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“A must for any budding bassist who wants to wring the best from their instruments” - GUITAR BUYER
In 1950 Leo Fender took on the challenge of making a string bass audible in ‘Western Swing’. He also wanted to design a bass playable by guitarists – with ‘Precision’ fretting and a workable ‘scale’. His audacious solution caused a revolution and today no aspect of popular music is untouched by his genius.
This easy-to-use manual offers advice on how to get the best from your Fender Bass, be it a budget Chinese Squier or a classic Jazz. With step-by-step guidance and clear colour photographs, subjects include changing pickups, adjusting a truss rod, active EQ and DIY fretless conversion of a budget Squier.17 case studies examine in detail everything from an ex-John Entwistle 1952-3 USA-made ’52-type Precision to Indonesian, Japanese, Mexican and Chinese Fender Bass variants, including Jazz, Telecaster Bass, Bass VI, Bronco, Mustang and Jaguar. Legendary Californian Session bassist Carol Kaye, supplies a foreword and there are ‘Tech Tip’ contributions from world-renowned bass experts John and Andy Diggins.Chapters include:-
* Buying a Fender Bass* Know your Fender Precision* Know your ‘60s Fender Jazz* Setting up and tuning* Repairs, maintenance and adjustments* 17 Case studies* Key Fender players and their basses
“The latest volume of this brilliant series is stacked with tips … should be considered an essential purchase for any owner”
- GUITARIST magazine“A superb series that examines classic R&R instruments in scrupulous detail … a vital insight into why the Fender made such a huge impact and plenty of useful insider tips … Fascinating interviews … bothpractical and interesting.” - PLAYMUSIC“Fantastic! as usual - Very, very impressive!” - STEWMAC.COM
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