Tag: Bass

Harmony H22 Bass

When you think of vintage and rare basses, it’s only natural for the more popular brands to pop in to your head. Pre-CBS Fender, Pre-Ernie Ball Music Man and Rickenbacker. Bring hollow-body basses in to the mix and some may look to the Hofner 500/1 ‘Beatles Bass’ or the Gibson EB2. While in fact, Harmony…


60 years of the Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass

Original Article Written for Bass Guitar Magazine Image courtesy of www.hofner.com The Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass is undoubtedly one of the most distinguishable and significant instruments in bass guitar history. Designed by Walter Höfner in 1955, its public debut was at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in 1956. 2016 marked the bass’ 60-year anniversary. The Violin Bass’ hollow…


Fender Tele Bass

Original Article Written for Bass Guitar Magazine Introduced in 1968, the Fender Telecaster (or Tele) Bass was largely a reissue of the original 1951 Precision Bass before it took on its more recognised, contemporary design in 1957. With its thin, Telecaster style headstock, single pickup and large pickguard with separate chrome control plate, this essentially…


1973: Introducing The Gibson Grabber and Ripper Basses

Original Article Written for Bass Guitar Magazine Back in 1973 Gibson introduced not one, but two new and distinctive basses to the market, The Ripper and The Grabber. Both basses may have been modest options in terms ok looks – available in limited colour options with no decorative inlays and controls and pickups mounted on…