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  1. Really glad, once again, i found another one that seems identical to mine at this site https://best-vintage-guitars.de/morris_moridaira_precision_bass.html Apart from colour and knobs all the other specs are the same. Look at the pickup screws (that i was wondering if it were replaced..), they are the same as mine! My bass also weights exactly 4.1kgs and in this site it is mentioned as 4.09kgs! @Bassassin is true again indeed, Moridaira. It could also be from late 70s who knows, anyway i felt pretty comfortable when i saw those pups being identical. 😁
  2. Just a last question that could help a bit. @Bassassin: Do you remember what was the pups ohm reading in your 1984 bass? Or what are the average resistance for those Moridaira's, are they in the 8-10K or 10-12K plus range? I got 8.5Kohm and 8.6Kohm in mine. I get a sweeeet tone out of this beauty. Was jamming about 4 hours non stop yesterday night. No left hand pain at all, yeah! Thanks everyone for helping in this long thread so far. One love.
  3. @Bassassin Yes, i miswrote it. By saying "comes from UK" i was meaning "the sellers on Reverb ads selling those No. 81XXXX come mostly from UK", not the instruments 😁 Thanks for Moridaira indication, didn't know about those. After some easy soldering back broken wire connection and replacing old rusty "Japan" out jack (i did my best to fix it but was totally oxidized and jack's sleeve didn't make contact at all) with a new Switchcraft one this beauty came to life again revealing its magical world! My only wondering, is if those pickups are Japan originals...
  4. Me too, that's why i care mostly about it. I found another on on Reverb, again from UK. https://reverb.com/item/20924101-1981-made-in-japan-precision-p-bass-purple-lawsuit-greco-ibanez-hondo-vester Any NoName MIJ with this same label serial number "No. 81XXXX" i have found, comes from UK. I believe there is a good chance someone here knows someone else that owns one. I would be really glad to see if those pups are original.
  5. Good news guys, the second (uknown MIJ cream one) bass just arrived. Looks and feels nice. Just some things that make me worry a bit. I had little output with huge buzz, so i opened up the thing to see what's going on under pickguard. Wire from vol to tone pot was broken and actual wire was missing. Only wire endings on the two solder spots was there, like the wire was cut. That's a pretty easy fix for me indeed, but all those made me wonder if anyone was there before me and messed things up. (Usually, in a broken wire situation, you just find the cut wire there, next to the solder spot...). Then i realised that comparing to the other same model bass i had found online in my previous posts, the pickup screws in mine were more flat-head - modern type and not the old oval-head style ones. The base seems like old brass one-piece vintage style. No markings, writings anywhere. Also look at the pickup wires, one wire that comes from pickup windings inside has the lettering "CSA TR-64" which i guess is a modern type hook up wire, I don't think it comes from 1981. So, maybe pups have been replaced from previous owner and he messed things up with pots? And they left the brass base untouched? Pots are "Noble" branded. Wish i could find someone with same model to compare ohms measurements.
  6. @Bassassin Did MIJ or MIK basses used string thru bridges back then?
  7. 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˜‹
  8. Waiting for Mr. @Bassassin infos. If he doesn't know, we won't find it. πŸ˜‚
  9. 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.
  10. Yes sure. Apart from that, do you recognize any signs for identification?
  11. New pics from seller. Any guess? Old one or could be something new/handmade/stripped?
  12. Haha, seriously heh, have you ever seen an instrument like that?
  13. Seems like a fretless one i guess.
  14. 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.
  15. The whole beast in its full glory. 😍 😍
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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 !
  20. 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!
  21. Hello everyone, another MIJ identification nightmare thread. Found two unbranded basses for little money the other day. The pics are taken from mate's dad so don't expect much, those are the only ones i have for now. Bass #1: No Name Jazz bass, Natural finish, probably Japan 70s, Maxon pickups, covers and thumb rest are missing. Factory? Maybe headstock logo has been erased? Looks like there us a little slight discoloration there or it's the pic. Don't want to bother my friend's dad more with that, so i have to wait still i get it in my hands. 🀣 Bass #2: No Name P bass, MIJ, probably early 80s Lawsuit (I'm not saying the three words πŸ˜‚) in pretty decent condition in its hard case. For this one i found one and only result identical to my bass in the whole internet world. It's an old sold item from a UK seller / luthier on Reverb. https://reverb.com/item/15045310-vintage-lawsuit-p-bass-1981-made-in-japan-faded-dirty-blonde-with-hard-case It's the same as mine, missing covers. I don't think its a Hondo or Vester like mentioned there. What do you think guys? Any help would be appreciated. πŸ™‚
  22. I am back. Finally found another Eko Manta bass for 80 bucks. 😁 Maybe @Bassassin is back from Pina Colados??😁 It's one like this exactly Yes or No? Is there anyone having experienced its pickups?
  23. Hello everyone, i found an old 70's Eko Manta bass in decent condition. Start price was 150€ then got down to 120€. Was wondering if it is worth it, if i could get a usable tone from it. Having in mind that i already own an old 60s Teisco EB 220 (the "shark" one, found for few bucks back then), could this Eko made some difference tonally? I know it's not a big amount, but you know even my old Teisco that i got for a few pennies was slightly used in one or two in my whole discography and recordings when needed, so if the Eko is similar I won't give 120 for it. Own so many basses already and don't want to get it just hanging on the wall. Neither reselling plans here. So if it could be usable at least i would go. Read bad things from a member here though πŸ™„
  24. I see. Contacted Squier asking dimensions or template so to know exactly what i am looking for. Found many e sellers with different pickguard dinensions 3-4 ply etc. Cheers
  25. Hello everyone, had found locally a lovely Squier VM Precision 2012 Olympic White for 150€ in pretty decent condition. 😁 As seller was far away from my place, i had a friend picked it up for me and keeps it in his home till he visits me in a few weeks. I think a vintage or red tort pickguard would be perfect on its wonderful olympic white. So i want to order via china ebay a tort replacement till my friend comes, but read that VM could be pain in the donkey year / models accordingly finding an exact dimensions pickguard replacement. I was wondering if there is anyone here owning a SQ 2010-2012 VM P and have ordered from ebay any pickguard that fits perfectly his body without any drilling. Any specific chinese sellers recommendations would be greatly appreciated guys. For example, i was looking to those: https://m.ebay.com/itm/Red-Tortoise-Shell-Pickguard-3-Ply-Scratch-Plate-For-Bass-Guitar-Part-Or-similar/401934068495?ul_ref=https%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F1%2F711-53200-19255-0%2F1%3Ftype%3D4%26campid%3D5336679160%26toolid%3D10001%26afsrc%3D1%26customid%3D3043X598154X1f125d313493cc7200c768b31f166b0e%26mpre%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2FRed-Tortoise-Shell-Pickguard-3-Ply-Scratch-Plate-For-Bass-Guitar-Part-Or-similar%2F401934068495%3Fhash%3Ditem5d95232b0f%3Ag%3Ap3wAAOSwEGVd3jk~%26srcrot%3D711-53200-19255-0%26rvr_id%3D2553032126698%26rvr_ts%3De3454c721730a99b2076debdffaf59b3&_mwBanner=1&_rdt=1&ul_noapp=true https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Ply-Pickguard-For-Precision-Bass-PB-Bass-Guitar-Replacement-Part-Red-Tortoise/292646396859?hash=item442315a3bb:g:SN0AAOSwZjJU8Cbk&ul_ref=https%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F1%2F711-53200-19255-0%2F1%3Ftype%3D4%26campid%3D5336679160%26toolid%3D10001%26afsrc%3D1%26customid%3D3043X598154Xa935276aef835c94562c28e332bdd6b5%26mpre%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.com%252Fitm%252F3-Ply-Pickguard-For-Precision-Bass-PB-Bass-Guitar-Replacement-Part-Red-Tortoise%252F292646396859%253Fhash%253Ditem442315a3bb%253Ag%253ASN0AAOSwZjJU8Cbk%26srcrot%3D711-53200-19255-0%26rvr_id%3D2553128320254%26rvr_ts%3De34661bd1730a6e571e52f26fe221c2d
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