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Cool 60's basses (OTHER than main-stream brands)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JIO, Jun 7, 2018.


  1. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    So, there may be various threads that bump up against this one but here's what I'd like to more specifically do here.

    What I'd like to do is start the ball rolling to create a reference library of sorts that covers non-mainstream brands . So not Fender, Gibson, Ric, Gretsch, Guild, Vox, etc. They can be from various parts of the globe like Japan, Germany, the US, Russia, England or Italy with an emphasis on the electric guitar/bass boom that went into high gear once the Ventures and Beatles inspired young people to learn to play electric guitar. ('62-'64) Basses that were created in the late 50's can be posted but I want to avoid the 70's as many non-mainstream brands started becoming mainstream then and started making direct copies of Fenders etc moving away from more unique designs, which is what I'm hoping for here.

    Here's a few examples to set the visual tone for this thread - please feel free to post basses that fit within the overview I've laid out. Pics can be of basses from your own collection or culled from an on-line/book source.

    stgeorge-1.
    St George - Japan
    TeiiscoAuditionbass.
    Silvertone - Japan
    60s.Egmond.Typhoon.2V.bass.a1.
    Egmond - Canada
    73-Coral-Wasp.
    Coral - (Dano) US
    s-l1600-14.
    Framus - Germany
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    Meazzi - Italy
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    Teisco - Japan
    Unknown-6.
    Guyatone - Japan
    TeiscoDelRay.
    Teisco (Baritone) - Japan
     
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  2. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
  3. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    Here's my contribution to this thread.

    Canora mid 60's (Japan)
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    Kent 743 late 60's (Japan)
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    Kent 833 late 60's (Japan)
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    Kawai T2B and Raven ETPB302 both late 60's (Japan)
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    Klira Twen Stars (162 & 356) mid 60's (West Germany)
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  4. winterburn69

    winterburn69

    Jan 27, 2008
    Saskatchewan
    Eko 995.

    Somewhat famously played by Les Claypool and Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

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  5. Definitely an import-bass skew here. Let's add a few domestic brews.

    Buy-VINTAGE-STANDEL-400S-BASS-GUITAR-SUNBURST.-EXTREMELY-RARE-with-case.
    Standel 400S

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    Multivox Marvel and Magnatone Mark VI (late 50s)

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    Kapa Continental

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    Supro violin bass(es)

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    Probably the first Precision bass copy ever
    (Teisco, mid-sixties, although the earliest iterations
    can be traced back to 1960 (i.e., very late 50s)
     
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  6. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear

    Mar 23, 2005
    Wisconsin
    Very first bass guitar I bought new, in 1973. A 1960s Norma short scale bass. Cool? I don't really think so but it is what it is, a Japanese Teisco. IMG_3539.JPG
     
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  7. garp

    garp

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    I almost bought a Yamaha SB several years ago, but chickened out at the eleventh hour.

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  8. Main.
    National N850

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    Custom Kraft Bone-Buzzer
     
  9. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    I had a Kay 5925 like this for several years and gigged it a lot. Not simply a weirdo, a good sounding and playing short scale. Lots of ‘character’ yet compared favorably to my P bass.

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  10. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    That's what I'm talking' bout! Thanks for posting! :thumbsup:
     
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  11. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Yes! :thumbsup: It's true the numbers of mostly Japanese examples far outnumber all others produced then but there were examples like the ones you posted that definitely fit-the-bill.
     
  12. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    This is where I go to research old weird guitars:
    Guitars
     
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  13. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Definitely a 60's vibe carryover - I do think these basses are cool, some more than others but cool none-the-less. By cool I mean different, sometimes a bit quirky and fun. As they were mostly geared to a new, young player - the 'fun' aspect was explored more than the 'professional' instruments they were riffing off of design-wise. The "Norma" hs lettering alone says "fun" with it's musical note references, compared to "Fender" or "Gibson" which were more conservative in their character. The body and pickguard shapes were also more cartoon-like/exaggerated. Back then whenever a guitar appeared in a cartoon (a lot) it looked like these guitars.
     
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  14. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Love the "Bone Buzzer" ! :thumbsup:
     
  15. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Such a cool bass! :cool: Interesting that the seperate "K" part of the badge is upside down.
     
  16. Based on a stand-up side by side comparison, that Bone Buzzer is longer than a Gretsch 6070. But much more trim.
     
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  17. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Wow! :jawdrop: That's an amazing collection of coolness! Really nice pics and vids - what a treasure-trove :thumbsup: Thanks for posting this link!
     
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  18. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    It's definitely one that has been on my radar :thumbsup:
     
  19. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    That's just an imperfection on this bass, I'm sure. Mine (white with cool black binding around the body) didn't have that inverted "K."
     
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  20. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Oh I figured it dis-attached at one point and was re-applied that way for whatever reason :) Any pics of yours? Sounds cool! The green w/cream binding and black pg is pretty nice!
     

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