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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JJSCigar, May 8, 2018.
Could it be an old Aria or Vantage?
Could use a little help concerning an old bass - thank you!
my avatar Matsumoku Lotus L-750 has the same bridge which seems to be nearly exclusive to that factory
Yeah, maybe, one of the big houses from the 70s-80s anyway, I recognize that bridge...
Neck through P goodness, bet it sounds solid.
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....
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).
Matsumoku made Torch brand basses. This could be one of those
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?
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.
It plays or it don't.
Looks homemade to me, but in a good way.
its a memphis - cool MIJ piece there
if it's cheap enough get after it!
Those bridges are cool. I think Hondo used something similar or the same.
Could be Matt. Cort also had some similar offerings.
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.
+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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The finish I've seen on Memphis guitars
What scale is it?