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.


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?


Most bass players have heard of the Fender Custom Shop but few know how and why it came into existence.

Fender started this division in 1987 to produce high quality instruments that would reflect the way Fender built basses back during the "golden years" of the late 50's and early 60's.

The custom shop was created by then CEO Bill Schultz during a time when Fender was still trying to rebuild it's image as a premier guitar and bass manufacturer. The main goal was to create very accurate reproductions of the early classic Fender designs as well as special order instruments and limited edition production runs.


There are so many Jazz Bass pickups on the market today that it's a little overwhelming. But if you're looking to upgrade your current J-Bass, there's no better cost effective way than to change the pickups.

Thankfully the huge selection of J-pickups gives you lots of options to nail down that tone you're looking for.

I can't review every Jazz Bass pickup out there, (it would take forever) however I have personally played these four. While everyone hears things a little differently I've tried to describe each pickup as specifically as possible so that you can get a good idea of what to expect tone wise.


When I first started playing bass I instinctively started using my fingers. I just felt natural and I assumed that's how most bassists played. Picks were just for guitar players...right?

The thought of using a pick to play bass didn't even cross my mind, at least at first.

After a few months of playing I started to notice that quite a few bassists used a pick. I was curious about this weird playing style but was it for me?

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