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Post your vintage Japanese basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lame Thrower, May 6, 2009.

  1. Lame Thrower

    Lame Thrower Supporting Member

    May 13, 2005
    Sacramento, CA
    Show your vintage Tokai, Kawai, Greco, Fernandes, Fender JV, Aria, Ibanez, Yamaha, etc... I just ordered this '75 Fernandes FPB70.



    I was really wanting a vintage Fender "funk machine" but I couldn't afford the real deal.

    Help me get stoked while I wait for this bass to sail across the Pacific!
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    its a bad pic and an old one... but its my ibanez 77' silver series jazz... its in my family since the beginning of the 80'... it used to be my uncles now i play it...

    it sounds very different from any other jazz bass cuz it has a mahagony body and the neck dimensions are P bass

    i have loads of other Japanese copy's at home all dating from 60' to early 80'. it is becoming some kind of any addiction... but i cant help it these strange basses have lots of character!!!
  3. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    iowa city, IA
    i got this a while ago. i think it's a 'rhythmline' (?).

    plays like buttah.


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  4. fitzy73


    Mar 1, 2008
    Westone Thunder Jet Bass , made 1984 by Matsumoko of Japan



  5. Alembic83

    Alembic83 Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Salem, Oregon
    I have a few (well, HAD a few, just have the Tokai Jazz now). I have a few Arias but they've been posted many times in the Aria club thread. :)

    Fernandes Master Hand (kind of an Alembic copy, the pickups were original but the electronics had been gutted at some point):

    Tokai Jazz Sound:

    Tokai Hard Puncher:

    Yamaha Pulser 400:
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  6. Damn!! All my bass pics are 800 pix wide or tall and 200k in size. When did the new tiny photo rule come along?? :meh: I was able to post them before :mad: You would think supporting members could post normal size photos. I guess the economy is hitting everyone :eyebrow:


    I have a Matsumoku era Aria "Primary Bass"

    An Electra Phoenix, double P pups, original preamp, etc.

    Ibanex Axstar

    Hondo Fame B bass, Japan or Korea :confused:
  7. BrianKrashpad


    May 4, 2009
    '87 MIJ Squier:

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  8. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    The Holy Crap bass - an Epiphone ET288-M

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  10. Stee Flo

    Stee Flo

    Dec 7, 2007
    ^ I like the checking on that penco.

    I don't own a vintage japanese bass, but do have a Fernandes MIJ jazz and precision from the early 90's. There old but not vintage and are good quality basses for sure. Im on the look out for a nice vintage Tokai, Fernandes, or Greko though.

    Hey Lame Thrower did you buy that from the bay because I recently saw on on there with the spaghetti noodle logo like yours.
    Nice btw!
  11. Lame Thrower

    Lame Thrower Supporting Member

    May 13, 2005
    Sacramento, CA
    I sure did. The seller's photo sets of instruments he's sold on his website is hours of fun for JV enthusiasts. www.music-trade.co.jp/jvbassstock.html

    I don't think it was a real smokin' deal or anything, but I'm hoping a fair price for a quality instrument.

    Lots of cool pictures ITT. I like how unique and funky these basses can be.
  12. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    My 1977 Greco Thunderbird II, it's a nicely built bass.

  13. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida

    '87, '89 & '91 Soundgear 800's.
  14. pointbass

    pointbass Jersey to Georgia Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    1968 Goya Jazz, modded with a 1970 Teisco fretless neck ... :cool:


  15. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    what classifies vintage MIJ stuff?
    at least 20 years old and no longer made right? ok.....

    heres my 70 something matsu "Scott" branded Jazz.


    and as far as my other vintage MIJ stuff that is no longer made and at least 20 years old?....

    -- all of my Charvel's were MIJ from 86 to 88 -- :D


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  16. wazzel


    Dec 27, 2007
    Houma, LA
    I have an early 90's heartfield. I consider it old, but not vintiage yet.
  17. Lame Thrower

    Lame Thrower Supporting Member

    May 13, 2005
    Sacramento, CA
    How did you like the Hard Puncher? I think Fernandes and Tokai were using the same production lines in '75, so I imagine it's quite similar to mine.

    Lot's of cool basses. I'm a big fan of the Holy Crap Epi and that seafoam Soundgear. I'm jealous of amimbari's Charvel collection as well. Thanks guys. :)
  18. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    My recently acquired Charvel.
  19. Hank75


    Jan 15, 2008
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  20. zbigniew


    Nov 14, 2002
    Northern Iceland
    Time to bump this one up a bit - so many lovely basses here and I'd like to see some more :)

    I also have a thing for those vintage Japanese basses, I have one, a Tokai Hard Puncher ltd. edition from 1982.


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