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Can anyone identify this old Japanese bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ronin614, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. ronin614


    May 15, 2008
    Saw this in a secondhand shop today and I have no idea what it is. It plays pretty well. It has a narrow neck and there are no identifying marks on it They're asking $400.
    Thanks for any input.

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  2. ronin614


    May 15, 2008
    More pics

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  3. ronin614


    May 15, 2008
    And one more because I can't seem to uploa more that one picture at a time.

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  5. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play...

    Dec 24, 2005
    Looks like something out of a '70s department store catalog...not worth $400.
  6. knigel

    knigel Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Somerville, NJ
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
    Zim Gar (or ZimGar) is the brand, so if you google that it might help. There's some stuff out there, but it looks like it was a NY company importing Japanese guitars (and drums? Lots of drum info for some reason).
  7. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    $140, maybe. $40, yes. Not great, and only kinda terrible in a sad but harmless way. Save your money unless you have a nostalgic need for your long lost childhood bass.
  8. ronin614


    May 15, 2008
    Saw the zimgar but thought it was just something put there by a kid. Called the guy to tell him what it was and he said he's sticking at $400. Unless he finds a sucker, he's going to have that for a LONG time.
    Thanks for the input folks.
  9. Not sure about the brand but I'm certain there are one too many zero's in the price! You can find those no name 60's-70's Japanese basses on CL and other places for under $100 frequently.
  10. I lost out on a single-pickup version of this today because I got distracted and forgot to monitor the eBay auction. RBS started a thread on a similar bass a few days ago.

    This bass, with no issues, in 2014, I would say might be worth $150. $400? No way!

    Most folks would say this is a Teisco, but there is some speculation that this particular type of Teisco was made by Kawai. These instruments saw their highest profile in the
    mid-sixties; seventies gets us into the lawsuit era instruments.

    Let's just agree to identify all such instruments as these as "badged" Japanese basses. I have a bass identical to this one in every way, except where this bass says Zim Gar
    mine says Encore.
  11. I had an identical bass- gave it to a bud as it had a broken headstock(you could see thought the crack/split). It was actually playable- just barely- but I was afraid to touch the neck or HS for fear it would disintegrate. Beyond that, it seemed poorly constructed. I don't mind a cheapo as long as it plays fairly well, but this one was nothing special
  12. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    It looks pretty much like a Teisco.
  13. GregT


    Jan 29, 2012
    Southwest Missouri
    Some Decca basses had those same pickups and rocker switches.