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Old April 3rd, 2011, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ever see this Schafer bass before?

A friend of mine bought this back in 1987, to the best of her memory. It's a short-scale Schafer bass, sounds like the body is semi-hollow. I'm trying to learn more about it for fun -- obviously cheapo, but high on the funky vibe factor. Might be kinda fun to put a great pup in there, though I gotta figure out what the size of that single coil is. The strings are ancient, and it's out of tune, and I played it through my Fender Princeton Reverb guitar amp, so the sound is hard to assess right now.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 11:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i've never seen one, but i love it!!!
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 11:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm gonna say it's a Teisco.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 02:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm gonna say it's a Teisco.
Teisco manufactured for other brands? I was wondering about that. The only Schafer I was able to find quickly on Google was a 335 copy that looked pretty nice, actually.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 02:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Just found this Teisco guitar -- the pickguard looks familiar eh?
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Old May 30th, 2011, 02:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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what is the lenth of the bass? is this like a 24 inch scale?
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Old May 30th, 2011, 02:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yep, Teisco all the way!

I wouldn't go changing pickups until you give that one a good evaluation, and even then, something that groovy shouldn't be hacked into, I think...

If it isn't playable, it's at least COOL! You could hang it on the wall as art!

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Old May 30th, 2011, 03:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ooooh! I would play the frets right off that thing. It is great!
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Teisco manufactured for other brands?
Teisco was - if I got it correctly - a subdivision of Ibanez, sort of Fender's Squier or Gibson's Epiphone nowadays (I know those were separate brands).
The factory was the same, but quality a bit more poor yet the designs were more "custom" and "original" - sometimes simply cool, sometimes totally ugly and sometimes very crude.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 09:12 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I believe it is a 24 inch scale, and agree that it's cool as-is. I played it through my guitar amps and it was funky. Though the strings are so old I wonder what it sounds like with a fresh set.
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A 24 inch scale bass? How does it work? With a scale so short, it might be an electric uke!
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Teisco was - if I got it correctly - a subdivision of Ibanez, sort of Fender's Squier or Gibson's Epiphone nowadays (I know those were separate brands).
The factory was the same, but quality a bit more poor yet the designs were more "custom" and "original" - sometimes simply cool, sometimes totally ugly and sometimes very crude.
Not quite. Ibanez is a brand owned by Hoshino, no relation to Teisco. There was a very short time when Teisco made some Ibanez guitars under contract.
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I believe it is a 24 inch scale, and agree that it's cool as-is. I played it through my guitar amps and it was funky. Though the strings are so old I wonder what it sounds like with a fresh set.
24 inch scale would be short scale for a guitar, not a bass. Short scale bass is about a 30 inch scale. Measure from the edge of the nut (fretboard side) to the top of the 12th fret and multiply by 2 to get the scale length.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 02:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I just bought one for 5 bucks at a garage sell. It plays! The strings do need to be replaced. The person selling it said it was played at the Cowboy Festival in Santa Clarita for the last 10 years. I think it will be fun to play, but also good for a young child to learn on.

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24 inch scale would be short scale for a guitar, not a bass. Short scale bass is about a 30 inch scale. Measure from the edge of the nut (fretboard side) to the top of the 12th fret and multiply by 2 to get the scale length.
The Scale Length is 24, just measured as you instructed.
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Just found this Teisco guitar -- the pickguard looks familiar eh?
It does look like they belong to the same family.

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I just bought one for 5 bucks at a garage sell. It plays!
I hate we don't have those in Poland and I hate the fact that if we did, my grasping countrymen would like to earn at least 90% of the market value on each and every item
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Old May 5th, 2012, 05:24 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Neat one, cool as is.
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