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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 02:37 AM

James Jamerson Bass Sold at Auction

Owned by the Motown genius from 1962 until approximately 1968, the 1961 Fender Precision was reportedly given to fellow Detroit bassist Billy Hayes around that time. Hayes used it for gigs with artists like John Lee Hooker. Incredibly, he left it completely the same as when Jamerson gave it to him Ė including three of the four original La Bella flatwound strings that Jamerson used.

There has been some controversy among readers as to the validity of the bassís actual heritage, with many saying it wasnít his bass or that if it is, Hayes didnít have the right to sell it.

The bass was auctioned by Heritage Auctions with bidding starting on May 29th and final auction dates of June 17th and 18th. Bassists from every walk of life at least gave the auction a shot with many bids coming in between $500 and $1,000. (The lowest bid was a mere $31.) The new owner of a piece of history won the relic with a winning bid of $68,750.


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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 09:48 AM

1. What a choice piece of musical documents. I'd love to hear the story and concert of ...

just one of those choice dings.

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