Charlie Jones: “I always wanted a plastic bass guitar, but people never took the idea seriously”

Charlie Jones plays his Fender Custom Shop Precision Bass
(Image credit: Charlie Jones)

“Being back on tour in the States touring was a real blast!” enthuses the acclaimed Charlie Jones, whose resume with Page & Plant, Goldfrapp, Robert Plant and many other artists has given him a reputation as a go-to stage and studio bassist. He has good reason to be cheerful, not only because he’s just back from a successful Stateside tour but also because he has a new bass

A Custom Shop one-off made by Fender Master Builder Scott Buehl, the new Precision has a body made of acrylic and is the fourth transparent-bodied bass he’s owned. We ask him what the benefits are of a see-through bass, and check in with Buehl himself about the challenges of this crazy material...

Charlie Jones with his Fender Custom Shop P Bass

(Image credit: Charlie Jones)

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.