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|Identifying a violin bass|
|A rough method of preselection is finding out wether the bass is a bolt on or a set neck.
The appearance of neck-trough bodies can be excluded if it's a real
violin bass. In order to answer this question you should know something
about the history of the violin bass and some similar instruments.|
If you find some writing anywhere on your instrument, it might be the manufacturers name, the trading name or simply the dealers/distributors name.
If there is no significant name (notice: 'Japan' is not really a manufacturer) you still have the possibility to classify the bass by the form of its headstock (e.g. some of them have a scroll) and the arranging of the string tuners. You may find examples on the pale background picture of this page.
In case of a lacking writing on the instrument and an ambiguous headstock look you still have a chance to find out the origin of your bass guitar by comparing its body with those of well known instruments or by simply checking the instruments in the gallery.