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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gorn, Mar 26, 2013.
Looks really cool - I do know a LITTLE russian and I have no idea what the neckplate is sayin
WOW! that thing is boss... if i had the cash i would buy it right now.
Sterling Ball needs to sue Mikhail Gorbachev for stealing his truss rod adjustment mechanism.
In Soviet Russia, truss rod adjusts you!
That's probably what the neckplate says.
This really is one of the cooler looking commmie basses I've seen.
The largest print says "electroguitar 'Ural.'" Above that it says "musical[something] instrument 'Ural.'"
Handsome bass. Nice details. I like the green gigbag too.
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
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)
Ural (this is the instrument model)
So, it looks like a Ural Ural
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?
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.
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.
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. ;-)
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.
It looks like a refin.
But really, these are pretty dreadful instruments.
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