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Czech Flatback Ply

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by WayneDupuis, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. WayneDupuis


    Mar 9, 2014
    Victoria BC
    View attachment 3740519 I recently acquired this Czech bass.
    It plays and sounds terrific with Helicores.
    It's been said to have traveled to BC with Barney Bentall' IMG_20200311_143613.jpg IMG_20200311_143521.jpg IMG_20200311_143437.jpg IMG_20200311_140812.jpg s son and sold to the person I bought it from.
    It was setup by James Hamm.
    Is there any way at all to date this bass?

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  2. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    All that really matters is if it sounds good, plays well, and is structurally solid.
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  3. WayneDupuis


    Mar 9, 2014
    Victoria BC
    Yeah I get that.
    And yes it works well for me.
    Thanks for your perspective.
  4. unbrokenchain

    unbrokenchain Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Black Mountain, NC
    That thing's telling stories.. nice find!
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  5. Strings look like Evahs.
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  6. WayneDupuis


    Mar 9, 2014
    Victoria BC
    Flash changed the color from Green windings.
  7. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
  8. WayneDupuis


    Mar 9, 2014
    Victoria BC
    Not sure but looking at it the bass may have been re-necked at some point. It's flame maple. Could be original I've no idea.
  9. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Still look like evahs. Evahs are green and black (like your photo) helicores are green and a small yellow wrap.

    Nice find i hope you enjoy it!
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  10. LaFaro01


    Aug 27, 2018
    Strings are Evahs for sure... :) Looking to my basses, one stringed with Helicores and one with Evahs, I'm very confident with this ;)
    Congrats to this discovery..:)
  11. Martin Beer

    Martin Beer

    Dec 4, 2004
    Regarding dating, Czechoslovakia existed from 1918-1993, and hatpeg tuners turn up less often in the last several decades of that.
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  12. WayneDupuis


    Mar 9, 2014
    Victoria BC
    I owned a carved Czech bass a while ago, set up by the same two
    I had a closer look and you're right they are green and black. The strings I had saved from my last go around with double bass a few years back. I should tag things.
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  13. WayneDupuis


    Mar 9, 2014
    Victoria BC
  14. eh_train

    eh_train Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 12, 2004
    Owner, Stand Up Guy Basses (Repair/Sell/Buy upright basses)
    Are you still looking for an approximate date on this instrument?

    It's difficult to tell, partly because it seems to have had a coat of something put over the original finish. I often estimate based on the finish and the amount of wear on the instrument. Amount of wear is tricky, though, because you can have a newer bass that has just been ridden hard.

    M. Beer is correct in saying that hat pegs were less common after about 1970. I've seen that shiny tag on basses from the 1960s, so that's my best guess.

    Anyone else have thoughts on this?
  15. WayneDupuis


    Mar 9, 2014
    Victoria BC
    Thanks. Great pseudo name eh train.

  16. Hunkerup


    Oct 17, 2020
    I agree that the strings are very similar to Evans and I've seen them a couple of times.

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