Fender Frank Bello Bass
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The Frank Bello Bass is an Artist Series electric bass guitar made by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation for thrash metal band Anthrax's bassist, Frank Bello. Modeled after the Aerodyne J-Bass, this signature model features a slab-cut alder Jazz Bass body, a modern C-shaped maple Precision Bass neck featuring a rosewood fretboard with 20 medium jumbo frets and a matching black headstock with a Fender Bass decal. Electronics consisted by a Seymour Duncan Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound split-coil humbucking pickup in the neck position, a Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Jazz Bass single-coil pickup in the bridge and a single volume control knob. Other features include Fender/Schaller Deluxe Lite-Bass straight-shaft tuning machines, a BadAss III strings-through-body/top-load bridge, Bello's caricature on the back of the headstock and his signature on the neck plate. It was introduced in 2005 and followed by a Squier version in 2007, featuring a skull graphic on the body, a skull inlay on the 12th fret, an Angry Man graphic on the back of the headstock, a standard vintage-style bridge, standard open-gear tuners and two single separate volumes without tone controls for the P neck and J bridge pickups.