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Does anybody here read Japanese?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by daveman, Dec 9, 2016.


  1. daveman

    daveman

    Jan 10, 2008
    No, it's not a trick question. I'm getting the pickups rewound on my mid-70's Ibanez Explorer copy. When I pulled them out, I found some cool and unexpected characters (I assume Japanese since the bass was made there...) painted into the cavities. I would love to know what these say. Anybody? IMG_2825.JPG IMG_2826.JPG IMG_2827.JPG
     
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  2. BassFishingInAmerica

    BassFishingInAmerica

    Jul 24, 2014
    Google has an app. You just point your iPhone camera at the foreign language characters, and it will show the translation. Sorry, I can't remember the name of it.

    Edit: I think it is Translate Photo.
     
  3. fingerguy

    fingerguy

    Aug 2, 2016
    CT
    Tried it and getting nothing.
     
  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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  5. steve_ss

    steve_ss Shiny, let's be bad guys. Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2016
    Southern NJ, USA
    It doesn't look like anything I've seen on a sushi menu. But maybe if you have a sushi place or Asian grocery store near by you can show them a picture and get it translated?
     
  6. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    jiFfM.
     
  7. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Made in U.S.A. :D
     
  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
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  9. D M C

    D M C Oh good god, this again? Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    North America, Earth
    On the threshold of a verge on the brink.
    I read Japanese, I just don't understand it.
     
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  10. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Halethorpe, MD
    "Some foreigner is going to want want this translated" and in the pickup route cavity "All that research for nothing." :laugh:
    Not really, I'm in the same situation as @SitDMC.
     
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  11. daveman

    daveman

    Jan 10, 2008
    I did find a translator app called Yomiwa (for iOS.) It's not working great, perhaps because of the photo quality. The first character might be "Pure". I will keep at it and let you guys know.
     
  12. daveman

    daveman

    Jan 10, 2008
    I was thinking something like, "Do not remove this pickup."
     
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  13. BassFishingInAmerica

    BassFishingInAmerica

    Jul 24, 2014
    That is its biggest flaw. The characters need to printed clearly.
     
  14. daveman

    daveman

    Jan 10, 2008
  15. Joeykun

    Joeykun pronounced ジョーイくん Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Shirley, MA
    Endorsing Artist: GENZ BENZ / SADOWSKY
    @daveman It says or translates to: Production Technique
     
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  16. daveman

    daveman

    Jan 10, 2008
    Awesome. Wonder why they'd put that there.
     
  17. bolophonic

    bolophonic

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    This answer has zero sex appeal.
     
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  18. Joeykun

    Joeykun pronounced ジョーイくん Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Shirley, MA
    Endorsing Artist: GENZ BENZ / SADOWSKY
    2nd photo is upside down. First 2 characters means Production. Second 2 mean Technique. Not sure why it's stamped that but could be during the law suit era with Gibson.
     
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  19. Joeykun

    Joeykun pronounced ジョーイくん Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Shirley, MA
    Endorsing Artist: GENZ BENZ / SADOWSKY
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  20. daveman

    daveman

    Jan 10, 2008
    Very interesting. Thanks. Mine does not have a serial number. I've owned a number of lawsuit era Ibanez basses and this is one of the nicest.
     
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