Just purchased what I think is a Stewart violin bass, from Matsumoku. Unfortunately, it is missing the pick guard, truss rod cover, and headstock emblem. Wondering if there are any suggestions where to kook for parts like this? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Comment: Hi Ian, since pickguard and rod cover on the Stewart model are made from white pickguard material, you can easily saw them out by yourself if you buy a piece of raw material on ebay o.s. The making of a headstock logo is much more difficult if you don't have a sample to be copied. Maybe by chance in an auction? Best of luck!
I want to buy a violin bass, and now I have an offer to buy a Greco VB500 from 1985. But I can’t find much information on these on the internet, so I was hoping that maybe you could help me with some info. First, your gallery says that these were made between 1977-81, but the one I am thinking of buying is made in 1985 according to the serial number (serial number starts with D85.., which is supposed to be April 1985 according to greco serials). Could this be correct? Second, when you say on your site that it is violin construction, does that mean no centerblock? Because this one has a centerblock according to the seller? And lastly, do you have any experience with this model, and if so; how would you say it compares soundwise to a genuine German Hofner (or even to the Contemporary)? I’m sure you’re busy, but any advice would be very helpful and much appreciated. Many thanks in advance! Best regards //Adel
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Greco can be regarded as the Company that produced the most different models of Violin Basses and over the longest time period. Perhaps you noticed the entry following the VB500 where I wrote: "Over the years numerous more-or-less Hofner like versions were following, VB50 (1983), VB650 (1990), VB80 (1994), VB90 (2003)" I once could check such a model (not sure which exactly) and personally I wouldn't buy it unless for collecting reasons, not for making music. What 'violin construction' exactly means you can read on my subpage http://www.fuenfhunderteins.de/construction.html Also mentioned there is the 'sustain block' as a variety of the violin body... but sorry, no idea which of the numerous Greco models has one.
If the bass of your desire has a sustain block, it could compare with the Hofner Contemporary (HCT) which has one too, but I have never heard the Greco. But even if I had, my opinion could not be objective enough, that always lies in the eyes ond the ears of every single person. Try to pay not too much, so you can resell it if it is not what you imagined, then it should be worth a try. Best of luck!
re your unknown violin bass #12 "Made in Italy": that one must surely have been made by ZeroSette at Castelfidardo. Looking at http://www.fetishguitars.com/zerosette/zerosette-hollow-bodies/, the headstock shape and construction (front %26 back) is the same; truss rod cover, tuners and control knobs are identical. Being unbranded, it might be a rejected prototype that never reached production - either a ZeroSette or a JG (as U.S. imports by Julio Giulietti were called). Just possibly, maybe even a Goya - there was never a Goya violin bass, but we know ZeroSette built Goya electrics for the American market.
re Liberty: this was reportedly the "house" brand of a chain of music stores in Nagoya, Japan, in the late 1960s. The builder was Teisco Gen Gakki of Matsumoto - not to be confused with the better-known Teisco company in Tokyo that was taken over by Kawai in January, 1967.
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thanks for that precious information! I must agree, the unidentified violin bass #12 has much similarities to the ZeroSette instruments, so I think you're right with your assumption!
Admin remark: Thanks, but they are already included on the bottom under "Violin Shaped Basses (solid)" Look there: http://www.fuenfhunderteins.de/brandpages/odessa.htm http://www.fuenfhunderteins.de/brandpages/orfeus.htm
Wonderful site! Great work on this valuable compilation. I use the site often for reference. Here is a photo of my Klirahof Special. I had acquired two NOS Klira bodies which were undrilled, unfinished, and had no neck pocket cut. The neck is from a 1966-68 Hofner 500/1 with a new fret board added. I have been a Hofner restoration specialist for many years and I have photos of many of the violin basses I have owned and worked on. Thank you for this epic effort!!!
I have a violin Bass which is labeled Jason Lyrebird on the forehead.It has a light timber rod between the head and the tail but still only weighs about three or four pounds. It looks identical to the blackjack on your site. I could send you pictures if you are interested. Love your site. Cheers Brian Needham
answer from violin basses: Thank you Brian, new pictures are always appreciated! You have mail!