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 Post subject: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 12:19 am 
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Hi. I just bought my first Electra. It's a really neat violin bass. No visible markings other than "Japan" on the plate over the neck bolts. Any clues on how to date it and which factory it might be from?
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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 5:15 am 
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Welcome to the forum - We have a number of Electra Bass "experts" and I'll head them off by asking for a few pictures - headstock front and back, pickups, neck/heel joint etc. Offhand I'd think it's probably ca. '74 or '75, but some of our more knowledgeable members should be able to help more than I can. How do you like it?


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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 5:39 am 
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Welcome!

So far on the forums here, we've seen 3 different versions of the Violin bass

SLM (Saint Louis Music) - 1968-72 maybe. no known catalogs have it...

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PCM (Pacific Coast Music) - maybe same time frame... also, no know catalogs

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and this one...

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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 6:51 am 
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Wow...thanks for the amazingly swift responses and photos...I will figure out how to post some later. For now- mine has the exact body and fittings of the second photo but with the headstock of the third.
I have always wanted a viola/violin bass...never felt happy with any of the Epis I played...tho I love epis in general...and could not justify a vintage hofner. This plays brilliantly..setup is perfect. Still trying to figure out the three switches..I think one of them may be u/s.
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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 8:26 am 
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McB - How do we know that 1st one is SLM? Was there a thread on that?

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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 8:28 am 
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Nick - Can you give us any backstory on the Bass? Where did you pick it up, past owners if known, etc. We love stories and details. Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 10:03 am 
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I found it in my favorite pawnshop/music tradingpost in the pacnw. Saw it Friday...bought it Saturday. That's all she wrote so far.....


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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 11:03 am 
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McB - How do we know that 1st one is SLM? Was there a thread on that?

Theres a link below the pic for the guy that bought it new. I thought there had been sine discussion on that it was in fact an slm rep...

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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 12:31 pm 
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nickpeck wrote:
I found it in my favorite pawnshop/music tradingpost in the pacnw. Saw it Friday...bought it Saturday. That's all she wrote so far.....

Is this the violin bass that was on Seattle CL?

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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 1:12 pm 
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No...it was on the wall in Briz loan and guitar in Vancouver (the first one...in Washington...). I don't think they post.


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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 11:08 pm 
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I used a (new) hofner to test an amp today. The switches and vol knobs are identical to those on the Electra but with labels...rhythm/solo.....neck pu on/off.....budge pu on/off. Is it reasonable to assume the Electra mimics that?


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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
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Hello Ever body! Not to talented at the computer stuff so I hope this is the correct way to participate. If so... Very interesting info on the site. I recently bought an Electra Viola Bass that appears to be the spittin image of the second Viola bass picture including the headstock. Not sure about the vintage but I got it from a guy who got it from his brother who subsequently played in the earily POCO Band. Im not sure I should mention any names of the previous owner(s) but when I picked it up I looked at lots of pictures (family photo style) that made a believer out of me. Admittedly,..I was more Rolling Stones than Poco, but the pics I looked at were from different club dates and so on as well as afterward parties and such. It was all very interesting and a friend that was with me suggested that I get the Bass autographed. I declined to do so because the value of this instrument to me is all in the Mojo. And it has not let me down that way. Im not a Bass player (12 string Jazz & Blues is my thing)...but always wanted to learn Bass. The first time I played it was thru an old vintage Randall Amp. Nothing Fancy...but again...lotsa Mojo on the older equipment. I was pleased that the Bass almost played itself once I got started. Jam'd for about an hour with a drummer and a six string player and wasnt embarrased regarding my contribution. The instrument is very comfortable and very light weight. One of the pickups has been changed but not sure why. As mentioned,...Im not the best at computer tech but I will attempt pictures and more info soon. Im very glad I found this site Thankx all' Z


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 Post subject: Re: electra violin bass
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:55 am 
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Welcome aboard and congrats on a rarer model Zim. Have any other Electra or Japanese instruments?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:36 am 
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Poco - a great band - Rusty Young, Richie Furay, and Jim Messina all in the same group -

What a sound - and the Legacy album speaks for itself.

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