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  • anyone know anything about this exotic MIJ bass?

    Hi - I have an Emperador Electric Bass - sunburst body, tortes shell pick guard, rosewood fingerboard, mother of pearl block inlays, two single coil pickups (its like a fender jazz copy) -
    no serial number on it - just "made in Japan" on the neck plate & "Emperador Electric Bass" on the headstock a-la- a 1960's fender.
    I have no idea how old this thing is - I bought it aprox 15 years ago (mid 1990's) second hand for around $195 (the price included a spanking new set of $50 strings - btw, I'm in Australia here) -
    It was my first bass (bought it cause it was the cheapest thing I could find at the time) and while other basses have come & gone, I've hung onto this Emperador. It's nice to play & has never let me down... done a little recording with it, and loads of playing with it too - it's a nice bass!

    anyone know how old this would be?

    Thanks

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    Pics?
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    • #3
      Emperador were sold in the early 70s in Australia. Pics would help with more accurate dating.
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      • #4
        ok, I'll get some photos sorted out/ uploaded soon

        Thanks

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        • #5
          ok, here are some pics of the beast in question;






          As I said, I bought it in the mid 90's, and at the time it looked like it was brand new - no fret wear or anything (no so anymore)
          ... any ideas on a date? and the neck plat on the back of the bass just says "Made in Japan" - didn't come out too well in the photo - there's no serial or anything else, and the back of the headstock is blank. as far as I know its all original - there are holes on the body for a pick up/bridge cover, but it didn't have it when I bought it - the only thing I've done over the years is change strings as normal.
          Thanks

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          • #6
            It may have been made by Matsumoku. The truss rod cover is one I've seen on Aria Jazz basses of the late 60's. Ask over on matsumoku.org forums, they might know.

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            • #7
              I'd agree it looks like late 60's, judging by the pickups and truss rod cover. By the early 70's most of the MIJ Fender copies were using pickups that looked more like the real thing.
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              • #8
                Hey just wondering if u managed to find any more info on this bass. Your pictures are gone, but from the sounds of it, I may have the same bass. Hoping to find the value. Let me know if u know anything more.

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                • frunobulax
                  frunobulax commented
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                  dude, the thread is 3 1/2 years old.

                   

                   


              • #9
                I was just hoping to find out if the original poster found anything. No point starting a new thread right?

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                • isaac42
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                  stedankel wrote:
                  I was just hoping to find out if the original poster found anything. No point starting a new thread right?

                  Makes sense to me.


                • frunobulax
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                  stedankel wrote:
                  I was just hoping to find out if the original poster found anything. No point starting a new thread right?

                  the OP hasn't been on HC in over 3 years.  unlikely you'll find out anything from them.

                   

                  :robotfrustrated:

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