Japan, circa 1970. Serial #0134381. This Hi-Flier has what I call a "wineburst" finish in deep red to black; the wineburst color is not listed in catalogs as a color option but it is definitely an original factory finish. The neck and fretwork is amazing and the two single coil pickups are full, deep and warm but not a bit dull or muddy in tonality. The switching and even the volume and tone pots are far better than most Japanese instruments of this era. The bridge cover with the foam mute is original. There is one small scratch on the body and some marks on the bridge cover, otherwise this is close to showroom quality.
I believe this is a very early Hi-Flier, differenced from later models by the logo that is a raised badge instead of a decal, single coil pickups instead of humbuckers, and the black plastic heads on the tuners. As is all too common even on good quality vintage Japanese instruments, there are no side position markers. That is about the only fault I can find with this beauty; it really has to be seen, heard and played to be truly appreciated. Of all the early Japanese imports, Univox basses seem to be some of the most consistent in quality of construction and components. This is a very cool Ventures-style bass for a fraction of the cost of a Mosrite and is certainly made as well as many modern instruments.