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  1. EssentialTension

    History is written by the victors.

    And in the 1950s and 1960s Fender had a marketing guy called Don Randall who was very good at his job. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Randall_(Fender)
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    History is written by the victors.

    You can drop a Precision bass down the stairs and quite possibly pick it up and play it. It may not be in tune but the headstock will still be attached.
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    History is written by the victors.

    If only! But someone here is 23, I'm sure.
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    History is written by the victors.

    Hazard a guess, go on.
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    History is written by the victors.

    Could you see the wood for the trees?
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    History is written by the victors.

    Do you remember when it was woodland?
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    Clarky's wall of shame

    It's a mystery.
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    Clarky's wall of shame

    +1 +1 +1 Is he back?
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    History is written by the victors.

    Apologies for being pedantic but ... the 1951 P bass with a single coil pickup was different to the 1957 and after P bass with a humbucking split coil pickup. Hence, the benchmark P bass you seem to refer to, if it is such , was 1957 not 1951, and that 1957 P bass was not the first. And, I suspect, not everyone will agree about 'grand-daddy' or even 'most recognisable'.
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    Best Female Bass Player

    Just been listening to that - it's great, whoever it is. Did Carole Kaye play upright? Blimey, quoted from 2009! That's even before the BigBeefChief was banned! Double bass on These Boots are Made for Walkin' was Chuck Berghofer, I believe.
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    Saddle mounted piezo and nylon tape wound strings

    I've used black nylons, Roto and La Bella, with an under bridge piezo without separate saddles, with no problem. I can't see why under separated saddles should make a difference unless separated saddles sit more or less firmly on the piezo depending on if they are lifted or lowered. Metal not nylon, but I have found La Bella Deep Talkin' Flats 760FS standard gauge work well for 'acoustic bassy' tone.
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    My First Bass Pic and Right Thumb Placement?

    It's good to improve technique ... but you don't need to listen to many isolated bass tracks to realise that what sounds good in the song and good in the mix may not be technically perfect.
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    My First Bass Pic and Right Thumb Placement?

    When you say 'sitting beside the guitar' do you mean tuning via the tuner's microphone and not plugged in with a lead? If so, then the clip-on tuner will be more effective. But the 'use the harmonic' advice is good.
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    My First Bass Pic and Right Thumb Placement?

    Thumb on the pickup is fine, either P or J ... but remember also that you can alter tone and attack by moving right hand nearer to neck or to bridge. Playing over the end of the fretboard feels and sounds different to anchoring on the J pickup near the bridge. On the P is somewhere in the middle. Different songs, different sections of songs, might call for a different approach. But whatever works for you.
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    Bass Players in the Late 60s

    I think reggae and other earlier Jamaican genres, e.g. ska, are more but not solely influenced, especially in the bass, from New Orleans early R&B, e.g. Fats Domino, but also from upright jazz players, as many of the original ska bassists were themselves upright players, as was Jamerson. They would certainly have been hearing Motown etc on the radio and I expect were playing some of it. Of course, mento, the Jamaican variant of 'calypso' would also be an influence. As for metal, I really know pretty much nothing about it.
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