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FENDER | CATALOGS | 1969 BIG BASS SOUND OF FENDER

1969 Fender Bass Catalog - Big Bass Sound of Fender

1969 Fender bass catalog front cover
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This catalog is undated but was most likely printed in late 1969, to announce the new Fender silverface bass amplifiers. It features Fender's entire range of bass guitars and bass amplifiers, of the time. It is a single folded sheet, measuring 12" x 8 1/2"

On the guitar front, older models like the Precision and Jazz join the new Telecaster bass. The other two models, the Mustang and Coronado (both released in 1966) have new finishes for 1969, the Competition Mustang (with racing-style stripes) and Antigua Coronado.

Amp-wise, all models can be considered new, at least to some extent. The Bassman had been around for many years, but the new 'silverface' version was shipping with a 2x15" speaker enclosure (rather than the 2x12" seen in the 1968 Fender catalogue). The Solid State amplifiers were first included in the '68 catalogue, but the other three models (Bantam, and Super Bassman I and II) were not listed in a full-line catalog until 1970.

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1966 fender Vintage Jazz Bass

1966 fender Vintage Jazz Bass

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Fender Jazz Bass Special 1984 - 1987 - Black Japan

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Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass 4 String Electric Bass Guitar w /  Case

Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass 4 String Electric Bass Guitar w / Case

Barton, New York, 137**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2100

The Fender American Vintage II series presents a remarkably accurate take on the revolutionary designs that altered the course of musical history. Built with period-accurate bodies, necks and hardware, premium finishes and meticulously voiced, year-specific pickups, each instrument captures the essence of authentic Fender craftsmanship and tone.
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1976 Fender Precision Bass USA Natural Vintage

1976 Fender Precision Bass USA Natural Vintage

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$3300

1976 Fender Precision Bass USA Natural Vintage

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Classic 1983 Fender Jazz Bass 3-Bolt with Ash Body & Bound Maple Fretboard

Classic 1983 Fender Jazz Bass 3-Bolt with Ash Body & Bound Maple Fretboard

Pompano Beach, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3983

1983 Fender Jazz Bass -Sienna Burst Finish
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Fender American Vintage II 1954 Precision Bass 2024 Vintage Blonde w / Tweed Case

Fender American Vintage II 1954 Precision Bass 2024 Vintage Blonde w / Tweed Case

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1965 Fender Jazz Bass

1965 Fender Jazz Bass

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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vintage squier by fender precision bass with case + cable  /  SN IC00070811

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vintage guitar and bass Comment left 22nd May 2013 04:04:35 reply
It's a single sheet, folded to make four sides. See here http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/fender/catalogues/1969_bass_index.php
Russ Sutherland Comment left 3rd March 2012 21:09:27 reply
Is this a full size catalog or a smaller brochure type? Thanks! Russ PS: Great info on your site(s)

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1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

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1965 Hofner President

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1963 1964 Fender catalog

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