Find of the Week: Fender's First Five-String Bass

This week's Find of the Week is a must have for bassists excited by extra strings: it's an all-original CBS-era 1966 Fender Bass V. First produced by Fender the previous year, this model was the world's first-five string bass guitar.

This is a 1966 Fender Bass V.
1966 Fender Bass V.

At the time this instrument was made, the electric bass guitar was still a new instrument subject to plenty of experimentation on the part of manufacturers—look no further than the octave-down Fender Bass VI and you'll see what we mean.

It also differs from what the modern five five-string string would become: it features a high C string rather than the standard low B, and although its three inches longer than the standard Precision Bass that precedes it, it only had 15 frets. Because of all these limitations, only about 200 Bass Vs were produced before being discontinued in 1971.

This particular Bass V is all-original and comes equipped with a rosewood fingerboard, a maple neck, a passive split-coil pickup system and an alder body, and it'll ship with its original case. Check out the full listing for more info, pictures, and a video demonstration, and buy this five-string beauty today.

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