Dug out a Gary King article from Bass Player (August 2000/Tony Kanal cover)-
In his '70s hey day, King was playing a semi-hollow Guild (a Starfire-based prototype).
Examples are: Grover Washington's "Mister Magic", Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love", Gatp Barbieri's "Europa", & Tom Scott's New York Connection album.
Also, King's 17-year/19-album stint with Bob James.
King sez "...they (engineers) wanted everyone to have the same Fender sound, which was exactly the reason I played the Guild".
King usually recorded direct with a bit of miked amp, studio compression, & some Eventide chorusing...and used lighter gauge Rotosounds....these strings allowed King to approximate upright bass slides by bending his A-string up by a much as a minor 3rd.
Overall, his concept was "equal parts R&B & Jazz".
King's influenecs- Jamerson, Ray Brown, Stevie Wonder, & J.S Bach.
It is King on the Jackson Five's "Blame It On The Boogie".
In this article (from 2000)...King sez he is currently playing Atlansia 4 & 5 string basses.
No Leo Fender & I'm a drummer...
"2 through 10" Learn it-Know it-Live it
Last edited by JimK : 12-27-2012 at 03:06 PM.