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Who made this vintage Japanese SG?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mikk, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. mikk


    Jan 27, 2013
    Hello everyone!

    I'm looking into buying my first bass. I have a great Japanese Les Paul guitar clone made by Burny, so I thought that getting a vintage Japanese bass from 60s/70s would be a good idea. Now, I've found this one. Any idea who made it and if it's any good? I'd appreciate any pointers and suggestions.

    More images: http://imgur.com/a/YYoPd

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  2. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    I have no idea who made the bass, but the bridge and black knob are not original.
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  3. Maybe you can use acetone to take off that black stripe to see who built it. Probably a Matsumoko relative.
  4. tmdazed


    Sep 29, 2012
    looks like there's lettering on the truss rod cover , nice looking unit
  5. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I'd bet on the Matsumoku manufacturer origin, too.

    As for what BRAND it is, could be anything: Kingston, National, Conrad, Teisco, etc.
  6. mikk


    Jan 27, 2013
    Thanks! The truss rod cover says "reinforced neck", and the black stripe ibateur mentioned is actually a shadow.

    After some googling I'm afraid it might be an Amena* or something similar; basically a low quality entry level guitar. The cutouts on the body (especially the one under the neck), combined with the simple switches look rather cheapish to me.

    Don't you think?

    *) http://www.jedistar.com/jedistar_vintage_guitar_dating_a1.htm
  7. Musky


    Nov 5, 2005
    No idea what it is, but it is definitely 100% not a Matsumoku made bass.
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  8. wraithdragon


    Nov 2, 2017
    Sorry to res a dead thread, but I really need that pick guard! I've recovered an old bass from an old shed, and it doesn't have any electronics or it's pick guard. I've been searching far and wide to try and suss it out, but no luck. Hoping to res this thread and get some more info on what this is, or how/where to source this pick guard.... though at this rate it's looking like I'll have to make my own.
  9. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    There’s a guy in the Thunderbird Club that can make you one if you send him a template
  10. wraithdragon


    Nov 2, 2017
    Thanks for the heads up, but I've bought a blank pick guard and will be making it myself.
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