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What Bass is This???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aaamax, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. aaamax


    Sep 5, 2012
    Another round of Name That Bass!
    I bought this from a guy who said he got it in a German music store.
    It has no markings what so ever. NOt even the pots have markings!
    It plays and sounds like a boutique bass, BUT, The neck is a one piece maple with what I think is a cheesy (but done correctly, just not boutique standards by any means) laminate to extend the length of the wood stock.
    Passive pickups.
    Painted on F-holes and the over-all paint job is as good as any I've seen (i.e., not homemade).
    Under the blue is what looks like a quilted maple top. But the bass is not that heavy.
    So what the hell is this thing?
    Any idea?

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  2. aaamax


    Sep 5, 2012
    A couple of more pics. And the laminate can be seen clearly in pic #1.

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  3. The body shape and headstock has a Washburn type feel to it (my best guess) but to be honest I have NO IDEA!
  4. maxiegrant

    maxiegrant Bassist in Transition

    Nov 26, 2007
    Sellersburg, IN
    Well, since we ain't namin' it at least tell us: play nice, sound nice?

    It looks delightfully quirky. I wouldn't turn it down, as long as it sounds halfway good. Actually looks kind of Warwick-ish with that really straight upper horn, but not so much the rest, though I am no Warwick expert. Maybe one of those knockoff kit basses or something?

    At any rate, aside from the quirkish looks, clue us in! Is it a good thumper, does it have a fast neck?
  5. aaamax


    Sep 5, 2012
    The thing is a real trip. It has good balance even though it's small bodied.
    I agree with the Warwickish horn. Kind of like their Dolphin in the body. The sound too is German... if that makes sense. Punchy mid, throaty sound.
    I just saw an Ibanez BTB that reminds me a lot of the hardware. Except their necks have a nice laminate going. Maybe this is some kind of evil one-off prototype thing?
  6. aaamax


    Sep 5, 2012
    I looked at some of the T series Washburns and yes, it does seem similar. Very, similar. Maybe a one off prototype...
  7. Wait...are those F-holes painted on!?
  8. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Yup, if you enlarge the pic you can see the reflection going from the blue paint to the black paint.
  9. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    It's a blue one.
  10. aaamax


    Sep 5, 2012
    Yes indeedy! Strange bird indeed. the weirdest is that it is factory done.... somewhere. If it were cheesy paint then I would guess that the bass is a garage done project, but it's not.
  11. SBsoundguy


    Sep 2, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Nice bass but the painted on F holes make me lol hard.
  12. Headstock looks very similar to some cort's out there...
  13. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    looks like a cross between a warwick infinity and thumb. or dolphin. god only knows where stuff like this comes from!
  14. Betrayer_Bass

    Betrayer_Bass Profanity Fish. Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    Endorsing: Spector basses, Winspear Picks, Spector Formula 603 strings
    Looks like a bastard child of an Infinity and a Thumb, with some freaky neck going on. Custom project I'm guessing :)
  15. aaamax


    Sep 5, 2012
    I wish it was German. But I'm leaning towards some Korean factory (ibanez/Samik/Washburn,etc) prototype. It's the neck that is most suspect.
    Does anyone know how often protos are made and then let out of the floor? I wouldn't think that the asian builds would bother selling one offs.
  16. aaamax


    Sep 5, 2012
    A December bump for the strange bird.