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This is different (Rare Soviet bass...apparently)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gorn, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    Looks really cool - I do know a LITTLE russian and I have no idea what the neckplate is sayin
  2. WOW! that thing is boss... if i had the cash i would buy it right now.
  3. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Sterling Ball needs to sue Mikhail Gorbachev for stealing his truss rod adjustment mechanism. :)

    In Soviet Russia, truss rod adjusts you!
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    That's probably what the neckplate says.
  5. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    This really is one of the cooler looking commmie basses I've seen.
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    The largest print says "electroguitar 'Ural.'" Above that it says "musical[something] instrument 'Ural.'"
  7. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
  8. Vikerlane


    Jul 23, 2012
    Interesting looking bass.
    Neckplate says: Company "Rosmusprom" Ekaterinburgs key musical instruments factory "Ural". Electric guitar model "Ural"
    Soviets copied in past almost everything like chinese do today :)
  9. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    From the top of the plate:

    Company "Rosmusprom" (this is the parent Company)
    Ekatirinburg (town Rosmusprom is headquartered)
    Firm Key (they are a firm that sells/rents keyboards)
    "Ural" (brand name, like Gibson or Fender)
    (big on bottom)
    Electric Guitar
    Ural (this is the instrument model)

    So, it looks like a Ural Ural :)
  10. Hi,

    it's an "Ural 510L", produced in Sverdlovsk (Jekaterinburg), in the middle of nowhere in Russia.
    Typical russian product, looks like 60s, but was made til the 80s.
    Build like a tank, very massive, but sounded aweful, like a guitar with downtuned strings.

    Somestimes you find URAL basses in flea markets in east germany for 20 or 30 dollars.
    250 Dollars for this?
    No way.

  11. My very first bass was Russian. I didn´t, and still don´t know, what model or brand was but it looked kind of like that!

    A tank! it could pass trough a nuclear war and sent to space and back trough the stratosphere and still be intact! Awful tone and a lot of electronics buzz.

    Mine was a sunburst! Wish I didn´t give it to a friend of mine.
  12. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Yeah, looks like it took quite an effort to break this one...

    Actually someone last year posted a Ural being played on a lounge gig and it sounded pretty darn good. Sounded more like an upright than any US electric bass I've heard.
  13. Well, I played such a bass when i saw it on a flea market some years ago.
    Of course without an amp, but it sounded like:

    Maybe with the right amp and some effects, it could sound like an upright.
    Every bass does. ;-)

  14. rditmars


    Aug 7, 2002
    Boulder, CO
  15. Reolin


    Jul 15, 2012
    Well, in Russia these basses are very well known among players who lived in the USSR. This model is called УРАЛ 510Л. You can buy these very cheap, this is more a collectable item than playable. Usually, these basses were produced using wood leftovers from soviet furniture factories. Wood was never selected, so many of these guitars are very unbalanced in weight.
    If you have any other questions, I will be glad to answer them.
  16. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    It looks like a refin.

    But really, these are pretty dreadful instruments.
  17. Got my hands on one Ural by some time. Dont discredit this bass only because of USSR made ! This is really nice one. Its heavy, but the sound is pretty unusual, why on earth every bass would have sound like P or J ?

    Actually most of USSR guitars werent copied. They have never made a strat/LP or P/J lookalike, except that some kickass guitars like always kickin ass Roden, that Ive shown in another thread. Electronics were also their construction.

    Check out what a guitar version of Ural can do for better knowledge about the brand:

    To me if you look for a totally hipster bass take it. Just needs to replace the DIN-5 output or buy an adapter. Believe me, this bass will be playing till the earth stop spins

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