(SOLD) Raven EB-style Bass Walnut c1970
Raven EB style bass, walnut finish, made in Japan around 1970. You probably haven't heard too many people raven about these... har. Raven instruments were made at the famed and prolific Matsumoku factory in the early seventies, largely for a Canadian distributor who sold them into department stores at the time. This one is a fun little short scale bass approximately emulating the Gibson EB (or SG) bass. It's got a handy little neck that's nice and easy to move around and balances well with the lightweight body. The pickups deliver a growly, snappy thump... there's a tasty roundness to the attack and plenty of natural low end, and when you dig in hard the treble snaps back at you in a jovial way. It's a fun choice for grunge or doom style stuff, but it'll happily cover surf and indie tones too. Heaps of fun!
Model: Raven EB-style bass, exact model number unknown
Made: Japan, Matsumoku plant, 1970 approx
Finish: walnut stain gloss, 2-ply black guard
Body: luan, approx 12-ply
Neck: luan, 30.5" scale, 12" radius
Pickup: mini-humbucker x2
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. The headstock has a chip in the corner, scuffs on the front and dimples on the back. The neck has no major marks, jsut some dimples on the back. The back has some chips on the outside edge on the top, back and bottom, as well as widespread light scuffs, dimples and checking lines. The sides have minor dimples and scuffs around the whole body, and a few little chips in the elbow area and near the jack. The front has widespread light scuffs, dimples and checking lines, as well as some standard play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: good condition (6.5/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Frets have minor wear only, 8/10 fret life left. All electrics tested and working properly. Set up with 45/105 strings.