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  • Old School: 1962 Fender Precision Bass

    Old School: 1962 Fender Precision Bass

    After featuring a beautiful 1969 Fender Precision Bass in our Old School series, Tim Wolfe, Jr. sent us a note about his 1962 Precision. Not only is this one great looking bass, the story is equally terrific. Tim's grandfather gave him the bass after playing it for years. Here's the story... How long have you… »

  • Old School: 1968 Fender Precision Bass

    Old School: 1968 Fender Precision Bass

    There's really nothing quite like the Fender Precision Bass. Introduced by Leo Fender in 1951, the P-Bass has had an immense impact on music ever since. Sebastian Casís, a bassist living in Santa Fe, Argentina, shares his 1968 Precision, causing all of us here to feel pretty jealous. How long have you owned it? Since… »

  • Old School: 1963 Fender Precision Bass

    Old School: 1963 Fender Precision Bass

    Andy Brown with the 1963 Fender Precision Bass on the day he bought it The 1963 Fender Precision Bass marked some changes to the long-running standard in electric basses. Earlier this year, Fender reintroduced the '63 Precision Bass as part of their American Vintage line. At that time, the company shared some of this instrument's… »

  • Old School: 1973 Acoustic Control Corporation Black Widow Bass

    Old School: 1973 Acoustic Control Corporation Black Widow Bass

    Our Facebook friend Cuzin' Locust Johnson (AKA Mark) shares some old school goodness with us - his 1973 Acoustic Control Black Widow Bass. Acoustic Control Corporation's Black Widow bass began in 1972, along with a guitar model of the same name. This was the company's first and only guitar and bass model, according to the… »

  • Old School: 1964 Höfner 500/1 “Beatle” Bass

    Old School: 1964 Höfner 500/1 “Beatle” Bass

    Editor's note: After publishing this story, Adrian Elton discovered that his bass was actually a 1964 model, not a '66 as advertised. We've corrected the title and text for this story since then. All photos by Dean Schmideg Bassist, designer and copywriter Adrian Elton shares his beautiful 1964 Höfner 500/1 this time around. Karl Höfner… »

  • Old School: 1958 Fender Precision Bass

    Old School: 1958 Fender Precision Bass

    When we first met Phil Smallwood, he mentioned to us something about his old gear. The next day, he showed up at No Treble HQ with a 1958 Fender Precision Bass. We tried to figure out a way to ask him if we could borrow it, but opted instead to get some photos and the… »

  • Old School: 1964 Höfner 185 “Artist Bass”

    Old School: 1964 Höfner 185 “Artist Bass”

    Zsolt Váradi sent us this wonderful story (and video) of his equally wonderful 1964 Höfner 185 "Artist Bass". Höfner's "Vintage" site has this to say about the Artist Bass: Introduced in late 1962 as the main two pickup bass for the UK market, it replaced the Hofner "Solid Bass" which was actually the European market… »

  • Old School: 1960’s Kustom Model 200 “Tuck & Roll” Bass Amplifier

    Old School: 1960’s Kustom Model 200 “Tuck & Roll” Bass Amplifier

    In this edition of Old School, bassist Mike Whited shares his classic 1960's Kustom Model 200 bass amp, an amp Mike has shared a lot of miles with over the years. Kustom introduced the 200 model as an upgrade to their 100 model amp, offering it in black, blue, cascade, gold, red, white and charcoal.… »

  • Old School: 1967 Fender Mustang Bass

    Old School: 1967 Fender Mustang Bass

    Bassist John Flynn shares his 1967 Fender Mustang bass with us, along with the story behind it. Fender offers up the background on the history of the bass on their website: Mustang Bass (1966-1981, 2002-). The first truly successful Fender bass that didn’t say “Precision” or “Jazz” on the headstock was 1966’s Mustang Bass. Leo… »

  • Old School: 1963 Fender Jazz Bass

    Old School: 1963 Fender Jazz Bass

    In our last edition of Old School, we shared Mark Anderson's 1963 Fender Shoreline Gold Precision bass. This time, we're showcasing Fender's Jazz bass from the same year, and specifically Jay Fortier's '63 Jazz. Fender introduced the first Jazz in March, 1960, becoming the company's second bass model after the Precision. In 1963, Fender replaced… »