FBP-TelecasterBass

The Telecaster Bass was introduced in 1968 and as it's name suggests it resembles the famous Telecaster guitar.

Somewhat of an oddity in the long line of Fender Basses, the Telecaster Bass is basically a reissue of the original Precision Bass that debuted in 1951, which itself was designed after the Telecaster guitar.

The bass featured the slab body, mid-placed single coil pickup, maple neck with the smaller headstock, and string through body design just like the old 51' P-Bass. The large pickguard shape was also the same except that now it was white instead of the original black color.

FBP-Compressors

Most bass players have heard of compressors but not many really know what they do.

They come in several different forms but all serve the same basic function.

Whether it's a cheap stomp-box compressor or a fancy high-end rack mounted version the idea is essentially the same: to compress your bass signal's dynamic range.

The question is, why would you want to do that?

FBP-MustangBass2

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.

FBP-AmpegB100

Vintage style bass amps seem hard to find these days, especially affordable ones.

For every vintage reissue bass amp there's probably ten or more vintage guitar models amps available.

About ten years ago I saw an amazing looking bass amp in a music store. It appeared to be an Ampeg B-15 Portaflex, the legendary bass combo from the 1960's.

On closer inspection I realized it was a new, solid state remake of that classic old tube amp, the B-15 Portaflex.

FBP-PBass2

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.

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