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Bass Musician Magazine – Tutmarc Bass Fiddle 736

Bass Musician Magazine – Tutmarc Bass Fiddle 736

Igor Saavedra encounters the first electric bass, the Tutmarc Bass Fiddle 736.

A special thank you to Historian Peter Blecha, who hosted Bass Musician for this special video.

The Tutmarc Bass Fiddle 736 was the earliest electric bass, and was designed by Paul Tutmarc in Seattle, WA.

Wikipedia shares:

His real claim-to-fame was the development and marketing of the fretted and solid-body Audiovox Model 736 Bass Fiddle, from 1936, which was designed to be used in a horizontal position. That then-radical instrument is considered to be history’s earliest electric bass guitar—and one that preceded the far more famous Fender Precision Bass by a decade and a half.  Tutmarc also manufactured an accompanying bass amplifier, the Audiovox Model 936. The EMP Museum in Seattle has an original Audiovox 736 Bass, found by historian Peter Blecha in the late 1990s. Read More



  1. Steve Rosati the bass guy

    May 13, 2017 at 11:43 am

    That is so cool!! Awesome history lesson!

  2. Bass Musician Magazine

    May 13, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Glad you dig this Steve! it was great to be there for this bit of our instruments history! 🙂

  3. actaeruce richie

    June 17, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I knew it for a long time. In 1933 it was Paul Tutmarc. Which was the first to manufacture the first electric bass guitar Model # 736 Electric Bass Fiddle. longtime all ready in 1933 before.leo Fender. Which is inspired. Of his bass model. Sadly . Before the war 39 40. this project . Had no impact on the bassists of the time. after the war. Leo fender has just picked up the idea and created the bass precision. it exists . In the North African berbers. An instrument that s call guembri has 3 bass strings. I advise you to see on YOUTUB the sound of the guembri. Old of which centuries. Which will surely inspire the European luthiers. Of the time manufactured the first double bass.

  4. actaeruce richie

    June 17, 2017 at 8:04 am

    in Mexico . For a long time they had an acoustic bass. In the shape of a guitar. Spanish. Please look on the internet for the origin of the word guitar. . Come from Spain. Instrument. Introduced by the conquest arabs and berbers in the years 711-732 after that of North Africa. Before they arrived. Before the Spanish. Conquered. A part of the north america. and finally . South America

  5. Bass Musician Magazine

    June 18, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Thanks for your input! Keep it Low!

  6. Bass Musician Magazine

    June 18, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Glad you enjoyed our video! 🙂

  7. jimmy ernst

    August 6, 2017 at 12:07 am

    thanks so much for the demonstration

  8. Bass Musician Magazine

    August 7, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Very welcome.. This was a very interesting and Historic discovery for us! 🙂

  9. oldschoolbbass

    August 9, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I have been telling folks about paul tutmarc’s basses since the early 80’s any many folks were like noooo Leo Fender made the first electric bass I showed then a reprint of an ad for one in one of Dan Dean’s bass method books. that gave a summary of the tutmarc bass

  10. Bass Musician Magazine

    August 10, 2017 at 12:20 am

    You were very correct! Well done! 🙂

  11. bflo1000

    September 9, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Words can’t describe how cool it is!!

  12. DMSProduktions

    November 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    WRONG! the word came TO the Spanish FROM the Greek word KITHARA, Which was a lyre like instrument, but WAS a forerunner of a guitar.

  13. WinRARChickenDinRAR

    December 14, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    How much was that

  14. Bass Musician Magazine

    December 14, 2017 at 8:54 pm


  15. exec001

    December 29, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Good video! I am another bassist who has has been aware of Paul Tutmarc’s historic creation for many years.
    It is good to see a comprehensive video review.

  16. Bass Musician Magazine

    December 31, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for your feedback. It was great to be able to see this creating in action! Keep it low and Happy New Year!

  17. MobiusBandwidth

    March 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    There’s one on ebay right now, currently at $20,000.00 (USD) and rising. you have about 90 minutes to bid.

  18. MobiusBandwidth

    March 6, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for this, although the audio was dodgy, and it would have been nice to hear him play it for more than half a minute. someone should recreate these commercially.

  19. Bass Musician Magazine

    March 6, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you for watching! Please feel free to share!

  20. Bass Musician Magazine

    March 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I hope a museum gets it..:)

  21. Will Sophie

    March 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    don’t talk, play that bass!

  22. Bass Musician Magazine

    March 7, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Hard not to talk in a historic moment… Thanks for watching!

  23. William Hastings

    March 8, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Playing begins @ 3:01

  24. Bass Musician Magazine

    March 8, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Yes, thanks for watching! Feel free to share!

  25. MusicStartsAt

    March 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm


  26. wongway40

    March 23, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    playing starts at 5:37

  27. Clem McGuinness

    May 4, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you

  28. Bass Musician Magazine

    May 5, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Very welcome! Thanks for watching! Feel free to like and share!

  29. Chernabog

    May 14, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    You talk a lot of useless shit. Thanks

  30. Bass Musician Magazine

    May 15, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Thank you for such useful and constructive feedback! I am sure your videos are much better…

  31. Bass Musician Magazine

    May 15, 2018 at 3:55 am

    OH WAIT… you don’t have any videos. That must be why you are such an expert!

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