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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:40 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

And the answer is almost certainly gonna be either J-bass, P-bass, or maybe Rickenbacker.

Anyway, recently I've become addicted to some (Detroit) Spinners songs, namely Rubberband Man, Working my way back to you, and especially "Cupid"

For reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE7vfy0Xs7k

So... how can I get that kind of sound? Fingers or pick? J bass? P Bass? I'm so bass illiterate. Of course they would also be using flatwounds.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:23 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Sounds like a pick to me. Either flats or the tone is rolled off. Could be any bass but I would guess a P considering what was standard for the time.

I think you could approximate that tone by playing pretty much any bass with a pick and rolling off treble, but a lot of the sound has to do with the way the player is phrasing lines and muting with the left hand. That's what I would pay the most attention to if I was trying to cop it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:20 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Yeah, that was my thought. I always have wanted a P-bass, just because I've never owned one. I might just pick up a "standard" one and see what I can do with it. I've never been a fan of the super wide neck. I just wish carvin would make a P-bass pickup.

I wonder if i can find an american or japanese P-bass in a nice metallic color. Here I come craigslist!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:13 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Although I'm not disputing LizzyD's statements (she knows more about the bass than I do by far), if we're playing "odds", "I" would bet that the bass would indeed be a P, played by none other than James Jamerson, who spent the better part of his life plugged in to a bass amp at Motown.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:19 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Pretty close there, Russ. Applause I just looked up some of the album credits for the Spinners 70's output, it was Bob Babbitt playing.

http://www.bobbabbitt.com

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:44 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

yep... knew it. I need a P-bass. Never had one, but that split coil HB sound just can't be replicated by anything else.

Hmmm... fender aerodyne basses? funky

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Dayum....After reading Jamerson's and Bobbit's discographies, I'd be hard pressed to come up with another bass player...Although I would have lost that first bet, I'd wager that the sum of their accomplishments, specifically, the sheer quantity of top 40 hits they've performed on, has got to be in at least the top 5 of all time...I'm literally floored.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:12 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Of course, I start researching, and there's no stopping...
Check this out...pure TONE




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:22 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Aw yeah. That is a must-own record (Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"). And if you haven't seen the film Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, rent it immediately.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:07 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Looks like a fair number of tunes that I assumed were played by Jamerson were actually Babbitt.

Mercy Mercy Me is one of my all time favorites, and I always thought I was listening to Jamerson! Embarassed

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currently tracking a P-bass lite on C-list MIJ in the 80s.

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