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

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

    All photos by Dean Schmideg Bassist, designer and copywriter Adrian Elton shares his beautiful 1964 Höfner 500/1 this time around. Karl Höfner GmbH & Co. KG began building instruments in 1887, later becoming the largest manufacturer of string instruments in Germany. Much of the company’s popularity is attributed to Paul McCartney’s use Höfner 500/1 bass,... »

  • 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.... »

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  • 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... »

  • Old School: 1963 Fender Shoreline Gold Precision Bass

    Old School: 1963 Fender Shoreline Gold Precision Bass

    Mark Anderson picked up this 1963 Fender Shoreline Gold Precision Bass in the ’70’s for $300.00. The bass is completely stock, making it even more GAS-inducing. Of course, this is a pre-CBS bass, as Leo Fender hadn’t yet sold his company. That happened two years later. Mark gave us the lowdown on this vintage Fender... »

  • Old School: 1968 Gibson EB-2D Bass

    Old School: 1968 Gibson EB-2D Bass

    Bassist Tod Ellsworth got his hands on this 1968 Gibson EB-2D bass about a year ago, expanding his gear and his sound with this unique instrument. The EB2D was first introduced by Gibson in 1966, at a time when electric basses were rising in popularity. The “EB-2D” designates the pickup configurations for this bass: an... »

  • Old School: 1978 Fender Musicmaster Bass

    Old School: 1978 Fender Musicmaster Bass

    Fender’s Musicmaster was first introduced in 1971, and in production through 1981. As with Fender’s guitar bearing the same name, the bass was a simpler version of Fender’s Mustang Bass. The Musicmaster was Fender’s budget-priced bass at the time, made from surplus parts from other Fender models. The bodies were from the Mustang production line,... »

  • Old School: Kay K5915 Electric Bass

    Old School: Kay K5915 Electric Bass

    The Kay Musical Instrument Company emerged in the 1930’s in Chicago, when Kay founder Henry Kay “Hank” Kuhrmeyer and an invester acquired the Groehsl Instrument Company, which was founded in 1890. Kuhrmeyer was interested in producing electric guitars and amplifiers when he took over the company, and they did just that in 1936 with the... »