NBD! 80's Quest Japanese P-bass Copy

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zsahadak, Feb 21, 2018.


  1. zsahadak

    zsahadak

    Mar 4, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    First New Bass Day in a long while for me. I've been down to just my highway one jazz bass for the last couple years. I've been itching to have a precision-style bass just to try something different and to be able to keep one bass at church. I've been looking at squiers (because I'm in grad school and don't have a ton of expendable income) but when I saw this deal available from a local TB'er @Chrome Dome I decided to take a chance on it.

    I couldn't find much on this series on an initial google search but I've been impressed by it so far and it's in pretty great shape it seems for being 30-odd years old. Taking it out for first whole-band practice tonight!


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  2. EpicSoundtracks

    EpicSoundtracks

    Mar 10, 2006
    Oakland, CA
    Lollar Pickups, Dunlop Strings
    i was very tempted by this but couldn't make the math work.

    your P is most likely a QB, as shown here: Catalog Image
     
  3. zsahadak

    zsahadak

    Mar 4, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    That catalog pictures is the only one I could find anywhere, I'm guessing the line wasn't around too long.
     
  4. EpicSoundtracks

    EpicSoundtracks

    Mar 10, 2006
    Oakland, CA
    Lollar Pickups, Dunlop Strings
    you probably already know this, but Quest was a house brand of Matsumoku (like Vantage).
     
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    The quality coming out of Japan in tue 80s was superb. You likely got a lot of bass for not a lot of money. Congrats!
     
  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    neat score! let us know how it "sits in the mix!" congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
     
  7. neo 7

    neo 7 The bass player doesn't get a sandwich

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    Japanese basses from that era are superb. Good score.
     
  8. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    In its last years Matsumoku built Quest for the joint venture of MIT (US) and Jam Industries (CA) which had begun with the Vantage brand. When the factory went bust, it seems the Quest marque was acquired by a manager there, who has since continued in the business as Quest International, but now markets instruments under the Landscape and MD ("Metal Driver") brands. This is pretty much conjectural, as I don't know Japanese, but a site is here: クエストインターナショナル | String Instrument Specialist.
     
  9. zsahadak

    zsahadak

    Mar 4, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    Seems like we spent half of practice trying to get electric drums to cooperate (curse them.) Otherwise though, it seemed to sit really well in the mix, I'm a fan.
     
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