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WEIRD vintage bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by poisonoakie, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. poisonoakie


    Nov 26, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV
    Has anyone ever seen one of these basses before? I can't even find a picture of one online. It's headstock is marked "Greco" and has a strange amorphous paddle shape to it. It's made in japan and has me baffled. Any info would be appreciated!

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  2. Pretty cool whatever it is!
  3. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Greco has been around for probably 40+ years. They started off as one of the cheap Japanese knock off bass brands and worked themselves into a fairly well thought of Japanese bass company doing knock offs.
  4. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Greco was known to make copies, they made Ric copies.
  5. poisonoakie


    Nov 26, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV
    Has anybody ever seen this model? I've seen a couple of their fender and ric copies, but never anything like this.
  6. Flyingfrets


    Dec 25, 2011
    Most of the better Japanese "lawsuit" makers tried their hand at original designs at one time or another. Most were pretty unsuccessful (except Ibanez).

    It's probably pretty decent quality if it's a Greco...just a little odd looking.
  7. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    It's a Japanese instrument from the early-mid 60s. Most of them sound bad and are almost unplayable. But they look pretty cool.

    Later stuff coming from Japan was of unequal quality, but they made some great instruments (Univox, Ibanez, Tokai, Aria, El Degas, Greco, and stuff like that). A lot of brand were coming from the same factories.
  8. grisezd


    Oct 14, 2009
    No, this isn't a real Greco, it's a knock-off.
  9. TheTiptonian


    Jan 24, 2012
    Houston, TX
    Never seen anything like it before..looks pretty cool though!
  10. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    I appreciate vintage Japanese instruments. I've owned three Matsumoku basses & a Teisco
    Popular among alternative bands Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead, and starving artists.
  11. The Lemon

    The Lemon Banned

    Aug 16, 2011
    10 Posts into a Greco thread, and no JimmyM? I'm getting worried...:p
  12. Avalon


    Feb 28, 2009
    It appears to have some of the same hardware that was used on this Avalon. I'm always trying to draw conclusions about where this thing is made, but I've yet to get anywhere with the search.
  13. Wow! That looks pretty similar to my first bass which I lost track off years ago, around '76. Mine had no name on it but here's one I found web surfing a couple of years ago like it.


    Wish I could find another just to have it. Yeah those played like crap.

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