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Can someone ID my bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by neufutur, Apr 11, 2004.


  1. neufutur

    neufutur

    Apr 11, 2004
    Hey all, I'm James. I've been playing bass for about 6 years, and have had the same bass since I've started. I picked up cheaply from one of my father's co-workers, and I've never had any idea what make, model, or even when this bass was made. Can anyone give me any idea what I have on my hands? Oh, and before gets me on it, I did reverse the winding on the E. Heh.

    <img src="http://www.neufutur.com/bass.jpg">
     
  2. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    looks like a tiesco to me. Those are kinda collectible. How do you like it?
     
  3. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I agree, I doubt anybody else made a headstock like that! It's spelled Teisco.

    Looks like a '65 NB-4. Found it here http://www.teiscotwangers.com/
     
  4. neufutur

    neufutur

    Apr 11, 2004
    Well, the bass has a wonderful sound, but it is pretty heavy, and the strings are fairly far off the neck. I actually cant move them any closer to the neck, as would be my preference. Otherwise, I do like the bass. I've just bought a cheap Washburn to play in my band, but we'll just have to see which one sounds better.

    Thanks again for the information. If I were to part with it, would eBay be the best choice for selling?
     
  5. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    Whoa! Crazy looking bass! Is that a short scale?

    Looks incredibly neat. Try and get the truss rod adjusted, that might be the problem for the action thing.
     
  6. neufutur

    neufutur

    Apr 11, 2004
    I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with the "official" lingo. I'm just a dirty punk kid. What is a short scale?Thank you though for the look.

    I'm actually going to throw it on ebay here in a few minutes, and hopefully get enough proceeds from it to get a good bass amp.
     
  7. neufutur

    neufutur

    Apr 11, 2004
    Okay, I've put the bass up for auction on eBay. I'm hoping I get a decent value out of it so I can pick up a good, high-powered Crate Amp!

    The link, if anyone is interested, is at :
    <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3717379970">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3717379970</a> .

    Thank you all for so much information about my bass!
     
  8. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    if you get much out of that bass id suggest a nice little ampeg combo. You could get sumthing with a 15 in it with around 100 watts. Ive never had a ampeg combo but ive played a few and i was impressed. Ive had really really bad luck with crate stuff shorting out and things like that alot. I have one of the nicest crate guitar amps and its always in the shop.
     
  9. neufutur

    neufutur

    Apr 11, 2004
    Thanks, man, I'll definitely keep it in mind.

    My band does a lot of punk music that needs a strong bass presence, so something that is cheap and loud would probably be the best for me. My old Crate Amp (60w), I think, was jacked by my douchebag drummer, so I've been playing a small practice amp lately and bumming stuff off of other bands for shows.
     
  10. He must be a @#$% good drummer if he can make DB's sound good ;) Now if he could only figure out a way to tune his maxis.

    Right on with the ampeg combo suggestion... Also maybe look into GallienKruger combos. There's some beefy one's out there and they're very affordable. IMO, avoid fender, laney, and hartke as they all either are overpriced or just inferior quality. My experiences with hartke's b90 have been that it sounds horrible and tends to break SUPER easily.
    Well that's my 2cents worth.

    Peace. :smug:
     
  11. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I second checking the truss rod. Can you not adjust the bridge because it is bottomed out? Or is it non-adjustable. Could you post a couple of pictures of the bridge? Teisco made some wacky guitars.

    As for selling, I would first get in touch with some of the Teisco collectors sites. Get an idea of what it is worth and let them know you are selling it. Also, if it is worth something (and I'll bet it is) set a reserve. You don't want to sell it on ebay, have none of the collectors notice and somebody buys it for $85.
     
  12. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    I agree if this is a collectors bass there are a few nuts out there who would sell their nuts for this nuts.....eeee bass;)
     
  13. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    Short-scale is the length from the nut to the...saddle, correct? Anyway, regular scale is actually called longscale, and it's 34". Extra-longscale is 35" and up, and short scale is *usually* 32" and down.

    But yeah, I totally agree with the suggestion on Ampegs. They're fantastic little amps, and sound much bigger than they actually are. I'm also going to put forward a suggestion to try out Yorkvilles, especially the XM100, 200, and 400's. They're fantastic amps, GREAT warranty, and at very reasonable costs.
     
  14. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland

    Actually 30" and down is considered short scale and 32" is considered medium scale....according to most people I think.
     
  15. neufutur

    neufutur

    Apr 11, 2004
    The bridge is bottomed out. I'll try to get a picture here soon, and what I may do is just put a reserve on it (if I still can do that). I bought the bass cheaply, so as I look at it, whatever I can get out of it (provided its more than I paid) is a good thing.

    I'm not greedy. As long as someone likes it, I'm fine if it sells for $85.