Saturday, 25 June 2011

Jolana Iris bass - faux thinline Tele bass from 1970s Czechoslovakia
Here's another Czechoslovakian-made Jolana, the Jolana Iris bass, a short-scale bass styled roughly after the Fender Telecaster Thinline (of which there never was a bass version). However, this is not a true thinline as the photos reveal; at the angles shown you can see that the "chamber" beneath the f-hole is barely larger than the shape of the hole itself. It's all about aesthetics and the hole gives a good place to locate the Jolana logo.

This example looks to have been well used and isn't in as good condition as the Jolana Iris guitar we looked at before. Still, it'll appeal to those who like "relics".

G L Wilson

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