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What type of bass is this - possibly made by Matsumoku back in the day?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JJSCigar, May 8, 2018.

  1. JJSCigar


    Apr 11, 2014
    Could it be an old Aria or Vantage?

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  2. JJSCigar


    Apr 11, 2014
    Could use a little help concerning an old bass - thank you!
  3. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    my avatar Matsumoku Lotus L-750 has the same bridge which seems to be nearly exclusive to that factory
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yeah, maybe, one of the big houses from the 70s-80s anyway, I recognize that bridge...
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Neck through P goodness, bet it sounds solid.
  6. Looks like a typical Uncle Mat neck-thru.... White pup covers....

    I'd bet five bucks to a Moon Pie it is an Uncle Mat... As far as what name they built it under, sky is the limit as there were loads of names....

    Lotus as above and I think Vintage, Vantage, Satellite, Aria, early Ibanez I think, El somethings or nuther, Memphis, yadda yadda yadda...

    A bud in the early 70s had a Vantage neck thru bass I've always wanted... Still do... Played like a dream....
  7. JJSCigar


    Apr 11, 2014
    So as long as it plays well - do you recommend buying it? I have been trying to thin the herd, but I think I am going to have a hard time passing this one up!!! Is there anything in particular that I should watch for? I figure the neck, but it seems odd buying something that has no markings or serial numbers (at least externally).
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  8. amphlett7


    Feb 27, 2008
    Basywater, Western Australia
    Audiofly In-Ear Monitors And Headphones
    Matsumoku made Torch brand basses. This could be one of those
  9. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    1) does it play well?
    2) can you without having to pinch pennies for the following week?
    3) do you think that it objectively looks good?

    Edit: after looking at the pics... 4) does it weigh less than 23lbs?
    Last edited: May 9, 2018
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  10. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Plug it in before buying. That pickup is considerably farther from the bridge than normal P bass placement. May sound very different from what you expect.
  11. It plays or it don't.
  12. bearfoot


    Jan 27, 2005
    schenectady, ny
    Looks homemade to me, but in a good way.
  13. brett7276

    brett7276 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    its a memphis - cool MIJ piece there
  14. redstrand


    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    if it's cheap enough get after it!
  15. FilTurd


    Dec 13, 2015
    Pacific Northwest
    Those bridges are cool. I think Hondo used something similar or the same.
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  16. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Could be Matt. Cort also had some similar offerings.
  17. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Yeah. It’s got Matsumoku’s high-end neck thru look all over it. As was said by others, it could have been sold under several brand names. Possibly even more than one.

    If the price were reasonable I’d be strongly tempted to go for it if for no other reason than the idea of owning a neck thru that looked like a Fender PB amuses me to no end. Bound to be a head turner if you play it out.

    I’ve got a Mitsumoku built Memphis with a pup positioned in a slightly different spot than you’d normally expect. Seems to be a Motsumoku thing, and it sounds great. Ditto for the split pickup it came with. Doesn’t sound like any other split pickup I own. One of the best I’ve ever heard.

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  18. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco/HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    +1 to "Play it plugged in" due to the pickup location.
    The neck-thru Fernandes P here sounds VERY good, similar build.

    Pickup may be a Patent Applied For Dimarzio, bridges of that density are used on Hondo's and the 80's(?) Epiphone P, J, and P/J with the Jackson/Charvel hockey stick headstocks. We have samples of those. The bridge is very heavy but makes these basses sound good for how "budget" they were/are.
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  19. sigterm

    sigterm ;) ;) ;), love y'all Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Atlanta G of A
    The finish I've seen on Memphis guitars
  20. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    What scale is it?

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