When I first started playing bass 15+ years ago I noticed that Fender sunburst finishes were priced a little higher than solid colors.

What's interesting is that Fender only offered sunburst as the standard finish from the late 1950's through the 1960's.

If you wanted any other color it is was a 5% up-charge, then known as a custom color job.

They offered several custom colors, all of them based on American automobile paint options of the era. I've listed my favorite 12 custom colors from that time period.

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Born in Brixton, England in 1955, Paul Simonon was a student at London Art College when he joined the The Clash in 1976 at the insistence of guitarist Mick Jones.

Paul immediately realized that he enjoyed being onstage playing in front of people much more than painting alone in a studio. Simonon is credited with with naming the band as well as cultivating their look and stage designs.


Buying a bass on the Internet can be a risky and somewhat scary experience. Unfortunately there are many dishonest and unknowledgeable people online selling basses.

Some are outright scams, while others simply don't really know what there selling.

I've personally bought several Fender basses online over the years and have learned some valuable tips on what to look for and what to avoid.


Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1942 Carl Radle was one fo the most influential bassists in the 1960's and 70's, even if many bass players don't know it.

Radle, who played mainly Fender Precision basses was a regular sideman with some of rock's most famous artists and a highly respected session bassist among his peers.

Best known for his longtime association with Eric Clapton, Radle was also a much sought after session bassists by many top rock and blues acts, including Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, and Buddy Guy.


In 1982 Fender introduced their vintage reissue series. These basses were made to replicate the classic late 50's to early 60's instruments of Fender's golden era.

By the late 1970's Fender's reputation was at an all time low. Quality control had been waning since CBS bought the company from Leo Fender in 1965.

In an effort to improve their instruments and save the company, Fender hired Bill Schultz to revamp their guitar and bass models.

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