All About That Bass, That Bass, That Bass
Prior to that time, the only bass available was the huge acoustic or upright bass used in symphony orchestras. The Fender Precision Bass, released in 1951 as picture above was the beginning of the electric bass revolution!
It's true. Leo Fender wondered if he could build a bass and thought that if he shaped it as a guitar, guitar players would play it and could double up on instruments in their arsenal.
Today we take it for granted that electric bass guitar naturally just look like guitars, but until Leo Fender, that was simply not the case.
I got my first Fender bass in 1976. It was a used 1966 Fender Mustang short scale (I was only 11 so my arms were short!) and it was walnut brown natural wood finish. I loved that bass! I finally settled on flat wound strings for the plunky Paul McCartney Beatles sound but I had my round wound disco era slapping phase, like most bass players.