Vintage Bass Guitars And Its 75 Years Of History


The electrical bass guitar may enjoy its 75th birthday in 2010. In 1935, the instrument was born and eventually cause classic bass guitars, otherwise well-known as the P-bass. This amazing instrument was the key in revolutionizing the music industry.

The initially electrical bass guitar was invented in 1935 by Paul Tutmarc who called his instrument an “electronic bass fiddle.” This instrument was fretted with 4 strings, had a strong body and was tailored to be played horizontally. Unfortunately for Mr. Tutmarc his bass fiddle not did catch on, merely wasn’t any rock-n-roll in those days.

 In the late 1940s, nevertheless, it started to catch on with some jazz and blues players in the south. It had been a lot simpler to tune and transport than the big upright bass, which it might later substitute in various music genres. It was moreover louder thus that bassists might maintain, amount smart, with their six-string electrical guitar playing buddies.

Vintage Bass Guitar Heaven – The Early Years

The contemporary era of the electrical bass began in 1951 when Leo Fender came out with his today famous “Precision Bass” commonly recognised as P-bass. Basically it was modeled after his own 6-string “Telecaster” electrical guitar. This classic bass guitar became thus common it wasn’t lengthy before musicians all over the nation were abandoning their clunky aged upright bass for the unique lighter P-bass.

 Naturally, when somebody invents anything that becomes common others try to imitate it. Gibson tried to countertop Fender’s achievement when they introduced their violin-shaped EB-1 model. Although it not attained the achievement of the Fender P-bass it did cause more effective Gibson EB models and has become a collector’s item due to its famous value.

Some of the different collectible classic bass guitars that came from the 1950s were the Hofner 500/1 which might later become termed as the “Beatles Bass” as this was the model Paul McCartney utilized in his early Beatle days.

Then there was clearly the Danelectro UB2 which was the initially 6 string low-octave bass. Rickenbacker came out with all the 4000 in the late 1950s which was the initial electrical bass with through-neck construction.

The 1960s began with Fender producing their “Jazz Bass” or J-bass which was modeled after its Jazzmaster guitar. Gibson offered up its EB-3 in 1961 and followed that up in 1963 with a true classic Gibson guitar, the “Thunderbird IV,” which became a bass rendition of their common “Firebird” electrical guitar.

 In the 1970s developments in on-board electronics came into being together with different body designs. Alembic was the forerunner in designing active electronics and, as a contacting fast, installed them in guitars employed by Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane), to name a some. Eventually Alembic decided to make its own electrical bass and introduced the 72-01 in 1972. Music Man came onto the scene in the early 70s and introduced the “StingRay” bass in 1976. This became the initial bass guitar, containing advanced active electronics, which was ever mass yielded.

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