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Just Bought a Mystery Bass (please help ID)!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Just bought this. Has some good hardware. Grover wavy tuners, BadAss I Bridge. 3-piece neck, cool classic looks. Pickups look familiar to me, but can't place them off the top of my head (Gibson maybe?).

    Anyway, does anyone have any idea of who the builder might of been?
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    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
  2. Lance Bunyon

    Lance Bunyon

    Jul 17, 2018
    Nice bass, no clue. 3 single coils! The Grover's scream Teisco but the rest doesn't.
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  3. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Looks like a one off/home brew. Kinda Rickenbackerish 4005 vibe with body shape and laquered board. Looks like there was a TRC logo on there at one time. The recessed Badass is a little odd, might have needed some neck angle, also makes me think it might be an amateur build. Cool looking bass though!​
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2018
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  4. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    Rhode Island
    Wow haven't seen one of those in long time.

    BB-Quadzilla neck thru flying ripe tomato bass.

    What's it weigh? 16lbs? Any clues inside the control cavity?
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  5. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Is Quadzills a brand? Never seen s production bass with a recessed bridge like that.
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  6. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    Rhode Island
    Yes Yes it's a brand. Named for a great bassist.

    Not sure on the bridge work. Looks a bit rushed.
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  7. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    LoL, I wish that was a brand!

    Anyway, anybody know what this is (the builder or manufacturer)?

    Also, the pickups? Gibson maybe?
  8. I thought Gibson when I saw the headstock.
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  9. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    It finally happened. You have bought at least one of every bass I can name, so you had to go and buy one that I can’t name. :D
  10. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    Peghead suggests Gibson, Tune, and Alembic... Body suggests Gibson or PRS...

    I'm guessing home brew with reasonable skill involved. :)
  11. Weren’t the original Badass designed for recessed mounting on Gibson basses and the later 11 and 111 more for Fender style? This body reminds me a lot of Hamer’s take on a double cut Les Paul body . The pickups and mini toggles are Hamersque as well. Headstock has shades of Flying V and Alembic. Probably a one off/home brew as said.
  12. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    The intonation is suspect
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  13. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Pick-ups look vaguely like the ones on the bass sold by Acoustic Control Corporation, the one that made the amps. I think the bass was called the Black Widow, but that bass isn't one.
  14. SXema


    Jul 12, 2017
    How many frets? 50? Lol that neck looks so loooooooong
  15. bobcruz


    Mar 10, 2004
    Pickups slightly askew, or is it the camera angle? Askew = homebrew, I imagine, or at least one added pickup.
  16. I'd say it kinda looks like someone's attempt at building a bass version of Brian May's Red Special...
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  17. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    It's not a Gibson. And the pickups haven't come from one either.

    The body reminds me of an early Paul Reed Smith owned by a member here, but neck bears no resemblance whatsoever. Hamer was another option for the body that popped up in my mind although I don't recall seeing one quite like that.

    Custom build of some kind is the most likely answer IMO.
  18. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    The finish vaguely reminds me of an Atilla, for some reason...
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  19. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Well, if nothing else, if the bass sux (haven't gotten it yet), if tuners are in good, working order, they are probably worth $200 - $300 to a Ric restorer/collector... BadAss I is another $100 maybe. So worst case, I can get some of my money back by parting her out . But the seller said that she plays well, neck is straight, frets level, plays well, etc.
    EatS1stBassist likes this.
  20. Acoop

    Acoop Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    I love the pickup screws, do they adjust the height. ... It's definitely 70's made and remindes me of real early Odyssey basses built in Vancouver Canada. ...
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