Tonika bass

The legendary Tonika bass is the first Soviet-made electric bass. Made since the end of the sixties together with Tonika guitar - the first Soviet mass - production electric guitar.

This bass belongs to the second generation of Tonika produced at Rostov, Ordjonikidze and Sverdlovsk. The fisrt generation Tonika was made at Luncacharsky Factory of Folk Musical Instruments in Leningrad (St.Petersburg) and was a bit different. There probably has been a bass version of it but we haven't seen it yet.

Studio 1525 (the ebay seller)
[as far as we know, this is the only source frequently selling Cheesy guitars in USA]
Tonika bass

These pictures were posted at CG forum by E, who recently purchased this beauty.

Body closeup

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