please help unidentified bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mantella, Jan 14, 2002.

  1. mantella


    Jan 14, 2002
    I have this bass and you can see hwere there used to be a tag saying what type of bass this was inside the body but now that is gone and it does not have any name or serial number anywhere on it. If anyone has any idea please let me know. it plays like a framus but that does not help much. thanks jeff smith
  2. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    thats a really nice looking instrument, is it yours?
    is missing a G string?
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    It's missing an "E" string. If you look closely, you'll notice it's a lefty.

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    It might be an Eko or something that came from the same factory.
  4. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    ah you see, I'm an ignorant right handed person, also tired after ebing out all weekend and since the only things ive been doing is playing my new gameboy and doing ym e-mail

    oh well, either way it is a very hot bass

  5. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    Welcome to talkbass Mantella.. I have no idea what kind of bass that is but is sure does look nice..

    My first welcome. yay :)
  6. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Welcome Mantella.

    I have no clue either but did you send that pic to Manny's Giutars or Basspalace or BassNW etc.? They may be able to point you in the right direction too.
  7. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    Palm Bay, FL
    hi! welcome to talkbass. man...hey, you may want to send a picture over to daddy's junky music, too...they're pretty good with vintage instruments. nice looking bass, btw
  8. This is either a Klira or Hoyer Bass. These are rare. They're usually finished in sunburst. This is the first one that i've seen finished in redburst.
    Klira's were made in Germany in the town of Bubenreuth which is where Hofner were located up until 12 years ago. Hofner has since moved 5 miles down the road to the next town of Haganeau. To give you an idea of where in Germany this is, it's in the southern region approx 30 minutes north of the city of Nurenberg.
    Klira and Hofner often got their parts from the same suppliers. Notice the tailpiece on the bass, it's the same one found on all Hofner 500/1's (Beatle Basses).
    Klira never put serial numbers on their instruments, so it's difficult to date their instruments.
    Hoyer guitars are still made to this day in Germany. But now the company is called W.A. Hoyer. Like Klira, Hoyer never put serial numbers on their instruments at least not until the early 70's. Since this bass is from the 60's it wouldn't have a serial number.
    Only a close up pic of the headstock and pickup assembly would help me determine what it is for sure.
    In case you're wondering, how come I know about these manufacturers, I had the opportunity 18 months ago to visit the Hofner and Hoyer factories in Germany. I also have some great books (not available here in North America) on all of the German guitar manufacturers detailing every model that they made.
    If the owner of this bass can email me some more pics of it, i'll try to confirm exactly who made it.
  9. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
  10. I've seen a Klira exactly like that.
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