Info on Microfrets bass from oooold days???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by The_Ryst, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. So I'm playing a country show and an older bassist who plays on another set plays a Microfrets bass. I did a search and somebody said they were a failure, I know that teh company folded, and that's about it.

    It's an odd lookings bass.

    So anyone got any info? I heard they had adjustable nuts or something that made intonation a bitch.
  2. Google is your friend. :) I did a quick search and found a few guitar and bass pics plus just enough history to tell you that they were made in Frederick, Maryland in the mid '60s.
  3. justateenpoet

    justateenpoet Have you...killed the Venture brothers!?!?

    May 14, 2005
  4. Garry Goodman

    Garry Goodman

    Feb 26, 2003
    I owned a microfret 6 string bass. I have photos,but the only one scanned is on my web site mixed in a photo with a number of basses. It had a second "bridge" where the nut usually is.
    A economy 6-string it was.Scroll down to the bass collection photo and it is the 3rd from the left.White pickups .dark red body and a reverse head stock.
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    I still have one from '71.
  6. mondogarage


    Nov 29, 2005
    Longmont, CO
    I used to have a late 60s standard model, and yes, the intonable nuts were a bitch. The company wasn't really a failure, they just couldn't make enough of a dent in the marketplace. You can find used ones around there, and down into the VA suburbs, semi-regularly. Action Guitar often has one or two, but usually guitar modesl.

    I have to admit, I never really liked mine...couldn't get enough body out of the sound. But it was neat, and kinda unique. Kinda reminded me a bit of the Mosrite Celebrity.

    In the 90s, there was a surf band in Frederick called Killers From Space, that played Microfrets exclusively. The drummer of that band operates some kind of Microfrets appreciation website now.
  7. sanray


    Nov 8, 2005
    what was so unique about them other than the nut