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Mystery P-Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FatFenders, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. FatFenders


    Mar 30, 2011
    I just bought this off craigslist for a whopping $40. It seems like a decent bass. I figured I couldn't go wrong for the price.The previous owner's dad painted over the original finish with a thick layer of black paint and clearcoat. I started stripping it with lacquer thinner last night with good success so I'm optimistic I'll get the original color back. It's a dark red/maroon subtle metallic. I have no idea what brand it is. I pulled the control cavity cover and found nothing to help identify it. The neck plate is blank and I found nothing on the pickups when I pulled them. I did find the script lettering "State of the Art" on the headstock. I'll finish stripping the headstock tonight and see if there is anything else under there. I thought the string tree/button location would help me ID it. Any guesses? Pictures below with a link to a set on Flickr.

    7838369536_6dce190308. 7838369864_262ff67bd4.

    7838370160_7c8307d6cd. 7838369032_a202b2932e.

    7838369204_689039c321. 7838368804_62d8e92b24.
  2. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    Leave the headstock partially stripped, IMO.

    That looks pretty cool in a 80's/90's expressionist kinda way.
  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I went to Google and typed: state of the art precision bass
    Not too much info, but you can at least find out the name...
  4. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    I gather Hohner bought out the Wales-based Marlin brand in 1989, by and by moving production to South Korea. Their early '90s back-routed P copies without a pickguard were then marketed as 'State of the Art'. Quality was still plywood level, but improved on Marlin's previous offerings, which had been built in the GDR.
  5. FatFenders


    Mar 30, 2011

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