How old is this bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Doug D, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. just got my next restoration project and was wondering if any of you could narrow down the age of it?

    it's a 3/4 size, flatback w/ the upper bout 45degree bevel/angle....

    and inside, has repair notes dating back to the 40's....

    I'll try to include a picture of the tuners which should help.

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  2. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    Don't know about age but that scroll looks like it's carved from OAK!
  3. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    Those hat pegs are pretty cool... Anymore pictures?
  4. yeah... the grain of the wood does have an odd fleck to it....but I wonder if its a european maple or even beach?

    the tuners are like some other hat pegs Ive seen but these dont have wooden pegs with knobs. just steel shafts that are flat just past the gear. with brass plates where they mount to the scroll.

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  5. MostlyBass


    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    We need high resolution pictures of more of the instrument. Especially where the label would be inside.
  6. yeah I know thats a crummy pic. but all I had on my phone.

    and no label or trace of one.

    I'll take some better shots and post.
  7. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    The Czech basses that I've seen like this have been from pre-WWII. String length vs. body dimensions might help solve the puzzle. String lengths well beyond 42" on a conventional 3/4 size will lead you to an earlier build date. The prominent ray flecking figure on the neck is pretty common to these basses. Fun stuff!