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Title:
American basses : an illustrated history & player's guide
Author:
Roberts, Jim (James H.)
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Backbeat Books ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed to the book trade in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed to the music trade in the U.S. and Canada by Hal Leonard Pub., [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xiv, 208 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780879307219
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

(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


Author Notes

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


Table of Contents

Dave PomeroyNed SteinbergerRich LasnerBill ConklinMichael TobiasSusan Wickersham and Mica WickershamRon WickershamSteve AzolaHarvey CitronMartin ClevingerJim RobertsVinnie FoderaKenneth LawrencePhilip KubickiDan LakinMike LullMichael PedullaRick TurnerRoger SadowskyStuart SpectorJoe Zon
Forewordp. VII
Acknowledgmentsp. IX
Introductionp. XI
A Note About Terminologyp. XIV
Designing a Bass: Three Views
Starting from Scratchp. 1
Making a Concept Come to Lifep. 2
Breaking the Rulesp. 4
Building a Bass: the Quest for Tonep. 5
Builder Profiles
A

p. 11

B

p. 27

C

p. 31

D

p. 44

E

p. 49

F

p. 51

G

p. 71

H

p. 87

J

p. 89

K

p. 94

L

p. 112

M

p. 118

N

p. 133

O

p. 138

P

p. 139

R

p. 149

S

p. 162

T

p. 178

U

p. 182

V

p. 182

W

p. 184

Z

p. 187

Across the Pond(s): a Brief Look at the International Scenep. 191
Sourcesp. 195
Addressesp. 196
Photo Creditsp. 200
Indexp. 201
Inside Info
A Field Guide to Alembic Bassesp. 16
Why Active?p. 19
The Luthier's Workshop: Tools and Safetyp. 24
Demystifying Bass Setupp. 37
In Search of the Perfect Pickupp. 39
When Was It Made?p. 57
Building Berry Oakley Jr.'s "Tractor" Replicap. 64
Some Thoughts on Hardware and Pickupsp. 68
The Woods of Ken Smith Bassesp. 98
The Art and Science of Inlayp. 102
Neck Wood and Tonep. 110
Creating Signature Modelsp. 113
Good Fretwork--The Key to a Great Bassp. 122
Fingerboard Factorsp. 146
How to Defeat Hum & Buzzp. 154
Active Electronicsp. 163
Bolt-On vs. Neck-Throughp. 169
String Angles & Tonep. 189