wall for decoration, but when I got home, I took all the stickers off and smeared the whole bass with lemon oil and stuck it in a case for a week. To my surprise it cleaned up really well and didn't look new, but it turned out to be a pretty bass. When inspecting the neck, I took the screw plate off and it had been installed backwards. The correct side is stamped "Made In Japan". The headstock of the guitar doesn't say a brand name. With some work, it actually sounded pretty good and I used it for years. Not exactly a Hofner, but the sound wasn't that far off either, and the neck is surprisingly strong considering how thin it is. (I've played a Hofner and the Hofner neck is thicker) WHO MANUFACTURED THIS BASS??? ANYONE KNOW??