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Help with a vintage violin bass wiring!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jackson_pollock, Jun 27, 2017.

  1. jackson_pollock


    Jun 27, 2017
    Hi, first of all nice to meet you guys , I'm Davide; this is my first post here. I'm really puzzled and I need some help (please)!
    I've bought an unknown italian violin bass ('60s maybe),the tone pot is missing and the image shows what is left. What bothers me is the identical value of the 2 free capacitors, was it a pot or a selector? Do I really need to restore the original wiring? There's also a resistor on the neck pickup and a capacitor on the bridge: does it make sense to you?
    violin bass wiring.png
    Any help would be appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!
  2. jackson_pollock


    Jun 27, 2017
    Here's the baby, if it can help! (I still have to clean the glue used to repair the cracks on top body)
  3. Stempelloos


    Nov 3, 2008
    Hi Davide,

    That project you've got there looks a bit like a 'Rayson' to me:
    Welson Violin-Shaped monstruosities - Fetishguitars.com

    But not exactly.

    About your questions, it's possible that there were two capacitors on 1 pot.
    It's also possible that they were on some kind of switch. So I guess you need to find out more about the maker of your bass. And than compare it with similar models.

    First thing I'd do is to check if the pickups are still functional.
    And move on from there.

    If you want the bass to sound like it was built, you need to restore the original wiring.
    If you just want it to be audible, you can make something up by copying another 2 pickup, volume - tone - switch, bass wiring.

    A capacitor on the bridge sound odd to me, resistors between pickup and switch or pot are more or less common in Italian sixties guitars and basses.

    Good luck with the restoration.

    Crucianelli violin shaped - Fetishguitars.com


    Bartolini violin bass - Fetishguitars.com

    And a few other ones that show some resemblance.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2017
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