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Tempo Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DWBass, Jan 19, 2013.


  1. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Hey, a friend of mine told me he had this bass and wanted me to check it out. It's a Tempo made in Japan. Nice bass but needs work. Action is WAY high! Pickups not working and one has a broken piece that the screw goes in and it won't stay in position. Gonna see if my luthier/tech can restore it to decent playing condition. What do you think this is worth in good working condition??

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  2. grisezd

    grisezd

    Oct 14, 2009
    Ohio
    No idea what it's worth in dollars, but that would be a great project to do yourself. All it really needs is cleaned up, a few screws replaced, and a neck shim. If there's a truss rod make sure you lube it a touch before you start cranking on it.

    Any, my, is it ever sunny where you live!!! I'm amazed you don't go blind!
     
  3. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Yes, there is a truss rod. Sorry about the bright pics. I did have it in the sun as my phone camera doesn't have a flash. I'll take a few more pics of the full bass with my regular camera.
     
  4. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    Worth fixing up. Tempo basses were built by Matsumoku, so have a creditable pedigree. They were mostly variants of Aria models.
     
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

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  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

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    Chris Kohlman, from Kohlman Bassworks, did a fantastic job of cleaning and restoring this beauty. A neck shim was needed, along with a new bridge concept, now has the action very low! This bass is extremely playable now. The electronics were fine. They just needed a little cleaning up as well. New strings and this thing plays very well. I now have GAS for one of my own.
     
  7. buftfan

    buftfan Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2009
    Newport News, VA
    Owner, Kohlman Bassworks
    A quick and dirty low budget repair, albeit a bit of a creative one. But it worked well, and now I want one too...
     
  8. swsmusic

    swsmusic

    Sep 23, 2010
    Newnan, GA
    Hello,
    Can you post pictures of the overhaul? I just purchased one just like yours, but it need a good amount of work before it will be really playable. Thanks in advance!
     
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