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Fender Bass V anyone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nowhereian, Aug 2, 2004.


  1. These seem to be pretty cool instruments. I think they were made only in the 60's. There have been one or two for sale near me but I've never played one. Does anyone have any other information? How do they sound/play/feel etc? Are there any recordings I can hear one on?

    <img src="http://www.kitarapaja.com/pics/fbass51.jpg">
     
  2. they are tuned to a bass with a high B i think...right?
    its like a bass VI, only without that high E...

    i don't believe that they were very popular, but i could be wrong
     
  3. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    That one looks like a refin.
     
  4. The 5th string was a C. I remember when they came out and, no, they weren't very popular.
     
  5. i knew it was something like that...
     
  6. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    They were tuned EADGC, the C was there to make higher-note reach easier - but it only had 15 frets...
    not many were made, and the demand for them was low, so the production stopped sometime later
     
  7. Starmo

    Starmo

    Jul 15, 2004
    Raanana, Israel
    15 frets? What's the scale length?
     
  8. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    AFAIK normal, 34".

    They figured that above 15th fret it gets a bit cramped and uncomfortable, so they rather added another string, to ease playing the higher register
     
  9. Starmo

    Starmo

    Jul 15, 2004
    Raanana, Israel
    Wouldn't 15 frets on a 34" scale make really big frets?
     
  10. Well, it could but in this case it makes for a long body.
     
  11. BenF

    BenF

    Mar 29, 2001
    Boston area
    Cool, I always wondered what John Paul Jones was playing in the attached image, it's got to be a Bass V.
     
  12. Starmo

    Starmo

    Jul 15, 2004
    Raanana, Israel
    I see.
    It's clearer in the pic above.
     
  13. vellu

    vellu

    Apr 12, 2007
    Helsinki, Finland