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Mystery Bass (Cleveland, OH - 1945)

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner [DB]' started by cdamore18, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. cdamore18


    Oct 10, 2018
    So I'm currently selling a beautiful old hand-carved bass that has fallen into disrepair (in Classifieds), but in all the time I have owned it, I could never find out any of the history behind it. So I'm turning to you, luthiers! You can see from the pictures it has been through a lot including a flood and a C-Extension job worthy of a Mary Shelley novel. I just can't find anything about its origins or the luthier him/herself. The inscription inside is hard to make out, but simply states the name "Jos. May", some indiscernible number (maybe an old phone number?), and "Cleveland, Ohio 1945".

    josmay. basstailpiece. bassupfront. bassuppegs. bassbottom. bassheadside. bassfull.
  2. Luthiers generally spend a lot of time by themselves and often develop a bent sense of humor.

    A phone number in Nepal makes a twisted kind of sense.

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