#1
I just found a bass but it has nothing on the headstock so I don't know who made it or anything.

I came here in hopes that someone could identify it.




#3
looks like an ernie ball stingray, i may be wrong.
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#5
it is either a fender j bass knock off. our you just lucky and found an old fender bass. Can I have it?
#6
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looks like an ernie ball stingray, i may be wrong.



...Not really

Looks alot like a Jazz Bass clone.
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#8
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looks like an ernie ball stingray, i may be wrong.

haha what?

it actually looks like a Fender Jazz with maybe a different neck? or some kind of a fender knockoff.
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#9
What do you mean an oval recessed into the headstock?

This thing has probably been in a closet for at least 20 years if that helps

Edit: Is there a way for me to check if its fender?
#10
I can only tell that it has some semblance of being a J-bass.

It could be a knockoff, or even a J-bass body with an aftermarket neck.

Although this is just the inexperienced spewing a guitarist who wandered into the bass forum.

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What do you mean an oval recessed into the headstock?

This thing has probably been in a closet for at least 20 years if that helps


It looks like there is a spot on the headstock between the tuning posts for the A and D strings where some kind of oval shaped object has been for a long time. Probably the nameplate of the maker.
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#12
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What do you mean an oval recessed into the headstock?

This thing has probably been in a closet for at least 20 years if that helps

Edit: Is there a way for me to check if its fender?


On the head closeup, it looks like there's a bit under the G string where something could have slotted in, like a metal badge or something (my jazz copy had one until I took it out). And I think Fenders have serial numbers on the pots.
#13
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Edit: Is there a way for me to check if its fender?


Neckplate?
Any serial numbers?
If it is a copy, it looks a good one with a **** neck...
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#14
No that oval seems to be just in the picture.

If it helps, its a bolt on neck and it says built in Japan
#16
Wow... Lucky it has what every jazz bass needs, godly inlays! Have you tried playing it how does it sound?
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#18
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I took the pickguard off and the only thing underneath is a little nook where the neck meet the body. I also noticed that there are two holes near the bridge. Like the picture below has.

http://www.bravewoodguitars.co.uk/images/62%20jazz%20bass.jpg

in between the bridge pickup and the bridge it looks like those holes might have been from an old bridge


There were alot of decent japanese clones that came out in the 60s and 70s, when owning an honest to god fender was not cost effective for most people. That looks like one. Any serial numbers to be found anywhere?

If I had to hazard a guess, I would say that the holes are from a bridge cover that was taken off at some point.
#19
There are absolutely no numbers anywhere. The only thing I can find is that it says made in Japan
#20
Sometimes there's a number in the neck pocket...

I love the neck on that bass.
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#21
As Anarkee says, its probs one of the many Japenese Fender Knock-Offs that came about in the 70's, some are actually pretty nice though, for a starting bass, how does it sound and feel, thats what's important really
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#22
well I'm a guitar player so everything seems a bit weird. The action seemed ridiculous at first but then I used a tutorial to check it and the action is fine. Setup wise, the only thing im confused about is at the bridge, the part where the string lies (bridge saddle?) if I loosen the string, I can move the saddles around and that doesn't seems like it should happen. I also found an epiphone 800b amp along with it, so I'm using that for the time being.

One little obnoxious thing is it appears the strap nut on the top wing broke off, and was relocated to the bottom wing.
#23
Mabye it was taken off and put there so it could be played left handed?
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#24
I hate to semi-necro the thread, but the other day my brother in law showed some of the music stuff he's collected over the 40 years of his life =p. I instantly recognized a bass he had from this thread:



I know it is a little different (headstock), but thought I'd just mention it (and also point out it has no serials or brand names marked on it either).
#25
Japan was THE place to have a bass built in the seventies. That's why so many bass players who were on their way up in the seventies (Marcus Miller, Geddy Lee) have signature basses made in Japan. You have on your hands probably a very decent Fender knock-off.