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What bass is this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thezho, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. thezho


    Jun 11, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Hello, I bought this used kawai bass from a friend and I've looked everywhere to find out what model it is.
    It seems to be impossible to find anything, and I thought that it probably isn't a real model, but maybe just a homemade bass made out of spare parts.
    Anyways, I wonder if it is a real kawai, and if so, does anyone know what model? IMG_3226.jpg IMG_3225.jpg IMG_3226.jpg IMG_3227.jpg IMG_3228.jpg IMG_3229.jpg IMG_3230.jpg IMG_3231.jpg IMG_3232.jpg
  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    That string job is pathetic at best. This is from Kawai's website

    http://www.kawaius-tsd.com/pages/kawai_bass.html They talk about other transitional models, and they say to contact them if you have questions at the bottom of the page.

    I highly doubt it is a parts/project bass, if you're going to fake a brand why Kawai?
  3. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I don't know anything about this bass except that it's so ugly, it's beautiful.
  4. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    I've seen a lot of people screw up the string job... leaving tails hanging off, winding it upwards along the tuner, etc... I learned early on to bend the end of the string into the tuner first and then making sure it wraps downwards.

    Then again, I recall seeing a post recently from someone who owned a bass worth $1500 but needed to ask for help changing the strings. I see ads online all the time of people saying "recently tuned at ___ store". I check tune every time I pick up a bass....


    That's an interesting looking bass and I'm inclined to think it's a genuine Kawai, but don't know the model. There's no point in making a fake old MIJ that you're only going to get $150 for, when the work put in would be better invested into faking an old Fender or Gibson or something...
  5. thezho


    Jun 11, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I just bought it for $50 and I'm planning on fixing it, I know it's in a really poor condition but I just had to buy it for $50.
  6. I remember Kawai making some cool Alembic-style through-necks. Nothing like THAT.
  7. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA

    That bass certainly is a genuine Kawai. Not that that means a lot. It's every bit a $50 bass.
  8. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    Yup, and even if you pull it out twice a year for some Animals covers or a retro theme wedding, it's worth it... as long as you have the free time too mess with it a little. I'm finding I have a lot less time for my 'projects' than I'd like.

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