NBD! Vintage Univox "coily" bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassistjoe93, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    I just picked up this sweet circa 1970 Univox coily bass. All original including the original orange "eco-plush" case and hippy looking strap! The bass itself is in excellent shape, the bridge mute is still there and fully functional. The tuners hold tune perfectly. The bridge cover has a little corrosion and some of the chrome paint is coming off the bridge pickup, but really this could pass for near mint otherwise! This bass sounds amazing, far better than I thought it would! The pickups are fat and beefy and the bridge pickup gets some good Jaco snarl! Now for pics: ImageUploadedByTalkBass1360538447.091827.jpg

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  2. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
  3. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    She's gorgeous! Love the finish.
  4. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    I agree, it's just funky enough of a finish that I really like it. It's a head turner and sounds great in a band setting!

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Congrats Man, all the best with it! :bassist:
  6. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Nice score! My Coily is missing the cover, mute, and little wooden plate on the wire part of the bridge, but it is still a great bass... Shouldn't sound as good as it does, and kills in the band!


  7. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    I can't imagine myself ever needing to use the mutes, but they are pretty cool looking! The only thing is, the original owner that I bought it from smoked like a chimney and the case and bass both reek. I can hardly smell due to a condition I have, but I couldn't hardly stand being around it! So now I'm looking for ways to get cigarette smoke out of a bass and plush case.
  8. Cool score. Nothing like scoring a killer vintage Japanese bass like this. You're sure to stand out on stage with such an uncommon bass like this.:)
  9. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Yeah man, I got tons of compliments on the tone and looks when I played it out for the first time yesterday! Though, I didn't get near as lucky on this deal as you seem to get on your gear! :D
  10. I love the Coily. Borrowed one a couple of years ago - really like the mute design.
  11. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    I envy you right now.

  12. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    It is pretty great for some old school thump, which I don't have much use for at the moment unfortunately. My only complaint is that the foam pad has aged and the strings have formed such deep grooves in the pads that the metal lip hits the strings and throws everything way sharp! Gotta re-foam it!
  13. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Thanks! It's a heck of a bass for $300. I'd rather play this than most other basses I could get for around $300 these days.
  14. Re-foam!! What I like about this mute is that it's really easy to engage/disengage while you're playing - just flip the little lever. I don't know why this design never caught on.
  15. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    Very cool!! I kinda want one now....
  16. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Cool score. Congrats!
  17. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    What a gorgeous bass.
  18. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    How did it get the name "coily"?