Fender Bass for Britain

The History of the 1966 Slab-Bodied Precision Bass




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/13/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 56
ISBN : 9781438946627

About the Book

The book "A Fender Bass for Britain" tells the story of a rare bass guitar made in 1966, the heyday of classic rock bands. Only a few of this particular bass with it's unique combination of features were ever made, and they mostly came to Britain.  There are many Pictures of John Entwistle and others, with the bass, never been seen or published before.

This book tells of the man that made them, the men that played them and where some of them ended up.

The book features interviews with the stars that used the bass, such as John Entwistle of The Who, Chip Hawkes of The Tremeloes and a number of others.

The author, Barry Matthews, came across this bass in the Seventies and was intrigued. Then, in the Nineties, he started a systematic search to track them down and write the story behind them.

He has travelled to the USA and to a number of places in England in the process of compiling this fascinating account.


About the Author

Barry Matthews has been in the music business for about 50 years. He attended the Royal Marine School of Music from the age of 14, where he learnt to play percussion, string bass, bass guitar and other instruments. He served all over the world and in the process played in bands in South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Europe.

He has since done session work, played for West End shows, taught bass and guitar and become a school teacher. Now retired from playing professionally, he does the occasional gig for friends.

He is also interested in Hornby Dublo model trains (1938-'64), vintage bass guitars and most of all God's Word, the Holy Bible.

Website in preparation:www.bassbigbaz.co.uk