American Basses: An Illustrated History & Player's Guide

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003 - Music - 208 pages
(Book). The first comprehensive book on American-made electric and acoustic bass guitars, American Basses offers a wealth of well-researched information about all of the important builders, from one-man shops to the biggest manufacturers. Hundreds of full-color photos illustrate the wide range of instruments available, and special insider essays take you step by step through the bassmaking process, from concept and design to final setup. Includes how-to tips from top builders and designers on topics such as: neck and bridge setup; active vs. passive pickups; bolt-on vs. neck-through design; tonewood characteristics; defeating hum and buzz; string angle and tone; and more. "What a book! I feel much closer to my bass guitar after having read American Basses ." Will Lee, Bass Player for The Late Show with David Letterman
 

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Contents

THREE VIEWS Starting from Scratch
1
Making a Concept Come to Life
2
Breaking the Rules
4
THE QUEST FOR TONE
5
A
11
A FIELD GUIDE TO ALEMBIC BASSES
16
WHY ACTIVE?
19
TOOLS AND SAFETY
24
NECK WOOD AND TONE
108
L
110
CREATING SIGNATURE MODELS
111
M
116
GOOD FRETWORK THE KEY TO A GREAT BASS
120
N
131
O
136
P
137

B
27
C
31
DEMYSTIFYING BASS SETUP
37
IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT PICKUP
39
D
44
E
49
F
51
WHEN WAS IT MADE?
57
BUILDING BERRY OAKLEY JRS TRACTOR REPLICA
64
SOME THOUGHTS ON HARDWARE AND PICKUPS
68
G
71
H
85
J
87
K
92
THE WOODS OF KEN SMITH BASSES
96
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INLAY
100
FINGERBOARD FACTORS
144
R
147
HOW TO DEFEAT HUM BUZZ
152
S
160
ACTIVE ELECTRONICS
161
BOLTON vs NECKTHROUGH
167
T
176
UV
180
W
182
Z
185
STRING ANGLES TONE
187
A Brief Look at the International Scene
189
SOURCES
193
PHOTO CREDITS
198
INDEX
199
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About the author (2003)

Jim Roberts is the founding editor and former publisher of Bass Player. He has been playing bass since 1970

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