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Help ID a "custom bass"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kumimajava, Feb 2, 2017.


  1. kumimajava

    kumimajava

    May 19, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    During my periodical bass-auction dredge, came across this specimen, and despite searching for a few days, cannot find any clues as to who might have made it.

    It's listed as a "no brand" instrument, made by a craftsman that manufactures instruments under a different label also. I've tried to track down other basses with a similar bridge, or other features, but coming short. Overall, the finishing quality looks decent, so I'm wavering whether this might be "cute looking cheap tat" or rather something worth taking a punt on.

    and hints and/or suggestions most welcome :)

    IMG_20170201_112026. IMG_20170201_112112. IMG_20170201_112150.
     
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  2. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    The only way to find out if it's a player?

    Play it!!!!

    can't say anything else

    may the bass be with you

    Wise(b)ass
     
  3. UNICORN BASS

    UNICORN BASS

    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    No clue who made it but very tasty looking.
     
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I like it. No idea how to find out who made it.
     
  5. kumimajava

    kumimajava

    May 19, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    Apparently electronics and pickups are ESP, so it's local to Japan. Sadly, 17mm bridge spacing, which is too narrow for me - but indeed it looks tasty. A shame :(
     
  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Hmmm. I like narrower spacing. If you're not going to go for it, can I have a link? ;)
     
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  7. kumimajava

    kumimajava

    May 19, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    sure, no problem - I'll PM you the link. The bass is local, though (local = Tokyo :), so not sure whether that still works for you :)
     
  8. Jam Jarman

    Jam Jarman

    Aug 5, 2016
    Bristol
    Why the faux neck through?
     
  9. kumimajava

    kumimajava

    May 19, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    No idea - probably aesthetic preference ;)
     
  10. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yeah, trying to ask the seller if they'll ship, but I can't figure out how to sign up for a Yahoo Japan id, tricky if you don't know the language. ;)
     
  11. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Is it just me or does that ramp appear to just be a flat piece between the pickups?
     
  12. kumimajava

    kumimajava

    May 19, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    Google translate is your friend - if you're using Chrome, it might translate automatically for you :)
     
  13. kumimajava

    kumimajava

    May 19, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    That is what it looks like - but (genuine question - noob here) isn't that roughly what a "ramp" usually is? Should it be shaped differently/angled?
     
  14. johnson79

    johnson79

    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    They are typically radiused to match the shape of the pickups/strings.
     
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  15. johnson79

    johnson79

    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Love the bridge on it. Cool looking bass if it isn't crazy expensive.
     
  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    As @johnson79 pointed out, a typical ramp is radiused to the curve of the finger/fretboard. It prevents you from digging in too far so you can play a little faster with more consistency.
     
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  17. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    At current conversion rates, the current bid is about $550.
     
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  18. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yeah, except there's the pesky "are you a real human" type in text / number from a picture thing - and I can't see how to get translate to work on it.
     
  19. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    And faux single cut...if the neck is just resting on that part instead of being glued or screwed to it, it won't really do what it's supposed to do.
     
  20. FantasticFour

    FantasticFour

    Dec 14, 2013
    Europeland
    If you send me a screenshot I will.
     

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