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American Basses: An Illustrated History and Player's Guide to the Bass Guitar Paperback – May 1, 2003
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About the Author
Jim Roberts, author of How the Fender Bass Changed the World, and founding editor of Bass Player magazine, lives in Ithaca, NY, and has been playing bass since 1970. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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From reading this book, I get the feeling that the author sent out a bunch of survey forms to all big US bass builders and a handful of favored one-person shops in the early 2000s, compiled their responses; then added a few defunct builders that he thought were important enough to merit inclusion. What struck me most was the omission of a number of early, defunct builders who were very much part of bass history - the Renaissance Plexiglas bass and the Bartell Black Widow bass come to mind right away. I am sure there are others.
That said, aside from a database type publication such as Blue Book, this book profiles more bass manufactures more thoroughly than any other bass reference that I have seen, the production quality is good, and it passes as an interesting read for the gearheads who read this type of stuff for enjoyment.