Sometime in 1970 Fender introduced a fretless version of their iconic Precision Bass model.

By all accounts this bass was identical to any standard Precision bass, except all the frets and fret lines were removed.

However, being a fretless bass the neck was designedand constructed a little differently than a stock fretted P-Bass.

A normal fretted neck will have some relief (neck bow) to allow the strings to ring without rattling against the metal frets.


I have never been a big fan of active basses, although I have to admit that the idea behind them does seem pretty cool.

Adding a battery powered active tone circuit so you can boost your signal and control the sound of your bass even more than before.

With a passive bass you're limited to only cutting the signal (sound) coming from your bass.


Ever since solid state amplifiers emerged in the 1960's the debate has raged over which is better for bass, tube amps or solid state amps?

For us bass players the choice isn't quite as volatile as it is for guitar players, many of whom would rather drink poison than play through a solid state amp. Still, there are those bassists that swear by that natural warm, fat tone that a tube amp delivers.

So the question is, what's the difference between them and what's best for you? Oh yeah....there's also a third option.


In the bass community we often hear the phrase "less is more". This annoys some people to no end, they reason that less is less and more is more.

Of course they're missing the point, which is why I propose the "less is better" substitute.

In most cases when it comes to bass playing, less is better. I say most cases because there are times when you do need a little bit more in the bass line, but for most situations the less is better policy works very well.


Fender introduced the short scale Mustang Bass in 1966. The original concept was to offer a smaller scale instrument for students and young bassists of shorter stature. However it gained popularity amoung many pro bassists.

The Fender Mustang Bass was the last bass Leo Fender designed before he sold the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company in 1965 to CBS.

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