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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-string-electric-bass-guitar/283450360393

Inclined to think this is a one-off home build, but aside from the wonky/fugly headstock, this looks competently done. That enormous pickup's quite incredible!

There's a logo of some sort on the headstock - anyone recognise it or able to decipher it?

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Picasso's Overwater ;)

Not sure about competently done those outer strings look perilously close to the edge of that fingerboard. A less clumsy player than me might not find issue there of course, but Id be falling off I reckon

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That's the low B sitting on the outside of the saddle if you look closely. Bridge is a Schaller 3D & it looks like there's scope to move the G saddle inboard, if you needed to.

 

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I expect this weighs 9 million lbs

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I don't think so Harry, more 19 millions kilos. 😁

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That actually looks like an Overwater Classic Deluxe that someone has mullared.

Even the top has what looks like Silly Oak / Lacewood, used on Classic Deluxe basses. I'd be surprised if someone just cobbled that together at home,  as most butchers dont have that kind of exotic wood laying around

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I think it looks quite cool - in a Googie-stylee.

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The funny thing is that it looks as ugly as the Overwater Original series basses or guitars (look at the guitar below), even the headstock. It might be worth asking Chris May, as it's maybe a lost prototype...

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Very strange : Schaller hardware from the end of the 70's, handmade pickup à la Wal old school just like the early Overwater ones, precise pickup routing, precise strings alignment (except the B string not correctly positioned in its saddle), quality woods, same shape, ...

Somebody might be buying a real piece of history.

 

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I've seen this pickup before and this kind of construction. I had an original Polish Rybski bass of the 80's that was as ugly.

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I sort of think this is more interesting that the usual garden shed wonky chop job - the shape's Overwater-ish but not the same, it's more a reverse Explorer. Would be intrigued to know if this is through-neck.

Had a go at enhancing & upscaling the logo - can't make out the lettering too well apart from the R & W, I assume it's initials, the actual symbol's very neat and detailed, which makes me think this is a decal rather than hand-drawn onto the bass.

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