James Jamerson allegedly used a Fender Bass V in the studio... he actually did!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr.Fingers, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. I encountered this snippet of a (staged?) studio-outtake with The Supremes. We clearly see the 5-tuner headstock in the opening seconds. That settles it then, Jamerson actually DID use the Fender Bass V in his career.

  2. Glazenn


    May 16, 2011
  3. Wha!!!!.....:woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot:
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  4. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Like the Zapruder Film, for bassists.
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  5. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    Looks like he smoked (at the end of clip)
  6. BeauZooka


    Oct 2, 2007
    Seattle USA
    All my years spent mocking 5 string players for what??? For nothing!!! :crying:
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  7. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    His had a high C. There's still room to mock.
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  8. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream

    Oct 5, 2009
    This. Changes. Everything.
  9. BeauZooka


    Oct 2, 2007
    Seattle USA
    Whew, thnx! I thought my whole life's work was down the sh*tter. :woot:
  10. Dale Griffith

    Dale Griffith

    Jun 6, 2016
    The Fender V also had only 15 frets! Take that all you 24 fret fans!
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  11. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Nothing to do with Jamerson but I saw a guy use one of those once when I was a kid in 1969, he also had a Kustom with 3 15's stacked. Jhis guy was good he played the solo in Take Me For a Little While by The Vanilla Fudge. Was in a band called The John Does. Rest easy friends, it sounded just like a Precision.
  12. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    But Jamerson only needed... Um. He only needed um...

    What again?

    Cool video, I'd read he owned a Bass V at one point, didn't know there was actual footage of him playing it. What a strange strange animal those things were.
  13. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Central Ohio
    Keep repeating, “It’s the player, not the bass...” Repeat.

    Maybe, it will eventually sink in...:cool:

    Oh, and thanks for the cool link!:bassist:
  14. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    v cool, a '65 like mine, the only year they made the dot neck
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  15. Glazenn


    May 16, 2011
    That was so usual in those days, nobody complained... Look at Miles Davis during 'So What' on National TV live (youtube v=zqNTltOGh5c at 3:10 onwards).
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2017
  16. peterpalmieri

    peterpalmieri Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Babylon, NY
    The fender bass V was to be a better studio tool. The high C string lessened the need for shifting and having fewer frets kept the same range as a P bass but less fret clank from the right hand.

    All design concepts to help facilitate studio musicians, especially when sight reading.

    It never caught on. Very cool bass that demands a decent price for collectors but holds little value for the working bassist IMO
  17. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    I would be more surprised if he didn't! I think every musician did back then.
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  18. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    here's another who may take issue with that last bit...

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  19. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    All my Fenders had burn marks under the E string on the headstock back then, quit 29 years ago, if you want a REAL relic bass you need that burn mark because half of them had them..
  20. tjh


    Mar 22, 2006

    ... not compelled to look for one, but anyone know if any of the couple hundred that were made have sold in recent years? ... I can't say that anything about it would really look like fun to play ..
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2017
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