Bass guitar used by Robert "Kool" Bell of Kool & the Gang

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Manufactured by
Oasis Guitars, American
Used by
Kool & the Gang, American, founded 1964
Robert "Kool" Bell, American, born 1950
wood, brass (alloy), metal and plastic
H x W x D: 46 1/2 × 13 7/8 × 3 in. (118.1 × 35.2 × 7.6 cm)
musical instruments
Musical Instruments
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Place made
Juliesse Avenue, Sacramento, California, United States, North and Central America
2015.212a: An electric bass guitar used by Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool and the Gang. The bass guitar is made of light colored wood and has brass tuning pegs. It has two pickups in black. The strings are attached to an oval shaped metal tailpiece with four smaller tuners. The bass also has four volume and tone controls on the left side of the lower front body. Two switches for pick-ups are also on the lower left side of the front body. On the headstock is gold inlay with the bass name running vertically down the center that reads “O / A / S / I / S.” The top of the headstock has an inlaid gold design. Imprinted into the wood on the back of the headstock at the top is “37 57 / USA.” On the back of the body on the lower left side is an oval-shaped black electronics cavity plate. Also on the back at the top near of the neck is a strap button.
2015.212b: Guitar is housed in a guitar case.
Disco (Music)
Funk (Music)
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Rhythm and blues (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Robert "Kool" Bell of Kool & The Gang
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions

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