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Fender Bass for Britain: The History of the 1966 Slab-Bodied Precision Bass Paperback – 7 Feb 2009


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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse UK (7 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438946627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438946627
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.4 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Davies on 24 Nov 2010
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Whilst this isnt a musical study-text, it probably is for bass players/collectors only. I only came across it as a suggestion from Amazon and I enjoyed reading this more than the main book I bought ! Its nice to read Barrys story which you can tell is a love affair with this particular bass - Im a Jazz bass guy normally (got loads of them) but I went and tried a slab body 73 tele bass after reading this book (which I think is based on the bass barrys discusses) and loved it so much I bought it - those tele-bass pick ups (different from Barrys) wow - they go so low - who needs a low 5 string with one of these. Anyway - lovely read about a normal guys passion and some famous/not so famous musos who shared it with him over the years amd they all got on ie no egos. Nice one Barry !
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Fascinating information and some great photos. But the main problem is the appalling editing/typesetting/printing. Apparently this is a print-on-demand book, but this shouldn't mean that the result is amateurish. The author has done a great job in researching all the details, stories and personnel for the content, but the end result is badly let down by the glaringly obvious lack of attention to detail by the publisher and/or printer.
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Well done Barry, for getting this book out, and what a koo, with , such great late , rock n roll stars xx
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The Slab 24 May 2010
By Stuart Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
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Fender Bass For Britain is essential reading for any bass or guitar player, especially those who have a love for Fender musical instruments: most specifically the Precision Bass. This book is a quick, fun read with anecdotes from this small select group of "slab-body" lovers. Barry Matthews has provided us with an extremely long over-due document of this rare and fabulous instrument. He certainly put in the time and effort to bring this publication to fruition, but for whatever reason, some things got lost during the journey.

While providing great detail about the 1966 Fender Slab-Bodied Precision Bass, three very important details or facts were unfortunately missed. When mentioning the actual bodies of the bass, he neglected to mention the type of wood the bodies were made of (probably alder), and how many pieces. He also neglected to mention the proper color: Olympic White. According to John Entwistle--who was probably the most prominent and famous player of this bass--the pickups were wound hotter than those in a regular Precision Bass. At no point is this confirmed or denied.

While mentioning and interviewing various visible and not-so visible users of this prized rarity, Ace Kefford of The Move who was also a known player, and Clive Taylor of Amen Corner, a lesser known player, went unmentioned.

This book continues with the recent disturbing trend I've noticed of British (English?) authors either not properly editing or proof-reading their final draft before going to press, which contributes to incorrect grammar, punctuation, and typographical errors.

A revision with the above mentioned constructive criticisms would earn Fender Bass For Britain the five stars that it is truly worthy of.

UPDATE
October 13, 2013
I turns out that there were basses made in alder or ash, finished in Olympic White or Blonde.
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Wonderful! 26 Sep 2012
By J. Grow - Published on Amazon.com
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This just showed up today. WOW!

First bit is a foreword from John Entwistle, so it's a gift already. It's also a book by a passionate enthusiast I'd be proud to call my friend should we ever meet. Excellent book! Such amazing work on a fascinating and rare instrument. Thank you, Barry Matthews, for writing this.
Brit Slab Bass 29 Nov 2012
By Carl Knudsen - Published on Amazon.com
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Essential reading for any bass geek, until you read it. This book is a gallant effort by a sincere enthusiast but it missed the opportunity to enlighten the reader much about the origin of the bass, even when interviewing people that had a direct contact with the instrument.
Not only did it exclude known "name" players of the bass but more bizarrely included "celebrities" that had no connection with the instrument at all. Then there were a series of stories written by current/ previous owners on their prized possessions that were written out verbatim, un- edited which were frankly dull, and then ofcourse the absence of proof reading made it frustrating to wade through.
I have been playing bass for 30 years and had no idea about the existence of these bass's and Barry? for that I thank, you but you have left me with more questions than answers.
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fender bass for britain 6 May 2009
By Dawn Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
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wonderful book....for those of us who search for years for the elusive guitar...and never find the holy grail...it feel good to see and read the stories of those who have found such rare beauties. My the search continue....there must be a few left peraps!
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