Can anyone identify this Bass?



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Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby MrNovember » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:54 pm

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I bought it SUPER cheap the other day. It needs a new bridge and finger rest. Also, has scratchy pots, but they feel pretty good so I may just try to clean them
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby Chankgeez » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:02 am

Kingston? Kawai?

Something of that ilk.
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby MrNovember » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:10 am

That's kind of what I was thinking. It actually sounds surprisingly great considering it only has one working string
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby Chankgeez » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:17 am

Yeah, I love instruments like that. :love: You totally scored. :!!!: I think those pickups sound great.
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby actualidiot » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:06 am

Man that is hot. Headstock looks like a Klira.
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby Chankgeez » Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:33 pm

"You can't copyright circuits really." - Ed Sanner …………….0.............
"… and they have to tell Ornette that he cannot play the trumpet and violin." - Miles
"Well, I'm not a fan of reverb on guitar, but I like to create space using a lot of delays." - Robin Guthrie
"The effects market was really nothing more than a bunch of beggars and theives, all building off one another's work." - Dan Armstrong…...........................…
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:02 am

Chank, that one looks pretty close. I was looking through pictures of Kingstons and Kawais and it could definitely be one of them.

I'm excited to get this thing going again. Anyone have suggestions for a cheap but solid bass bridge? I have zero qualms about leaving holes in this thing. It's a beater
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby Chankgeez » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:03 pm

I'm pretty certain it was made by Kawai. Whether it was branded as a Kingston or not is anybody's guess.

That bridge doesn't look too bad considering. If it's functional, I might leave it as is. If not, I'd look around on eBay for something that might fit. I wouldn't go with anything too heavy though.

Here's one that may or may not fit: http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1960s-T ... xy63FSyb7H
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:13 pm

I guess that's a good point, the bridge isn't a total write off. It's missing one of the height adjusting screws and the other three are pretty rusted. Not sure if they'll even turn. If I could find a set of those and I can get the old ones out, it'd probably be enough.
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby Chankgeez » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:19 pm

I'd try cleaning up that bridge first and seeing if you can find a replacement screw that fits.

At least that bridge is adjustable. A lot of 'em came with non-adjustable bridges (like the one I posted above).

These types of instruments tend to be really playable. Obviously things that usually need to be worked on/replaced are the bridge, tuners and electronics. I like having as little work done as possible.
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:31 pm

Yeah I'll definitely give that a try first and I'm pretty sure that's the majority of the work I'll have to do too.

I'm going to try to clean the pots; like I said, they're a bit scratchy, but they feel pretty good still. The jack is still solid and doesn't cut out at all. The tuners aren't too smooth, but they seem to hold tension. The finger rest is broken exposing some sharp screws, but I can just take that off. So hopefully just a bit of bridge work and cleaning the pots will be enough.
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby kosta » Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:16 pm

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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby repoman » Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:44 pm

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When you turn the knob, it does not sound bad. 
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby waltdogg » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:04 am

looks like a teisco del rey
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Re: Can anyone identify this Bass?

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:39 am

All I can say is that I'm jealous because it looks great.

If you want a cheap replacement bridge and aren't too bothered about keeping the look of the original I'd go with a cheap fender style because you can get a decent very adjustable bridge for $20 or less. Hole placement will be different but it's easy to set one in the right place if you know what you're doing.

That said the bridge on yours looks basically OK to me.
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