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Old 06-18-2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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Please help a complete newb!

Hello all
I am totally new here and totally new to playing. My plan is to be self taught primarily, but know I'm gonna need some lessons eventually. Here is my problem, I was gifted a bass from my Dad, as a result of our moving one of the tuning keys was broken off even with the headstock. I would like help identifying the bass so that I can replace said tuning 'machine?'(is that right?- i said complete newb-) I have priced around on the 'net but dont see exact replacements of what I see on the guitar. In my pics folder I uploaded pictures of the bass from various angles. There is absolutely NO brand stamp or model numbers or identifying info that I can see.
I could have a gem here... or a complete foreign copy. I frankly dont care which it is( I just wanna learn) but I do want to replace the broken piece with something similar to what is on the guiitar. ANy help is greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
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You would need a vintage style "elephant" ear tuner.



EDIT:Any brand of tuning machines would work if it's the right ream and style.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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Firstly, THANK YOU fro your reply!! OK I am guessing you looked at my pics. Can u guess a brand name? Or could it have been a build from scratch situation.? I ask because trying to identify the pickups/electronics if they ever need repair/replacement. Also to be able to tell someone, when asked "what is it" something more specific than,"mine" lol. I live in GA, but rally want to do this myself instead of going to a shop to replace this, suggestions on a place to buy this online? Thanks again!!
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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1.The bass is most likely a 60's Teisco or another Japanese brand sold at Sears.
2.Allparts.com, Bestbassgear.com, and the like sell these parts.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:44 PM   #5
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Yes--its a Teisco or Kent. There are a few webpages out there that deal with vintage Japanese Basses and guitars, just do a quick google search.

Another site to check out for tuners is Stewart MacDonald. I found that they are reasonable and rather helpful in finding parts.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:54 AM   #6
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They get sold on eBay a lot too. No idea what the quality is like though.
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