1990s Amigo/Lotus (Romanian-made) Acoustic Bass Guitar

Right -- what does one say about this? It's late-'80s or early-'90s, made in Romania, has a solid spruce top with x-bracing, a 16" jumbo body shape, a stupidly-long neck supporting a 33 7/8" scale length, and way more sound than I was ever expecting. The neck is bolt-on and, unfortunately, won't adjust flat with the truss rod but adjusts flat-enough to play alright after some trickery during leveling and dressing of the frets.

It's not a great-quality instrument but it's endearing and works better than most ABGs with this Martin-like ABG-style body layout and "feel." With a flatpick it's definitely loud enough to play with your buddies in a smaller acoustic jam, though its vibe is a lot more "piano string thwang" than "boom-boom bass." There are a couple of almost-dead cheapish ABGs in the shop for repair that share this same body and neck style so I'm not telling lies when I say it actually works alright. The vast majority of these are simply "plug in or don't play" instruments.

I've taken this guy in trade because it's just not worth selling. I've already put more time into it than it's worth to get it playing decently. It's funny because it has a "modern sound port" via my hacking-out all of the electronics that would have been in that area with my Foredom's cutting bits. Old undersaddle pickup tech is... poison. It's pure poison.

Repairs included: fret level dress, electronics yank-out, relocated saddle (individual "screw" saddles, now), cleaning, restring with used lighter gauges, setup.


Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: ply maple?

Bracing type: x

Bridge: rosewood-like

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: maple of some sort


Action height at 12th fret: 1/8" bass and 3/32" treble
String gauges: roughly 90w, 75w, 55w, 35w

Neck shape: medium-bigger C/D

Board radius: flat

Truss rod: adjustable but maxed-out

Neck relief: some relief

Fret style: medium-wider


Scale length: 33 7/8"

Nut width: 1 3/4"

Body width: 16"

Body depth: 5 1/8"


Condition notes: it's a bit beat-up with some finish chipping/flaking where it's been bumped-around here and there. The original saddle slot is filled and it has replacement, oddball, screw-style saddles now. Stringing is changed to "loads-through-soundboard-rear" and the electronics have all been hacked-out. I suppose I'll put a K&K in it at some point, though.












Comments

Made by the Hora factory, up in Reghin in Transylvania. Good tonewoods (it's in the middle of forests) but sometimes a sloppy quality control and a production in batches of very different instruments...