THIS PROJECT IS NOW COMPLETE. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ONE, WE MAY HAVE ONE HERE: http://www.eastwoodguitars.com/tonika-bass/
The legendary Tonika Bass was the first Soviet-made electric bass and it was the first experience of Soviet luthiers. Towards the end of the 1960's, when this Bass was made, not too many Soviet citizens were allowed to go abroad, and probably none of the Tonika creators had any experience in electric guitar building. Made in the end of the sixties together with Tonika guitar - the first Soviet mass - production electric guitar. Tonika were produced at Rostov, Ordjonikidze and Sverdlovsk. The fisrt generation Tonika was made at Luncacharsky Factory of Folk Musical Instruments in Leningrad (St.Petersburg). (credit http://cheesyguitars.com/tonika.html)
With our modern production facilities we can bring this beast back to life and make it a professional player!
Specifications: Basswood Body, Maple Bolt-on neck with Maple fretboard. 32" scale. Dual Custom Pickups, two volume and one tone control.
We plan to bring this to market at a price of only $549. Custom gigbag will be included. Only available in Black, but if we get to 200% funding we will offer multiple choices on the pickguard similar to the ones shown in these photos of the originals. Which would you prefer? Red Tortoisehell? Green Tortoiseshell? Gold Flake? I think their all cool...