Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

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Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by bubbles_horwitz » Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:03 pm

I found this cool websight while looking for info on the MIJ Bass VI. enjoy...

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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by SPudnik » Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:40 pm

Very Cool

One of those bizzare translations. Lottsa quotable quotes.

Bass V is rarer than Bass VI.. ...
Bass VI - A What?

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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by Marc » Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:25 am

love the translation engine.  :D
Yes the cat has opposing thumbs and extra digits.

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Post by John Taverna » Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:42 am

:D

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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by eggwheat » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:52 am

Ha..man i think the bass V is ugly..

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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by eggwheat » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:54 am

also strange concept with only 15 frets!

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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by ~*blissedandgone*~ » Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:57 pm

I didn't even know this bass existed....


Here's it in white

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fender-Bass-V-Olymp ... dZViewItem

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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by Fall reverb » Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:16 am

~*blissedandgone*~ wrote: I didn't even know this bass existed....
Apparently neither did Leo Fender, until someone casually informed him in the 80's that his former company had actually produced a 5-string bass shortly after it had been sold to CBS... :D
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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by Ahahah » Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:51 am

Fall reverb wrote:
~*blissedandgone*~ wrote: I didn't even know this bass existed....
Apparently neither did Leo Fender, until someone casually informed him in the 80's that his former company had actually produced a 5-string bass shortly after it had been sold to CBS... :D
Quite amazing... Leo had a quite selective memory, anyway... He never remembered (or wanted to remember) he had Merle Travis's Bigsby guitar in the shop in the early 50s (just before issuing a Broadcaster with 6-on-a-line tuners - as far as I remember the Broadcaster prototype had a 3+3 peghead, how strange).

He still had a contract with CBS as a consultant after they bought his firm and stayed for a few years there. I just can't believe he didn't know about it. But to be fair, the Bass V may not have reached phenomenous production runs, that might be the explaination.

In my country, we call that "fictive jobs". People are entitled to go to jail for that !  :D

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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:25 am

I seem to remember the Bass V being discussed on another thread somewhere. It may have a link to the same site that Bubbles posted (I recognize the Kobain Kid)

I can't say I'm very fond of the Bass V. Its a bit "Hall of Mirrors". Know-what-I-mean??  :)
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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by Fall reverb » Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:27 am

The information about Leo Fender's apparent ignorance of the existence of the 'Bass V' until the 80's comes from the wonderful publication Fender - The Sound Heard 'round the World by Richard R. Smith (1996), and it's used by the author to demonstrate how quickly Mr. Fender had detached himself - although he was at that time still officially employed as a 'consultant' - from the goings-on at the CBS-run Fender company...
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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by Ahahah » Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:14 am

Fall reverb wrote: The information about Leo Fender's apparent ignorance of the existence of the 'Bass V' until the 80's comes from the wonderful publication Fender - The Sound Heard 'round the World by Richard R. Smith (1996), and it's used by the author to demonstrate how quickly Mr. Fender had detached himself - although he was at that time still officially employed as a 'consultant' - from the goings-on at the CBS-run Fender company...
So does the one about Merle Travis's Bigsby...  ;)
We have a lot a references & sources of info in common FallReverb  :D

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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by Fall reverb » Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:41 am

Ahahah wrote: So does the one about Merle Travis's Bigsby...  ;)
We have a lot a references & sources of info in common FallReverb  :D
It indeed appears so, and that's a good thing, isn't it? ;)
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Re: Cool Japanese Bass V & VI websight!

Post by ~*blissedandgone*~ » Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:21 am

I at first didn't notice in the picture that it was a five-string bass. It looked kind of like a better looking Mustang Bass to me...but with 15 frets. Not too much for options in note playing, if you ask me.

It is a unique piece, definitely one of the duds in Fender's line over the years

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