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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rod Harder, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. Rod Harder

    Rod Harder Supporting Member

  2. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    That would be a Fender Bass V, though I don't remember seeing one with block inlays before.

  3. Wieeerrrrrd. Never seen a bass with only 15 frets before, usually its just scaled down.
  4. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    The Bass V had 15 frets. It looks legit to me.
  5. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA

    that seems a tad retarded, eh?
  6. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    It was strung with a high C insted of the low B so they figured bassist didnt need those extra frets to reach the higher notes.

    Thats one hell of a cool find. Ive never seen one with block inlays either.

  7. I never seen one with a maple board, let alone the blocks.
  8. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    What's the point of such a short scale?
  9. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Yah haven't seen one of those with blocks, matching hstk or that colour! They made these from about 1966 to 1970. They were equiped with a high C string instead of a low B... for the 'readers' so that they can keep their hands in one position and access the notes by playing up the strings instead of up the 'board and keep their eyes on the page.

    There is a famous pic of JPJ with one, I think that it was in one of the book in the box set.

    Most of them that I have seen were a 'burst of some-sort.

    here's one I was watching last wee that some guy put EMG JJ's on it:

  10. It was Leo's attempt to address some of the intonation problems of the upper range of the electric bass. Since then improvements in string technology has pretty much taken care of those issues... almost.
  11. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
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    maple neck, block inlays, teal green metallic w. matching headstock- that must be pretty rare?


    hmm- no BASS V on the headstock though.
  13. the Bass V was still 34in long-scale though, the body being very long.

    I wonder what the sustain is like- would it be greater with the shorter neck? -less prone to deadspots?