Buying a Fender Bass, used and new options, pitfalls, authenticity issues, getting the right guitar for the job. Pre-gig checks, tuning, stage-side repairs. Routine maintenance and servicing. Set-ups and careful 'customizing'. Dimensions and weights, buying spare parts, model identification. Case studies of key models, such as the original Jazz model, Bass VI, '54 contoured 'slab', '57 Precision, Fretless 'Vintage modified', 'Jaco Pastorious Jazz','51 type 'John Entwhistle' and Squier affordables. 'Under the hood' with celebrity users: how the pros set up their basses and related hardware, including Jack Bruce, Jaco Pastorius, Carol Kaye, Duck Dunn, James Jamerson and The Beatles.
Paul Balmer has played and taught guitar for 40 years. His background includes broadcasting (TV and radio) and video/DVD production. Besides Haynes's Fender Stratocaster Manual, Fender Telecaster Manual and Gibson Les Paul Manual, he has written the acclaimed official biography of Stephane Grappelli, the jazz violinist. He lives at Oakley Vale, Northamptonshire.