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There's so much myth and mystery around the brilliant Motown bassist James Jamerson that it's sometimes hard to know who he really was. Thankfully though we have his amazing basslines to listen to, and for many bass players these recordings are a sort of sacred archive, the beginnings of modern bass playing and the creative output of a musical genius.

Before Jamerson almost all bassists would just play a simple root-fifth pattern or walking line. The bass player was basically there to keep time and outline the melody, and usually nothing more. James Jamerson changed all that and he did over a relative short period while working for Motown Records.

Fender Rumble Amp Review2

I recently picked up a Fender Rumble Bass Amp I thought I would be a good idea to write a review about it. To be totally honest, I had never been a big fan of the Rumble series amps in the past. I always thought they sounded kind of sterile and didn’t look that great either. However while browsing through the music store awhile back I noticed that Fender had a new series of Rumble amps and it immediately caught my eye.

Fender offers several different models with a wide range of sizes and power to choose from. I was looking for a good sounding practice amp that I could use on small jams, so I opted for the Fender Rumble 40. It has 40 watts running through a 10” speaker with 2 front mounted ports.

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?

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