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1965 Supro Pocket Bass Vintage Short Scale Electric Bass Black 100% Original w/ Case, Valco USA


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Up for sale, a 1965 Supro Pocket Bass in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with chipboard case. The much rarer of the two Pocket Bass iterations, this version is Supro-branded with unique features both structural and cosmetic including four-on-a-side tuners, a stoptail (instead of a trapeze), white pickguard that follows the body contours, and a pickup with silver foil accent on the cover. A USA-made instrument, this Supro was manufactured in Chicago by the Valco company.

Featherweight at 6lbs 11oz, the Pocket Bass is a true short scale instrument with a full 24 fret range yet a truncated 25" scale. Strung with 50-105 high tension flatwound strings, the instrument offers a nice woofy thump with a dry, percussive character. The bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with a bit more heft and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood slab fretboard retains the original flawless slender fretwire, and the bass plays easily up the straight neck. The bass features a bone nut, and the neck measures 1 3/4" in width at the zero fret just forward of the nut. The headstock retains the original practically perfect Kluson Deluxe double line tuners with the large plastic tulip buttons unique to Valco's instruments. The larger waterslide Supro decal and small foil serial number sticker are also intact.

The electronics function as they should, with untouched solder joints and Stackpole pots which date to the 48th week of '65. The pickup is governed by Master Volume and Tone knobs, and the pickup retains its decorative silver foil accent on the cover. Hardware includes the floating Brazilian rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, and a tailpiece with nickel cover. Even the original pair of knobs are intact, sized differently as per factory spec for this particular iteration of the Pocket Bass. Wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to some light scuffing at the bass-side waist on top, and a few light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro lacquer gloss, free of palm wear.

The original form fit chipboard case with gray thatched interior is included, equally as clean as the bass with original functional latches and handle.