Finish on neck is worn off. Varnish on body is chipped or worn in a bunch of places, especially the corners, but no cracks and no gouges through the wood. The end pin is loose but holds the tailpiece fine. The scroll was broken and glued, above the upper tuning pegs.In spite of everything going against it, it holds it's tune and plays good. Cosmetically it is rough (see photos), but the instrument is sturdy.
It has no makers mark, brand or serial number. The size, construction and nylon strings suggest cottage industry in northern Mexico, a hand-crafted, wood laminate tololoche contrabajo.
Yes, I've looked inside the F-holes. Still no makers mark, brand or serial number.
It is hard to guess the age. It likely has been passed cousin to cousin, friend to friend, sometimes a beloved instrument, sometimes a white elephant that was a pain in the ass to store and move.
It has definitely been to a lot of parties and judging from the non-matching screws, a few field-repairs. I was told my first set of pictures lacked "sex appeal" so I took better ones. Certainly fits the look of a front-porch jug band. Things you'll probably want to do: -Sand (or fill in) finger board. The strings have worn grooves in the neck from fingering.The strings sit high because the bridge is too tall. It should be modified or replaced. Possible fills in corners and worn areas, repair cosmetic damage. But you're taking away that gritty, folksy charm that Hipsters love. The item "Upright Double Bass Size 1/2 Folk Band Tololoche Contrabajo" is in sale since Thursday, June 21, 2018. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\String\Orchestral\Upright Basses". The seller is "heyitscory" and is located in Oakland, California. This item can be shipped to United States.