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Please help identifying this bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lykov, Mar 18, 2008.


  1. Lykov

    Lykov

    Mar 18, 2008
    SPB NW Russia
    I bought this shortscale by accident. With the help of my I-net colleagues I learned that it is an old Japanese, presumably -Kay bass. The pickguard seems to be not original, the pots are said to bear old Matsupoopiea logo. The neck is very thick like old Japanese do. Here are the links to the pics. Please suggest your version, thank you.
    http://rc.foto.radikal.ru/0708/31/ddaa86791af3.jpg
    http://i043.radikal.ru/0803/05/fe98532dfb27.jpg
    http://rc.foto.radikal.ru/0708/40/f164ec658aab.jpg
    http://rc.foto.radikal.ru/0708/05/cc397eeace6a.jpg
    http://rc.foto.radikal.ru/0708/9e/6672927319e4.jpg
    http://rc.foto.radikal.ru/0708/93/d7f1141c00d4.jpg
     
  2. Lykov

    Lykov

    Mar 18, 2008
    SPB NW Russia
    so no one knows old Japanese instruments here?
     
  3. Definitely looks Japanese to me - and I really like the body! Tuners appear to be generic for the 70's. Headstock is also generic almost-Fender, like many Japanese knockoffs of the period.

    I've never seen a bridge like that, and it ought to provide plenty of adjustment.

    I hope the price was good, and I'd say you have an unusual, potentially fun bass.
     
  4. Lykov

    Lykov

    Mar 18, 2008
    SPB NW Russia
    Yeah, the price was good -$25 ;)
     
  5. Tetanus? :D
     
  6. Lykov

    Lykov

    Mar 18, 2008
    SPB NW Russia
    I beg your pardon
     
  7. Lykov

    Lykov

    Mar 18, 2008
    SPB NW Russia
    Well it was said that it is 60's Kawai bass. Not in this forum, surprisingly))
     
  8. dakpluto

    dakpluto

    Oct 14, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    Hmmm......I really like that bass. I see a ton of potential in it.
     
  9. emils

    emils

    Jul 28, 2005
    Croatia
    Kawai bought Teisco in 1967 in order to start building guitars. Your bass is more then likely Kawai/Tiesco/Kingston. It's hard to tell without seeing the original pickups.
     
  10. Lykov

    Lykov

    Mar 18, 2008
    SPB NW Russia
    You mean Kawai had not been making guitars until 1967?
     
  11. emils

    emils

    Jul 28, 2005
    Croatia
    That is corect. Google Kawai.
     
  12. Lykov

    Lykov

    Mar 18, 2008
    SPB NW Russia
    But of course))
     

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