Identifying my Bass Collection guitar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wouterh, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Wouterh


    Apr 13, 2012
    Hi there!

    A long time ago I played the bass (best instrument there is!) and I wanted some more information on the guitar I used.
    It's a Bass Collection by SGC Nanyo, but that's about as far as my knowledge goes..

    Is there anyone that can help me with some information on my guitar? All I have is two pictures, which I hope would be enough!

    Thank you!

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  2. iuserneim


    Feb 7, 2009
    these look very similar to the tune bass maniac basses...

    is there something in common ?

    what price range are these basses ?
  3. That fb group might be your best bet. In a way, they all "kind of look like an SB301."

    IMO, I'd think it's a higher model. SB301s have opaque paint. I see grain there. The lettering on the cavity cover looks nicer too.
  4. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
  5. iuserneim


    Feb 7, 2009

    so it seems, that what used to be TUNE in japan, became bass collection in korea, latter being renamed to TUNE later.

    can somebody confirm that ?
  6. I don't think you'll find any definitive information to say that. You'll definitely find where someone said that or something like that in a post somewhere. It seems to be more speculative than anything else. The idea apparently comes from the fact that he Bass Collection basses share some contours with the Tune Bass Maniac and there's a timeline that can be referred to without any detail. They looks somewhat similar but are hardly identical.

    The Bass Collection line was produced by SGC Nanyo from the early 80s to the early 90s. The Bass Maniac was first produced in 1984. That timeline really doesn't work for the Tune story...or the idea that the SB is a "knockoff" of the Bass Maniac.

    The Bass Collection series is still being made by a small British company and they are still sold their. They don't seem to be exported (possibly beyond the old person here or their getting one shipped).

    Edit - I found them being sold by a company in England when I was selling my SB301 a couple of years ago. I can't find it now. They must have stopped making them too.

    Edit Edit - I think this was it, but the site isn't the same one I remember
  7. iuserneim


    Feb 7, 2009
    seems legit. and still, the SB and the bass maniac have the same body contours, the headstock is not the same, but it's obviously the same idea (keeping it small, with the tuning machines as close as possible).

    anyway, just tried to find out what that bass collection and tune thing is all about.

    as far as i know, a company called rondo and also SX produced the SB bass...
  8. earthriser


    Oct 26, 2015
    You do not have an SB301 . . . it is an SB501. The difference is that the SB301 has a rosewood fingerboard but the SB501 has an ebony fingerboard (yours is black, correct?). I have the exact same bass from 1987. Black lacquered body, black hardware, black fingerboard, active electronics with SGC pups. 93b4f6f5-ca7d-4887-9071-31081f7e22bb.JPG
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  9. Animato


    Oct 30, 2015
    Hey everyone,

    Nice thread !
    I was especially looking for one of these babies, but in left-handed version.
    I unfortunately couldn't find anything on the past few months :( Would anyone recommend a place / channel to find this great instrument ?

    Thanks a lot in advance to all :)
  10. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yes, I'm not clear on the legal connection, but at least some Bass Collections are (licensed?) copies of the Tune Bass Maniac. And then BC further licensed it to SX. I have one real Tune, a couple of BCs, and a couple of the SX clones. All great basses for their price points. I love the shape. Don't know if there were ever lefties though.
  11. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Now at Bass Collection Speakeasy as the "Speakeasy". What an unfortunate model name. :( Still good looking basses, though, don't know how the quality compares to the others, but yet another descendant.
  12. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    I turned my 301 into a lefty with a jig saw.
    Also defeated it.
    Great basses they are

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  13. Animato


    Oct 30, 2015
    These Speakeasy models look great as well ! I only some of them were lefties ! Unfaaiirrrr...