Orfeus Rocket bass

"Rocket" is not the original name of this creature, but how would you probably call it?

This bass seem to me to be a far copy of the '66 Eko Rok guitar. It uses the same hardware(except for the tuners) as the Orfeus Plovdiv. Only Plovdiv doesn't appear on one of the pu's. The finish looks original, so this bass is in original body shape. The cracks in the gold-paint prove it, as well as the bindings arround the body.

As the Plovdiv, this bass has two Orpheus pu's, with only the brand logo.
The headstock also has bindings (originally shaped too) with a very pointed and original design.

On the pot has no date, only the value (0,22 M = 220 kOhm). The stoptail is the same as on the Plovdiv, so this bass must be from arround the same - or a little bit later, date. The plastic or plexi pickguard (painted black underneath) covers almost the whole body and hold the electrics: two volume pot's (upper side) and one tone pot (lower side). The DIN-plug is also mounted on the pickguard, near the tone pot.

The bridge is height-adjustable (by tumbwheels) and mensur adjustments, an improvement to the Plovdiv wooden bridge. Hopefully there was a 6-string guitar version of this instrument. Here's another picture - with the original bag: Orfeus with the bag

Ivan alias Lordbizarre
"lordbizarre's electric guitar and amp museum"
Rock! electric guitar and amplifier repair
Leuven, Belgium, Europe.

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