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Help with bass ID, for please :-)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by widerberg, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Hi, All:

    I'm brand new here, so my apologies if this post doesn't follow protocol. I just won an old (possibly Japanese) bass body on eBay. It's going to be my next project. I would love any information on what it actually is. An old Teisco, perhaps?

    Here are pics from the listing . . .

    Anyone seen anything like this before?

    Many thanks!
  2. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    Looks like a Teisco, particularly the pickguard.
  3. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    Looks exactly like a bass marketed under the Heit name -- it was my first solid body.
  4. Thanks, guys.

    Turock--that's what I thought at first, but then I wasn't so sure as I couldn't find the model in catalogs/old print ads online. Still going to research it, though.

    Lowbrow--very interesting. I'm going to see what I can dig up under that name.

    At the end of the day, I guess it doesn't matter what it is, but I am a bit curious.

  5. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Chrome pick guard = Kingston made by Teisco 67 to 71

  6. GM60466, I think you may have hit it. I did some more digging and found this . . .


    The beast is either a Carvin I-906, made by Teisco and distributed as a Beltone, or a Kingston (also made by Teisco, but distributed as a Kingston). The body shape and pickguard appear to be right on the money, the pickup looks the same, and the pickguard on mine is drilled for a thumb/finger-rest in the same location.

    Thanks for the lead.
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