Wierd Skull-festooned bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Big Shrek, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. No pics yet, am not home...
    Yes, know that's a pain, will take & post pics when I get back home.

    Anyway, found this neat 4-string P-bass-ish bass in a pawn shop,
    custom paint job, deep blue with swirling winds kind of thing,
    looks like a hand pointing a finger upwards on there also.
    Offset Neck pickup, straight tail pickup. Standard Pbass Pick Guard.
    Black Skull knob, then a 3-position switch, then another black skull knob.
    Headstock has a funky inletted 4-point star in a circle...
    fretboard has a bunch of inletted skulls in mother of pearl...
    Tail-side guitar strap mount is also a small black skull.
    Neck is a screw-in, with a chrome back plate.
    Wish the action was a bit higher, but overall, it'll do :)
    No markings, numbers, MFR name, nothing...

    I'm trying to figure out the Knob, Switch, Knob thing...
    haven't found another P-bass with that configuration yet.
    Don't know if the thing is some highschool/college homebuild,
    which the guy did alright on, or a stripped & painted standard
    P-bass which some unknown company made...

    Front/neck knob seems to be volume, rear/tail seems to be tone?
    No freaking clue what the switch does, as it only seems to
    reduce the sound from wide open, to slightly muted, to muted a lot.

    For $80, I'm happy with the sound it! Just have to figure out what the heck
    everything does, or is supposed to do, and if it's a MFR'd P-bass-type,
    or a home-build. At the moment, it's put everything on max, and
    pluck away...which sounds the best so far. Any other settings sound
    rather dull and not shiny...if you get my drift.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2017
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    If you're calling a bass weird and it's festooned with anything, pictures would help.
  3. Alrighty, here we go...

    Looks like a Pbass Deluxe body that's been repainted & had a custom neck/headstock inletted with funky designs.
    Why on earth the guy put that funky star in there instead of another skull motif is beyond me...
    head looks kinda Ibanez-ish...
    The skulls are inletted into the fretboard, which is a nice feature.
    The skull knobs are definitely not off the shelf items either...
    That's my best guess...otherwise it may well be a total home brew??

    The pickguard sits on a raised area, where the guy didn't paint to well, lotsa bubbles there, so I'm probably going to end up repainting it fairly soon...

    Can't find a number on it anywhere, but haven't taken anything apart yet either...

    So at this point, I'd love some ideas :D
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017
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  4. Also just noticed an oddity, might be normal, not sure...
    but it doesn't look quite right...was checking out the ridge that runs around the pickguard...

    And noticed that the Bridge was Bent...
    wasn't sure if it was a normal playbility thing for this brand/type, or if the plastic was just effed.
    At least, it feels like plastic...

    In my mind, that tells me I need a metal bridge...
    but I'm not really certain, as I've been out of the loop for over a decade,
    and that could well be just normal for a P-type Bass plastic bridge, I have no idea.
    But I'd LOVE to know if that just means loosen the strings and get a new one before it breaks.

    Also what the heck this Frankenbass really is ;)
  5. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    I've never heard of a plastic bridge. It would be strange for someone to put all that work in, and then put a plastic bridge in there. Someone put a lot of work into it, and it looks quite nice!
    The switch is probably a pickup selector. Towards the neck is front pickup, middle is both pickups, toward the bridge is the back pickup.
  6. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    Is that bridge and pickguard on raised wood?
  7. Yep...confuses the mind, this one does...
    The Bridge & rear pickup are on the same rectangle...
  8. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    That's wild. How does it play? If it were mine is taken it apart and see what the rationale was. I like the unique look though
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  9. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Yeah that's weird for sure. From the pictures it doesn't look like they need to be. I've seen bent bridges like that before, it is probably a cheap piece. Should be easy enough to replace. I do really like the paint.
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  10. Well, I suck after having not picked up a bass in over 8 years,
    got married, then twins occured and changed my world-view ;)
    but it sounds solid to me, easily equal to my Schecter Stilletto Custom 5.

    I got it on a whim, just liked the look, and when I took it down & played a couple chords,
    just had to have it!! At $80 out the door (it had been sitting at that pawn shop a couple
    months @ $129) even if it's a no-name high school project, it's a very good sounding one!!

    Altho...not real fond of the paint job, figured at $80, I could Skin it or something ;)

    And now I'm wondering if the bridge was bent like that on purpose to give it a
    high action for slap?? Hrm...
    Sounds good picked too...so its got some all around...
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017
  11. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    It may be that the heel of the neck was too large, so they added a platform under the pickguard and pickups in order to keep the action manageable.
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  12. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    The only thing I can think of would be an Antoniotsai product. Carved & raised area on body, 2+2 headstock, skull fretboard inlays, skull knobs, "spooky" finish theme, low price, no name.

    Last edited: Oct 31, 2017
  13. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    I have a 5er with many of the same traits. Antoniotsai is probably the origin, though I have a feeling the instruments come from the same place overseas schecters come from. Here's mine and an Elvis abomination they made too.
    received_1613094078707790.jpeg FB_IMG_1493156129113.jpg
  14. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Almost exactly the same as mine, except a way cooler paint job. Actually has pretty hot preamp in it. Flat black is coming it's way soon though.
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  15. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    If I understand it correctly, the guy is based in Taiwan and runs a business where he buys up surplus or B stock from Far East manufacturers like KHL Corp. in Korea, and then farms the items out to various cottage industries in e.g. Vietnam for additional carving, inlay work and finishing. This means the results are pretty individualistic.
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  16. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    That Elvis one is over the top, I've seen some other Elvis ones on their site too. I'd rock it just for the fun of it though.
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  17. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    I actually really like the graphic on that P-bass.
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  18. Probably has to be, that's the same type skulll inlay on my fretboard, and the same
    strap holder on the tail, same skull knobs...I think we have a winner :)

    And from reading the overall reviews of his work, I think I also lucked out...
    Florida has the same high humidity as Vietnam, so no body cracks...
    neck's straight, used the shop's Neck Tool to check it, so that's good too...
    fretboard looks proper, the inlays are pretty much minimal, so they're set right...
    and, again, the thang sounds great when I play it, and I stink, so that's good!!
    Sometimes even a blind monkey finds a banana :D
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2017
  19. That 5 string is a Beauty!!
    Got a closeup of the body??
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  20. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Yes, a real beauty, couldn't find the pic but it's here on my NDB thread. Enjoy!
    NBD I'll just leave it at that
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