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IDing Another German Mystery Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by eriksd, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. eriksd


    Aug 9, 2011
    Hello Everyone,

    I am trying to find information and an idea of the value on this plywood bass. It's. 5/8th bass and was refurbished locally in CT. I traded a custom electric bass for it. It's a nice sound plywood bass with decent volume for its size. Any help you can offer would be great!




  2. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    Not much I can say about value in the US. All I can tell you it's a post war bass from Bavaria, built by an older company that does not exsist anymore.
  3. PatQ


    May 11, 2011
    Siegburg, Germany
    Just tried to Google that company, but even Google doesn't find anything. Since it is "Made in Western Germany" that must have been before 1989.
  4. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    Let's get even closer.

    "Western Germany" refers to the post-WWII occupation of the Western portion of the nation formerly known as "Germany."

    "West Germany" refers to the Federal Republic of Germany, a country which existed between 1949 and 1990.

    So the label on your instrument reflects that it was made between 1945 and 1949. Even if the label is off by a few years, it's still saying, "Late 40s-early 50s."

    Play on!
  5. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    In principle Western Germany refers to the period after the war and before the FRG, but I think the term was still used widely after 49. It's not much more than a term used on a product label meant for export, as the country wasn't actually called West Germany (it's Bundesrepublic Deutschland). The bass look late 40's or 50's to me too, but labels with that term might have been used until the 60's or even later
  6. eriksd


    Aug 9, 2011
    Thanks folks. That seems to be what the guy I got it from thought as well. I'm having some set up work done soon, so I will try to squeeze a sense of value out of it then. I think I may want to go back to a 3/4 size bass for the scale on the finger board. The 5/8 is tight.

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