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1964 Fender Bass VI

With the popularity of the Fender Jazzmaster and the Surf music genre, Fender released an interesting octave guitar, the Bass VI. Fender had already taken the bass world by storm and dominated the sales of electric basses. The bass had become so ubiquitous that Jazz scores would refer to parts for "Fender Bass" as a name for any electric bass guitar. The Bass VI wasn't a bass guitar; it was a bass GUITAR.  You have probably seen baritone guitars, which have a longer scale length and heavier strings which are tuned down to B. The Bass VI took this to a full octave down below the guitar's standard tuning. The strings were thinner and more flexible than those found on a regular bass. The 30-inch scale length was four inches shorter than a regular bass guitar. The scale was uncomfortably long for first position chords, which sounded muddy anyways. The Bass VI strings were also closer together, making it more reasonable to play with a pick than with bare fingers as one mig

1964 Gibson Thunderbird II Bass - Signed by John Entwistle

One of the iconic basses of rock and roll is the Gibson Thunderbird. The reverse offset body, the bird-beak headstock, and the aggressive tone would never fit in a rock or country band. It was made to rock and that's what it does. One of the iconic bass players of rock history is John Entwistle of The Who. Put them together and you have something really special. The object of our attention this week is a 1964 Gibson Thunderbird that signed by the legendary Who bassist.  The Thunderbird was designed to rival Fender's successful bass line. It was the first 34-inch scale-length bass Gibson built. The neck-through body design was unique and made the the instrument really sing with good sustain. Apparently the humbucking pickups covers were originally designed for a lap steel guitar. These guitars seemingly weighed a ton, but the weight contributed to massive tone. The Tune-o-Matic style bridge added to the sustain. The bass had a single tone and volume control. With the treble all