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Can YOU identify my new bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ouchmybeard, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. ouchmybeard


    Apr 2, 2014
    Hey forum,

    Got this locally of CL and can't nail down what I have.

    Short scale offset/jaguar like...
    I think its possibly soviet? Maybe I'm way off....
    heres a few shots of it

  2. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    I'd guess it was something Russian, or eastern bloc.
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  4. JH Statts

    JH Statts

    Jan 17, 2014
    Looks cool. How does it sound?
  5. The Eristic

    The Eristic Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2005
    Cartersville, GA
    I'd think German, Klira, Framus (body shape is right, neck plate + screws are wrong), et cetera, or nearby. Looks too well-made to be Russian or from the majority of the other Eastern Bloc countries from the time period. Those things are usually frightening.
  6. benthughes

    benthughes Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2005
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    Definitely a 4 string.
  7. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Looks to me more like an early Japanese bass.
  8. GretschBassist


    Nov 11, 2012
  9. PortlandBass77

    PortlandBass77 Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2013
    Portland, OR
    Definitely 1960's Japanese bass.
  10. oerk


    Oct 16, 2009
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Here is a Klira Star Club guitar your bass looks cool congrats I'm curious as to how it sounds

  13. Bisounourse


    Jun 21, 2012
    Gent, Belgium
    Definitely not Framus; Framuses aren't as rounded out on the bottom, have different pups, and the headstock in the OP's bass is too small for a Framus (I think they're even bigger than a Fender Pbass headstock, and that of a shortscale bass).

    Could be a Klira ((Western-)Germany), or an Egmond (The Netherlands).
  14. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    German, certainly. My guess would be a Hopf "Telstar" series model.

    EDIT: It turns out the Hopf Telstar is rare, even in Germany. There are some good pics of the guitars to compare with, but not really of the bass. Still, the shape, the slanted controls and other appointments convince me that's what it is.
  15. ouchmybeard


    Apr 2, 2014
    I think you are correct I just discovered these this morning...a twisty perhaps?
  16. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003