Fender introduced their latest signature instrument, the Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass, a modern reproduction of the bass he played with the popular punk rock band The Ramones.
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This instrument is designed to honor Dee Dee’s legacy, meant to be slung below the belt line with feet planted in a wide stance, ready to churn out steady punk bass lines.
If you don’t know Dee Dee Ramone says, the official description provided a brief story, “Punk bass starts with Douglas “Dee Dee Ramone” Colvin. As the pounding heart of the Ramones, he pioneered a no-frills sound and style that left a permanent mark on rock music. On a white Fender Precision Bass slung impossibly low, he defined punk bass with simple but breakneck bass lines delivered with such pulverizing sound, speed and conviction that he singlehandedly set the template for generations of punk bassists to come.”
This bass guitar follows the ’70s P-Bass Profile, starting with an alder body wrapped in olympic white gloss finish. It has a maple neck carved into a “C”-shaped profile and vintage-style heel truss-rod adjustment. The neck features a classic 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 20 vintage-style frets.
Continuing with the ’70s era design, the Dee Dee Ramone P-Bass is equipped with a split single-coil pickup, wired to a straightforward set of controls which include master tone and master volume.
Other features include a vintage-style bridge with four single-groove saddles, single disk string tree and open gear tuners. Completing the Dee Dee Ramone look are aesthetic additions that include a three-ply black pickguard, Dee Dee’s signature on the back of the headstock, special “Dee Dee Ramone One Two Three Four” inscribed neck plate, and more importantly the ’70s style Fender logo decal.
This bass also comes with a special 40-page full-color scrapbook featuring never before seen photos of Dee Dee, along with his personal illustrations, artwork and doodles. The scrapbook also includes a biography and quotes from musicians and personal friends of Dee Dee. In keeping with the ’70s vibe, this instrument ships with a sticker and 18” x 24” color poster of Dee Dee playing his P Bass live with the Ramones.
Fender Marketing VP Justin Norvell concludes, “Dee Dee is the very definition of a punk rock icon. He exemplified that fact, that all you need is the desire and will to pick up an instrument, and you can change the world. We are incredibly honored to recreate his bass guitar and to help edify his place in musical history in a way that fans can share.”
This new bass is going to be publicly unveiled at the “Dee Dee Ramone Exhibition”, which will be held at New York City’s Hotel Chelsea from December 10 – January 1. The Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass is now available for preorder for just under $900. It should be available for sale starting on January 22, 2015. Visit Fender for more information.