I have a slightly awesome home studio setup and am currently tracking audio via a Neumann U87 and AKG C414 which are fed into a Neve 1073 preamp and through to an RME Fireface 800 digital audio converter which feeds into an i7 i Mac spec’d to the hilt, running Logic 9.0. I don’t discriminate between disciplines or mediums. To that end my day job is as a graphic designer and advertising art director and copy writer. I also dabble in film making and happily sink my teeth into audio production projects as they come up.
A brunette finish only was now offered in the Selmer catalogues, although it would appear that some of the very early examples were finished blonde.
The President bass disappeared from the catalogues in about 1967, considerably earlier than its Senator stable-mate.
But for the sake of accuracy, the online transaction took place on March 20th, 2012. I searched high and low on the internet and missed out on a few e Bay auctions.
Eventually I came across a link for a little guitar shop in London – New Kings Road Vintage Guitars. It’s vintage and as far as I understand it’s in its original condition – short of having had the wiring rewound before it was sold to me. There are no special characteristics so to speak, but one of the original cream dials is missing its gold concave covering which leaves a rusty screw visible as can be seen in some of the amazing photographs taken by the super talented Dean Schmideg.
Four rotary control electrics were fitted instead of the rectangular consul, and 24 frets as opposed to 22 on the 500/5.
Also the triple dot fret markers and fingerboard binding of the President guitar were introduced.
Any special history or story behind this instrument or the company who made it? At this stage it’s something I’ve been using exclusively in my studio.
There’s quite a special story behind the company who made it. I have a few other basses in my collection including a Fender Jazz bass (fretted and fretless models) and a custom Steinberger-style headless bass.
Sold by Selmer between about 19, when it was replaced by the Senator Bass. Introduced into the Selmer range in 1963 to replace the Hofner Electric Bass Guitar (500/5).
A brunette version of this model was used by Stu Sutcliffe in the Beatles' early days.
To this day, the bass is commonly referred to as the “Beatle bass.” The semi-acoustic 500/1 was first manufactured in 1956, with a lot of variation between models over the years.