Fender Bass V
|Fender Bass V|
|Pickup(s)||1 split single-coil pickup|
|Sunburst, Black, Olympic White, Candy Apple Red Metallic, Lake Placid Blue Metallic, and all custom finishes offered by Fender at the time|
The Bass V is unusual in its dimensions: although it is three inches longer than a Precision Bass, the Bass V has only 15 frets. Although most modern five-string basses feature a low B string, the Bass V featured a high C string, to allow reading bass players to reach high notes on the instrument more easily. The top note on the instrument is E-flat, the same as a standard 20-fret 4 string Jazz or Precision Bass.
The Bass V originally came with chrome bridge and pickup covers.
Players did not accept the Fender Bass V, partly due to its size and shape. Players also had problems with the small amount of space between strings. Only about 200 Fender Bass V models were produced, before being discontinued in 1971. Surplus bodies were then used in the construction of the Fender Swinger.
Players reported to have owned a Fender Bass V include:
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- Peter Bertges. The Fender Reference. Bomots, Saarbrücken. 2007. ISBN 978-3-939316-38-1.
- Dave Pomeroy (March 2006). "Retro-Rama 1965 Fender Bass V". Bass Player. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2015.