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Headless Neck Thru Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stuartmcintosh, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. stuartmcintosh


    Sep 6, 2012
    I'm looking for help identifying an old headless, fretless, neck thru Bass.

    The owner is interested in trading it for some old equipment of little value to me, so I'm unconcerned about what it's worth. I just really want to know what it is!

    Late 70's? MIJ? It's clearly had some cosmetic surgery over the years.


  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Probably mid-80's rather than 70's. That's when everybody was trying to cash in on the headless craze.

    Looks like it had a bridge humbucker at one point?

    The position of the tuners and strap buttons makes me want to say Kramer, but I think all their headless basses at the time had bolt on aluminum necks and chrome hardware, not multi-lam thru bodies and brass.

    I've never seen a bridge like that, with a plate that goes back to the tuner holes.
  3. Mark4


    Oct 21, 2007
    Whatever it is, I like it!
  4. nixdad

    nixdad Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Looks like it could be a custom, one-off to me.
    I came into contact with most of what was available in headless basses from around the world at the time, and it doesn't look like anything I've ever seen.
  5. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
  6. Heavens! Is that a ramp behind the pickups?
  7. Audere

    Audere Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 7, 2005
    South Beach, OR
    Owner: Audere Audio
  8. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    I wonder if it might be one of Harry Fleishman's earlier builds? I've seen that kind of integrated bridge/tailpiece assembly, hand-shaped to the contour of the bass, on several of his.
  9. Arnie


    May 14, 2005
    Kingston, NY
    if that wood blank is wide enough maybe it was a kramer type setup p-bass reverse p-bass layout.