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Story of Unknown Maker

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Doc Kurt, Feb 22, 2021 at 7:21 PM.

  1. Doc Kurt

    Doc Kurt

    I play the life out of of it. Even did a gig with a KISS tribute band a couple of years ago.
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  2. Trabeen

    Trabeen Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Very cool bass, it’s lineage is a mystery to me but your Olde English 800 can gives me a brain ache and brings back memories probably better left buried.
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  3. Way to go. You're dismissive of Steve's livelihood and work. Many people who put them down have never played one. I know Wishbass isn't for everyone, but mine play well, sound amazing and have been very affordable. It seems you're just going for a cheap laugh. You make a very bad impression. . Unknown.jpeg
  4. Any pictures of the headstock?
  5. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    Anytime I see pickup covers with four silver screws in the corners, the first thing I think is China
  6. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Seems doubtful that whoever made that (looks home crafted to me) would have left it unbranded...I’d look under the pickups and inside the neck pocket for insight.
    Looks very cool, btw.
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  7. Doc Kurt

    Doc Kurt

    There are now.

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  8. Doc Kurt

    Doc Kurt

    Thanks. Not bad for a freebie. This is a pic of the pocket. It came open with no badge.

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  9. Doc Kurt

    Doc Kurt

    Neck pocket. Wrong location. My bad.
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  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    That body looks like it’s one piece of wood?
    That would steer me away from thinking Chinese factory.
    [edit] 2 pieces of wood? Looks like a seam below the bridge.
    The wood grain looks great.
    Chinese factories have been big on paulownia wood and that doesn’t look like paulownia
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2021 at 9:12 AM
  11. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Jacksonville, Fl
    No worries. Next step would be removing the pickups, and the neck.
  12. Doc Kurt

    Doc Kurt

    I will most likely start at pickups. I had my guy here at and restrung it. There are some pics at the beginning of this string showing the neck it is screwed on.
  13. Doc Kurt

    Doc Kurt

    Set and restrung
  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Anything in the control cavity or neck pocket?

    also, anyone want an unopened Billy beer?
  15. Doc Kurt

    Doc Kurt

    I posted pics of the cavity earlier in this thread yesterday.
  16. Lava

    Lava Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    El Paso, TX
    Looks like a homemade body with repurposed neck. I don't recognize the headstock shape but hard to tell by the pics. Nice body!
  17. Doc Kurt

    Doc Kurt

    This is easily the biggest, heaviest bass I have toted around. It is a solid piece of wood.
  18. Doc Kurt

    Doc Kurt

    Need a different angle or lighting?
  19. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    My back hurts just looking at it.
  20. BobKos

    BobKos Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    The headstock reminds me of a Jon Hill bass. He is working Bootleg Guitars. Don't know if he could help, but it might be worth asking. He used to be Ohio based in his early days.
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