Mr. Hosono, did you make my bass?
I have a 5 string bass that I bought used in about '96...I was told it was a custom built bass and it has no identifying marks on it BUT it looks remarkably like an Ibanez bass. The gentleman that I bought it from told me it wasn't an Ibanez, but I never believed him...it looks like an Ibanez...and at the time I bought it I thought he said it was built by Hosono, which I never heard of. Its a natural wood tone, and light, so I think its Ash, and it has Bartolini pickups in it in the PJ configuration, no preamp. This makes the tone a little thin in my opinion.
The neck is amazing, I haven't ever had to adjust it and I would love to get another one just like it. Its got this weird removable 3-piece pseudo-pickguard that's thick and keeps your fingers from digging too deep under the strings and its made from some exotic wood. I think this is a Gary Willis proto-type bass, possibly made by Hosono Guitar Works for Ibanez in '94 or '95, but I only started thinking that after I found Jemsite and read the posts by Tak Hosono.
Regardless, its an interesting bass, great to play, and I would love to get another just like it - can anyone tell me what the closest Ibanez might be?
on preview I found that I cannot post links or images until I have 10 posts, so please reply with questions if you have any and I will post the images when I can.