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Knox " Victoria" bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ratfink, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Ratfink


    Dec 15, 2012
    I have just acquired an old Knox " Victoria" bass. It needs some parts, like a bridge, control pots and mounting plate. Maybe even a better pickup as well. Should I change the string routing to a through body set up ? I do not have any pics of it yet...but here is a link to one. http://denver.craigslist.org/msg/3522115530.html ( maybe I am old, but I like the neck inlays on this ) Plus someone went after mine with a power sander .. . . looks like mahogany, but it is done with 9 plies ....the neck looks to be made of the same wood, but it is solid / rosewood board / cream binding blending into the block inlays...nice looking neck, I think. Unique control plate ( the pic looks chrome, possibly being even made from steel...mine is the same, just black and plastic. So I have a project on my hands for sure...So any help, suggestions would be great.
    Thanks everyone.
  2. Wow. Really cool and unique. I like everything about that bass. If it were mine I would do only as needed to get it playable and reliable. Like changing out pots/input jack and fixing the bridge issues. I like it as is.
  3. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    I would raise the action, lose two of the strings and form a Morphine tribute band! Not sure through-body stringing would really help much. Firstly because I wager the body is probably about 5cm thick, but also because I doubt it would add much by way of tone. A wee bass like that is going to be a thump machine either way.

    The pickup might benefit from wax potting, but in general I would leave it as it is and appreciate it for what it is!
  4. Ratfink


    Dec 15, 2012
    Oh yeah I forgot to mention...no bridge cover either. But the existing bridge in garbage and has a damaged saddle ( can't even really call it a saddle, it's just a bent piece of steel ) I think I got it in tune for an hour haha.
  5. Ratfink


    Dec 15, 2012
    Size of the body is larger than it looks there. It is comparable to an Gibson EB-0 or ESP Viper...just ( pounds ) lighter.
    So I might just go after a bridge, and pots. I will take pics as I go along.
    Thanks again.
  6. Moe Monsarrat

    Moe Monsarrat Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Austin, Tx.
    Endorsing artist:Regenerate Guitar Works Carvin, Micheal Kelly Guitars
    It's a Guyatone I believe.
  7. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    I would say that it's a mid 60's Teisco.

  8. Ratfink


    Dec 15, 2012
    So here is the project. I have broken the bass down and am preping the body and neck for paint. For some reason I cant post pictures. Will keep trying.