Bill Johnson Jazz Pioneer 200 Year Old 3 String Bass
This is a unique and collectible upright bass, if you are seriously in the market for this email us for more pictures and details about it.
**We bought this bass with the understanding that we'd get a letter that Bill Johnson wrote when he gave this bass to a family friend many years ago. It did not come with that letter and we're trying to get it now to prove that this was Bill Johnson's bass. We believe it to be, but need to get concrete proof still.
We have not done a setup to this bass as we are keeping it in original condition ready to place in a museum. We just took the original strings and tailpiece off, grabbed a bridge and strings to string it up so we could hear it.
Bill Johnson is known as 'The Father of Slap Bass', and this could be his main bass he was playing when he was developing early jazz music which included some slap techniques.
This bass is quite a piece of music history, and sounds fantastically rich amplified. Hear it in this video below:
HOW TO FIND OUR STORE: Turn down our driveway between the Retirement Center and 789 East Washington Blvd signage. Plenty of our own off-street parking. (Follow the signs that say "789 Parking in Rear".) Our physical address is 789 East Washington Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91104. Ph: 626-794-7554
Fantastic Musical Instruments specializes in the violin string family instruments with a caring hands on approach. Hours: Monday through Friday 11 AM to 6 PM , Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM. Sundays by appointment. Call Ph: 626-794-7554 at least 48 hours in advance for a Sunday appointment.
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