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1968 Greco violin bass
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Hofner Beatle bass copy!

This is a beautiful example of the beginning of the copy era...a 1968 Greco violin bass copy,model 971. These of course are meant to immitate the Hofner basses made famous by Paul McCartney of the beatles. Nice light body, with more of a guitar type of sound. Relatively fast neck and versatile. The only changes made to this bass may be the pickguard, and the re-painted headstock. This guitar was produced by either Teisco or Fujigen for Kanda Shokai(Grecos parent company}.There is also a larger bodied version of this bass from the same era, model 972, with a larger lower bout and longer scale neck...

1968 Ibanez 330/335 copy bass
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Nice full sound with a light weight body....

This is a 1968 Ibanez 330/335 copy bass. It is either Teisco or Fugigen made for Hoshino. Nice light weight, full sound, and comfortable neck. All original....a rare find.

1970's Starfield{Hoshino/Ibanez} Bass
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"Lawsuit era" fretless Jazz bass copy

This is a mid 70's Starfield bass by Hoshino. This is one of the so called "lawsuit era" designs. I say so called because only one lawsuit was ever filed, and it didnt involve Fender copies which is what this is. This is a great bass, heavy, fast neck, made even quicker by being fretless. Missing the original pickguard, but thats just a cosmetic thing. Its a great player. The carnage in the backround is my oldest sons room...no comment!

THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO ALL BASSES, REGARDLESS OF PEDIGREE, MAKE OR MODEL. THESE ARE MOST OF MY BASSES AT THE MOMENT, BUT THERE ARE OTHERS COMING. WANT YOUR BASS POSTED HERE? SEND ME SOME PICS!

1962 Ibanez 1902 bass
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Restoration project underway!

This is a 1962 Ibanez model 1902 bass. These were made from '62-65 in the Tama plant, and appear under several brands, Ibanez, Dixon, Continental, and Hy-lo. Two low power pickups housed in incredibly large tack welded cases, solid body, thumb rest, pearloid pickguard, and thick neck. Not the best of players, but they do keep in tune well. This one is under re-construction.

1960's Kapa Continental Bass
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Slim fast neck, single Hofner pickup!

This old girl is a mid sixties Kapa continental bass. It looks very much like a Fender of the same era. Made in Maryland, USA, this bass employs a single Hofner pickup, slim, fast neck, and relatively lightweight solid body. The color on this one was a lemon yellow at one time, but it has mellowed to a lighter shade. Well made bass, and a decent player.....

Got a guitar or bass you'd like to sell? Contact me at millscarpet@earthlink.net ....we are always looking for new aquisitions! Bill

*IBANEZ*
*GRECO*
*TEISCO*
*GUYATONE*
*SILVERTONE*
*KAPA*
*HOFNER*
*EGMOND*
*KAWAI*
*KENT*
*LION*
*CRUCIANELLI*
*GOLDENTONE*
*REGENT*
 
 
 

Unknown Kawai Bass
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Late 1968 or early 69

{ABOVE}This is a late 60's Kawai bass. Note the combination of items from different manufacturers used on this item, Teisco fretboard, Hoshino knobs and scratchplate, Fujigen neck and Teisco body. Kind of a Frankenstien of Basses.

{BELOW}Here is a rare one, Fujigen made SG copy from late 71 or early 72. Note the slotted headstock! Thunderous sound, maple over mohogany, finished to a mirror polish. A beautiful older bass that not only looks good, but plays well too. This bass was in that era where Japanese manufacturers were paying attention to looks AND quality.

1971 or Early 72 SG copy bass
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Early Fujigen, Rare slotted headstock

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