The Val-Pro 85 “Map Bass” Vintage Bass Guitar

They say good things come in small packages and the Valco/National Val-Pro 85 vintage bass guitar surely fits the bill.

Its large white body shaped like a map of the United States (frankly, I don't see it) is rather deceptive. It gives the impression that it is a much larger bass than it actually is but its scale length was only 25 inches, the same as an electric guitar.

The body was also made from a unique polyester/fiberglass compound which was a huge departure from the woods that were typically used during the early 1960s. This made it a lot cheaper to mass-produce and they could create molds to make any design they wanted.

Personally I think this is a great looking bass. Considering its short scale and that it was made from synthetic materials it was surprising that it sounded as good as it did.

For images and the full story visit: Vintage Bass Guitar

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