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Vintage Japanese Bass Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZuluFunk, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    2E13B87C-745E-467B-80CE-3B26CD7D1882. We’re talking 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Japanese Basses.

    Japanese Manufacturers of Made in Japan Badged Electric Guitars From 1960 to 1980

    Show them here and tell us what you know about each, pros and cons, ask for information, etc.

    This one has a body shape and electronics configuration exactly like my first bass. That was a Bruno Conqueror. This one is a Teisco. I had to put a bunch of work to repair and upgrade it. The body had sunken in, so I put a maple block to support it and prevent any additional warping. The electrons bypass the selector switch so it’s just a VVT. I installed new Schaler tuners and hipshot drop tuner on the E. I changed the bridge to one that I could adjust the intonation. Had to open up the holes in the tailpiece too.

    Put some flats on it and it is a monster!
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  2. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Fort Worth, tx
    Some vintage Japanese basses were junk, others were gems. I've been looking for one to add to my family but only run accross junk,
    or some configuration I already have, like a P for instance.
    I'm looking forward to joining your club some day.

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  3. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    I believe there's already a thread on TB regarding this topic.

  4. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    I have several amazing Japanese basses all slightly too late for your date range sadly.
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  5. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    There’s a club? Please paste the link. I didn’t see it when I looked.
  6. Univox 70's Precisly MIJ here. I had to do a total refinish on it bc someone had put electric tape over the black paint. So when I try to pull off the tape the paint came off with it. So I went with a stain oil finish from crimson guitars in uk.
    And here she is now

    I also have a 1975 USA precision, and I must say this gets the check mark in the tone column over the fender.

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  7. jcervone7


    Nov 28, 2008
    Picked this up a week ago, a Fandel no-idea-what-model-it-may-be (Brum?). It was love at first sight really, even though the enamel neck and light body kind of make it feel like a toy. The sound is great and it was well taken care of by whoever the previous owner may have been. Anyway, cheaply made or not, it's in fantastic shape and I much prefer the idea of playing something rare and weird than shelling out for P-bass. Quality be damned, I like to play something cool. IMG_5693.JPG
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  8. Don Summers

    Don Summers

    May 10, 2017
    I picked up this 60"s 70"s Japanese Semi Hollow body bass mainly for wall decoration. I have looked all over and cannot find any info on the brand! Even checked out some of the vintage Japanese sites. I don't know why it has a truss rob because the laminated neck is one fat bastard and would not dare warp. Need input! IMG_1513.JPG IMG_1514.JPG IMG_1512.JPG IMG_1510.JPG IMG_1511.JPG
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  9. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    Your tip-off features are going to be the "tube" tailpiece and that five-screw neck plate. Look for images featuring those. They are not very common on old Japanese product.
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  11. I recently picked up this Ampeg 750 Big Stud -- MIJ between '73-'75. It's still at my luthier getting tuned up but I'm expecting it will be in my regular rotation.

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    May 18, 2016
    Las Vegas
    Just got this lil short scale the other day. Still don't know all the info about where it was made but it's neck is solid though the body is plywood. IMG_3660.JPG IMG_3662.JPG IMG_3663.JPG
  13. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    9B84B637-4B2C-417C-9AA2-7B31B6BC1E66. Just found another! Awaiting delivery so I can go over it and do any necessary work.

    Dig these basses.
  14. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Got it today and made its first show! C7C9BDEF-868A-48CF-A458-BEE391ED2BAD. D333F14A-07F2-44FB-A863-45E6207C78B4. 0428A165-176C-4246-A92B-C01C0F6E65F0.
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  15. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001

    All will get some play! I guess if I had a signature model...this would be it.
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