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Question bout 60's jazz basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Benji5678, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. Benji5678


    Jan 5, 2006
    this is kind of a stupid and random question but ive just allways been curious about it. Why is there an extra strap knob on the back of the headstocks of 60's jazz basses.
    Just have allways wondered and would be great to have an answer and finally settle it in my head.
  2. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Sometimes with tuxedos on, people could attach the strap to the headstock rather than having the strap come over the shoulder.
  3. mellobud


    May 17, 2007
    Well, you know how there are extra buttons on a shirt if you lose one?....

    seriously though, what ^he said.
  4. Benji5678


    Jan 5, 2006
    haha thanks for finally settling it for me, wow that would be acward to play with the strap on like that
  5. hoosierdad


    Sep 1, 2003
    Fender originally put those buttons on the headstock so that the bass could be positioned as an upright - you had to use the bottom button + the headstock button - not certain how it actually worked - but that was the idea - so I've been told.
  6. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    That's correct.
  7. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004
    I knew a guy who played a 60's p-bass
    that came with the original fender strap that had
    the extension,he told me it was for controling
    neck dive and provide proper balance..


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