History of the Electric Bass Guitar

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Bass Guitar The most famous Bassist in the world is Sir Paul McCartney. Paul McCartney is a former band member of The Beatles. The first electric bass guitar was introduced in the 1930s by a man named Paul Tutmarc from Seattle, Washington. The first models of electric bass guitars were Model 736 Bass Fiddle. The company only made one hundred of these guitars. The electric bass guitar consists of a neck and body, and the bridge, tuners, pickups, strings, and amplification makes this instrument the backbone of a song. Leo Fender, in the 1950s, with some help from his employee, George Fullerton, managed to develop the first mass produced bass guitar. The Fender P bass, or Precision Bass guitar, was introduced in 1951. It became a widely copied standard in the industry. The Fender Bass Guitar was a new instrument that was easily transportable to a gig. It can be amplified to about any volume without having to worry about feedback. Elvis Presley started using the Fender Precision Bass around 1957. Following Fender in 1953, Gibson introduced the first short scale violin-shaped electric bass with an extendable end pin, which allows the instrument to be played upright or horizontally. Gibson renamed this in 1958 to the EB-1. Other small companies began introducing the Electric Bass during the 1950s like Kay in 1952 and Danelectro in 1956. The distinctive Violin Bass was made using the violin construction techniques. It was introduced in 1956 by a man named Walter Hofner. This instrument is mostly known as the “Beatle Bass” since Sir Paul McCartney made it famous. Many manufactures began making electric bass guitars in the 1960s due to the explosion of rock music. The Fender Jazz Bass, also known as the Deluxe Bass,... ... middle of paper ... ... and a separate speaker cabinet. There are several types of instruments that allow you to have a variety of sounds. There is also a wide variety of bass guitars, but the difference between bass guitars and other instruments is that no matter what type of bass you get, there sound really is not going to vary to much. The bass guitar unique sound is what gives a song structure. Works Cited Broadbent, Peter. Charlie Christian: Solo Flight – The Seminal Bass Guitarist. Ashley Mark Publishing Company. 1997. print. Evans, Tom. “Bass Guitars: music, history, construction and player from the Renaissance to Rock.” Paddington Press. 1977. print. Wheeler, Tom. “American Bass guitars: an illustrated history. Harper & Row.” 1982. print. Roberts, Jim.” How The Fender Bass Changed the World. San Francisco,” CA: Backbeat Books. 2001. print.

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