American Basses: An Illustrated History & Player's Guide
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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THREE VIEWS Starting from Scratch
Making a Concept Come to Life
Breaking the Rules
THE QUEST FOR TONE
A FIELD GUIDE TO ALEMBIC BASSES
TOOLS AND SAFETY
CREATING SIGNATURE MODELS
GOOD FRETWORK THE KEY TO A GREAT BASS
DEMYSTIFYING BASS SETUP
IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT PICKUP
WHEN WAS IT MADE?
BUILDING BERRY OAKLEY JRS TRACTOR REPLICA
SOME THOUGHTS ON HARDWARE AND PICKUPS
THE WOODS OF KEN SMITH BASSES
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INLAY
NECK WOOD AND TONE
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