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[quote name='bartelby' timestamp='1477569002' post='3163018']
I was tempted, but I know I'd only get 2/3 of the way through the process...
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That's the glaring flaw in the plan. It's happened to me, probably about 30 times now.

[quote name='JapanAxe' timestamp='1477569263' post='3163020']
Yeah I bought and sold mine for about £20!
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Shame you didn't sell it to me. I'd have cleaned it, polished the frets, re-strung it, all the while feeling smug about the massive profit I'd make.

Then I'd look at it occasionally, maybe play it a bit, thinking "I really should sell that".

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It's been quiet in here for too long!

Reasonable looking Maya, respectable price, collection from Sandhurst: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Maya-electric-bass-guitar-uk-only-/272453042984?hash=item3f6f778328:g:vg4AAOSwPCVYBQ3e

Satellite, think this is japanese but not certain, looks like a grotfest but might clean up OK. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/satellite-bass-guitar-electric-20-frets-/222320762468?hash=item33c3599e64:g:Tm8AAOSwcLxYMZ0P

Nice looking Aria but I think the price is a bit too high: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bass-guitar-/322334385540?hash=item4b0ca06584:g:MzwAAOSwj85YMW3S

Thunder 1A, looks in decent condition, price reasonable http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Westone-Thunder-1A-bass-guitar-/112210500056?hash=item1a204459d8:g:YA4AAOSwux5YMbLc

And for Suzi Quattro fans (that's everyone, yes?) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-MIJ-Japanese-Ibanez-Lawsuit-Short-scale-Tele-Bass-/332020716222?hash=item4d4dfa12be:g:1PYAAOSwn7JYEUAM

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And another - Washburn Scavenger, 3 days to go no bids, starting at £150. Pickup only Holloway Road, London.

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291946889724?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291946889724?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT[/url]

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[quote name='pete.young' timestamp='1479832442' post='3179662']
It's been quiet in here for too long!

Reasonable looking Maya, respectable price, collection from Sandhurst: [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Maya-electric-bass-guitar-uk-only-/272453042984?hash=item3f6f778328:g:vg4AAOSwPCVYBQ3e"]http://www.ebay.co.u...g4AAOSwPCVYBQ3e[/url]
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I've just bought that (made an offer of £100 that was accepted) as my brother lives local to the seller and can collect. I've now ordered the following replacement parts, all in black:

Machine heads.
String retainer.
Bridge.
Strap pins.
Control panel and knobs.
Single ply scratch plate.

If I don't like the pickups then I'll stick a Di Marzio DP123BK set in, which have black covers and pole pieces.

Now to find someone who can strip the body and refinish it in a satin matt finish like my old Stingray Stealth!

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Don't know anything about these but the build quality looks spot on with thru neck and exotic wood wings. Is this a good deal?

https://www.gumtree.com/p/guitar-instrument/very-rare-1970-s-mij-takeharu-takekaru-bass-guitar-in-hardcase/1202351813

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One of these had an Ebay residencey for a few months a year or two ago, same sort of price & the seller making all sorts of unverified claims about its provenance and wonderfulness. It got discussed right here commencing [url="http://basschat.co.uk/topic/7473-japcrap-spotting/page__view__findpost__p__2536091"]with this post[/url]. Interestingly the Ebay link, complete with pics, is still working:

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Takeharu-Bass-Guitar-MATSUMOKU-Made-in-Japan-Very-Rare-model-/121417792460"]http://www.ebay.co.u...l-/121417792460[/url]

It's quite a cool-looking bass but apart from the slightly unusual body it's all a bit generic, tbh. It's a set-neck rather than neck-through, which you occasionaly see on MIJ instruments from this era.

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There's a nicely aged Jap Crap Jazz on the Bay at the moment. The seller says he thinks a Cimar, it does have the chrome truss rod cover & Made In Japan neck plate which you find on 70's era Japanese copies so it could be any one of a few generic brands. Not a bad price either - if it wasn't just before Xmas I probably would have bought this except for the fact I now mainly play short scale basses. Hopefully Bassassin will be along soon!

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/70s-Bass-Guitar-Japanese-Cimar-Jazz-Bass-copy-Old-but-plays-well/222350970253?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D38661%26meid%3D9fc45c20601d40239e129dd3b1a8537c%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D201751685476"]http://www.ebay.co.u...%3D201751685476[/url]

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99.9% it was a Columbus before it was refinished & had its logo sanded off. Columbus was an incredibly common UK brand but Cimar is very uncommon. Seller seems to be making stuff up in order to pretend it's got an Ibanez connection. Which it hasn't and wouldn't really, even if it was a Cimar. Which it's not. :)

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[quote name='Bassassin' timestamp='1482404011' post='3200204']
99.9% it was a Columbus before it was refinished & had its logo sanded off. Columbus was an incredibly common UK brand but Cimar is very uncommon. Seller seems to be making stuff up in order to pretend it's got an Ibanez connection. Which it hasn't and wouldn't really, even if it was a Cimar. Which it's not. :)
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I've only ever seen these in sunburst so it's nice to see one in a different colour. So it is probably a ply body then? Certainly the sunburst one I have, which I suspect is similar to this, is ply bodied. I must repair it some day.

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Either ply or veneered butcher-block - I've seen both types on Columbuses. I did have a Cimar Jazz 10 or so years ago (which is one reason I know this isn't one!) and it was ply.

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Finally got down to my brother's and picked up the Maya Jazz bass copy that was posted above. It's in good shape, the only thing wrong with it is a missing retaining nut and knob on the treble volume control. In the meantime I ordered a pair of John Birch Hyperflux 3 pickups to replace the standard Jazz style pups. John Carling at JB made the pickups with black covers and mounting rings - delivered to me within five days of ordering, and they look the business. I'll start a (re)build thread soon.

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This must be the shortest scale bass I've seen that isn't a ukelele! Still, despite looking like a mash up of an EB0 and stratocaster, its attracting some interest so must be legit.

Anyone know anything about these?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Zenta-SG-bass-guitar-EB511-made-in-Japan-short-scale-bass-MIJ-1970s-/152384620631?hash=item237ad4c857:g:XBkAAOSwUKxYbqUl

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Cheap & nasty starter bass out of yer Ma's Littlewoods catalogue. Probably Korean.

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I think so, along with Top Twenty & the like.

I have pages from a 70s catalogue showing a number of Zentas (including this one) alongside some JHS-branded instruments, so I'd assume they were the importer/distributor.

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Cimar bass - worth doing up? Not for me.

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cimar-Electric-Bass-Guitar-EZRA-PARK-/282326050509?hash=item41bbf1a6cd:g:viYAAOSwt5hYek7y"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cimar-Electric-Bass-Guitar-EZRA-PARK-/282326050509?hash=item41bbf1a6cd:g:viYAAOSwt5hYek7y[/url]

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Takeharu bass - doesn't look crap at all. Not cheap.

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VERY-RARE-1970-s-MIJ-TAKEHARU-TAKEKARU-Bass-Guitar-Comes-in-ORIGINAL-Hardcase-/172486708376?hash=item2829024c98:g:xnwAAOSw9GhYel5M"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VERY-RARE-1970-s-MIJ-TAKEHARU-TAKEKARU-Bass-Guitar-Comes-in-ORIGINAL-Hardcase-/172486708376?hash=item2829024c98:g:xnwAAOSw9GhYel5M[/url]

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These are both cool IMO - the Cimar looks to be a Fujigen build, going on the s/n (despite the Ibanez/Hoshino connection I think most of them weren't), and the Takeharu is just a great-looking & unusual bass. This - or one the same - has been on before a few times - can't remember when. I think it might be a little more reasonably priced now, assuming bidding doesn't go mad. I think I've also seen this design with a different brand but not sure.

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Thanks for that Jon. I find myself drawn to the Cimar, although the last thing I need is another 4 string bass kicking around the place.

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[quote name='Paul S' timestamp='1484564778' post='3216296']
Thanks for that Jon. I find myself drawn to the Cimar, although the last thing I need is another 4 string bass kicking around the place.
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I know the feeling. It's too easy sometimes to go for these, find they actually bring nothing new to the collection, then polish the frets and move them on, often losing money on the experience.
Interesting to watch them though.

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I think it must be because I came into bass playing late in life so feel I need to catch up with all these different basses I didn't see first time around. However, I have decided I feel strong enough to resist!

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An Ibanez Black Eagle, nice apart from a clunky attempt to repair the usual headstock break.

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ibanez-Black-eagle-bass-guitar-vintage-70s-made-in-Japan-/112264840400?hash=item1a238184d0:g:qqEAAOSw5cNYdUOj"]http://www.ebay.co.u...qEAAOSw5cNYdUOj[/url]

And an Antoria SG which has definitely seen better days. Found in a loft, naturally.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-1970s-Antoria-SG-Type-Bass-Guitar-Rare-Attic-Find-/292001183115?hash=item43fca0758b:g:mWoAAOSw2xRYe9Se

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Bargain alert, at least from where I'm standng:

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vox-Standard-Bass-/172493612892"]Vox Standard (with DiMarzio Model P)[/url] - £85 BIN, £25 post.

Couple of cosmetic knocks but looks in good order, s/n suggests '83, these are generally assumed to be Matsumoku.

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