Japanese Bass Brands?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Persona87, Jul 19, 2020.

  1. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    ATELIER Z BASS 265.jpg Atelier Z M265
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  2. PennyroyalWe


    Sep 2, 2018
    fujigen/Matsumoku is still around making great instruments, so I hear. Haven’t gotten my hands on one myself.
  3. Eighthnoterock

    Eighthnoterock Supporting Member

    May 25, 2018
    Lynden Washington

    The Lawsuit period basses that Ibanez was making are great...
  4. InnerBass

    InnerBass Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2014
    Thumpn' Happily
    I have a lot of love for 80’s Japanese Basses.
    That’s when Moon, Tokai, Ibanez and others were on an incredible roll.
    Even Fender had to acknowledge and eventually embrace their quality.
    I can’t speak to their current offerings, but here are some examples of their 80’s work.
    They sound and play as good as they look - especially that Moon bass :thumbsup:

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  5. Afc70

    Afc70 We’re only immortal for a limited time Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Northeast Arkansas
    Bossa... (which became Real Bossa Design)- & I’m not sure if they are building currently. This is my 3rd Bossa & they really are amazing instruments ! 18CC4A07-474B-4968-BF9C-104704D121D2.jpeg
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  6. TrevorR


    Oct 3, 2015
    Near London, UK
    Another vote for Aria. Here’s my 1981 SB700... my first ever bass. One word of warning, though. People claim that they’re made of Ash. I have my suspicions it might actually be dark matter!

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  7. 3 Tune basses , 10 years apart.

    Left. Assembled in Japan from Korean parts/hardware,mid 90's
    Middle. Original Tune Japan mid 80's
    Right Korean Tune, mid 00's.

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  8. krizalidzero


    Aug 21, 2019
    I have both things and the Yamaha takes it.
    The Warwick has a lot of options, which is great, but the Yamaha is the best no nonsense bass ever.
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  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I wish I was smart enough to have kept the Vantage I had in high school. neck-through, all blond, Ps.
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  10. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    This is what's left of the mighty Matsumoku factory:


    Fuji is doing all right, however.

    Last edited: Jul 21, 2020

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