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  1. @Bassassin Did MIJ or MIK basses used string thru bridges back then?
  2. I'm in the same road with you but then there will be even less free space in the house for my son to put his LEGO's. But more instruments for him to play when he grows up, so I'll do it! πŸ˜‹
  3. Waiting for Mr. @Bassassin infos. If he doesn't know, we won't find it. πŸ˜‚
  4. Wish i could. Seller is far away from my area and will ship it. Asks another 20-30 for packaging and shipping so will cost me about 50€. I'm skeptical because the value of the bass alone is less than shipping 🀣 , the fact that i dont like fretless so much and that i see something wrong about bridge / string / neck position there. Those bridge string holes from the back don't look to be in-line.
  5. Yes sure. Apart from that, do you recognize any signs for identification?
  6. New pics from seller. Any guess? Old one or could be something new/handmade/stripped?
  7. Haha, seriously heh, have you ever seen an instrument like that?
  8. Seems like a fretless one i guess.
  9. Hello everyone, i know, in my case collecting old mysterious cheap stuff turned to addiction. But for 20€ i couldn't say no. πŸ˜‚ This is the only pic i got. Any thoughts Mr. @Bassassin and other guys? EDIT: More pics updated.
  10. The whole beast in its full glory. 😍 😍
  11. I am back. Are you ready for a long extended report ? So, the first natural bass just landed three days agoI. As expected, it's a Korean Hondo II HJB-2N or Johnny Guitar (the same Samick Hondo HJB-2N model exported in Europe). And as i was guessing, it's not a No Name one, remember my first post when i was saying that the headstock seemed from the pics a bit discoloured? I was true. It's pretty hard from the scratch to tell the brand, but i think it was saying Hondo II there. ☺️ What do you think, Hondo II or Johnny Guitar in a circle? The bass was pretty dirty, but it is aged very well. After a full cleaning process, restoration and setup it plays like butter, with lovely oldish tone. 😍 If you look and zoom carefully to before - after pics it's like day and night. I removed rust from each every screw using white vinegar, baking soda and Dremel tool, polished hardware with microfiber cloth and Silvo polish, frets using nail buffer, cleaned wood, fretboard and whole thing with damp cloth. Also removed old grease and dirt from tuners, polished, regreased and reoiled with vaseline and light parafin oil when needed. Neck was straight like sword and rod worked from first time. I just made the appropriate little truss rod adjustment by turning a bit clockwise when doing setup for 0.40-0.45 7th fret relief. Low nice action as i prefer it and left intonation for today. This, will probably be a bit hard to do due to double saddle, but will see. Worst case scenario, you must learn to live with things like that when it is about those old beauties. 😁 Electronics: when i got it, neck pup and tone pot were completely dead. Turned out to be a broken solder connection on the neck switch leg and a completely missing tone cap! This must something to do with the replacement handmade control plate that previous owner had done. Someone messed things up in there while replacing the old plate. And could also explain the low price (almost free) i gave the instrument for, as was listed as "not working item".🀣 I resoldered the neck pup broken wire connection, searched internet for pics on what caps those Hondos were using and added an old NOS Philips yummy tropical fish 47nF cap i had laying around from a previous Philicorda organ restoration! Cleaned all contacts with isopropyl and sprayed pots with Teslanol T6 for life. Body: Some kind of ash or NATO wood (accord. to Samick wiki site). 3 pieces of solid nice wood. A bit in the heavy side, the whole bass weights about 4,9kgs. Neck: Maple, maple fretboard. Nice frets, already rounded (no work needed), zero buzzing at all, easy truss setup that stays solid after strings put on, really dig it. Tuners: Seems like they suffered in the past, not the greatest ever, but do their job perfectly. Pups: As the master @Bassassin said, Maxon licenced, unbranded, but comparing with original ones, their specs and measurements online, they must be Maxon's, not just copies. Pretty hot, punchy, but oldish moody groovy sound. Measured about 10.4K and 10.6K. Pseudo humpbacks but single coils, like Maxon's should be. Nut: Used an old brass one, don't think it's original, probably added by previous owner. Cannot say i like it too much, gives a metallic tone that my buddy another bassist found awesome for slappy playing. As I'm not that slappy guy, i will change it anyway lol. Have also ordered from ebay new bridge and pup covers, control plate, thumb rest and truss rod cover. As you can imagine, i really really really already love this thing, big ups to everyone, Peace. PS. More pics to come up.
  12. I see. I will probably go for just a long J bridge cover and leave neck pup as is. Or if you have any links / suggestions to share, would be welcomed.
  13. Yes, true story. I think this thread has way more to go. Will keep updating when receive and restore them. About bridge n pups covers, do you think something like that would fit? What about metal material, should i look for a certain kind (chrome, zinc etc) to match the original? What metal did they use back then?
  14. While waiting for the first bass to come here, i keep digging trying to solve the mystery. @Bassassin Look to what i have found. Johnny Guitar. They share common square heels, narrow backplate (just a sticker that can easily have gone away), pseudo-Maxon pups, tuners etc. https://best-vintage-guitars.de/johnny_guitar_jazz_bass.html A pic from another Johnny Guitar bass and then a No Name Korean 70s (Hondo Samick). Now that i see it, due to saddle and no name in headstock, it's more close to the second one πŸ˜› https://www.offsetguitars.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=42&p=1511787 @Bassassin thank you for your great info on old beauties so far. If you are into those things like me, it's a pleasure reading your posts. Love digging for infos and help too on those pieces of history, more arms on the wheels !
  15. Hehe thank you guys, hope things turn more clear when receive them. I will keep you updated but they will take time to land here as my friends will visit me only by end of February due to covid limitations. I am really anxious to see what is under those monsters! Any other info, clue or anything is welcome!
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