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Figuring out when a Fender Bass was made is not as easy as it sounds, especially if it's a vintage bass. Ever since Fender started making basses in 1951 they dated certain parts and components to give a general idea of when the instrument was produced.

The problem is that a neck might be made and dated and then sits in the factory for awhile until it's finally bolted to a body that is dated months later.

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There have been countless great Fender bass players since Leo introduced the first Fender electric bass in 1951.

I've decided to compile a list of who I thought were the most influential Fender bass players from the 1960's.

I chose that time period because in my opinion that was the golden age of bass playing.

To qualify for this list the bassist has to have played a Fender Bass as their main axe during that decade.

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Fender has been around a long time, and over the years several myths have developed about Fender Basses . The question is....are any of them true?

When Fender first started making basses the only thing on the company's agenda was to produce high quality instruments efficiently. But as time went by and Fender became a legend and their instruments became collectible, the stories began to grow and the myths were born.

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Mike Watt is one of the most important punk and post punk bassists to ever wield the thud-staff. His influence is far reaching in the bass community and his status in punk rock history is legendary.

Watt's musical philosophy encompasses everything from punk rock to Bob Dylan to John Coltrane and beyond. Some of you may be thinking, "hey I don't consider Mike Watt a Fender Bass player" and to be totally honest you may have a point.

Actually Mike did play Fender Basses during his career (most notably a modified Telecaster Bass and several Fender Precision Basses) plus he's so cool and important that I had to write something about him, regardless of what type of bass he uses now.

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Do older basses really sound that much better than newer ones?

I can't tell you how many times I've read about a bassist who raves about his vintage Fender sounding so much better than newer models.

But are there any hard facts to back up these claims that vintage gear is superior, or is the whole vintage craze just more hype and clever marketing?

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