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A Fender VI on a stand
A Fender VI on a stand

The Fender VI was a six-string electric bass developed by Fender in 1961 as Fender's take on Danelectro's 1956 concept. In essence, it was a guitar tuned down an octave, featuring a floating tremolo arm. Unlike normal 4-string bass guitars, the strings on the Fender VI are thinner (like a guitar) and thus do not give as deep a bass sound as 4-string basses. As a specialist-type instrument, its range was limited and never proved popular (as bassists shunned its tightly spaced strings versus a four-string bass), although legendary bassist Jack Bruce of Cream used one, giving it some fame. John Entwistle of The Who also played one briefly in the early '60's. Image File history File links Bass_VI.JPG Summary Own collection Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Bass_VI.JPG Summary Own collection Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Fender Precision Bass Bass Guitar is a commonly spoken phrase used to refer to the electric bass and horizontal acoustic basses, a stringed instrument similar in design to the electric guitar, but larger in size, commonly fretted and sometimes fretless and with a lower range. ... The Fender logo, often called the spaghetti logo. ... Danelectro is a manufacturer of musical instruments and accessories, specializing in guitars, bass guitars, amplifiers and effects units. ... A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ... In music, an octave (sometimes abbreviated 8ve or 8va) is the interval between one musical note and another with half or double the frequency. ... A tremolo arm (or whammy bar) is a lever attached to the bridge of an electric guitar that can slacken or elongate the strings temporarily, changing the pitch or creating a vibrato or pitch bend effect. ... Cream bassist Jack Bruce in 1967. ... Cream album cover, left to right: Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton Cream was a seminal 1960s rock band which featured the guitarist Eric Clapton, the bassist Jack Bruce, and the drummer Ginger Baker. ... John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was the bass guitar player for The Who. ... The Who is a British rock band of 1960s and 1970s fame. ...

A Fender VI can also be seen on Beatles' videos for "Hey Jude", "Let it Be", and "The Long and Winding Road". It was played by both George Harrison ("Hey Jude"- though Paul McCartney played bass on the single version) and John Lennon ("Let It Be", "The Long and Winding Road") when the band's bass player, McCartney, played piano. Years later, the Fender VI was embraced by Robert Smith from The Cure. Originally a guitarist, Smith uses the Fender VI as a lead instrument, playing phrases and even chords on it. The Fender VI can be heard on songs such as "Pictures of You" and "Lullaby". It was also used by Saul Davies of the band James, as a lead instrument. It can be seen in the concert video "Getting Away With It" on the song "Someone's Got It In For Me". Mark Hoppus from blink-182 also used a Fender VI on their untitled CD. The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Paul McCartney, as photographed by John Kelley for the 1968 LP The Beatles (aka The White Album). Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born June 18, 1942) is a British singer, musician and songwriter, who first came to prominence as a member of The Beatles. ... Robert Smith or Bob Smith is a common name. ... The Cure is a British rock band widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock and post-punk scenes of the 1980s. ... Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...

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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1465 words)
Fender is particularly important because of its role in bringing solid body electric guitars to the masses.
Fender offered the first mass-produced solid-body Spanish-style electric guitar, the Telecaster (originally named the 'Broadcaster', 'Esquire' is a single pickup version); the first mass-produced electric bass, the Precision Bass (P-Bass); and the enormously popular Stratocaster (Strat) guitar.
While Fender was not the first to manufacture electric guitars, as other companies and luthiers had produced electric guitars since the late 1920s, none were as commercially successful as Fender's.
Fender Guitars Electric Basses (2346 words)
The Fender Precision Bass, known as "P-bass" for short, is an early model of the electric bass designed by Clarence Leonidas Fender on the electronics and his team crafting the body and neck, and brought to market in 1951.
Bass VI The Fender Bass VI, originally known as the Fender VI, is a six-string electric bass by Fender.
The originial Fender Bass V was a quirky and unusual electric bass guitar model produced by Fender between 1965 and 1970.
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