FBP JBass1

Coming up with the best Fender Bass years is a tall task, especially when you consider all the years Fender produced great basses. I decided to concentrate on the vintage years between the 50's and 70's even though there are many awesome years after that and up to today.

It would be almost impossible to play a vintage Fender from every year and of course any given bass could be amazing or not so good from the same year.

I therefore put the main criteria on the significance of that bass in Fender's history, on the great players that used them, and the overall reputation of that years quality.

FBP J.Bruce

I know some of you are probably wondering why I'm writing about a bass player who is not really known for playing a Fender Bass, although Bruce did play a Fender VI Bass early on in his career.

The main reason I feel I should include an article about Jack Bruce is his enormous impact on how the electric bass was played and perceived in rock music, regardless of whether he was using a Fender or not.

Fender Roadworn Bass

When Fender first released the Road Worn bass line, I was both puzzled and fascinated with them.

I had always considered relic basses to be Custom Shop instruments, built by master craftsmen with a high attention to every detail, not stock production models that anyone can pull off the wall.

Of course it was inevitable that one day relic guitars and basses would be mass produced, given their huge surge in popularity over the last few years. The question is...are the Road Worn basses any good?

FBP PBass10

Changing strings for most bass players is usually no big deal, but some bassists still have trouble with it or they're doing it wrong and don't know it.

And while there is no one completely agreed upon method, I've found over the years that one way...especially for Fender Basses seems to work best.

When I say Fender Basses I'm talking about the classic four in-line tuner headstocks found on Precisions, Jazzes and other models. The key here is to safely remove the old strings and correctly and safely install the new ones so they will sound and perform at their best.


Good sounding practice amps are tough to find, especially one that still has enough power to play small gigs. I was recently searching for such an amp, with my main thoughts being something around 50 watts, not too heavy ,with a decent speaker and a good tone.

Well I'm pleased to say that I've found it in the Ampeg BA112 Bass Combo. This cool looking, box like amplifier has 50 watts powering a 12" custom Ampeg speaker.

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