Made in Japan (according to the neckplate and general appointments,) 1960's or early '70's. Was sunburst, then refinished purple, then refinished gold with an added 1960’ s vintage mermaid waterslide decal. The mahogany and rosewood neck has a very rounded shape with little taper and decent fretwork. The pickups are warm and the overall sound is surprisingly good despite the chintzy wiring and pots. The heavy solid brass bridge is definitely aftermarket.
This short scale bass is an odd combination of a Fender Jazz- influenced shape and Hofner-style staple top pickups and selector switches. This was given to me as a box of parts, with the body in very poor condition. The tilted-back headstock had a Clark Foam decal at one time (their most recognized rectangular-shaped company logo) but that has long since vanished and I have yet to find any relationship between the famous California surfboard blank manufacturer and any imported electric guitar brands, so maybe the decal was added by a previous owner? A reader from Australia has advised the following: "This may be a 1970 model made by Maya for the Rokkoman trading house in Kobe, Japan, either at their own plant or (possibly) Chushin Gakki. UK importers of Rokkoman goods used the labels Avon and Columbus. It may have been marketed under other names as well. That particular model seems to have been widely shared between factories as a template." He included a photo of a virtually identical bass badged as a "Maya" with red-to- black sunburst finish.