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Help me ID this mystery bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by godofthunder59, Nov 3, 2013.


  1. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    This came into a local store on trade, pretty cool early 60's no name bass. It kind of reminds me of something Harmony or Kay may have made but so far I can't find anything like it. It still has the music store sticker on the headstock but no brand. The pickup is dead :( The tail piece is a modified mandolin tailpiece..............weird. Any help in ID ing it and the value would be appreciated. MysterybassHOG004_zpsa5dac99c. MysterybassHOG005_zps61862116. MysterybassHOG006_zps5229f223. MysterybassHOG001_zpsfb9c3cd9. MysterybassHOG003_zps3d46f832.
     
  2. fretno

    fretno

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    guessing , Kay or Silvertone
     
  3. OneAri

    OneAri

    Jan 1, 2013
    Brighton, UK
  4. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    We have a Winner! It's a Multivox, Taylor Belling of Norton guitars ID it
     
  5. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    I think it might be a 1950's "Marvel", indeed made by Multivox of N.Y., who also made Premier. Here are pics of a similar-looking guitar:

    1185606marvel_a. 7511291marvel_b.
     
  6. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Thanks I already saw that guitar on Reverb.
     
  7. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Well I was able to buy this thing, wasn't really planning on it but I couldn't pass up a chance to own a 1950's USA made bass. The pickup is dead, a generous friend is going to rewind it for me. I need flat would strings with no winding, long or extra long scale any ideas?
     
  8. jakelly

    jakelly

    Nov 8, 2009
    Try reheating the solder connections on the bobbin of the pickup, if it is made that way. This can sometimes bring a dead pickup back to life.

    That bass is way cool. The early days for sure.
     
  9. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I am assuming the pup is open, before I do anything drastic I'll check out the connections, pots and jacks.
     
  10. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Super cool bass
     

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