American Basses: An Illustrated History & Player's Guide

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003 - Music - 208 pages
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American Basses profiles the leading builders of bass guitars in the U.S. and illustrates the tremendous range of instruments currently available, as well as providing invaluable playing and maintenance tips from top builders. It begins with an introductory essay covering the invention and development of the bass guitar, focusing on such milestones as the introduction of the Fender bass, the proliferation of bass guitars in the 1960s, the development of the first Alembic bass, and the ongoing refinement of the instrument, as expressed in extended-range basses and high-end custom instruments. The main body of the book is a series of alphabetical listings, from A Basses to Zon, each offering essential information about the work of a bass builder or manufacturer, plus tips on set-up and playing for each instrument. Each profile is illustrated by colour photos.
  

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Contents

THREE VIEWS Starting from Scratch
3
Making a Concept Come to Life
4
Breaking the Rules
6
THE QUEST FOR TONE
7
A
13
A FIELD GUIDE TO ALEMBIC BASSES
18
WHY ACTIVE?
21
TOOLS AND SAFETY
26
L
114
CREATING SIGNATURE MODELS
115
M
120
GOOD FRETWORK THE KEY TO A GREAT BASS
124
N
135
O
140
P
141
FINGERBOARD FACTORS
148

B
29
C
33
DEMYSTIFYING BASS SETUP
39
IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT PICKUP
41
D
46
E
51
F
53
WHEN WAS IT MADE?
59
BUILDING BERRY OAKLEY JRS TRACTOR REPLICA
66
SOME THOUGHTS ON HARDWARE AND PICKUPS
70
G
73
H
89
J
91
K
96
THE WOODS OF KEN SMITH BASSES
100
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INLAY
104
NECK WOOD AND TONE
112
R
151
HOW TO DEFEAT HUM BUZZ
156
S
164
ACTIVE ELECTRONICS
165
BOLTON vs NECKTHROUGH
171
T
180
UV
184
W
186
Z
189
STRING ANGLES TONE
191
A Brief Look at the International Scene
193
SOURCES
197
ADDRESSES
198
PHOTO CREDITS
202
INDEX
203
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About the author (2003)

Jim Roberts is the founding editor and former publisher of Bass Player. He has been playing bass since 1970

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