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NBD: 1966 Fender V

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheDialog, Nov 9, 2012.


  1. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Interesting 5'er...
    Made from '65-'70
    15 frets
    E-C

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    With the '71 P...
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  2. awesomesawyer

    awesomesawyer

    Aug 27, 2012
    never seen that before, how did you get it? awesome bass, never knew fender made something like that!
     
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  4. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    I bought it from a dealer that got it in on a trade.
    They were made for gents like James Jamerson and John Paul Jones.
    Only made for 5 years.
    The original 5'er...
     
  5. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    It's not short scale. Look again at the relative positions of the nut and bridge. With the C string, Fender elongated the body so there was less stress on the neck having 25% more tension on it, and according to the thought at the time, less need for upper frets, because the C string would deal with that.
     
  6. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    That....really hurts my brain to look at. It's like the demon child between a jazz bass and a mustang. Nice find.
     
  7. Handyman

    Handyman

    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Cool! That bass is certainly a conversation piece.

    How's it sound?
     
  8. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Ah, yes, not a shortscale.

    "The world’s first five-string bass, the short-lived Bass V appeared in summer 1965 and was the first Fender instrument designed with little or no input from Leo Fender. A true oddball of unusual dimensions, the Bass V was three inches longer than a Precision even though it only had 15 frets, and it had stubby horns and a long and ungainly headstock in order to accommodate the fifth string—a high C rather than the customary low B of modern five-string basses...Bass V was discontinued in 1970. No more than 1,000 were made, and the Bass V is considered a collectible instrument today."

    From Fender's website.
     
  9. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    Ok I'll be the one to ask. How much?
     
  10. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Not cheap...
    I paid less than what a lot of dealers ask, but that's because it was set up as BEADG and doesn't have the OHSC.
    It's now strung E-C and needs a nice set up/fret level.
    There are 2 or 3 on gbase right now and each dealer is asking $4,500.
     
  11. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    The headstock simply isn't big enough :) j/k

    Nice find!
     
  12. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    So you answered my other question. I wondered if if could be strung BEADG, and if the neck could handle the additional strain.
     
  13. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Definitely.

    It's fuller sounding than the Mustang, albeit the pups are the "same" (a little bit bigger for obvious reasons). It's very round and punchy like a P and just like a good P, the tone knob is the perfect "preamp". It's not a one trick pony which I was surprised to find. Once it's set up I'll shoot a video of it for everyone.
     
  14. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    Could you take some closeup pics of her? Maybe i better light?
     
  15. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    Oh and is that a split P or single coil under the cover?
     
  16. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Split like a mustang (those little pills)
     
  17. Oh man! You let me know when you get tired of it, OK?

    Here is JPJ w/ his. Interesting his has a bound and blocked neck - cool!

    I think the pup is one of those split coil mustang looking things.....

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  18. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
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    I'll take the covers off and shoot more in a little bit.
     
  19. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    That's a great shot! I've seen that a few times, but not in a while.

    Catherine Popper (Jack White, Grace Potter) sparked my search to find and buy one. It wasn't like I could walk into Guitar Center to try one ;).
    She uses it to play Seven Nation Army...
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  20. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93

    Sep 14, 2011
    That bass is sweet... And his pedo-stache is equally as stellar.
     
  21. grumble...grumble...High C sets have more tension than normal low B sets ...grumble...grumble...

    2 cents from a cynical luthier....
     



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