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The Bass Book: A Complete Illustrated History of Bass Guitars Paperback – July 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat; 2 Rev Exp edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book follows the format of Mr. Bacon's other books (including The Fender Book and The Gibson Les Paul Book), and like his other books, it is a treat for the eyes. The photography is absolutely fantastic, with amazing detail. What is especially impressive is his inclusion of instruments owned by the stars who made them famous. It's not just a picture of a Hofner "Beatle Bass", it's one of Paul McCartney's Beatle Basses; it's not just a picture of an Alembic bass, it's John Entwistle's famous Alembic "Spider" bass from his days with The Who (and the list goes on and on...). Like Mr. Bacon's other guitar books, there's a pretty good identification guide in the back. Is this book REALLY a complete story of the electric bass with minute detail about every instrument of note (how's THAT for a pun)? Nah. If that's what you want, then consider this a "3 star" book at best (although you WILL learn something if you read it). On the other hand, is it a nice addition to one's own music library or a great gift book? Absolutely! (By the way - the ONLY reason I didn't rate it five stars is that the author tries, in my opinion, to cover too broad a subject matter in too short a space.) This is one of those books that's a lot of fun, even if it's just to "look at the pictures".
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The Bass Book was very informative as to the process at which the bass guitar came to fruition and it's evolution. I couldn't put it down. Any one who plays the bass or is thinking of playing will enjoy reading this book. It also gave me a sense of pride that I belong to a sort of "brotherhood" of bass guitarists. Although it's history is not that old, it certainly made a great impact on modern music. I highly recommend this book to bass enthuiasts as well as anyone who likes music in general.
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I wrote a email to Bacon and Moorhouse detailing my reasons for the above title. I own alot of Gibsons and Epiphones been playing out and in for over 30 years. They talk very little on the great Gibsons and the large list of known players of Gibsons, they pretty much state that the Tbird was all Gibson could do right. If i could have looked at it before buying I wouldnt have bought it. Should have been called "The Fender Bass Book", uninformed or definitely biased big time.
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By Sphinx90 on January 21, 2013
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Like the one guy said, not a lot about Gibson but it covers them enough. Lets face it Fender has always dominated the Bass industry so this book covers it accurately in my mind. They cover from the incarnation and the breakthrough of the P bass up through the birth of active electronics to modern basses. Not much about a lot of modern basses like Ibanez or anything but pretty thorough historically from the 50's through the 90's pretty much. A very interesting read with lots of great photographs.
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Enjoyable book! Quite a fun read - splashed full of high quality color pics of historic basses, vintage ads, and legendary bass players. The narrative covered the bass history and development about as well as you can within 128 photo-filled pages. The authors obviously love basses and know quite a bit about their history. I can't imagine any bass player or collector not being thrilled with this book. Check the reviews for the 1995 Edition of this book for more info.
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A great book on the bass guitar. Plus it has a very nice picture of Jack Casady's original Alembic bass. It is worth having for that, alone. If you are a bass guitar buff, a player, or just interested in the instrument, this book will enlighten you to the different kinds of basses there are out there. And it covers more than just Fender basses.
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This is a great book, well written and researched and contains a treasure trove of wonderful photos. However, my copy of the book was printed on extremely thin, cheap copy paper and the pages were merely photocopied (as if it were a proof copy). I am not sure if this was correct or intentional, but I was expecting a full-color book. The photos are admittedly much less interesting and enjoyable when its printed at such low quality, but I still greatly enjoyed the writing and information.
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I can't get enough of this book. Bass guitar is a mystery and enigma. Tony Bacon fills you in on its history and its magic in a way that no one has before. I keep it at my bedside. This book is worth it for the pictures alone.
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