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Yet another identify

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by gerry grable, Aug 10, 2012.


  1. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    I'll try one more time to get this old bass to load.
     
  2. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    I still had the old tail piece wire on it.
     
  3. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    Two more.
     
  4. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    The other side.
     
  5. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Look at you posting photos and everything! ;) Nice looking bass, Gerry.
     
  6. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    Thanks, and this is the one my father got for nothing :)
     
  7. eh_train

    eh_train Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Toronto
    Hi

    Re the I.D., I'll agree that it is a very nice looking bass.

    Before clicking on the pics, it looked like a typical German or Czech gamba style, with the tall and thin neck join that was common for basses labelled Hofner. I think the inlay below the button has somewhat sharper corners than most German shop basses, which might indicate more of a hand built item. I guess an obvious question is does it have any label or markings? Note, markings or labels could also be on the back of the top (and viewable with a mirror and light).

    Shame about the neck break: It looks like an un-pretty but solid repair.

    I notice in your profile that say you own an "unplayable German bass". Hard to tell from the pics, but is this that bass, now properly set up? I wondered if you had work done on it because the nut looks nicely trimmed and ready for playing. Can't really tell, though, about the rest of the setup.

    Definitely a nice looking bass!

    Cheers,

    Paul
     
  8. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    Does anyone have any idea? Is this a Juzek? The button from another posted bass that was supposed to be a Juzek looked similar.
    The only written mark on it is a partial sticker:

    aul afran & So
    epairing all Accessor
    8th St Phila

    I think this person or establishment must have been the the luthier who last worked on it, not the maker.

    Thanks,
    Gerry G
     
  9. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    Without any other information, I'd say an early 1950s Hofner or similar german shop bass. The Hofners tend to be 41" string length.
     
  10. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
     
  11. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    Thanks for your input. The string length on this bass is
    42 1/2."
     
  12. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    I forgot the side views.
     
  13. I know what that is. It's a shop bass imported by Paul Safran and sons, a luthier's shop in Philly that went out of business in the late '60s IIRC.

    A similar bass sold on eBay this spring for $2K, which was a bargain.
     

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