Japanese EB2/Rivoli copy from the Seventies?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sub Four, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. Sub Four

    Sub Four

    Jul 19, 2016
    Berlin, Germany
    Can anyone tell me about this bass? Who made it, how does it sound/how easy is it to play/handle? I saw one in a local add and like the idea of adding a semi acoustic to my home gear. Looks a bit like a mix between an EB-2 and a Rivoli with two pickups?

  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
  3. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Yeah, really nothing like a Rivoli or EB. Very Sekova-ish. No way to gauge how it feels plays or sounds.
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  4. Sub Four

    Sub Four

    Jul 19, 2016
    Berlin, Germany
    Thanks, great input, i was not aware about the Framus and Sekova. The headstock has no label at all, i found one ad in the net which lists it as made by Aria?
  5. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    It looks to me like something made by Kawai around 1970.


    The unbadged headstock is otherwise identical to this Jedson:

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  6. Sub Four

    Sub Four

    Jul 19, 2016
    Berlin, Germany
    Cool, very interesting! Would be very curious if anyone reading this played one of these and can report about how it sounds and feels like?
  7. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    I think if you approached it with flats and low expectations then you might find it a surprisingly nice bass. It isn't an EB-2 or Rivoli copy, if anything it is closer to an Epiphone EA-260 which was a re-badged/ghost-built Matsumoku bolt-on semi-hollow bass (holy hyphens, Batman).
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  8. It's definately a Kawai from 68-70.

  9. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    EA-260.jpg EA-5120e.jpg I'm not sure what it is, but I know what it isn't; and that's a Japanese Epi Rivoli (technically an EA-5120e - the one on the right, with the fancy tailpiece). It's successor, the EA-260, is the one on the left. I have one, and I can tell you that it gives nothing up to any short scale hollowbody bass I've ever heard - or played. If everything works as it should, I doubt you'll go wrong buying that one... you certainly can't have mine...:rolleyes:
  10. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    That's one of them Depiphone Ravioli basses
  11. Maximilijan lV

    Maximilijan lV Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2017
    I have that bass. Sound is like this...
  12. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Outrageous oldschool bass thump there, but with a nice treble response as well. I really like the sound of old basses like that with the pickups at opposite ends of the body. You get the bite of the bridge pickup and the wallowing low end of the neck pickup, and because they aren't especially hot pickups (at a guess; they look like small single coils) you get a surprising fidelity.
  13. Maximilijan lV

    Maximilijan lV Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2017

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