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So this beastie arrived today and I'm glad I took a gamble, was purchased at a general auction and was listed simply as a 'custom bass guitar' , it looked interesting and of good quality (woods/brass nut etc etc) so thought it worth a punt.

It plays REALLY well and has sustain for days, I'd love to know more about it but I cannot find any indentifying marks, the body shape is ringing a VERY faint bell but I can't nail it down, clearly has hints of Alembic but that headstock is very old Aria Pro II batwing,  I know there's a lot of trading accross these forums, anyone encountered it before? or have any ideas as to it origins?

 

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That headstock is very Aria.  It's not that far off a Westone either.  TBH I don't think it's either, but I'm not really Up There with this knowledge.

 

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1 minute ago, Reggaebass said:

What’s the writing on the pickups 

Select by EMG 

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It's a Camac, made by Eko in Italy. It's a blinged-up variation of Eko's BX series. These were 80s (obviously!) & very influenced by the styles of the time

https://www.fetishguitars.com/eko/eko-the-final-years/eko-camac/

Brandoni Guitars in Wembley bought up all of Eko's old stock when they closed, and interestingly still have these advertised as in stock, either as neck/body or fully built bass. This one's probably a Brandoni bass, as it doesn't look 30+ years old.

Should mention that I'd rather like one of these...

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28 minutes ago, Bassassin said:

It's a Camac, made by Eko in Italy. It's a blinged-up variation of Eko's BX series. These were 80s (obviously!) & very influenced by the styles of the time

https://www.fetishguitars.com/eko/eko-the-final-years/eko-camac/

Brandoni Guitars in Wembley bought up all of Eko's old stock when they closed, and interestingly still have these advertised as in stock, either as neck/body or fully built bass. This one's probably a Brandoni bass, as it doesn't look 30+ years old.

Should mention that I'd rather like one of these...

I have what I believe is a BX7 One P and One J. Stripped back, with a 2 X V and 2 X T mod, which I bought out of curiosity and have found it a surprisingly good bass, I think you would enjoy having one, to add to you family of instruments. :D

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🤣 step away for an hour so so  to do dinner and Bassassin gets the job done, why am I not surprised!!

Great info, if I let her go at some point @Bassassin gets first refusal for just being an awsome font of all knowledge

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13 hours ago, BreadBin said:

It looks ripe for a bit of upgrading

Indeed, I'll give her a chance as is and see.  So far everything seems to be pretty decent quality but maybe pups...

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I had those pickups in a Westone Thunder and liked them, quiet with a balanced tone I thought. Would probably work well with an active preamp (mine were just wired passive).

 

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I think I have a 3 pot active preamp setup somewhere in my spares but I'm going to give her some time before contemplating any changes

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1 hour ago, christhammer666 said:

looks very westone from that headstock

It might do. But it's not. :)

20 hours ago, Bassassin said:

It's a Camac, made by Eko in Italy. It's a blinged-up variation of Eko's BX series. These were 80s (obviously!) & very influenced by the styles of the time

https://www.fetishguitars.com/eko/eko-the-final-years/eko-camac/

Brandoni Guitars in Wembley bought up all of Eko's old stock when they closed, and interestingly still have these advertised as in stock, either as neck/body or fully built bass. This one's probably a Brandoni bass, as it doesn't look 30+ years old.

Should mention that I'd rather like one of these...

There's some speculation these might have been Japanese-made but there appears to be no supporting evidence beyond 'stripy = Matsumoku'. Which is, of course, nonsense.

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I'll have a proper search for a MIJ marking although I suspect if it was going to be there it should be on the outside somewhere obvious, I'll dig out my magnifying glass and do a cavity search just in case😲

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Missed out a key bit of info here, £££???? :D 

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Heavy???

I tried one at Brandoni's and it felt heavier than the Warwick 5er I took with me...

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44 minutes ago, Kev said:

Missed out a key bit of info here, £££???? :D 

Excellent question,  140 winning bid, ended up as a total of about 210 with auction fees and shipping, came in a hard case too😁

 

39 minutes ago, TheGreek said:

Heavy???

I tried one at Brandoni's and it felt heavier than the Warwick 5er I took with me...

Just popped her on the scales, a shade over 4.6kgs, so not too bad

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5 hours ago, Booga13 said:

Excellent question,  140 winning bid, ended up as a total of about 210 with auction fees and shipping, came in a hard case too😁

 

Total bargain. 😎

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