Friday, 11 December 2009

Jolana Basso IX

Hailing from Czechoslovakia in the early 1970s the Jolana Basso IX (this example for sale on eBay right now) is known as a cheaply-made poorly balanced instrument. It's a short-scale bass, so add this to its already none too impressive pedigree and I think it's unlikely that you're going to get a good sound out of it. It's main attraction its craziness, and is probably one for the collectors of weird and wacky guitars such as those coming out of Eastern Europe and Russia.

The poorly-cut plate carrying the volume and tone controls on this example is not original. To see how this bass should look and to read more about it, see Cheesy Guitars (plus more about the Jolana brand).

Seeing as this bass is not entirely original and is only really of value to collectors I think that the seller is being rather optimistic with the listed Buy It Now price of US $808.00 (approximately £497.17).

G L Wilson

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