Venson 12-String Bass
Venson brand instruments are made by the Sungbo Industrial Company of Seoul, South Korea. They do business in North America using the Silverstar trade name.
The buyer of this bass, Rick, sent in some photos of his new bass and was able to supply many more details about this it. Here's what he had to say:
2002 Venson 12-String Bass
"Made by Sungbo (I think Silverstar is sort of Sungbo's generic brand when they are not manufacturing for Venson or a zillion other brands) out of a mix of Galveston and Dean Rhapsody parts. According to the seller, it's the only one. His company bought the contents of Venson's NAMM 2002 booth and he was selling off the various show guitars."
"The body appears to be mahogany, with the same translucent black polyurethane finish as a Dean. The smoked-chrome bridge and tailpiece appear to be Dean items. It has offset dot markers instead of batwing inlays. The body shape is comfortable, with a Strat-like contour cut in the back. It's a very small body, not quite like a Hamer Chaparral; more similar to my Godin BG-V except smaller, like a Spector. I like the looks much better than either a Dean or Galveston."
"A push-pull volume for the so-called 'active' electronics just makes it louder and a little hissy and trebly. The pickups are generic soapbars with the Venson name silk-screened on them. The sound is actually nice, clear and pretty balanced. One tone knob is useless, and I will eventually rewire it. All pots are super-smooth in action."
Venson and Galveston Headstocks Compared
The truss rod covers are mirror images of each other.
"Generic black tuners, the same brass nut as a Galveston, and a one-piece maple neck like a Galveston."
Back of Venson and Galveston Headstocks
Both have Gotoh tuners and the spacing on the headstock is identical.
"Construction and finish are very good. Frets are very nicely finished but there's some buzzing at the 12th fret that I have not quite solved with the truss rod adjustments and some gentle tapping with a hammer. Very smooth, glossy polyurethane, and the neck is super-tight in the pocket."
Galveston Bolt-On Necks
"Construction and finish are very good. Frets are very nicely finished but
there's some buzzing at the 12th fret that I have not quite solved with the
truss rod adjustments and some gentle tapping with a hammer. Very smooth, glossy
polyurethane, and the neck is super-tight in the pocket."
"Overall I'm really pleased with the instrument. Rick"