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Where did the double bass violin get the nickname "doghouse bass"?

Question #132606. Asked by nannywoo.
Last updated Nov 25 2017.
Originally posted Sep 22 2013 4:19 PM.

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This seems to be an "unknown." According to one respondent, "when Leo Fender came up with the Precision Bass, he said "This will allow bass players to get out of the doghouse." (Nathan Parker on However, others seem to believe it's a "no one knows" question.


Response last updated by gtho4 on Nov 25 2017.
Sep 22 2013, 4:32 PM
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Okay. It WAS Leo Fender, designer of the Precision bass violin, who inspired the nickname when he said it would "'free the bass player from the big doghouse,' referring to the size of the double-bass that was prevalent in bands of the day."


Response last updated by CmdrK on Sep 03 2016.
Sep 22 2013, 5:49 PM
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