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What kind of bass do I have?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by emily123, Nov 4, 2005.

  1. emily123


    Nov 4, 2005
    Hey guys,

    I'm new here. I picked up a bass last spring at a rummage sale and have been teaching myself since. I was wondering if anybody can tell me what kind of bass I have, as I really don't know much about models or wood or anything. Here are some pictures:


    Thanks for the help,

  2. That, my friend, is an odd duck. My first guess was that it was a import P-bass knockoff, but then I saw it had Fender machine heads. And then I noticed the six-bolt neck joint and the two saddle bridge and the headstock-side trussrod adjustment. Strange bass, probably not a Fender, maybe a bass built from parts or an import.
  3. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    that neck makes it look extremely home made. It has no markings and intentionally is trying to look just like a fender. Some of the grooviest basses ive played are those ones u find that are no names though so it def doesnt suck. Your just not gonna probabbly find another one like that though.
  4. emily123


    Nov 4, 2005
    Yeah, I think it might be homemade as well because there are no brand names or serial numbers anywhere. . . except for the "Fender machine heads." Thanks for the responses, if anyone else has anything to add feel free.
  5. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    If you look at the back of the tuners you can see an old screw hole from the original tuners.
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Hey Emily,

    Is that a seam that runs down the length of the body along the top edge?

    Also, I note that it has screw mounts for pick up and bridge covers, yet the bridge cover mounts appear to have been drilled not-very-even.

    I don't think it's a 'homemade' bass, but I agree its probably an older import based upon the classic Fender Precision bass design.

    Oh, and welcome to TB!
  7. emily123


    Nov 4, 2005
    Yes, there is a seam (or at least the wood grain?) that runs down most of the body.

    It plays very well, at least to me. Did I get a good deal for $15? :)
  8. $15? Well, yeah! As long as the neck is straight, etc, at that price you can Modify it with anything you wish! Nice score. ;)

    I picked up a ('60's?) Harmony Rocket guitar at a yard sale for $25 one year and I've had collectors that want to buy it ever since. It's really cool what you can find out there. Have fun! :hyper:
  9. Welcome!

    $15 is always a great deal but I would advise you to do yourself a favor ... take the bass to a (reputable!) shop and have them check the setup.

    Nothing will frustrate you more as a relatively new player than having a bass that is poorly sorted out.

    Have them check the neck, the action, and the strings (it might be due for a new set.)

    If you're lucky, all of this shouldn't cost you more than $50-$75 and your total investment still won't be over $100.
  10. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    +1 on having it set up for you. From the pictures it seems that you would be able to shoot an arrow off of those strings.
  11. Sippy


    Aug 1, 2005
    thats actually a VERY cool bass. basses are a lot different then most instruments. You can go buy a $9000 bass and it won't sound as good as that 1982 Fender that has been beat up so bad and thrashed around. I am convinced basses get soul the more they're used. New Basses feel so "plastic" or "cookie cutter" when they're new, but once you fade the finish, get some nicks and dents.. it's a bass!
    Thats a very good find I love basses like that.. the unique one-offs. That bass probably has a very interesting story to it!