Did they also make basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MEKer, Oct 11, 2017.


  1. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    Check out this FRESHER guitar, model FFD-100,with built-in effects. It is MIJ, probably 1970's (??).

    Anyone ever see a FRESHER bass?
    Completely new name to me.
    Fresher FFD-100 gtr.
     
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  2. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    I think the FD stands for 'Federal Defense'... they were equipped with an optional 2-key launch system, during the cold war... extra roadie was of course... extra...
     
  3. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    oops-----just corrected the model name...it is FFD-100...not FD...my bad.
     
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  4. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    @MEKer, it's probably best I don't I don't offer up the other 'F'...
     
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  5. Mark76

    Mark76

    Dec 1, 2015
    Leicester
  6. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    NET
    Indeed they exist:

    7505971Fresher_P_hs.

    Michael Wright writes:

    The Fresher story begins back in 1973 when Fresher guitars were introduced by the Kyowa Company, Ltd., of Nagoya. ...
    Kyowa was primarily a trading company, importing products and developing some musical instruments. ...
    Fresher guitars were built by the Matsumoto Musical Instrument Manufacturers' Association, a consortium of suppliers
    in the Matsumoto region. This organization, by the way, did not include either Fujigen Gakki or Matsumoku, the area's
    more famous manufacturers.

    Other sources indicate that Fresher basses were mainly built by Chushin Gakki.

    ED: But if you're interested in the onboard effects, Fresher basses didn't have them. For that you'd want to investigate
    Tombo and their brands, like Asama, Belamy, Condor, maybe others.

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  7. J Wilson

    J Wilson

    Feb 18, 2017
    none
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  8. DirkP

    DirkP

    Jan 18, 2013
    Hamburg, Germany
    A bit of a Thunderbird and a bit of Vox guitar.
    But maybe a bit more userfriendly than:

    vox-guitar-organ.
     
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  9. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    Thanks for this information. All I can say is just plain WOW!
     
  10. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    And for this..another WOW with an OMG! on the Vox.
     
  11. HaphAsSard

    HaphAsSard

    Dec 1, 2013
    Italia
    In fairness that's a Vox Guitar Organ, the concept called for more knobs than a "simple" active guitar with onboard EQ and/or FX. :) But yeah, userfriendly the Vox looks not.
    Vox (musical equipment) - Wikipedia
    Guitorgan - Wikipedia
     
  12. I've never seen a Fresher bass hanging on the walls of a music store but have seen plenty of stale ones :ninja:.
     
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  13. DirkP

    DirkP

    Jan 18, 2013
    Hamburg, Germany
    Yes, I was unfair. This is how a Vox guitar looks with just inbuild effects and no organ:

    VoxPhantomVISpecial-A_zpsabfb4941.

    Looked so cool, when Ian Curtis played it.
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  14. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Vox-Phantom-XII-Stereo-1200_0256.
    Photograph Copyright © SAW 2011 All rights reserved.
     
  15. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    They do produce some truly demented but nonetheless awesome music gear over there. That Fresher is MY kind of crazy! :thumbsup:

    As many have observed:

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  16. Ellery

    Ellery

    Mar 25, 2015
    What a trip! :woot:
    Thanks for posting!
     
  17. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Never mind the female with the garden hose feeding tube... I'm more concerned with Tennessee Tuxedo dropping a deuce, shaped like Big Bird's Cheeto shaped tail...
     
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  18. HaphAsSard

    HaphAsSard

    Dec 1, 2013
    Italia
    There! Much better... :smug: