|Early 20th Century German/Czech Bass|
|Upper Bout: 20 1/4"||Belly Length: 45 1/2" (44" over the Back Button)|
|Center Bout: 14 3/4"||String Length: 42" (modified)|
|Bottom Bout: 25 1/4"||Varnish: Dark Chestnut Brown|
|Rib Depth: 7 3/4" (Upper Bout tapering from 7 1/2" to 6" at the Neck)|
|Top: 2-Piece Spruce|
|Back: 2-Piece lightly figured Maple|
|Ribs: lightly figured Maple|
|Neck / Scroll: Maple|
Features: This is an early 20th century import Bass sold by a firm in the mid-west. I have seen two other basses recently with slightly smaller dimensions so that would be the standard 3/4 of its time. This one being longer might have been a small 4/4 model as I think the 5/8ths and 7/8ths sizes were dubbed in by the American market dealers/players in the latter 20th century when sized became more of a fractional business or just for discussion/comparison purposes. Before then it was mainly 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4 numbers being used.
Note: For a Bass in the 80 year old range, this one is quite healthy in comparison to other shop type basses that have been in regular use. This Bass has been well maintained over the years as well from what I can see.
This Bass has been Sold.
|This Purfled design in the upper Back Button area is quite different as compared to the other imported Bohemian/Germanic patterns seen on imported brands like Wilfer, Juzek, Morelli, Pfretzschner, Hofner and others. The Scroll and Neck Button is handsomely done as well.|
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