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Mystery Bass.... Help please.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by funkybe, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. funkybe

    funkybe Everything is Everything.

    Aug 23, 2002
    Chicago, IL
  2. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    It is an Antoniotsai Bass made in the Far East. I think the basses are built in China and then finished in Vietnam by 'Antoniotsai Guitar and Mandolin Arts'. Search on the name here and you'll find a lot of info.

    I have never seen one up close, but the reviews are mixed. $1200 sounds like an lot to pay for one of these and I would think that $710 (the current price) is about where it is at. But, hey, it's worth whatever someone wants to pay for it and it is a 7banger!

    Based on what I have heard I would not buy one of these without playing it. Actually I hate the inlays so I wouldn't by one of these at all!!:D
  3. funkybe

    funkybe Everything is Everything.

    Aug 23, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks. I was a bit thrown off by the headstock and upper horn.
    I don't care much for the inlays either.
  4. LastVisblCanary


    Mar 11, 2008
    that or bruce wei arts. I've seen identical guitar and bass bodies sold there and from antoniotsai. the only difference is the inlay work. what they have varies month by month.

    heres a review of one of bruce wei's guitars -

    and his storefront:

    Antoniotsai makes the absolute bare minimum for a playable instrument, and makes it look really really nice from a distance. If your up close, the work is nice in style, but not well finished. I don't know how to do inlay, but I know that with a knife and a lot of time on my hands, I could do better. Mine was 6 string F hole accoustic guitar with geisha's on the back. Beautiful, but dead sounding with no volume or tonal range. It just sounded flat and lifeless. It would be okay to learn on, and to hang on a wall.

    I've never tried any of his solid body work, or his basses. Just understand that you will probably have to change out all of the elctronics, and that it will NOT be high quality by american high quality standards.

    actually, I did have a solid body 12 string mandolin guitar from him... the tension was suuuper high on the strings, and it was nearly impossible to play. terrible feeling in the hands. but it did work. I only played it a few times, and finding it immensely more difficult to play then a capo'd 12 string guitar (at the 12 fret), I ended up selling it.

    heres a rather disparaging review of one of antoniotsais guitars -
  5. LastVisblCanary


    Mar 11, 2008
    some of his stuff is just absolutely stunning, and you want it to sound good with all of your heart, becaue if it did it would be worth 6,000$+ just for style alone. but they don't.


    and yet, while he's able to make stunning peices like that (wich I think is more the work of some other production shop in china), he then does weird novelty stuff like this:

    and then does stuff that makes you go :confused:

    heres my freinds response to that guitar -

    "Lowell: custom children's rabbit guitar
    not my best work
    but your kids wont tell the difference
    never have seen a rabbit before
    went off of descriptions"

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