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NBD: 1966 Fender V

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


  1. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

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    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

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

    TheDialog Supporting Member

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    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...
     
  4. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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  6. Geroi Asfalta

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    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

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    Cool! That bass is certainly a conversation piece.

    How's it sound?
     
  8. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

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    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

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    Ok I'll be the one to ask. How much?
     
  10. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

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    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

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    The headstock simply isn't big enough :) j/k

    Nice find!
     
  12. jlepre

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    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

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    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

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    Could you take some closeup pics of her? Maybe i better light?
     
  15. jlepre

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    Oh and is that a split P or single coil under the cover?
     
  16. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

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    Split like a mustang (those little pills)
     
  17. 62Jazzbass

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    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

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    I'll take the covers off and shoot more in a little bit.
     
  19. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

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    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

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    That bass is sweet... And his pedo-stache is equally as stellar.
     
  21. tehbassist

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    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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