Japanese Pocket Bass (mid-1960s) SOLD!

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This pint-sized pocket bass is proof of the old adage about good things coming in small packages. It sports a slight 24" scale length--a full 10" shorter than a standard bass scale length, that is easy to maneuver. But plug it into a modern 200-watt Ampeg bass amp and watch out! It produces a gut-shaking rumble that is reminiscent of a bigger, badder upright bass. We have been told that this instrument came from the collection of the late Western bandleader Earl "Buck" Dexter and have no reason to doubt that assertion; certainly, Dexter often utilized these short-scale basses while recording, referring to them as "tenor baritones" or "octave basses." This one, though, is loud, robust and sounds great. An instrument ideally suited for those of small stature and short fingers who need robust tones (and for Earl "Buck" Dexter fans, of course!). One cracked knob (see photo) and evidence of a missing logo sticker on headstock. Comes with a non-original padded gigbag. SOLD!

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This pint-sized pocket bass is proof of the old adage about good things coming in small packages. It sports a slight 24″ scale length–a full 10″ shorter than a standard bass scale length, that is easy to maneuver. But plug it into a modern 200-watt Ampeg bass amp and watch out! It produces a gut-shaking rumble that is reminiscent of a bigger, badder upright bass. We have been told that this instrument came from the collection of the late Western bandleader Earl “Buck” Dexter and have no reason to doubt that assertion; certainly, Dexter often utilized these short-scale basses while recording, referring to them as “tenor baritones” or “octave basses.” This one, though, is loud, robust and sounds great. An instrument ideally suited for those of small stature and short fingers who need robust tones (and for Earl “Buck” Dexter fans, of course!). One cracked knob (see photo) and evidence of a missing logo sticker on headstock. Comes with a non-original padded gigbag. SOLD!