Fender Katana Bass is Back!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CowHead, Jul 14, 2021.

  1. CowHead


    Sep 2, 2016
    As a signature model for Japanese Bass player Hama Okamoto from Okamoto's.
    It seems like that it is sold only for Japan? Street price is 143,550 Yen = $1305.

    Hama Okamoto Fender® Katana Bass | Electric Basses


    Watch the Bass in action.
    Okamoto's - Young Japanese
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  2. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    And people say Fender never does anything new!
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  3. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Oh really?
    /edit/what a lovely bass/edit]
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  4. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    The pick guard is new.
  5. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    And overpriced P bass, just pointy. How avant-garde.
  6. I don't hate it, but it looks like a balance nightmare.
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  7. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    It is. I worked for one of the few places in the states that had these back in 1985. You gotta be really determined to play one for even one song. Nightmare standing up, can't be played sitting down. We ended up selling the three guitars and one bass all at cost as I recall.

    The originals did NOT have pickguards.
  8. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    the pink one!
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  9. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    Was just gonna reply the same.

    Looks cool, looks horrible to play. Strap button on back near neck pocket? Balance will be bad and bass will want to tip away from your body.
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  10. In the video he rests his right elbow on the rear horn while plucking. I really can't see any other way to play it.
  11. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    Well, my right arm doesn't touch any part of the bass when I pluck. Thumb on pickup. Arm off body.

    I am willing to guess arm on body to keep it from tilting away.

    Looks cool though.
  12. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
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  13. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Unfinished headstock, weird pickguard, bridge cover...only thing missing is an Antigua or Sunburst finish to make it this year's answer to a question no one was asking.
  14. Real Soon

    Real Soon

    Aug 15, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Mount a 1lb weight near the tail to make it balance somewhat decently (and/or go Ultralite on the tuners) and you might have a good player. I wouldn't mind the tuners being placed slightly farther out, either.

    I also wouldn't mind it coming standard with a detachable mount on the lower horn to create a leg-friendly bout.

    But hey, people play Rickenbackers, so we know comfort is secondary to a lot of musicians
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  15. Gothic


    Apr 13, 2008
    Headstock's ghastly. I dig the body but not with that pickguard and bridge cover.
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  16. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    Needs a strap pin extension a la the Steinberger Spirits and other Woodbergers, or the NS Stick (pictured). About $10 if you're moderately handy.

  17. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    Cool band, cool bass. Not my style, but I dig it.
  18. Adienn7


    Jan 26, 2007
    the whole bass design needs inverted end pin relocated and it'd cooler.. looks easy to make all straight edges
  19. Lenny JG

    Lenny JG

    Aug 3, 2019
    The pickguard is what keeps the new model balanced
  20. Evilheim


    Dec 27, 2017
    Madrid, Spain
    Not my personal taste but I have to admit that it looks really cool. Another thing have to say is that almost 99% of japanese's artist series guitars and basses are just made for the local japanese market (there are tons of cool ESP japanese artist series sold just in Japan, fo example), I think just because most of the Japanese music is heard mainly just in Japan, while even the biggest bands still mainly unknown outside, like X-Japan, Buck-Tick or even A Man With A Mission (it's generally said that Japanese musical industry is kind of a "parallel world" compared to western musical industry, kind of a local market but with a huge musical industry's infrastructure). I can tell more or less just because I'm those kinds of "gaijin bastards" that hear tons of Japanese bands.
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