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Old 11-20-2012, 01:52 PM   #1
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What Bass guitar is this? Vintage content.

If anybody can give me any info about this i'd greatly appreciate it. I was given it as a gift from my neighbour. Sadly he doesn't live near me anymore so i can't find out anything from him. I'm not sure what wood it is, or how it plays (looks and feels too old to play, also i dont have an input lead that fits it.).

I'm after any info possible, make, age, what the switches do, Price?






I am sorry for large pictures. If this is a problem, i can provide a link to another website with the pictures on.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:01 PM   #2
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That looks, weird, yet awesome.

Can't help you though. Sorry.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:03 PM   #3
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Don't worry, i completely agree with you. It's the weirdness about it that makes it slightly more awesome than other basses,
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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MIDI bass?
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
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I should probably add, the person who gave me this was a very old man, and he said he used to use it in a band a LONG time ago.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:33 PM   #6
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Whatever it is, it looks sexy as heck!

That's a balanced lead, too.. not sure what any of the switches do. You should get a cable and play it.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:03 PM   #7
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That hardware just screams Soviet.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:12 PM   #8
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Good call that does look alot like a Borisov Bass



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This is another Borisov bass shot. Look familiar?



It also appears from digging through some other forums that your bass has some built in effects, either fuzz or phaser. You really need to plug that baby in and give it a try and report back!


As far as age, it probably dates from the 1980s. Here some more info from a page on Russian guitar manufacturers.

Belorussian factory of musical instruments, Borisov

Factory in Borisov started making electric guitars only in the 80's. Three models - Formanta, Solo-II and Bas-I were produced through the 80's and the last known guitars left the factory in 1992. The Borisov factory still exists, but they make acoustic guitars only.

There's some confusion with the model names. Formanta is also called Solo-II (see the manual), the bass is sometimes nicknamed Solo bass (because of the design resemblance and somewhat useless model name - "Bas-I", imagine having a car model named "Car-I") and Solo-II is often referred to as Solo. Actually, there was no Belorussian Solo-I or Solo model and we have no clue where "II" comes from. It's possible that "Solo" model existed (but we haven't seen it yet) and another possibility is that almost every Soviet guitar producer had "Solo" model so Borisov decided to distinguish their guitar from the rest of the pack.

The guitars feature loads of onboard effects and the same terrible playability as the other Soviet monsters. Solo-II even has a separate metal chassis inside the body with all the electronics which weighs almost as much as the guitar.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:23 PM   #9
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Whatever it is, it looks sexy as heck!

That's a balanced lead, too.. not sure what any of the switches do. You should get a cable and play it.


DINs aren't always balanced. Can't imagine a bass like that having balanced circuitry on board either. Would be dead useful to have in a studio if it did, though.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:58 PM   #10
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all.. the buttons... GIVE THEM TO ME.
on topic of things i want, midi output. i could have hours of fun with that.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:40 AM   #11
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Crazy, thanks for all the information guys.
Now to get the proper cable and see if this works.
Anybody know how much these basses go for nowadays?

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Where on earth can i get a cable like this?
Currently trying to find one that is 5 pin to jack so i can plug it into an amp, but all the info i'm getting (If any) is that i have to make one.
I appreciate your help so far, and would appreciate help with this subject also.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:30 PM   #12
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I am really intrigued by this Guitar, you could get something like this and an adaptor to try and play it with http://compare.ebay.co.uk/like/3803...type=pla&crdt=0 . I cannot find a 5 pin XLR to a 1/4 inch jack anywhere.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:55 PM   #13
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If you know anything about electronics you could buy a 1/4" jack, remove the current one and replace it, won't be all original but it will play.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:46 PM   #14
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^ Lets say i don't, how would one go about doing that? Or is that a google search?
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:03 PM   #15
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^ Lets say i don't, how would one go about doing that? Or is that a google search?



^Something like this^?
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:40 PM   #16
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But that jack likely has more than two wires for the output, so how would you go around soldering up to 6 wires to a 1/4" jack? even if you got a stereo one that's only 3.
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But that jack likely has more than two wires for the output, so how would you go around soldering up to 6 wires to a 1/4" jack? even if you got a stereo one that's only 3.


Google?
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:36 AM   #18
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to be fair, those soviet DIN cables are hard to find any information on.

you want one of these to be able to use it
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1ft-1-4-Ste...=item3f1bfddd84
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Above link involves no soldering yes?

Could be the route i'll take! I'll be sure to let y'all know how it sounds (if it works!!) when i eventually get one of these cables.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:12 AM   #20
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I've seen these before (something very similar), if I'm not mistaken the guy who was playing it was using one of these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-Pin-Din...=item588e5c1303

and one of these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-5mm-Ste...=item43abbb10e3
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