I'm not a big gear head, but I do like history and engineering. There have been documentaries about the history of the electric guitar, and thousands of books on them, but not bass guitars. Usually, they have a 30 second blurb on the P-bass, or a picture or two of some older basses, and then move on back to the guitars. As such, I was thinking that it may be fun (and informative) to spread the Collectif's knowledge of what bass guitar designs really changed the way that later bass guitars were designed. For instance, I know that 5-string basses were around in a very limited fashion in the '70's, but I'm not sure which makers or models pushed them out of the realm of weird, rare custom basses and into production (Fender V in the 1960s?). Anyone have a grasp on that. I'm hoping that when people respond, they have a more info then just a maker name and/or model. Sound good?