NBD: Japanese Beatle bass copy...for $20!

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  1. cynic79

    cynic79 Senior Member

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    My wife, son, and I stopped by a flea market today to do some browsing. I spotted this little beauty out of the corner of my eye:

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    A quick run to an ATM later, and I had her for just $20.

    The guy selling it told me that it doesn't work, but I think the output jack just needs to be reconnected or replaced. It needs a setup too, so I might just take it to a tech for some TLC. It's very loud acoustically; I could probably keep up with a quiet acoustic jam.

    I even got a case with it, although this one looks like it's been through a war zone.

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  2. GammyBird

    GammyBird Senior Member

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    Nice score!!!!
     
  3. Hawiian2

    Hawiian2 Senior Member

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    Agreed! $20.00 is a great deal.
    Very nice find.
     
  4. Mule Train

    Mule Train Senior Member

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    I like that bass, and for 20.00, way to go!!
     
  5. Benjammin

    Benjammin Senior Member

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    Pinkie Senior Member

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    Thats how its done!! Good score!
     
  7. captcoolaid

    captcoolaid Senior Member

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    Very sweet. My dad still has his 64 Hofner. Looks pretty damn close.
     
  8. lespaul01

    lespaul01 Banned

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    Good deal man.. Nice work, I am looking for a cheap bass too. $20.00 would be a great score for sure.
     
  9. SteveGangi

    SteveGangi V.I.P. Member

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    Nice score. I will laugh if it is just a cold solder joint or a loose connection :thumb:
     
  10. LtKojak

    LtKojak Senior Member

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    I really hope this is the case. Those p'ups are known for short-out after some twelve+ years due to internal corrosion. If that's the case, there's nothing you can do about it. The best you can do is to get new p'ups for it, as the cost to rewind'em is too high.

    HTH,
     
  11. Couldn'tStandTheWeather

    Couldn'tStandTheWeather Senior Member

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    Score! Day Tripper, Yeah!!!!
     
  12. Snake

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    I love that bass shape!

    Good deal :D
     
  13. snaredrum

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    these are the comfiest basses to play by a mile. stick some rotosound black strings on it and you're in Abbey Road heaven :thumb:
     
  14. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    msfenderarg Senior Member

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    $20?!? Great deal!

    Congrats!
     
  16. loneguitar

    loneguitar Senior Member

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    Heck, for 20.00 I wouldn't care if it worked. I'd hang it on the wall. Nice find.
     
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    teame1 Senior Member

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    $20 with a case. Nice find. Any clues as to who made it and when?
     
  18. Neofelis Nebulosa

    Neofelis Nebulosa Senior Member

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    Very nice score.

    But seriously; Dude, you went to a flea market without $20 in your pocket? :naughty:

    Just pulling your leg. Great deal!
     
  19. RobertF

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    Very cool! I got a similar one for Xmas in '68. Recorded bass parts with it for the next 20 or so years. My control panel was slightly different than yours and took a bit of fiddling to get the right sound, but when dialed in, it was the shit.

    Have a great time with yours!


    Here's a pic of mine from 1971. I had used the guitar in a high school tv show a couple weeks before, and we went crazy with black tape trying to cut the lens flares down!

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  20. HOT-BRIT

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    Now you got th deal of the year so far !!!!!!!!!
     

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