Another Crappy (?) Old Hollow Uknown Bass

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  1. zaraxisof

    zaraxisof TDPRI Member

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    Hello folks, found this weird wooden thing. Hollow bass from 50s, 60s ..?
    Handmade probably? Crappy or decent who knows :D
    Any recognizable clue or part welcomed, never seen those pickups again.

    What do you think guys?
     

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  2. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

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    Yeah, that does look homemade. How does it sound?
     
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    Don't know, my brother found it locally and sent to me, he cannot even test it.
     
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    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    That Pickup is a DiMarzio Model G which firmly places the origine of the instrument in Late seventies/early eighties.
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    As for the rest of the instrument, I guess whoever built it found a top of an archtop guitar and just went from there. Since that top is the only thing on the instrument that doesn't look like its home made.

    Vibe-wise it reminds me of one of those Takamine acoustic basses.
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  5. Collin D Plonker

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    Plug it in.
     
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    Peegoo Friend of Leo's

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    The thing does look mandmade. The bridge is also handmade.

    Somebody put a LOT of work into that.

    The pickup appears to be a Dimarzio Super II PAF humbucker. Looky here:

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    No, it's a Model G.
     
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    It looks pretty cool to me. I’d love to give it a whirl.
     
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    Something about that bridge that looks Russian. Any chance it's a Soviet guitar?
     
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  10. richey88

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    Yeah a lot of work went into that! If the weird neck joint is solid, a little elbow grease might make that a gem. Kinda cool looking, so the electronics work? Looks like a lot of switches, may be a cool tone in there. Interested to hear your thoughts...
     
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    It’s not a solid body is it? Interesting wood on the back? I’m intrigued...
     
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    Nice inputs guys
     
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    Could be East Europe maybe but i don't think so.
     
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    My only concern comes for that look like cracked / damaged neck joint or anything. Seems pretty bad there. :(
     
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