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1967 Fender Bass V
John Paul Jones, May 22, 1973, HemisFair Arena, San Antonio, Texas
General Specs
Body: Solid "offset" double cutaway alder, contoured waist design
Finish: Sunburst
Neck: Maple bolt-on
Fingerboard: Rosewood, Pearl block inlays
Frets: 15
Bridge: Fixed bridge with string mutes
Headstock: Strat-style headstock, spaghetti-style logo
Tuners: Open-gear 5-on-1 side tuning machines
Hardware: Chroms
Pickguard: Tortoise grain celluloid 3-layer pickguard/Metal
Pickups: Split Single-Coil Pickup
Controls: (1) Volume, (1) Tone
Years in use: 1st Leg of the 1973 US Tour
Website: http://www.fender.com/ 
The Fender Bass V was manufactured only from 1965 to 1970 and only about 200 were made. The neck is a bit chunky, but not huge, and the string spacing is comfortable. The bridge cover and control plate are similar to those on Jazz Basses of that era, and while it’s missing on this one, there was also a chrome pickup cover. Almost everything else about it is oversize. Especially considering the missing frets, the Bass V is surprisingly long - in fact, it’s three inches longer than a Precision Bass. The headstock is elongated, as is the body, and even the neck plate seems to be a custom size. Instead of the now more common tunings of 5-string bass guitars, the Fender Bass V was tuned E-A-D-G-C. Individually adjustable bridges may be set for perfect string intonation and comfortable low playing action. "Off-set" waist design contributes to playing ease and comfort of the player. It places the arm in a natural position over the strings which allows more flexible playing technique.

The Fender Bass V was only seen on the first leg of the 1973 US Tour from May 04, 1973 until June 03, 1973 for songs such as Over The Hills And Far Away, The Song Remains The Same and Heartbreaker, to name a few.

In a March 4, 2012 with Dave Lewis, John Paul Jones said that the 1967 Fender Bass V was "the ugliest bass guitar in the world!"

Photos

Fender Bass V
John Paul Jones & Jimmy Page, May 05, 1973, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Fender Bass V
John Paul Jones, May 05, 1973, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Fender Bass V
Led Zeppelin, May 22, 1973, HemisFair Arena, San Antonio, Texas
Fender Bass V
John Paul Jones, May 22, 1973, HemisFair Arena, San Antonio, Texas
Fender Bass V
John Paul Jones, John Paul Jones & Jimmy Page, May 31, 1973, The Forum, Inglewood, California
Fender Bass V
John Paul Jones, June 02, 1973, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California
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