Brought to commercial success and popularity in the 1950s by Leo Fender, the bass guitar replaced the double bass as the tonal foundation of almost all pop music. Ironically, the Broadkaster Bass looked somewhat like a Fender Bass, but for its two-on-a-side headstock. When suspended, it dips its nose down into a feeding posture which often infuriates following bass to strike. I used this set-up to win the Bassmaster Elite on Lake Toho, Florida in March, 2008.
The VG article is about a new boxed set of Orbison’s recordings, however it devotes a couple of sentences to one of Roy’s most unique guitars I have seen pictures of this guitar many times and never paid much attention to it. At first glance, it appeared to be a typical 1960’s Gretsch guitar.
The word bass has two main meanings with separate pronunciations — bass with a high vowel sound (like base) ironically refers to very low sounds — bass instruments and singers are in the lowest part of the musical range, like the low rumble of a bass guitar.
A position on your bass guitar is determined by the location of your left hand index finger. If for some unimaginable reason there is not a Bass Pro Shop near you, you can also order everything from tackle to tents online from the company’s website, which so happens to be among the top 100 online retailers.
In that same year, Gretsch produced a bass guitar with a similar appearance to the double cutaway Country Gentleman and dubbed the model 6070. The guitar became so desirable that Gretsch began offering the guitar for sale. Well now that my little intro is out of the way we can get to the bass stuff in the coming post.