Identify this bass guitar - it won't be easy

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ac100X, Jul 25, 2021.

  1. ac100X


    Apr 6, 2003
    Can anyone identify this bass guitar, it's from 1966, the band is "The Untamed" (never heard of them). I Know it looks like a Burns Bison on steroids. Some one off? ....or some European unknown brand? It's not too often I see a bass that I have never seen before.


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  2. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes the tree Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Palm Coast, FL
    Looks like a Burns Bison Bass to me...
  3. ac100X


    Apr 6, 2003
    Yea, I own a reissue. This ones got bigger horns.
    IMG_2816 Bison Cover.JPG
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  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
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  5. wizerd


    Jan 5, 2012
    Prone to ranting, episodes of moral outrage.
    Very early Sire M7
  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    An early prototype of a Sukop bass? :D
  7. This had been today's Bisontennial minute.
  8. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    I think the angle makes it very hard to correctly gauge the size of the horns on that bass. But if you look at the tip of each horn and draw a line from each to the fretboard, you can get a pretty good idea of how it compares to the Burns. I'd say it's a fairly good chance they are one and the same.
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  9. BobKos

    BobKos Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    The pickup looks slanted unlike the Bison bass. But the similarities are there so I'm speculating
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  10. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Not a Bison unless heavily modded. Different pickups, controls, pick guard, headstock and bridge.
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  11. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    Did they make other models? I don't know... just wondering.
  12. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I admit I had to Google Bison bass, and saw different versions, but none like this.
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  13. Weird video... no moshpit, no crowd surfing, what's going on, is everyone sedated?

    On a different point, in the shot of the bass at the end those horns look huge and way bigger than a Burns.
  14. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    that still image in the 1st post makes the neck look very narrow. i bet they had to slant the neck pickup just to get the strings over the pole pieces. perhaps it's a home-brew (a-la brian may) bass based on or inspired by a burns bison?
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  15. Burns Jazz bass had slanted pickups.

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  16. Better shot of the bass in question.

    It's a Burns Jazz :)

    The Untamed.jpg
  17. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    Burns for the win!
  18. The horns look too long for a Burns Jazz in the video...
    I'm betting it's an early 60s Burns Bison which would have had the larger horns and would have been long-scale.
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  19. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Did you watch the video? That is not the same bass.