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1976 H.S. Anderson Bask Bass HS-B1 Vintage Jazz Bass Natural Ash, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1976 H.S. Anderson Bask Bass model HS-B1 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The H.S. stands for Hidesato Shiino, the so-called “Japanese Leo Fender”, a critical figure in the “lawsuit era” Japanese guitar world who would go on to start ESP and had involvement in brands including Greco and Fernandes. The brand is most associated with the T-style “Mad Cat" model HS-1 played extensively by Prince, and this JB-style HS-B1 bass is essentially the bass version of that iconic guitar, sporting the same thick one-ply leopard tortoise pickguard and Natural gloss finish.

Tonewoods include a white ash body, maple neck, and bound maple fretboard. Weighing 11lbs, this bass has loads of natural resonance and sonic authority on tap, with a present midrange faithfully captured by the stock single coil pickups. These hand-wound pickups deliver a bevy of quintessential JB-style tonalities, with plenty of midrange-forward burp and grind, and a sweet treble growl. This HS-B1 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-105 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Medium U, full shoulders, measuring .845” 1st fret, 1.005” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Maple, block inlay
-Frets: Medium, faint wear on frets 1-10
-Scale Length: 34”
-Nut: 1 1/2”, bone
-Tuners: Clover buttons, nickel-plated

Body Specs:

-Wood: White ash
-Pickups: Single coil x2
-Harness: Untouched solder, full-size Japanese pots
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone
-Hardware: Chrome-plated bridge with steel barrel saddles, ashtray bridge cover
-Plastics: Leopard pickguard (Mad Cat-style, one tiny corner split), pointer knobs

The gloss Natural finish has a handful of minor dings on the body as a whole, largely concentrated along the lower bout perimeter, and faint buckle worming central to the lower bout. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a scant few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.

A gigbag is included.