Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel recently chatted with MusicRadar about his previous band Sunny Day Real Estate, his roots as a punk rocker and his role holding down the rhythm for the Foos.
In addition, Mendel was asked about the origins of his signature Fender Precision Bass, the history of which traces back to a vintage 1971 P Bass he acquired several years ago.
“I found this 71 Fender P-Bass back in the early-90s and I loved it,” Mendel said. “I discovered that it was this rare model that they’d made in 1971 with a different type of neck – it was like a thinner version of the P-Bass neck, perhaps a little bit closer to the Jazz Bass. I really liked it, it was super easy to play and it was just a great sounding bass and I played it on 10 years worth of records.
“[Eventually] Fender made some copies for me, just in case something happened to that one. Then a couple of years ago I thought, ‘This is a great bass, maybe they’d be interested in making some more of them and maybe stamping my name on it.’ So I called them up and they were receptive to it and we got to work on all the details.”
Read the full interview here and watch Mendel talk about his signature Precision Bass below.
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