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What is this Bass!?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Iroquois Pliskin, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. Iroquois Pliskin

    Iroquois Pliskin

    Feb 6, 2016
    Hi all!
    I was recently given this Bass from an Uncle (I have no idea where he originally got it from) but I don't have the slightest clue what it is or even what year it is.
    The headstock has been scratched and painted over so you cant tell what make it is. It's says 'Leylend' and 'Jaguar' on the first fret, and 'Dunlop' after the last. Could anybody tell me?
    20160206_115501. 20160206_115442. 20160206_115447. 20160206_115455. 20160206_115509.

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  2. Looks to me like a 1970's Cortez bass. Made in Japan. My opinion is from the rounded ends of the pickups and the fact there should be a truss rod cover on the headstock. And the block inlays in the maple fingerboard.

    The decals are just that, decals. Probably from a model car kit.
  3. Thrillhouse

    Thrillhouse Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Well, British Leyland (which is what the decal says) was a car company (see British Leyland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). And that Dunlop logo looks to be of the tire company. Put that together with the racing-style "50" logo, and I'd say you have a motoring enthusiast who slapped some stickers on an old jazz copy.
  4. Iroquois Pliskin

    Iroquois Pliskin

    Feb 6, 2016
    Well, you were right about it being made in Japan. I've looked at some Cortez basses since you said that. I've found a few similar, but they all have slight differences. Usually the pickups.
  5. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    that is some gnarly removal of a hs decal! :blackeye:
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  6. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State

    Pretty sure its a vintage Kingston neck, if not a Kingston bass.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2016
  7. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    I'll have to change my vote - I believe the 1st responder was correct in identifying the mystery bass as a Cortez... (see pic)

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  8. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    I actually dig that headstock paint and sticker job....
    mikkejohansson and wintremute like this.
  9. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton My P doesn’t have flats or tort Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    More importantly than anything... how does it play?
    AltGrendel and Fingerpickingood like this.
  10. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
    Liking that.
  11. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    The body wood is horribly matched. Wouldn't be surprised if it was a refin.
  12. Murdoc_420


    Jan 20, 2016
    The OP and the cortez both have two holes below pick up and above bridge, possibly missing chrome covers?
  13. Scott C.

    Scott C.

    Nov 24, 2014
    Washington, USA
    Sweet. I'd play that for sure.
  14. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    Some sort of best bass for punk
    Teacher likes this.
  15. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Me too!
  16. Here is a link with photos to a Cortez with similar pickups - SOLD - 70's Vintage MIJ Cortez Jazz Bass-Poor Man's Geddy Lee

    Here is another one - Cortez Jazz Bass 1978 Vintage Sunburst | Reverb

    Doing some more looking around Google images makes me think it could also be an older Ibanez/Cimar model. I don't know if Cortez was also a line made by Ibanez, but all three of those basses looked similar in the early to mid 1970's with the same tuners, bridge and pickups with very rounded corners.

    Here is a Cimar/Ibanez model - Cimar / Ibanez jazz bass 70's japan gogi images
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  17. Iroquois Pliskin

    Iroquois Pliskin

    Feb 6, 2016
    I've yet to find a way to get the action even lower, and it could do with some new strings.. but other than that.. It's not bad at all.
  18. Iroquois Pliskin

    Iroquois Pliskin

    Feb 6, 2016
    Indeed. At some point it had a cover over the bridge and a cover over the pickup, similar to Marcus Miller's I'm guessing. It also had a plastic thumb rest but I took that off myself.
  19. Iroquois Pliskin

    Iroquois Pliskin

    Feb 6, 2016
    You know... You could be right about that Cimar/Ibanez. I've looked back and forth between mine and that picture and they look almost identical.
    Ericnordicbee likes this.
  20. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    The shape of the headstock decal removal looks like 'Cimar'.

    Do these string winders tie their shoes the same way?
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