Late 1960's or early 1970's manufacture, with all original parts except the nut and it is missing the headstock badge; a fairly
common occurrence. Similar basses are seen with a wide variety of different names; a very similar bass with slightly pointed
shoulders is badged as an "Orpheus," another with a slightly different headstock and chromed guard is badged as a
"ZimGar," , and I have seen a virtually identical bass badged as a "Kent" and a "St. George." I believe this bass was made at
the Fujigen Gakki factory, whatever it was called at the original time of shipment. Fujigen Gakki instruments were given a
wide variety of rebranding for different markets and retailers.
This bass was found in a garage, where it was stored without a case for an unknown amount of time, and it shows. There are
dings and scratches all over (mostly obvious on the body back and edges, thankfully) and a section of finish on the lower
edge of the body is completely gone, down to the bare wood. The neck has no side position markers, but that is not unusual
on vintage Japanese basses. The nut was remade in my shop from bone and the correct tuners, ferrules and bridge cover
were ferreted out for correct restoration. The aluminum pickguard is missing two screws; one is present but the head has
broken off flush. The bridge cover has quite a bit of wear/aging that would not polish out. The neck is straight, wide and
comfortable, measuring 1 3/4" at the nut and 2 1/4" at the 12th fret. All frets are good and there is no buzz. The neck is bound
in white celluloid which has yellowed with time. The pickup with its distinctive gold foil insert is loud and clear and the
electronics have no hum or static issues.
This is a full 34" scale bass; most early Japanese imports are short scale and the longer scale definitely helps the tonal quality.
As soon as I got the electronics working and put one string on to test the pickup I knew I had something good here...This
bass has seen it's share of hard times and neglect, it has already been "distressed" or "relic'd" the real way but now has a lot of