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Vintage Japanese Basses (lets make a list)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rubo, Nov 30, 2005.


  1. rubo

    rubo

    Aug 25, 2003
    I'm looking to start a full list of all pre 1980 Japanese made basses, like Tokai, Vantage... These should be the best bargains out there. Fender clones or any other clones are welcome as well.


    The only ones I know so far are:

    Tokai J-Bass and P-Bass
    Vantage Avenger

    Cheers
     
  2. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    How 'bout this Ibanez Silver Series P-Bass copy. I got it used around 1980, so it should be a bit older then that. An interesting thing about this bass, I had it de-fretted and added a j-pickup. It was done by Abe Rivera back when he worked as a guitar tech in a small shop on Long Island.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. bassaussie

    bassaussie

    Oct 6, 2001
    Portugal

    This list could be endless!!

    Okay, some brands I can think of.

    Aria/Aria Pro II
    Ibanez
    Yamaha
    Hondo/Hondo II
    Cimar
    Maya
    Corona
    Tempo
    Fresher
    Teisco
    Daion (maybe early 80s, but some amazing basses)
    Sakai
    Terada

    I'll add more when I can think of them.
     
  4. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I could show you my Ibanez RB800, but that came out maybe '85 (sometime in the 80's...)
     
  5. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Ibanez Musician... and of course all of the Ibanez clones during the 70's.
    Also you could include the Kawai... but it was made in the 80's
     
  6. Warwick player

    Warwick player

    Dec 31, 2002
    Bucks, UK
    Grecko? May be getting confused with the guitars, but didn't they make some basses?
     
  7. balzac

    balzac

    Aug 25, 2005
    Cairns, Queensland
    Here's a few more to add to the list:
    Goya
    Guyatone
    Univox
    Kay

    I'm sure there are loads more out there.
    G
     
  8. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Univox
    Aria
    Orlando
    Kent
    Greko
     
  9. Text_Edifice

    Text_Edifice

    Nov 28, 2005
    Canora
     
  10. A9X

    A9X

    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    It's Greco.
    Here's my 73 Greco P
     
  11. 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
    Tune?
     
  12. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Westbury
    Ideal
     
  13. Westone (I've been told the parent company of westbury?)
    Fender Squier (or do they come a little later?)
    Ibanez (ahh...weren't they the closest Rickenbacker copies?)

    I'm only 22 so I can't say many others...wasn't around, ya know
     
  14. mcbrat

    mcbrat Electra Outlaw

    Dec 22, 2004
    Electra Outlaw MPC 77-80. Neck-thru mahogany
    [​IMG]

    Electra Longnecker (Jazz)
    [​IMG]

    Electra also had a Gibson EB-3 clone.

    and here's a 60's Guyatone EB-4
    [​IMG]
     
  15. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    1968 Goya Jazz with a 1970 Tokai fretless neck ..... sorry for the blurry pic, new one coming soon .... :cool:

    [​IMG]
     
  16. balzac

    balzac

    Aug 25, 2005
    Cairns, Queensland
    My 19?? Tempo shortscale ...
     

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  17. 69'Vette

    69'Vette

    Jan 28, 2003
    Cedar Hills, UT
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    75 Ibanez Thunderbird

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    77 Greco Ric copy

    [​IMG]
    76 Greco SB-850

    [​IMG]
    Aria Ric copy

    [​IMG]
    77 Greco Thunderbird II
     
  18. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    I've got a Rayner semihollow. I couldn't find anything on the company, but eventually stumbled on the identical guitar version with a different name (that I can't recall right now). As it turned out that name was a Japanese company from the late '60s, so I assume Rayner is a similar vintage.

    Too bad the bass is beat to such crap. Someday I'll get around to finishing the restore.

    -Nate
     
  19. justateenpoet

    justateenpoet Have you...killed the Venture brothers!?!?

    May 14, 2005
    Connecticut

    Nice :cool:
     
  20. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Atelier Z?